Tuesday. Sept 24

Catalina came to wash.
It thundered in the night: cooller now.
Went with Gelat to Miramar, he saw one[RG]Magdalena1: Laura thinks of letting the Murcians2 go, paying an extra month. Got seeds, & two plants - grey-green, don't know the name.
Did A.F.T. [Almost Forgotten Times] Chapter XXXI, also pasted in corrections of O.S.S. [Old Soldier Sahib]
Paco came: Laura told him about Isabel & offered to pay the rest of month & an extra month to enable them all[RG] to go Thursday: & also to buy the bed possibly. Pleased, he.
To village with Laura at Fábrica listened to Milan (Spanish anti-British propaganda). Gelat told us that Casañer, ×××× [crossed out] ourselves[RG], & Pepe Salas had been denounced as spies: this is a mixed story, clearly indicating the charlatán & médico. Castañer & P.S. [Pepe Salas] were interested in previous road. Castañer's son-in-law is bosom pals with Franco's adjutant: so it will all come out.

Editorial Notes

1the Magdalena who would become their new maid? eds
2the immigrant domestic help eds

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • 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
  • Miramar

    Deyá, Majorca, Sp
    One of the houses which once belonged to the Archduke Luis Salvador of Austria. WG

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
  • 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.)
  • Isabella

    Live-in maid from Murcia. Her mother (Carmen) then came over with Josefa who also came to work later. WG
  • Catalina

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

    Vives, Antonio Dr.
    The village doctor (Deyá). At odds with Gelat (water rights controversy). His brother, Juan Vives, was Gelat's son-in-law. WG
  • Paco

    Paco (mason, son of Antonio and Carmen)
    Son of the Murcians Antonio and Carmen. Worked as a mason. WG
  • Magdalena

    Maid from Valldemossa hired by RG and LR in September 1935.
  • Castañer

    ? Owner of a large house in the Clot. Worked in Palma? WG
  • Charlatán

    ? unlikely to be Sebastian Boi. WG


    • Title: Almost Forgotten Germany [Almost Forgotten Times]
    • Author: Schwarz, Georg
    • Editor: Trans. Graves, Robert/ Riding, Laura
    • PubPlace: Deyá & London
    • Publisher: Seizin & Constable
    • Idno: A45
    • Date: 1936
    • Title: Old Soldier Sahib
    • Author: Richards, Frank
    • Editor: Graves, Robert
    • PubPlace: London, New York
    • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Harrison Smith & Robert Haas
    • Idno: A44
    • Date: 1936