Nov 17 Thursday

Alan & I realize that there are not many thousands of words left to group for Dictionary – perhaps another 6 weeks.
Going over The Castle again, now called The Castle-Keeper, and putting it into chapters. Plague of fleas.
Juan came early to hunt with M. [Monsieur] Fauxchou. They toiled all day for 2 rabbits & a hare: he gave us the hare. Anita rang up that her pregnancy test was negative – which suggests a growth. So Juan went back to her as soon as he came in. He brought back my watch, mended, and Laura's green glass Majorcan brooch & my Marius Aquillius are mended.
David, from Paris, brought a few cigarettes only, not enough and chocolate beans, rum, Eno's1 etc.
Alan went to the village had 2 Pernods2, fell off bicycle & cut his cheek, was given Calvados3, then drank wine & rum. Was very sick. The cats bathed by Beryl & Dorothy.

Editorial Notes

1fruit salt KG
2anise-flavoured liquor eds.
3liqueur eds.

Hands Referenced

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).
  • Dorothy

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

    Vives, Juan
    The Doctor's brother. Married to Gelat's daughter. Lived in Rennes, France. WG
  • Anita

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


    • 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    • Title: Castle-Keeper, The [children's story; unpublished?]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