Oct 2 Sat.

Went over yesterday's Belisarius & did 10 more pp [pages], ending ch [chapter] XII.
Laura still on 'newspaper recommendation'1.
Archery & marbles as usual.
Jenny rang up about Charles & said that all was settled.
In evening to Dorking (Alix, Harry, L & I) to a cinema & saw Astaire & Rogers in Shall We Dance?2 & laughed at Hitler & Musso in the News Pictorial3, & bought a glass sailors' rolling pin for Alix (3/64) & sandwiches; & a beer in the 'Shades'5; & saw a number of red-headed men;[RG] on returning I had 4 brandies to cure a stomach shaken by the car; & a kidney supper.

Editorial Notes

1for Part V, The World and Ourselves eds.
2 "Shall We Dance?" (1937) starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers eds.
3Short newsreel screened in movie theatres eds.
43 shillings, sixpence eds.
5a pub? eds.

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • Dorking

    Dorking, Surrey, England

People Mentioned

  • Jenny

    Nicholson, Jenny
    Jenny Nicholson: oldest daughter of Robert by Nancy Nicholson.
  • Charles

    Graves, Charles Patrick Ranke
    RG's brother with whom he did not get on. WG Estranged from RG in 1937 over Jenny Nicholson's crisis. See RPG p.281 CP
  • Alix Kemp

    Kemp, Alix
    Married to poet Harry Kemp. The couple shared a house with Graves and Riding in Ewhurst, Surrey (1937). eds (RPG 277); also referred to as Frau Eierman by RG eds. see Diary August 30, 1936
  • Laura

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

    Kemp, Harry
    Poet. Met Graves and Riding through James Reeves in August 1936, just after their arrival in England. In their previous correspondence, Riding had been intrigued by his falling-out with Communism. He became associated with their circle, collaborating on various projects. (RPG 248-49)
  • Astaire

    Astaire, Fred
    (1899-1987) actor eds.
  • Rogers

    Rogers, Ginger
    (1911-1995) actress eds.
  • Hitler

    Hitler, Adolf
  • Mussolini

    Mussolini, Benito
    (1883-1945) Fascist dictator ( "IL DUCE") of Italy from 1922-1943. eds.


    • Title: Count Belisarius [1938]
    • Author: Graves, Robert
    • PubPlace: London
    • Publisher: Cassell
    • Idno: A47
    • Date: 1937-07-21
    • Title: The World and Ourselves [former title: Letter Book]
    • Author: Riding, Laura [contributor; with Sally Graves, Sir Edward Marsh et al]
    • Editor: Riding, Laura
    • PubPlace: London
    • Publisher: Chatto & Windus
    • Date: 1938-11