Thursday Nov 12

Madrid still holding out after four days.
Breakfast in bed – first time (except for the Axe at Arkesden) for a long time. Excellent home cooking.
To Ham: recommended oranges & rest. Said I have no 'sugar'.
On way back bought silver shell earrings ××××, silver ring for myself 1/3d, and (6d)[RG] silver centrepiece for a necklace which I strung with black glass, garnet, silver lustre.
Laura bought Crown Derby sugar bowl (8/6)
Probably final version of Before Bedlam.
Restrung garnet necklace as choker.
In bed most of day.
Read, or half-read, Dorothy Sayers 5 Red Herrings1: arch, complicated, boring.
Nightmare of rats on bed: mice? There are mice in this flat.

Editorial Notes

1 The Five Red Herrings: Suspicious Characters by Dorothy Sayers New York: Harper & Row, 1931. eds.

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • Madrid

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

    Essex, England
  • The Axe

    Arkesden, Essex, England
    An Inn eds.

People Mentioned

  • Laura

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

    Ham, Dr.
    London homeopathist KG
  • Dorothy Sayers

    Sayers, Dorothy
    (1893-1957) scholar and writer with the Spectator who criticised LR's writing in The World and Ourselves eds.


    • Title: Halls of Bedlam [poem; was Before Bedlam]
    • Title: Collected Poems [1938]
    • Author: Graves, Robert
    • PubPlace: London, Toronto, Melbourne & Sydney
    • Publisher: Cassells
    • Idno: A48
    • Date: 1936-11-08