July 10 Friday[RG] Saturday

We have a maid called Alice Mace. With her help the house was tidied & everything is now settled. L insisted on my sleeping[RG] staying in bed all day.
Rewrote Pygmalion to Galatea & wrote another poem about them.
Marble games with Harry in evening ([RG] tiddlewink game)[RG]; and taking by hopping (one's own & others) with houghing1 : who survives with most wins.[RG]
Harry killed a rabbit with a stick, a small one, & felt bad about it.
Read a Wodehouse golfing book: Heart of a Goof 2.
Laura put up new curtains.
My bed-workroom is pleasant now with all my things: B. [British] Columbia gloves, Solomon3 picture, map of Spain, 'pool near school' on wall; work-table lined with brown paper & my Swiss pewter tray-plate & marble (Caracallas4 baths) paper weight and pewter cigarette case, & my refugee toys – Jens Jenson pin cushion, french dower trunk lock & key, the N.N. dogs etc. My patchwork quilt (the triangle-cut one) on my bed. My ash chair with the rush bottom.

Editorial Notes

1hamstring? eds.
2 The Heart of a Goof by P.G. Wodehouse. London: H. Jenkins, Ltd., 1926. eds.
3Graves' dog in Deyá eds.
4Roman eds.

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • Deyá

    Deyá, Majorca, Sp
    Town located on the northwest coast of Majorca, on the hillside between the Teix Mountains and the sea: this was RG's home with Laura Riding from 1929 to 1936. He returned there with his family after WW II. Eds.

People Mentioned

  • Laura

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

    Kemp, Harry
    Poet. Met Graves and Riding through James Reeves in August 1936, just after their arrival in England. In their previous correspondence, Riding had been intrigued by his falling-out with Communism. He became associated with their circle, collaborating on various projects. (RPG 248-49)
  • Nancy

    Nicholson, Nancy
    (1899-1977) First wife of Robert Graves; married 1918, separated 1927, divorced 1949. eds.
  • Alice Mace

    Mace, Alice
    maid at Ewhurst, 1937 eds.
  • Wodehouse

    Wodehouse
    Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse (1881-1975), author and humourist eds.
  • Jens Jensen

    Jensen, Jens
    contributor to The World and Ourselves p.190 eds.; daughter Jensine Jensen born 11 September, 1937 eds.
  • Graves, Robert
    Author of the diary.

Bibliography

    • Title: Pygmalion to Galatea [poem; revised July 1937 eds.]
    • Title: Poems (1914-1926) [1927]
    • Author: Graves, Robert
    • PubPlace: London
    • Publisher: William Heinemann, Ltd.
    • Idno: A23
    • Date: 1927