Monday May 6th

Mesquida whitewashed by Catalina & Maria Magdalena[RG] Martina. C.F.V. all morning. Laura lay in bed reading Jane Austen.
Lunch at Can Torrent.
Still heavy weather, but somewhat better. Have now done four short chapters of C.F.V., about 9,000 words. Another 6,000 words will bring story up to the point where the film begins. Have reached the death of Augustus.
Put back plates etc in the Mesquida: decided on some furniture to go to Posada.
New cups from Palma.
On walk with Salamo1 met two carters trying to raise a mule fallen on or[RG] slippery asphalt.
Loquats at their best.
Wrote to Sanders for copy of Blanding's Castle2 & account of what books he has of ours. To Honor for new shaving brush, beads from Goods3 to be brought by Maisie, beads from Lucie as ordered.
To one Maurice Firth4 who was with 3rd Garr. [Garrison] R.W.F. [Royal Welch Fusiliers] under me at Kimmel Park:5 now in New York. He wrote to me.

Editorial Notes

1RG's dog. eds
2 Blandings Castle by P.G. Wodehouse. KG
3Goodes [?] KG
4ref. not found in RG's Goodbye to All That. KG
5a large WWI training camp near Abergele, N. Wales. 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
  • Mesquida

    Deyá, Majorca, Sp
    The dining room in Canellun was called the Mesquida after a painting hanging in it. WG
  • Posada, La

    Deyá, Majorca, Sp
    House on the Puig next to Deyá church. Originally part of the Es Molí property. It had been rented by the church for Sunday school. RG and LR bought it in February, 1935, to use as a guest house for their visitors. WG, eds.
  • 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).
  • Catalina

    Domestic help. Called in for white-washing, etc. WG
  • Magdalena Martina.

    Martina, Magdalena
    One of the women called on to whitewash. WG
  • Sanders

    Second hand book seller in Oxford. WG
  • Honor

    Wyatt, Honor
    Journalist. Arrived in Deyá fortuitously. Married to Gordon Glover...Son Julian. W.G. First acquainted with R.G. and L.R. early in 1934; returned to visit in 1935; continued friendship in England. eds (RPG 211).
  • Maisie

    Sommerville, Maisie
    Head of BBC Education broadcasting department. Friend of R.G. and L.R. Arranged accomodation for them when they returned to London as exiles. W.G., eds.
  • Lucie

    Brown, Lucie
    Married artist John Aldridge. eds.


    • Title: Claudius Film Version [The Fool of Rome] [a condensed novel based on I, Claudius]
    • Author: Graves, Robert