Oct 26 Saturday

Working at Lars Porsena.
To Palma [RG] Laura decided to go to Palma to get maids. (At 2 o'clock)[RG]to Short & various places in El Terreno. Gelat did most of the work.[RG]Bought glass[RG] fruit plates, tablecloths, rings for Magdalena & Anita1, needles etc; ordered candle-grease2 coppers, silver button-brooch for Laura's Ibiza jacket. A tortoise stove3 for me.
Letter from Honor: hope about her cottage.
Rosa brought a new brown shirt for me.
To bed early.
No news yet of Calabat bancals4.
Blue velvet cushion made from skirt of Laura's.

Editorial Notes

1but might be referring to Ana, Gelat's daughter, here. eds
2protectors of. KG
3With tortoise-shaped doors for front-loading the wood. It remained in the Canellun dining room after the war until the fireplace was rebuilt in 1957. WG
4terraces. KG

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • Palma

    Palma, Majorca, Sp
    Capital and largest centre of Majorca.
  • Ca l'Abat

    Deyá, Majorca, Sp
    Beautiful farm with watch-tower on the way to Llucalcari. WG
  • Terreno, El

    Palma, Majorca, Sp
    A suburb of Palma. WG
  • Ibiza

    Balearic Islands, Sp
    One of the three larger islands in the Balearic Archipelago (with Majorca and Menorca). Popular tourist destination. eds

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.)
  • Rosa

    Dress maker. Also made cushions, seat covers, etc. WG
  • Magdalena Marroig

    Marroig Más, Magdalena
    Gelat's daughter. Later married Marcos Colom. WG
  • Short

    Shipping agent and operator of a lending library in Palma. K.G.
  • 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).
  • Anita

    Mas, Anita
    Gelat's daughter-in-law, married to Juan Mas. WG


    • 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