Nov 14 Monday

So warm that Alan & I worked without a[RG] fire.
Dictionary, ×××× [indecipherable] another great batch of Castle.
David went to Paris. I polished all the furniture in my room. I now work in the Salon all the time. Made oat-cakes on galette griddle with Quaker Oats & butter.[RG]
Walk with Beryl at 10.30 to post letters & get a drink at station hotel. Too late & no matches for cigarettes – only glow-worms – about a dozen of them in hedges. A goodstrain with bright fire-box & about 60 trucks.
Conversation at dinner (Laura reads out a bit about Voortreker1 celebration in Transvaal2. All men taking part must wear real beards, girls must not stain nails or smoke.)
Self. Voortreker3: shall we put that in the Dictionary?
Alan. Not a word I should use myself.
Laura. The Boers4 themselves don't use it unless they grow beards first.

Editorial Notes

1Dutch pioneers eds.
2South Africa eds.
3Dutch pioneers eds.
4Dutch colonists in South Africa eds.

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • Paris


People Mentioned

  • Alan

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

    Reeves, David
    Brother of James Reeves [and Ethel Herdman] RPG 292.
  • 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: Dictionary [projected project; unfinished]
    • Author: Riding, Laura
    • Date: 1935
    • Title: Castle-Keeper, The [children's story; unpublished?]
    • Author: Graves, Robert
    • Date: 1938-10-30