" that hand which Philippe VII had so often held in his "
Louis-Philippe Albert of Orléans, Count of Paris (1838-1894) was the grandson and heir of Louis Philippe I, the last king of France. Swann's allegiance to him is also signalled by his address on the Ile Saint-Louis, the Quai d'Orléans.
" I'm going to Michel Strogoff "
Michel Strogoff (Michael Strogoff: The Courier of the Tsars in its English translation) is a 1876 novel by Jules Verne (1828-1905), considered by many to be one of his best works. It is not science fiction, although a science plays a part in its plot. The novel was turned into a play in 1880.