Aug 25 Thursday

Some sun.
Bought a 10 lb [pound] goose for 50 fr [francs] from Bécault (?) at the farm by the mill. Calvados1 there with the bee-man, the farmer. Also saw the goose butchered with a clasp knife.
Worked all morning on Dictionary.
Anita on the phone[RG] says that someone, just[RG] returned from Deyá (Ferrer?) says that the Cura was behind Gelat trouble & tried to send him to Coventry. Bernardo resigned mayorally in protest and a petition got up in G's favour by young Juan was signed by all the village.
Laura has given David a sentence to memorize for voice-production: 'The Bull is a Benighted Beast, Fierce but Fine – who knows his meaning.'
Worked afternoon & night at Dictionary.

Editorial Notes

1liqueur eds.

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • Deyá

    Deyá, Majorca, Sp
    Town located on the northwest coast of Majorca, on the hillside between the Teix Mountains and the sea: this was RG's home with Laura Riding from 1929 to 1936. He returned there with his family after WW II. Eds.

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
  • David Reeves

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

    Ferrer, Juan
    married to Magdalena Ferrer, the butcher; does masonry work at the Posada eds.
  • Cura

    Jordi, Don
    Don Jordi, the Priest. WG
  • Gelat

    Más, Juan Marroig
    Juan Marroig Mas, called Gelat: Landowner on Deyá and friend of Robert Graves and Laura Riding (L.R. & R.G.'s factotum. W.G.)
  • Bernardo

    Colom, Bernardo
    Ex Cuban, previous owner of 'Son Canals', and former owner of 'Luna land' (on the other side of the road) cf. Married to a Cuban lady. Sons: Marcos (married to Gelat's daughter Magdalena) and Pancho. KG & WG
  • Juan

    Mas, Juan Marroig
    Usually refers to Gelat's son, sometimes to Gelat himself. WG


    • Title: Dictionary [projected project; unfinished]
    • Author: Riding, Laura
    • Date: 1935
    • Title: Men Scenario [for Korda? eds.]
    • Author: Riding, Laura