Oct 15 Tuesday

Gelat turned up: has every confidence in winning case & has right of appeal, which other side haven't. Is going to raise Can Madó deposito1 by 1 metre. Talked with boss of doctors' union about getting in a rival into[RG] in competition with the Dr [Doctor]: & with Mayor of Valldemossa, trouble there too.
Epilogue finished and sent off. End of a 4-5 years job. Faber & Faber agree to alterations in O.S.S. [Old Soldier Sahib] contract.
Juan Vives ill in bed with rheumatic feet from getting feet wet, when fishing. Prescribed rhus tox 32 2 hourly from Prescriber3; also glycerine & hot salt. Listened in at Sala Café[RG].4 First clear reception for 10 days.
Supper with Schw [Schwarz] & Str. [Strenge] Candles, fire in grate, flowers zinnias, German hors d'oeuvres[RG] & then a young turkey, Rioja Alta wine, all the[RG]various accompaniments of turkey — also caraway cheese a Hartz cheese, I had never tasted before.
The Krasniks went off; a parting growl to Amok5 from Solomon6.

Editorial Notes

1water tank. KG
2homoeopathic medicine. KG
3homoeopathic "Doctor in the House." KG
4The radio: for news of Abyssinia? See Oct. 2nd and 4th. eds
5their Great Dane? KG
6Graves' dog. eds

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • Valldemossa

    Valldemossa, Majorca, Sp
    Village on the way to Palma. WG
  • 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
  • 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

People Mentioned

  • 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.)
  • Juan

    Vives, Juan
    The Doctor's brother. Married to Gelat's daughter. Lived in Rennes, France. WG
  • Swartz

    Schwarz, Georg
    German Jew. Deyá neighbour. Antique dealer. Lived with Frau Emmy Strenge, his house keeper, in Can Caballo some hundred yards from Canellun. RG and LR translated his "Almost Forgotten Germany." WG
  • Strenge

    Strenge, Frau Emmi
    Schwarz's house keeper and ? mistress. 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
  • Krasnik

    Austrian Deyá resident. W.G. Austrian painter: his wife's name was Pauline. K.G.

Organizations Mentioned

  • Faber & Faber

    Publishers of Old Soldier Sahib and Old Soldiers Never Die. WG


    • 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: Epilogue I: A Critical Summary
    • Editor: Riding. Laura/ Graves, Robert
    • PubPlace: Deyá & London
    • Publisher: Seizin & Constable
    • Idno: B22
    • Date: 1935