Aug 20 Saturday

Finished The Fallen Signpost in five drafts: no,six. James discussed it with me and found two words for me[RG].
A rainy day. Not much[RG] work. Laura working on Americanisms for the Dictionary plan.[RG]
Sawed wood for exercise and kept three fires going. Visit from M me Perou & family.[RG]
In the evening we had a sort of party: punch with red wine, lemon, nutmeg, brandy. And making up a story of adventure, which went queer largely because of Ethel who was difficult and said gross things about the Clever & the Great. And a game of relations. i.e. if Robert were a battle, Laura would be a siege, Alan a peace-treaty, Beryl arms, David the letters home. If James a lake, Robert a road, Ethel the view, If Laura a clock: then David a mantlepiece, Beryl a round table with one leg and no drawer, Alan a chess-set etc.

Hands Referenced

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

People Mentioned

  • 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
  • David Reeves

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

    Graves, Robert
    [1st person]. (1895-1985). Poet, novelist, essayist, critic, and author of his diary. 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.
  • Mme Perou

    Madam Perou and her family who befriended RG et al at La Chevrie eds.


    • Title: Dictionary [projected project; unfinished]
    • Author: Riding, Laura
    • Date: 1935
    • 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