Aug 16 Tuesday

Laura feels much better about bulls now that there is one in the field by the lake with the cows and le petit Paton (who makes mudpies while tending it) despises & le petit Henri feeds.
A poem about being cross1.
Dorothy & Montague went.
Telephone wires put in.
Beryl has a workroom in an attic.
Dorothy and Montague went off: we don't expect to see M. again. He even thought it appropriate to suspend work ×××× [indecipherable] relations.
David got a charcoal stove from the smith's: much appreciated for coffee making. We have fires in the evenings now. A great sense of peace with M. gone.

Editorial Notes

1 "Assumption Day" RPG 293

Hands Referenced

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
  • 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
  • Dorothy

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

    Reeves, David
    Brother of James Reeves [and Ethel Herdman] RPG 292.
  • Petit Henri

    Henri, le petit
    boy from the Chevrie farm? eds.


    • Title: Assumption Day [poem: draft enclosed; see diary Aug. 15th and 18th, 1938 eds.]
    • Title: Robert Graves: Complete Poems Vol. III
    • Author: Graves, Robert
    • Editor: Beryl Graves and Dunstan Ward
    • PubPlace: Manchester
    • Publisher: Carcanet Press
    • BiblScope: pp.346, 528 (note)
    • Date: 1995-1999