Page 427. " to recover his peace of mind "

There is no evidence to suggest that it is true that Sultan Mehmet II stabbed his wife. The story is a little reminiscent of the poem by Robert Browning, Porphyria’s Lover, in which the misguided narrator strangles his lover in order to preserve the moment of their love.

Porphyria worshiped me: surprise

Made my heart swell, and still it grew

While I debated what to do.

That moment she was mine, mine, fair,

Perfectly pure and good: I found

A thing to do, and all her hair

In one long yellow string I wound

Three times her little throat around,

And strangled her.


See the whole poem here.


Page 433. " Le Filles de Marbre, by Theodore Barrière "

Théodore Barrière
Public DomainThéodore Barrière
Théodore Barrière (1823-1877) was a French dramatist. He was born in Paris to a family of map engravers.

Page 442. " those lines of Alfred de Vigny's Journal d'un Poète "

Alfred de Vigny by Antoine Maurin
Public DomainAlfred de Vigny by Antoine Maurin
Alfred de Vigny (1797-1863) was a French novelist, dramatist and poet. He wrote Journal d'un Poète in 1867.