Oct 8 Tuesday.

To Palma[RG] village: no ice.
No head for Solomon1 at Margarita's, who is annoyed at our going to the Sala: so made arreglo2 at the Cas3 Ferrer.4
Transcopying O.S.S. [Old Soldier Sahib] First dahlia. Fine day, rained later.
In garden, cut back carnations, planted cuttings of it. Took cuttings of geraniums. Took cuttings of fuchsia to put in a fabi5. Nice letter from Sally Graves.
Horace Walpole's Anecdotes of Painting came. Planted grey-green cuttings along deposito6 side. Laura slowly at Troy.
In evening Laura went to bed & Karl & she & I played "66"7 with her: she won, ×××× [crossed out] 8 games in a row, Karl hardly a point, me forging ahead. When she & I played alone I won 8 in a row & then lost one & then won. The streaks of luck were not easy to account for.
Problem of cats: 3 grown kittens wild — too many.

Editorial Notes

1Graves' dog. eds
2arrangement. KG
3House of. WG
4the other butcher in the village[?] eds
5jar. KG
6reservoir. KG
7German card-game — a kind of whist or pinochlo, with loose rules. KG

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • Concordia

    Deyá, Majorca, Sp
    Salón Concordia. Gelat's café. Variously refered to as the Sala or the Salón. The village youths had shares in it. It was later called the Salón Deportivo. WG

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.
  • Margarita

    Margarita (Café proprietor)
    Proprietor of Café. Also Butcher. WG
  • Magdalena Ferrer

    Ferrer, Magdalena
    The Butcher. W.G. Married to Juan Ferrer (a mason who did plaster jobs for R.G.)? eds.
  • Sally

    Graves, Sally
    R.G.'s niece. Daughter of his half-brother Philip. KG


    • 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
    • Title: Trojan Ending, A [novel]
    • Author: Riding, Laura
    • PubPlace: Deyá & London
    • Publisher: Seizin & Constable
    • Date: 1937