July 9th Tuesday

To Posada with list of things to do. Saw that electric light was put up right. Various small fixing jobs. Miguel painting shutters, paint short. Ordered steps up into garden, sink-cupboard catch, 7 estacas 1, primus 2 board.
Solomon3 ate sofa cover for second time.
Paid baker 115 pts. Honor not well.
In afternoon did drafts of blurbs for Epilogue , Moon's No Fool , James's Poems .
To Str & Schw.
Posada again[RG] Estanco to buy things for farewell supper to Carl & Gordon. New pine crush drink.
After supper truth game: not very hot except exchanges between Gordon & Mary about his references to her in the 'Life'4.
Commissioned Carl to buy us nice things in Ibiza if he saw any.
Wrote to A.G. & to Mrs Ashby (who thinks my epitaph what was needed) & is consulting mediums. Posted 15th [RG] 5
Then at 1 pm am? Laura read me her new Troy6 chapter until 3.
Gelat watering mandarins with long hose, syphon-system from the Torrent. Apparently the spy wasn't the Colonel after all.

Editorial Notes

1wall-pegs. KG
2stove. KG
3RG's dog. eds.
5 RG added later. KG
6see A Trojan Ending . eds

Hands Referenced

    • Annotation: ink correction
    • Character: regular
    • Ink: black

Places Mentioned

  • Posada, La

    Deyá, Majorca, Sp
    House on the Puig next to Deyá church. Originally part of the Es Molí property. It had been rented by the church for Sunday school. RG and LR bought it in February, 1935, to use as a guest house for their visitors. WG, eds.
  • Ibiza

    Balearic Islands, Sp
    One of the three larger islands in the Balearic Archipelago (with Majorca and Menorca). Popular tourist destination. eds
  • Torrent

    Deyá, Mallorca, Spain
    river that cuts through the valley below Graves' house, Canelluñ eds.

People Mentioned

  • Laura

    Riding,Laura
    (1901-91) American poet. Laura Riding (née Reichenthal; then Laura Gottschalk).
  • Robert

    Graves, Robert
    [1st person]. (1895-1985). Poet, novelist, essayist, critic, and author of his diary. eds.
  • Swartz

    Schwarz, Georg
    German Jew. Deyá neighbour. Antique dealer. Lived with Frau Emmy Strenge, his house keeper, in Can Caballo some hundred yards from Canellun. RG and LR translated his "Almost Forgotten Germany." WG
  • Strenge

    Strenge, Frau Emmi
    Schwarz's house keeper and ? mistress. WG
  • Karl/Carl

    Goldschmidt, Karl
    Karl Goldschmidt, later Kenneth Gay: Graphic artist, friend and secretary of Robert Graves and Laura Riding since 1934. R. G. spells both as Carl and Karl.
  • Gelat

    Más, Juan Marroig
    Juan Marroig Mas, called Gelat: Landowner on Deyá and friend of Robert Graves and Laura Riding (L.R. & R.G.'s factotum. W.G.)
  • A.G. (A.E.S.G)

    Graves, Amy
    Amy Graves, RG's Mother. WG
  • Honor

    Wyatt, Honor
    Journalist. Arrived in Deyá fortuitously. Married to Gordon Glover...Son Julian. W.G. First acquainted with R.G. and L.R. early in 1934; returned to visit in 1935; continued friendship in England. eds (RPG 211).
  • Miguel

    Miguel
    One of four village carpenters. Others were Miguel Junior, Francisco and Antonio de Ca's Pintat. WG
  • Gordon

    Glover, Gordon
    Married to Honor Wyatt. WG
  • Mary

    Phillips, Mary
    Visitor. Typed most of I, Claudius. Later married James Reeves. WG
  • Ashby, Mrs

    Ashby, Mrs
    Correspondent? Was a visitor to Deyá, but not a close friend. WG
  • Graves, Robert
    Author of the diary.

Organizations Mentioned

  • Estanco

    Local Tobacconist, a general shop KG

Bibliography

    • Title: Moon's No Fool, The
    • Author: Matthews, Tom
    • Editor: Riding, Laura
    • PubPlace: Deyá & London
    • Publisher: Seizin & Constable
    • Date: 1936-02-13
    • Title: Mistake Somewhere, A
    • Author: Anonymous [Gordon Glover/Honor Wyatt/Molly Hare]
    • Editor: Riding, Laura
    • PubPlace: Deyá
    • Publisher: Seizin
    • Date: 1936-02-13
    • Title: Trojan Ending, A [novel]
    • Author: Riding, Laura
    • PubPlace: Deyá & London
    • Publisher: Seizin & Constable
    • Date: 1937
    • Title: Epilogue I: A Critical Summary
    • Editor: Riding. Laura/ Graves, Robert
    • PubPlace: Deyá & London
    • Publisher: Seizin & Constable
    • Idno: B22
    • Date: 1935
    • Title: James's Poems [A Natural Need (?)]
    • Author: Reeves, James
    • Editor: Graves, Robert
    • PubPlace: Deyá & London
    • Publisher: Seizin & Constable
    • Date: 1935