Nov 11 Monday

To Palma by camión 1, (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.
Juzgado 2: interpreter who could not talk English, because the Juez 3 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 Cementerio 5)[RG] to preserve our tranquilidad 6.
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

    (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
  • Graves, Robert
    Author of the diary.


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