"I am very much impressed," Scott wrote contentedly, "with the extraordinary and general cordiality of the relations which exist amongst our people. I do not suppose that a statement of the real truth, namely, that there is no friction at all, will be credited -- it is so generally thought that the many rubs of such a life as this are quietly and purposely sunk in oblivion. With me there is no need to draw a veil; there is nothing to cover. There are no strained relations in this hut, and nothing more emphatically evident than the universally amicable spirit which is shown on all occasions.
"Such a state of affairs would be delightfully surprising under any conditions, but it is much more so when one remembers the diverse assortment of our company." 
 R.F. Scott, diary, 14 May, 1911, quoted in Scott's Last Expedition, v.1.