Aug 19 Friday.

James set me a poem to write about a Signpost1: he has one to write about Speed.
I had great difficulty with mine.
Changeable weather: Beryl sick but recovered towards night and was then stung in bed by a bee. Ethel who came to Montauban with me was very sick on her return, & sick all night.
Laura got no work done.
In odd moments I saw wood in the shed: mostly old oak boards.
* Telephone installed. Called up Anita at once. But no night calls!

Editorial Notes

1becomes "The Fallen Signpost" eds.

Hands Referenced

Places Mentioned

  • Montauban

    Montauban-de-la-Bretagne, Brittany, France

People Mentioned

  • Laura

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

    Ana, Anita
    Marroig. Gelat's daughter, married to Juan Vives the Doctor's brother. Live in Rennes, France. WG
  • 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
  • James

    Reeves, James
    Schoolmaster, writer and Poet. Friend of Jacob Bronowski. W.G./ K.G.; m. to Mary Phillips; daughter Stella born June 14, 1938 eds.
  • Ethel

    Reeves, Ethel
    Sister of James Reeves. AMG 317.


    • Title: Fallen Signpost, The [poem]
    • Title: Collected Poems [1938]
    • Author: Graves, Robert
    • PubPlace: London, Toronto, Melbourne & Sydney
    • Publisher: Cassell
    • Idno: A48
    • Date: 1938-08-19