Ap 19 Wednesday

At 4 am the car came: we had not slept at all. Ham & bread & butter at 3.30. (Alan Beryl & Dorothy go off at 8 am, to Paris; to see Dolors & Joan [RG]) Nono1 very sweet.
We did not sleep in the car, except that I dozed now & then, and passed Calvados2 by light; coffee St Hilaire3. We had breakfast at Caen4 with Priour: beautiful sun and children going to school. Zephyrous country & lights – heavy frost on fields – one part of half-timber and slate. At Pont5 something – the ferry over the Seine we stopped for coffee & I bought a paper – first news of Paris being burned. We phoned American Express6: baggage reported safe. Havre via Harfleur7 – the bull-ring8 gone from the hill. Hotel Bordeaux9. A charming walk to buy such things as slippers, a compact, a wicker basket. Laura very tired. Sent off cable of reassurance.

Editorial Notes

1cat eds.
2Saint-Sever-Calvados, France eds.
3Saint-Hilaire, France eds.
4France eds.
5Pont de Tancarville? eds.
6travel agency eds.
7France eds.
8see Goodbye [to All That] KG; see also RPG 300
9Le Havre, France eds.

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • Paris

  • Havre

    Le Havre, France

People Mentioned

  • 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
  • Dolores

    Junyer, Delores
    m. to Joän Junyer eds
  • Alan

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

    Junyer, Joän
    Nephew of Sebastian Junyer. Also a good painter. W.G.; Deaf-mute Catalan painter, ex-pupil of Picasso's, who lived in his uncle's house in Lluch Alcari [Llucalcari]. K.G.; introduced Ward and Dorothy Hutchinson to RG & LR in 1935 eds.
  • 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
  • Priour

    Priour, Monsieur
    a character associated with activities around La Chevrie: apparently he was proprietor of the local café (diary Nov. 26, 1938). eds.

Organizations Mentioned

  • CGT Paris

    CGT Paris
    CGT (Compagnie Générale Transatlantique) liner Paris, built in 1912. LR travelled to Europe on the Paris and she & RG booked to sail to America on the same boat, but it was destroyed by fire at le Havre in 1939 eds.


    • Title: Goodbye to All That
    • Author: Graves, Robert
    • PubPlace: London
    • Publisher: Jonathon Cape
    • Idno: A32
    • Date: 1929