Santa Catalina Tomas July 28th Tuesday

Order came for the possible[RG] formation of a body of 10 local falangists1. Alice2 has a kitten, Bombita – other 5 drowned.[RG]
Castaner threatened with a 10,000 pes [peseta] fine for radio[RG] allowing people to hear his radio. So cannot go to Fabrica now for news: & G says that to avoid trouble he is not using ×××× [indecipherable] his own[RG] dismounting the radio.
Wrote to Consul3 asking him to communicate with American Consul at Barcelona, & with Honor, and with Alan's parents.
Close day. Got in a supply of coffee. Have a good deal of sugar. Laura still at Troy ending[RG]
Schools. At 12 o clock 2 planes flew over Palma & dropped bombs. Two in Plaza Olivar wrecking house of Socialist Ques (now in prison) and wounding Banalbufar bus driver in arm, another at bootblack stand by Duran's. another by Alzamora's flour depõt. Many wounded.[RG] colmado4 Duran's The[RG] shop is said to have collapsed. Everyone fleeing from Palma again. 29 guests at Costa D'Or (3 in a bed in many cases). Alan Karl & I bathed at Lluchalcari, saw Junyers who have our 3 pictures & showed us a Barcelona paper of the 26th. The planes threatened to return at 5, and did. No ×××× [indecipherable] [RG] All the same went to Fabrica at 8.40. News over radio of fall of Oviedo. "Gov t winning," etc. Barcelona newspapers circulating freely.

Editorial Notes

1right-wing party formed by José Antonio Primo de Rivera, favouring Franco eds.
2Riding's cat eds.
3 Saward? eds.
4cheap restaurant or grocery store eds.

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • Palma

    Palma, Majorca, Sp
    Capital and largest centre of Majorca.
  • Barcelona

    Catalunya, Spain
    Located on the Mediterranean coast. eds.
  • Fábrica

    Deyá, Majorca, Sp
    Home of Juan (Gelat) and his wife, the Madora. K.G. The ground floor was a nave extended over the equivalent of two more lots. This originally was a factory with an oil press, a flour mill and a soap making machine all run by a steam engine. Gelat replaced steam by fuel-oil and installed an electricity generator. When he put in the turbine at Ca'n Madó he removed the machinery and built a Café in its place (the Sala Concordia). WG
  • Hotel Costa d'Or

    Llucalcari, Majorca, Sp
    In Llucalcari. Went there for drinks and occasionally meals. It was the best hotel, the Fonda being rather basic. The Turismo was closed. WG
  • Bañalbufar

    Bañalbufar, Majorca, Sp
    Another village on the north west coast of the island. WG; famous for its tomatoes. KG
  • Llucalcari

    Llucalcari, Majorca, Sp
    Hamlet with hotel some three kilometres from Deyá on the way to Soller. WG. RG spells it "Lluchalcari" in the Diary.
  • Oviedo

    Oviedo, Asturias, Spain
    Inland city in the north region of Spain eds.

People Mentioned

  • 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).
  • 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).
  • Castañer

    ? Owner of a large house in the Clot. Worked in Palma? WG
  • 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.)
  • Franco

    Franco, General
    Spanish General; led the Nationalist forces against the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War; Spanish Head of State from 1939-1969.
  • Saward

    Consular official in Palma. WG
  • Ques.

    Castro y Quesada, Américo
    (1885-1972); Spanish philologist and cultural historian; Spanish ambassador to Berlin 1931-36 eds.
  • Duran

    Duran, Colmado
    [Proprietor of] a shop that sold tiles? WG
  • Junyers

    Junyer, Sebastian and Junyer, Clothilde
    Often referred to in the diary as "The Junyers," artists Sebastian and Clothilde Junyer spent their summers in Llucalcari. W.G., eds.


    • Title: Schools [an international survey of education]
    • Author: Graves, Robert; Riding, Laura
    • Editor: Riding, Laura
    • Title: Trojan Ending, A [novel]
    • Author: Riding, Laura
    • PubPlace: Deyá & London
    • Publisher: Seizin & Constable
    • Date: 1937