July 4 Saturday

Great heat, but breeze.
Bartolomé fixing the carved Moli stone1 in the wall under the algarrobera2. Sebastian Aquel has made the playground by the Trojan bench.
Working a last time through Antigua as far as Laura has gone over it — p [page] 149.
Laura doing death of Hector in Troy.
To Margarita modista about trousers. So hot that I didn't go to sea after.
Wrote to Cooke, Richards etc. To A.G. To J.G. My letter to News Chronicle about T.E. printed.3
To Posada, in evening, with Karl & Alan to measure windows for curtains.

Editorial Notes

1usually refers to a tuffa (a soft calcite stone at the source of a spring) WG; stone basin KG
2carob-tree K.G.
3Letter about the Lawrence-Feisal letters in reply to front-page article of 15 June, 1936 in News Chronicle 29 June, Higginson p.15 eds.

Hands Referenced

Places Mentioned

  • Posada, La

    Deyá, Majorca, Sp
    House on the Puig next to Deyá church. Originally part of the Es Molí property. It had been rented by the church for Sunday school. RG and LR bought it in February, 1935, to use as a guest house for their visitors. WG, eds.

People Mentioned

  • Bartolomé

    The mason. WG
  • Alan

    Hodge, Alan
    Oxford history graduate. Became close friends with LR & RG. First husband of Beryl Graves. CP & WG
  • 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.
  • Cooke

    Cooke, Harold
    stamp collector and resource for Antigua, Penny, Puce; author (Oxford database) Harold Percy Cooke? eds.
  • Sebastian

    Aquel, Sebastian
    "That" Sebastian? (nickname) K.G. A villager who helped out with renovations, landscaping etc. May have had some seniority among the labourers there. W.G., eds.
  • Margarita Modista

    Margarita Modista
    Modista: Dress maker (in Deyá). W.G., eds.
  • Richards

    Richards, Frank
    Author of Old Soldiers Never Die and Old Soldier Sahib which R.G. rewrote for him. Was in The Royal Welch Fusiliers, R.G.'s regiment. eds.; Birth name is Francis Phillip Woodruff eds. see Diary September 27, 1936
  • A.G. (A.E.S.G)

    Graves, Amy
    Amy Graves, RG's Mother. WG
  • John

    Graves, John
    R.G.'s brother. Visited R.G. & L.R. in 1934 with R.G.'s mother. WG
  • T.E.

    Lawrence, T. E.
    'Lawrence of Arabia.' Met Robert in Oxford in the early twenties. Made Robert his biographer and had him write "Lawrence and the Arabs." WG
  • Feisel

    Feisal, Prince
    Bedouin Prince who corresponded with T.E. Lawrence eds.


    • Title: Antigua Penny Puce
    • Author: Graves, Robert
    • PubPlace: Deyá & London
    • Publisher: Seizin & Constable
    • Idno: A46
    • Date: 1936
    • Title: Trojan Ending, A [novel]
    • Author: Riding, Laura
    • PubPlace: Deyá & London
    • Publisher: Seizin & Constable
    • Date: 1937
    • Title: News Chronicle
    • PubPlace: England
    • Date: 1960