Oct 29 Tuesday

Palma, at 8.30
Engaged Margarita as chambermaid; Catalina as cook.
Bought oval Regency mirror: to be mirrored. Capella 1 for San Juan2. Shorts. Tablecloths. A saphire & diamond brooch for Laura 140pts. 2 old maps, inlaid[RG] picture frame for Mesquida, glass bottle 12 pts. in all.
Laura & Karl to Sabater who is printing.
News that Juan Vives has brought Juan of the Molí round to an arreglo 3; Doctor4 throws up case.
New pair of glasses. Karl gives me olive wood ruler.
Laura's pink construction bought.
Laura's brocade stuff bought 50 pes [pesetas] for 1 metre 40 and a piece of peach velvet for cuffs.
Order furry boots for Laura.
Bought ladle, & gave our spare one to Str. [Strenge] Maria told by Laura she must go. Weeps: is given a month's pay.
Letter from James. Wired ×××× [crossed out] him to come.

Editorial Notes

1Mallorquin. Gilt box with glass front, to put saint in. KG notes.
2St. John.
3arrangement. KG
4the Médico. eds

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • Palma

    Palma, Majorca, Sp
    Capital and largest centre of Majorca.
  • Mesquida

    Deyá, Majorca, Sp
    The dining room in Canellun was called the Mesquida after a painting hanging in it. WG

People Mentioned

  • Laura

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

    Reeves, James
    Schoolmaster, writer and Poet. Friend of Jacob Bronowski. W.G./ K.G.; m. to Mary Phillips; daughter Stella born June 14, 1938 eds.
  • Sabater

    Sabater
    Printer in Palma who did work for R.G. & L.R. eds.
  • Juan

    Vives, Juan
    The Doctor's brother. Married to Gelat's daughter. Lived in Rennes, France. WG
  • Strenge

    Strenge, Frau Emmi
    Schwarz's house keeper and ? mistress. WG
  • Médico

    Vives, Antonio Dr.
    The village doctor (Deyá). At odds with Gelat (water rights controversy). His brother, Juan Vives, was Gelat's son-in-law. WG
  • Catalina

    Catalina
    Cook from Palma employed by RG and LR; worked with Margarita, the chambermaid. W.G., eds.
  • Juan of Molí

    Mayol, Juan
    Owner of the Es Molí farmhouse. Involved in a local water rights controversy with the Señor of Sa Pedrissa, the Médico and others. R.G. records the on-going confict in his diary over a span of several months in 1935. KG & eds.
  • Maria Luna

    Luna, Maria
    Also known as Anatolia. Served briefly as RG and LR's maid & cook in October 1935, but didn't work out (was dismissed). Diary, October 21- 29, 1935.
  • Margarita

    Chambermaid from Palma. Worked with Catalina the Cook. WG
  • Graves, Robert
    Author of the diary.