Nov 2 Tuesday.

Got Karl his opal ring for Marie , & a green paste ring for Mary Reeves [RG].[RG]
Caught train with much difficulty – Laura lost her gloves in the taxi – & to Highcroft by 12 o'clock.
Parece que ×××× [indecipherable] la mujer del queso[RG] ha bebido todo el vino de Xeres, secretamente sin decir nada: y hay otras porquerias tambien.1
Working all day at revision of two specimen chapters2 (Karl cross-copying).
Todo muy frio con los de la casa.3 Alan came & walked with me to Cranleigh.
Killed a cold.

Editorial Notes

1 "Looks as though the cheese woman [i.e. Alix KG] drank all the sherry, secretly without an explanation: and there are other messes besides" KG
3Estranged with Harry & Alix KG

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • Highcroft

    Ewhurst, Surrey, England
    Rental house that RG and LR shared with Harry and Alix Kemp in Ewhurst for July-November, 1937 RPG
  • Cranleigh

    Cranleigh, Surrey, England
    town closest to Ewhurst KG

People Mentioned

  • Laura

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

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

    Goldschmidt, Marie
    Karl Goldschmidt's first wife. RPG 280-81. The couple met when Marie was employed as domestic help at Ewhurst (summer 1937). eds.
  • Mary

    Reeves, Mary
    wife of James Reeves; daughter Stella born 14 June, 1938 eds.
  • 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
  • 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)


    • Title: Count Belisarius [1938]
    • Author: Graves, Robert
    • PubPlace: London
    • Publisher: Cassell
    • Idno: A47
    • Date: 1937-07-21