January 20, 2012

Saturday, 20 January 1912


Amundsen at Framheim, undated. [1]

Before the polar party had left Framheim, Prestrud had remarked that it didn't really matter whether the Norwegians got to the Pole before or after Scott. Amundsen, Hassel remembered, had "taken Prestrud to task several times and reproached him severely." Amundsen's thoughts apparently returned to it now. "He was at it again this evening," Hassel wrote in his diary. "He would not have wanted to be Number Two for all the tea in China." [2]


[1] Roald Amundsen Bildearkiv, Nasjonalbiblioteket.
[2] Sverre Hassel, "return-journey diary" [date not given], quoted by Tor Bomann-Larsen in Roald Amundsen (Stroud, Gloucestershire : Sutton, c2006, c1995), p.109. Most of this return-journey period is for some reason not included in the transcription of Hassel's diary published by Vågemot Miniforlag in 2007.

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