Oct 4 Friday San Francisco1

Heavy rain at 8 o'clock & then showers.
Finished A.F.T. [Almost Forgotten Times] Chapter XXXVIII. Only one left now. Amador getting green olives for salting. Told of first fighting in Abyssinia.
Finished A.F.T. Chapter XXXIX which is the last of the book: Karl has still 11 sheets to type.
Gelat came with Solomon's2 kennel & Miguel creosoted it. Gelat & I went up to view the spring: no good: went higher & found quite a good one — perhaps 30 or 50 litres an hour, more by searching. Settled accounts with him, including carpenter's bill. He had mended the donkey "carreton."3 Went with him in afternoon to Can Medó for apples, grapes & beans. To Posada: well nearly done.
Laura dissatisfied with Magdalena who finds life lonely: & Isabel's careful touch is missed. (Gelat spoke to her.) To village: heard wireless news of Adowa advance.
Damas de noche4 budding.

Editorial Notes

1St. Francis' Day. eds
2Graves' dog's. eds
3cart. KG
4night-flowering shrub. KG

Hands Referenced

Places Mentioned

  • Ca'n Madó

    Majorca, Sp
    Old flour mill, on the road to Palma, converted into a hydro-electric plant by Gelat. Laura bought him a generator. Part of the orchard was bought by LR & RG. 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.

People Mentioned

  • Laura

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

    Goldschmidt, Karl
    Karl Goldschmidt, later Kenneth Gay: Graphic artist, friend and secretary of Robert Graves and Laura Riding since 1934. R. G. spells both as Carl and Karl.
  • Magdalena

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

    Gelat's right hand man. Drove the bus. WG; also Gelat's chauffeur KG
  • Miguel

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

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