June 7 Sunday.

Incorporated 'stosia' dream in Antigua .
To Palma for bull-fight at 11.30
It should have been Lalanda, Armillita, Ortega; but Lalanda had sprained his ankle in a bull fight in France, and Armillita is a Mexican and the Mexican bullfighting dispute is still unsettled, so we had Curro Caro and Pericas. Curro Caro was brave but nervous and the bulls were very large and to be nervous about. Pericas's first visit to Mallorca [RG] Palma [RG] (his native city) as a matador so he had stage fright and was knocked down by his first bull not gored and lost consciousness until after the fight. Ortega was better than ever and from our good seats (17 pesetas) we could see him close and hear him talking to the bull. Curro Caro threatened, Ortega commanded. " Mira me, toro!" 1 and ×××× [indecipherable] when he had him in position told him to wait a moment while he killed him. Ortega got ears and tail for Perica's bull, no other awards, though there was a protest that C.C. didn't get something for his last bull, which he killed well, taking advantage of his tallness.
We met in Palma the Tio's (Pedro & Catalina) Castañer & 4 nieces, and Barcelo's daughter and son-in-law.
Lena's was awful. Francisca stayed in Palma, the maestro 2 returned with us.

Editorial Notes

1 "Look at me, bull!" K.G.
2school-master K.G.

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • Palma

    Palma, Majorca, Sp
    Capital and largest centre of Majorca.
  • Majorca/ Mallorca

    Majorca, Sp
    Largest of the Balearic Islands, located in the Mediterranean Sea off the eastern coast of Spain. R.G. and L.R. lived there, in Deyá, from 1929-1936. eds
  • Lena's Bar

    Palma, Majorca, Sp
    LR and RG sometimes ate here while in Palma on shopping or business trips. eds.

People Mentioned

  • Armallita

    Armallita
    A mexican bullfighter eds.
  • Ortega

    Ortega, Domingo
    bullfighter; Laura Riding's 'special hero' R.P.G.
  • Mme Loyard

    Loyard, Madame
    woman from Montaubon, worked for RG & LR at La Chevrie eds.
  • Curro Caro

    Curro Caro
    bullfighter from Madrid eds.
  • Cochran

    Cochran, C. B.
    Director of musical revues in London: RG's daughter Jenny performed as a chorus-girl in his "Follow the Sun" and "Midnight Laughter". (RPG 252-53) eds
  • Tio/Don Pedro & Tia/Doña Catalina

    Pedro or Catalina
    Cousins of Gelat from Madrid; RG refers to them interchangeably as Don or Doña and Tio/a, meaning uncle or aunt eds.
  • Castañer

    Castañer
    ? Owner of a large house in the Clot. Worked in Palma? WG
  • General Barceló

    Barceló, General
    Spent summers at Son Bauzá. WG
  • Francisca

    Francisca
    maid at Canelluñ hired May 25, 1936 eds.
  • Graves, Robert
    Author of the diary.

Bibliography

    • Title: Antigua Penny Puce
    • Author: Graves, Robert
    • PubPlace: Deyá & London
    • Publisher: Seizin & Constable
    • Idno: A46
    • Date: 1936