" 'It's in my hand: the Girdle of Venus.' "
A line that appears at the top of the palm, stretching between the middle and fourth fingers. According to palmists, the presence of the Girdle of Venus
indicates extreme sensitivity.
" spread eagled like Prometheus "
The Titian God, Prometheus
, incurred the wrath of Zeus
by trying to improve the lives of mankind. As punishment, he was staked to a rock and forced to endure an eagle feeding on his liver.
" I never howled the devil out. "
The superstitious belief
that a baby who cries when christened is casting the devil out has been held for centuries, and is thought to be a sign of good fortune.
" 'I don't mind if I do. A Sidecar.' "
is a classic short cocktail, created in 1922.
2 measures of brandy
1 measure of Cointreau
Juice of half a lemon
Shake well and serve in a sugar frosted Martini glass.
" The moonlight touched a Woolworth ring "
Woolworths was a high street chain of retailers that developed a reputation for cheap products of reasonable quality - during the 1930s their motto was 'nothing over sixpence'. The company entered administration in 2008.
Woolworths began selling gold rings for sixpence during the 1920s, these proved an affordable option for both married couples and single women, who would wear them to ward off unwanted attention, or avoid rousing suspicion.