Ap 17th Friday.

Dreadfully cold wind.
Laura gave me her old Parker Duophone1 with which I write this. The nib has been damaged slightly but it isn't [sic: is isn't] bad. Mended the nib, but spoilt the valve.
Gelat is going to Madrid tomorrow. Monday week the ayuntamiento 2 will be removed if it does not previously resign. Yesterday it was going to be molestared 3 – called to account for irregularities – but the Civil[RG] Governor had a row at the Desfile 4 on the Day of the Republica about the presence of a canonico 5 on the balcony. Probably then today.
A wire has just come for the Mayor from Palma. Gelat related all this & then we went to Can Mado via the Piñets, and had a sobrasada 6 & wine & bread & olives meal at the Fabrica.
Madora with face inflamed by toothache [sic: toothe ache].
Passed a marvellous picnic party coming from the sea. Werner, Broadwood niece, Proxy sister, Abelin, ×××× [overwritten] 7 painter, Herpes, the Pansy. (Jammerlich 8 & the Krasniks had not attended owing to internal dissensions)

Editorial Notes

1Duofold K.G.
2town council K.G.
3inconvenienced eds.
4parade K.G.
5clergyman K.G.
6sausages K.G.
7? KG
8 Jämmerlich is the German for "miserable": K.G. suggests Graves is referring to Frau Emmerich. K.G./eds.

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • Palma

    Palma, Majorca, Sp
    Capital and largest centre of Majorca.
  • Ca'n Madó

    Majorca, Sp
    Old flour mill, on the road to Palma, converted into a hydro-electric plant by Gelat. Laura bought him a generator. Part of the orchard was bought by LR & RG. WG
  • Piñets, Es

    Deyá, Majorca, Sp
    Part of Es Molí estate purchased by RG & LR along with the Posada and part of Ca'n Madó. WG
  • Fábrica

    Deyá, Majorca, Sp
    Home of Juan (Gelat) and his wife, the Madora. K.G. The ground floor was a nave extended over the equivalent of two more lots. This originally was a factory with an oil press, a flour mill and a soap making machine all run by a steam engine. Gelat replaced steam by fuel-oil and installed an electricity generator. When he put in the turbine at Ca'n Madó he removed the machinery and built a Café in its place (the Sala Concordia). WG

People Mentioned

  • Laura

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

    Marroig Más, Madora
    Gelat's wife. W.G. R.G. often spells her first name "Medora," and precedes it with "the." eds.
  • Werner

    Werner, Fraulein
    A member of the German community in Deyá? eds.
  • Mrs. Broadwood

    Broadwood, Mrs.
    English widow. Lived near Son Bauzá with her cats. WG; known as "niña vieja," roughly: "mutton dressed up as lamb" KG
  • Proxy

    Macdonald, Proxy
    Living in DeyǰHad a sister. eds.
  • Abelin

    Abelen, Peter
    (1884-1962), German painter living in Deyá. K.G.; RG often misspells the name: Abelin eds.
  • Pansy

    Pepito de Can Jordi
    Called "the Pansy," later known as Pep de Can Pelat, he was gay, and came from a good family in Palma who more or less exiled him to Deyá. He used to dress in drag, and was living with the German painter Leman. WG
  • Frau Emmerich; "Jämmerlich"

    Emmerich, Frau
    German painter, from Magdeburg, resident in Deyá. Invariably referred to with the prefix "Frau". K.G./ WG
  • Krasnik

    Krassnigg
    Austrian Deyá resident. W.G. Austrian painter: his wife's name was Pauline. K.G.
  • Graves, Robert
    Author of the diary.