Page 79. " Let's go on the Brighton Belle and talk it over there "

The Brighton Belle
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A luxury locomotive with a first class coach and steward service, the world famous Brighton Belle ran between London Victoria and Brighton from 1933 to 1972.

Page 87. " He had been a Jew once, but a hairdresser and a surgeon had altered that "
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Greene became a Catholic in 1926, and some critics and biographers have suggested that his work contained overtones of anti-semitism. Others argued that he was merely capturing the spirit of the times in which he was writing.

Following an influx after the First World War, by the 1930s Jewish people began to enjoy increasing levels of tolerance in Britain. However, events like the Battle of Cable Street in 1936 demonstrated that deep-seated prejudices still prevailed when Brighton Rock was written.  The government refused to ban a march organised by the British Union of Fascists against minority and ethnic groups, and the widespread outrage at this decision led to a clash between police and protestors. When World War 2 broke out, Britain refused to allow Jewish refugees into the country after the Evian Conference of 1938, and arrested and imprisoned around 74,000 foreign citizens, mainly Jewish.

In 1995 The New York Review of Books published a fierce debate between Michael Shelden - who wrote the somewhat controversial biography 'Graham Greene: The Enemy Within' - and the novelist David Lodge, on Shelden's claims that 'Greene tried to stir up antagonism toward the “alien” community of Jewish immigrants and refugees in England.'

Page 90. " the pale green domes of the Pavilion "

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The city's signature building, Brighton Royal Pavilion took 36 years to complete after work began in 1787. The building contains a large museum, and is surrounded by public gardens.


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Page 93. " dry flower-beds like Saxon emblems carved on the Downs "


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Alfriston White Horse
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Sussex means 'Kingdom of the South Saxons', and it is estimated that the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle Saxons, led by Aelle, began conquering this part of Britain in 477.


Hill figures, most commonly a white horse, their standard emblem, were carved into the chalk surface of the South Downs in a number of places along the coastline during Saxon rule.

Page 96. " Between the stirrup and the ground, he something sought and something found. "

'Betwixt the stirrup and the ground, mercy I asked, mercy I found' is a quote by the 16th century scholar and historian William Camden. A deep-seated fear shared by many Catholics is that sudden or unexpected death will not allow them sufficient time to consider and repent their sins by receiving last rites.