Nov 18 Friday.

We[RG] Laura & I went to Rennes in the afternoon and there Anita told us that the word was not 'negative'. We suggested 'positive' & that was it. Laura went with her to the Clinic where it seems[RG] appeared[RG] that she was having a child and that the birth might be awkward but not very.
So we drank champagne. I got four glasses of the bottle which made me sleepy in the car on the way home. I did the shopping, things like really good beef & watercress & root-celery1 and endive which one can't get in the village: and a pair of goloshes.[RG]
There were two discursive & wet letters from Montague to Beryl & Laura. Laura & Dorothy stayed up to 5 am answering finally.
No dictionary today but I finished going over The Castle-Keeper.

Editorial Notes

1celeriac KG

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • Rennes

    Rennes, France
    where Gelat's daughter, Anita, and son-in-law, Juan Vives live; visited by RG and LR et al in 1938 eds.

People Mentioned

  • 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
  • Anita

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

    Simmons, Montague
    poet, and civil servant in the children's branch of the Home Office; m. to Dorothy Simmons, the sculptress RPG


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    • Title: Castle-Keeper, The [children's story; unpublished?]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