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Dartington [[strikethrough]] WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 1936 [[/strikethrough]] 120th Day Solemnity of St. Joseph 246 Days to come cont S.S. Wash hushed tones of admiration of her, but no one knows what she is aiming at, & he can't bear her music because it isn't music. He invited us to the dance that he & his ballet were giving, & said he'd call for us that night. At first he started out by saying that he couldn't speak a word of English, [[strikethrough]] & the more [[/strikethrough]] but as he became less & less shy, he spoke more & more till there was nothing he couldn't say. He talked about cars to Dixon--the chauffeur, & asked him lots of questions, & in turn Dixon talked about the ballet & asked told him about the play he (Dixon) was acting in next week, & altogether that was a perfect little symptom of the aim of Dartington, which in that instance proved its success in that those two men of entirely different classes & nationalities were learning about each others worlds with the greatest interest, & both men's lives were enrichened by the fact that they lived & learned side by side. We had to skip a cocktail party given by John's attractive Dartington [[strikethrough]] THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 1936 [[/strikethrough]] 121st Day 245 Days to come (cont) S.S. Wash. friend Jim Louard [[Luard]] who is manager of the Estate - & Micheal drove us back to change for dinner with the Elmhirsts [[strikethrough]] & where I found we [[/strikethrough]] and Micheal & Beatrice (who is lovely looking, [[strikethrough]] but [[/strikethrough]] with too much rush of hair in length & [[strikethrough]] brede [[/strikethrough]] breadth, & arty clothes, & has the sympathetic charming manner of her mother. She has just flown [[strikethrough]] come [[/strikethrough]] back from India - [[strikethrough]] a [[/strikethrough]] seven days in the air, - & I found her much subdued since five years ago) & a couple of trustees & a Miss Sylvia Fox-Strangways. We went to the dance, & as I had admired a good bronze head of Micheal (50% an excellent likeness, & 50% a good piece of sculpture) - Beatrice introduced me to the young Austrian [[strikethrough]] named [[/strikethrough]] Soukop who had done it. He asked me to his studio to see more [[strikethrough]] thins [[/strikethrough]] of his things the next day, & when I went with Elmhirsts I thought he had lots of talent, but was not as good as I had thought. I doubt if he can finish anything - & his wood carvings were nice & "woody" - but very [[strikethrough]] gros & [[/strikethrough]] crude & rough. He has a good eye, but somehow his work didn't attract me much - perhaps it was vulgar.
James Luard https://www.dartington.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Historical-Report-on-Dartingtons-Gardens.pdf Will Soukop
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