March 8th Friday

Gravel got at last and laid (two years now since it was asked for)1 as far as the 'cueva'2. Laura in bed all day.
Focus at last brought from Palma Would have sent it off but mistakes in it to correct.
Began trial scene in Antigua; at length; 12 pp.
Bitterly cold wind.
Sebastian away with influenza.
In bed ×××× [indecipherable] thought of Lewis Carroll's[RG] way of converting one word into another by overlapping words. The change of Graves to Riding by: Graves,ravest, vestige, tiger, germane, maneater, terrible, blear arid Riding written: GRAVESTIGERMANEATERRIBLEARIDING is amusing because[RG] If one separates the middle part into whole words they are TIGER, MANE, A, TERRIBLE A. or TIGER, MANEATER, RIB, LEA. Conversely RIDINGRATEDENGRAVES RATE & DEN 3

Editorial Notes

1refers to the road from Canellun to the sea being built for RG and LR: see RPG p.198, 236. eds
2cave WG
3???? See R.P. Graves 226.

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • Palma

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

    Deyá, Majorca, Sp
    Laura Riding and Robert Graves' house. Also Canellun (private) road. WG, KG

People Mentioned

  • Laura

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

    Graves, Robert
    [1st person]. (1895-1985). Poet, novelist, essayist, critic, and author of his diary. eds.
  • Sebastian

    Gardener getting on for 80. KG


    • Title: Antigua Penny Puce
    • Author: Graves, Robert
    • PubPlace: Deyá & London
    • Publisher: Seizin & Constable
    • Idno: A46
    • Date: 1936
    • Title: Focus I, II, III, IV [newsletter]
    • Editor: Riding, Laura
    • PubPlace: Deyá
    • Publisher: Seizin
    • Date: 1935