Oct 6 Thursday

David and Dorothy arrived (Dorothy with all her tools) and brought presents. David: marmalade, Earl Grey tea, Georgian toasting fork, candle-snuffer. Dorothy: chocolate mints[RG], two-chain pinch-beck bracelet, Bristol pink & blue bottle, green & white china candlestick (from Margaret: Richmond Gem cigarettes) Things from Mr Mills to be paid for: Georgian small paste brooch, West African gold weight (one legged hunchback) wooden nutcrackers, African brass belt, top to fit my corkscrew; Georgian sharkskin black box. She also brought my moss-agate box from Mary Lucy and Lawrence proofs, bound, from Sagorski & Sutcliffe
Went over points in L's: Two Ways of Reading a Poem & transcopied for her.
Letter from someone called Gittes enclosing one in Spanish from Antonia, saying that Gelat was renting C'an Torrent to friends. Solomon1 has been boarded out with a butcher in Palma: & killed a kid on the way to the sea.
Wrote to thank Mary Lucy for box; she has been ill in order to convince John of his mad jealousy; his apology to us was based on her illness.

Editorial Notes

1Graves' dog eds.

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • Can Torrent

    Deyá, Majorca, Sp
    House next to Canellun also belonging to LR & RG. Built by Norman Cameron. WG
  • Palma

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

People Mentioned

  • Laura

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

    Reeves, David
    Brother of James Reeves [and Ethel Herdman] RPG 292.
  • Dorothy

    Simmons, Dorothy
    Sculptor associated with the Graves-Riding inner circle (1938-39). Married to Montague Simmons. eds
  • Margaret

    Russell, Margaret
    House-keeper L.R. & R.G. had had in London. WG
  • Mills

    Mills, Mr.
    an antique seller and friend of RG, and contributor to the Covenant of Literary Morality eds.; of Paddington Street, Marylebone KG
  • Mary Lucy

    Lucy, Mary
    Visited R.G. and L.R. at Ewhurst. An admirer of both Graves and Riding, but her marital problems brought tensions to their household. See diary entry January 2, 1938 (and K.G. note).
  • T.E.

    Lawrence, T. E.
    'Lawrence of Arabia.' Met Robert in Oxford in the early twenties. Made Robert his biographer and had him write "Lawrence and the Arabs." WG
  • Antonia

    Antonia
    Proprietor of the Café Ca'n Pep Moso, opposite the Fabrica. The medico's mistress. WG
  • 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.)
  • John Lucy

    Lucy, John
    Estranged husband of Mary Lucy; RG and LR are drawn into their marital problems. eds.
  • Graves, Robert
    Author of the diary.

Organizations Mentioned

  • Sangorski & Sutcliffe

    Sangorski & Sutcliffe
    bookbinders (est. 1901); RG had proof copies of his own and LR's work bound by them eds.