Jan 19 Thursday

Alan & Beryl & Dorothy went with Montague to St Malo & said goodbye (also[RG] to get a block of Cuban mahogany from the Customs which had been held there on suspicion of its containing drugs) while Mlle [Madmoiselle] Perou & I stopped off at Dinant (Market day; sun; everything very charming) & ate at Hotel Marguerite. Saw S.Sauveur's church1 (better outside than in) & a queer assortment of people walking around it: the relatives of the inmates of the local Lunatic Asylum. To Mr Henry Elliott an Englishman of 78 who only talked French in the Rue Pasteur. He is a 'Maître-Masseur'2 with a large clientele. He clicked back two tendons for me: knee & small of back. Charged 20 fr [francs]: I gave him 50 fr [francs].

Editorial Notes

1Saint Sauveur eds.
2Master masseur eds.

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • St. Malo

    St. Malo, France
    port on the north-west coast of France. eds.
  • Dinant

    Dinant, Namur, Belgium

People Mentioned

  • Alan

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

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

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

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

    Elliott, Henry
    a master masseur in Dinant, Belgium, who treated RG eds.