Aug 7 Sunday.

(The Montauban fète1 – not so big because the Mayor died. Bicycle & horse races. We did not go.) Day of rain & thunder-in-air.
The furniture came last night and this morning I waxed it and shortened 2 tables legs[RG] & took castors off the third. Laura working on Macedonian wives2.[RG]
I rewrote the introduction to my poems3 for the severalth time, on[RG] to Laura's amendments.
We divided household[RG] responsibilities: e.g. I do fuel supply, seeing kitchen is clean, lamps, bicycles, flowers; Alan does clocks, grounds, lavatory. Beryl groceries & stores; Laura meals & tidiness of rooms.
Laura thought of a book for Montague to write: about seasons.

Editorial Notes

1festival eds.

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • Montauban

    Montauban-de-la-Bretagne, Brittany, France

People Mentioned

  • Montague Simmonds

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

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

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

    Pritchard, Beryl
    daughter of Harry and Amy Pritchard, R.G.'s second wife. Formerly married to Alan Hodge. Robert and Beryl had four children: William, Lucia, Juan and Tomas. eds


    • Title: Collected Poems [1938]
    • Author: Graves, Robert
    • PubPlace: London, Toronto, Melbourne & Sydney
    • Publisher: Cassell and Co. Ltd
    • Idno: A48
    • Date: 1938
    • Title: Lives of Wives [prose]
    • Author: Riding, Laura
    • PubPlace: London, Toronto, Melbourne & Sydney
    • Publisher: Cassell and Co. Ltd.
    • Idno: A39
    • Date: 1939