March 17th Sunday

Spent the morning with great difficulty writing the four letters, in each case pleading flu for its inadequacy.
Nice weather again.
Chief excitement: Pepe's much too high estimate for work at Salerosa for the McCormacks; Laura had to interview Pepe for them.
They came to supper.
Mr McCormack talking about an after life said: "I think — I hope — that there's something after. I shouldn't like to think that we're only animals."
Mrs. McCormack said: "Oh but we're nice animals." She believes in total extinction. In a Life of Hannah More I found a sentence which puzzled me..."Out of one hundred and eight children in another parish, no one knew who made them." From the general context I eventually made out that the answer was 'God'.

Hands Referenced

Places Mentioned

  • Ca sa Salerosa

    Deyá, Majorca, Sp
    Literally the house of the happy one. House on the Palma side of the Deyá valley which RG & LR rented when they first arrived in Deyá in 1929 and in which they installed the Albion Press. This house was one that was often available to rent. WG During 1935 it was evidently rented by the McCormacks (See March 17, 1935) CP

People Mentioned

  • Laura

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

    Salas, José
    Master builder. Built Canellun. Pepe is a diminutive of José. WG
  • McCormacks

    McCormack, Walter & Violet
    Tenants of Ca'n Torrent. Had two daughters: Jennifer, a dancer, & Betty. Continued their friendship with Robert and Laura in England. eds.