Thursday Oct 29th

Saw Dr.[RG] Ham; who prescribed.[RG]
To Southampton (L and I) by train, eating ham-sandwiches met by Violet & Walter.
Lunch at Old Burseledon. Then Walter fetched Tom & Julie & we all stayed the night. At listening-in exciting news of a successful Govt [Government] offensive, with capture of Castelejon.
Walter incredulous: he believes that hundreds of nuns have been burned & raped by the Reds. I said 'On military grounds, I'm not sure that Franco will get Madrid.' He offered to bet any money, Laura said "Don't, it's unlucky." [RG]
Slept in room with Tom, L with Julie.
Brought ruby bowl to Violet. She & W. go off to Austria & Yugoslavia [sic: Jugoslavia] on Thursday. They[RG] She boasts "I can't [sic: cant] speak a word of the[RG] any language but I never accept their prices."

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • Southampton

  • Burlesdon

  • Madrid

    Madrid, New Castile, Spain
    Capital city of Spain eds.

People Mentioned

  • Laura

    Riding, Laura
    (1901-91) American poet. Laura Riding (née Reichenthal; then Laura Gottschalk).
  • McCormacks

    McCormack, Walter & Violet
    Tenants of Ca'n Torrent. Had two daughters: Jennifer, a dancer, & Betty. Continued their friendship with Robert and Laura in England. eds.
  • Franco

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

    Matthews, T.S.(Tom)
    American journalist. Took sabbatical from TIME and arrived in Deyá in 1930. Involved from then on with L.R. and R.G. WG
  • Julie

    Matthews, Julie
    Tom Matthews' wife. WG
  • Dr. Ham

    Ham, Dr.
    London homeopathist KG