Nov 11 Monday

To Palma by camión1, (Karl & I). It hadn't rained there: rained here all day. Buying household things: also 2 handkerchiefs for Laura & new (5) records: 2 Duke Ellington, 1 Louis Armstrong, 1 Jack Hilton & Niña de la Puebla: flamenco.
Juzgado2: interpreter who could not talk English, because the Juez3 considered it part of his dignity not to conduct conversations directly with me in Spanish. Questioned me about road. Answered same as Laura, but added that G. [Gelat] had undertaken not to build a house opposite at[RG] Se Semente de Ca'n Carindo,4 (insisted it was Cementerio5)[RG] to preserve our tranquilidad6.
Saw Czechoslovakian translator in Lena's Bar: explained lay-out to her.
Laura worried when I came home — Nicholas7 has been very ill, Solomon8 had been sick, too &[RG] Alice9 had messed the passage & a kitten Catalina's bed. (Nicholas, whiskied, improved)
Fire out. Juan got more gas — found gas in old drum not yet exhausted.
Finished Mistake Somewhere: lots of mistakes. Laura writing a poem.

Editorial Notes

1bus. KG
2Law Court. KG
3Judge. KG
4 es sementé de Can Carindo: a plot of land belonging to Can Carindo. WG
5a cemetary? eds
6quiet. KG
7LR's tom-cat. KG
8RG's dog. eds
9LR's cat. KG

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • Palma

    Palma, Majorca, Sp
    Capital and largest centre of Majorca.
  • Lena's Bar

    Palma, Majorca, Sp
    LR and RG sometimes ate here while in Palma on shopping or business trips. 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.
  • 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.)
  • Catalina

    Cook from Palma employed by RG and LR; worked with Margarita, the chambermaid. W.G., eds.
  • Juan

    Mas, Juan Marroig
    Usually refers to Gelat's son, sometimes to Gelat himself. WG


    • Title: Mistake Somewhere, A
    • Author: Anonymous [Gordon Glover/Honor Wyatt/Molly Hare]
    • Editor: Riding, Laura
    • PubPlace: Deyá
    • Publisher: Seizin
    • Date: 1936-02-13