Saturday June 8th

Focus to printers.
Palma in new car: dentist, 15 pesetas, porcelain filling, no pain. Bank: drew out 500 pesetas. At Pomars bought Mary a pearl & garnet ring , 20 p.1 At Casas, for Posada, two old blue-glass bottles 5 pts, an old carved box for Posada[RG] 5pts., blue plate 8pts.
For Honor a jewel-box, for me a jewel box. 2 pes., & two old Mallorquin 1 lb weights as paper weights. At Costa2 green & blue plate 10 pes. At shop next to Pomas3, rose topaz earrings for Laura, 50 pes. Lunch at Parisien. "Tengo un gato, un perro, un canario, a casa"4, for left over food. 40 Lucky Strikes at 1.505 a packet via Pomar's. A hat for me - Mallorquin superior straw. Chose tiles for Posada and also for Gelats Fábrica dance-hall.
Chicken livers for Honor & Gordon.
On return found Miguel had fixed the netting for the house[RG] windows in my workroom. Letter from Routledge about Lars Porsena.

Editorial Notes

1RG indicates "pesetas" in different ways (or not at all): according to KG the correct abbreviation is "pts." eds.
2antique shop. KG
3Pomar. KG
4 "At home, I have a cat, a dog, and a canary" (but RG's Spanish construction is incorrect) KG
5pts. KG

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • 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.
  • Parisien

    Palma, Majorca, Sp
    Restaurant in Palma. WG
  • Fábrica

    Deyá, Majorca, Sp
    Home of Juan (Gelat) and his wife, the Madora. K.G. The ground floor was a nave extended over the equivalent of two more lots. This originally was a factory with an oil press, a flour mill and a soap making machine all run by a steam engine. Gelat replaced steam by fuel-oil and installed an electricity generator. When he put in the turbine at Ca'n Madó he removed the machinery and built a Café in its place (the Sala Concordia). WG

People Mentioned

  • Laura

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

    Phillips, Mary
    Visitor. Typed most of I, Claudius. Later married James Reeves. WG
  • Gordon

    Glover, Gordon
    Married to Honor Wyatt. 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).
  • Miguel

    One of four village carpenters. Others were Miguel Junior, Francisco and Antonio de Ca's Pintat. WG
  • Casas

    Antique dealer in Palma. WG

Organizations Mentioned

  • Pomar

    Palma Jeweller. WG
  • Routledge Kegan Paul

    Routledge Kegan Paul
    British Publisher


    • Title: Focus I, II, III, IV [newsletter]
    • Editor: Riding, Laura
    • PubPlace: Deyá
    • Publisher: Seizin
    • Date: 1935
    • Title: Lars Porsena or The Future of Swearing and Improper Language [2nd rev. edition]
    • Author: Graves, Robert
    • PubPlace: London
    • Publisher: Kegan Paul
    • Idno: A21c
    • Date: 1936