Wednesday, May 20th

* Hot day. Summer clothes at last.
No letters for days of any interest.
Finished Historical Particulars.
Twice to Posada helping with paths, telling how to window the casita 1 there, planting scabiosa [sic: scabious] 2 rooting out dead pomegranate, supervising cleaning out of escusado 3.
School of the nuns shut today.
Help[RG] Went over Burdekin checks with Laura.
Transplanted laurels from their tubs. One will live, one may.
Black painted Pressroom light, and top-of-stair hinges.
For the first time for months have a momentarily clear work-table.
Nicholas4's hurt paw a little better after 5 or 6 days.
Protest by village to Inspector5 against the maestra 6. Inspector chose [sic: choose] Can fusimain site for school. Gelat reads us draft of his speech.

Editorial Notes

1lavatory K.G.; shed eds.
2 "pincushion flower" eds.
3privy K.G.
4cat eds.
5of Schools K.G.
6schoolmistress; about to marry Walter Icks – if not already married to him, hence lost Spanish nationality – to the dismay of the village. K.G.

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.
  • Ca'n Fusimañ

    Deyá, Majorca, Sp
    Farm-house in the village. WG

People Mentioned

  • 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.)
  • Laura

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

    Burdekin, Katherine
    American contributor to Epilogue II K.G.
  • Ickes

    Ickes, Walter
    German painter, who married the Deyá school-mistress, & fathered a daughter by her. K.G.
  • Graves, Robert
    Author of the diary.