"the aristocratic world of the Faubourg Saint-Germain"
Élisabeth, comtesse Greffulhe, one of Proust's models for the Duchess de Guermantes
Public DomainÉlisabeth, Comtesse Greffulhe, one of Proust's models for the Duchesse de Guermantes

The Faubourg Saint-Germain was not simply an address in nineteenth century Paris; the phrase also referred to the aristocratic social class, a society of the elite with which Proust was fascinated. The height of this world is represented in Swann's Way by the character of the Duchesse de Guermantes and by the 'Guermantes Way', the walk around Combray.