Page 354. " The author is Lin Yutang "

Lin Yutang
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Lin Yutang (1875-1976) was the son on a Presbyterian minister.  He was a prolific writer of philosophy and history, and his translations of classic Chinese texts became best-sellers in the West.  His best-known book is The Importance of Living.


Page 357. " I could write to Joe Louis and say, Dear Joe, Is there any chance you could tell me where you got your powerful shoulders even though you were poor? "

Joe Louis by van Vechten
Public DomainJoe Louis by van Vechten

Joe Louis, the Brown Bomber, was world heavyweight boxing champion from 1937 to 1949.

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Page 368. " people are playing croquet, the Protestant game "
Lady playing Croquet
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Catholics in Frank McCourt's world played Irish national games – hurling and Gaelic football – while Protestants played English games – croquet, tennis and cricket. 

English games always involved lawns and players dressed in white.