Sunday May 22

Laura spent all day in bed resting. I looked after her & also spent a long time on a letter to Flower about L's poems1.[RG]
Montague & Dorothy to supper.
Dorothy told us that on the 20th, the day to which a perfect stranger had pointed, giving her a charm, as a very lucky one, she had been pushed into the river at Blackfriars by a Lesbian but managed to catch at a chain & pull herself to safety. The charm in her handbag also escaped: the bag bounced off from a post. Then the woman tried to kill herself but Dorothy rescued her.2

Editorial Notes

2KG notes that this story may indicate "an early sign of mental instability?" eds.

Hands Referenced

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

People Mentioned

  • Laura

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

    Simmons, Dorothy
    Sculptor associated with the Graves-Riding inner circle (1938-39). Married to Montague Simmons. eds
  • Desmond Flower

    Flower, Desmond
    associated with Cassell publishers KG
  • Montague Simmonds

    Simmons, Montague
    poet, and civil servant in the children's branch of the Home Office; m. to Dorothy Simmons, the sculptress RPG


    • Title: Collected Poems [1938]
    • Author: Riding, Laura
    • PubPlace: London, Toronto, Melbourne & Sydney
    • Publisher: Cassell and Co. Ltd
    • Idno: A35
    • Date: 1938