Aug 6 Sat.

To Rennes by car (le patron1 driving) and did the week's shopping while Laura tussled with police.[RG] and behaved with indignation – quite successfully – i.e. when they wanted 3 fr [francs] 50 (and they had doubted her financial standing) she asked change for a 1000 fr [francs] note. I bought a blue oil-lamp & shade for 10fr [francs] (about 1/3d2) in the market & a brown holder for pens & things on my desk.
Spent 1 hour filling in forms for 2nd time for a silver box sent me from someone in Ireland – I don't know who.
In evening we all[RG] went to Montauban and sat outside Hotel d'Ouest while the Curé3's orchestra went past with lanterns drums & bugles – and people threw squibs4 at each other. Crab & melon for supper.

Editorial Notes

1 "the boss", i.e. of the farm? eds.
21 shilling, three pence eds.
3 "parson" eds.
4i.e. firecrackers eds.

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • Rennes

    Rennes, France
    where Gelat's daughter, Anita, and son-in-law, Juan Vives live; visited by RG and LR et al in 1938 eds.
  • Montauban

    Montauban-de-la-Bretagne, Brittany, France
  • Hotel Ouest

    Montauban, Brittany, France

People Mentioned

  • Laura

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