Friday March 1st

Fourth & fifth drafts of Advice to Storytellers. Went over checks of section of Emmie1 with Laura: took it to Karl with the fourth chapter of Antigua.
Went with Laura a walk to Lluchalcari came back in car. Return of Sirocco.
Water put into deposito2 from C'an Fusimañ [sic: Canfusimain] stream.
Motor taken down after another test: pump trouble probably.
Read Henry Chapin's Leifsaga3 & Colony's Brook of Leaves4 sent me unprovoked.
Sirocco made work impossible.
At the Hotel at Lluchalcari was a woman, author of Warning to Wantons5 – Mary Mitchell6 – who looked XScientist. On the way home from the village I said to Laura: "Do you think X–Sc ience 7 is making progress in US America[RG] these days?" She said "X–Sc nce is progress ;&in America it[RG] does not make progress: it is progress."

Editorial Notes

1According to Friedmann (175-76), the character "Emmie" was based on the German girl Elfriede, and her relationship with Norman Cameron ("Percival" in the story), whom she later married. eds
2tank. KG.
3 Leifsaga by Henry Chapin. New York: Farrar & Rinehart, Inc., 1934. eds.
4 A Brook of Leaves by Horatio Colony. Boston: R.G. Badger, 1935. eds.
5 A Warning to Wantons by Mary Mitchell. London: W. Heinemann, 1934. eds
6(1893-1973) eds.
7Christian Science eds.

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • Llucalcari

    Llucalcari, Majorca, Sp
    Hamlet with hotel some three kilometres from Deyá on the way to Soller. WG. RG spells it "Lluchalcari" in the Diary.
  • Ca'n Fusimañ

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

People Mentioned

  • Elfriede

    Cameron, Elfriede
    Norman Cameron's first wife; a German woman: whom he first encountered in Deyá K.G.
  • Norman Cameron

    Cameron, Norman
    Poet. Built Can Torrent in 1932-1933. W.G.; m. to Elfriede, then to Catherine Vandervelde; friend and contributor to LR and RG's work eds.
  • Laura

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

    Goldschmidt, Karl
    Karl Goldschmidt, later Kenneth Gay: Graphic artist, friend and secretary of Robert Graves and Laura Riding since 1934. R. G. spells both as Carl and Karl.


    • Title: Advice to Storytellers [a.k.a. Devil's Advice to Storytellers]
    • Title: Collected Poems [1938]
    • Author: Graves, Robert
    • PubPlace: London
    • Publisher: Cassell
    • Idno: A48
    • Date: 1938
    • Title: Women as People [Emmie was a character in this short story, according to Friedmann 175].
    • Title: "Women as People," The Word "Woman" and Other Related Writings
    • Author: Riding, Laura
    • Title: Antigua Penny Puce
    • Author: Graves, Robert
    • PubPlace: Deyá & London
    • Publisher: Seizin & Constable
    • Idno: A46
    • Date: 1936

Elements Mentioned

  • Sirocco

    South easterly wind. Used generically for all southerly winds which eddy on the leeward side of the Teix mountains above Deya. WG