The Daimler Motor Company was founded in London in 1896, with its manufacturing base in Coventry. Over the decades, the company went through various changes which culminated in its acquisition in 1960 by Jaguar, which is now under Indian ownership.
Assuming Rebecca is set in the late 1920s or early 1930s (see bookmark p.321), an 'old-fashioned daimler' would presumably belong to the early or mid-1920s
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Menton (Mentone in Italian) is a small coastal town, situated between Monaco and the Italian Riviera, in the Alpes-Maritimes department of France. It is both elegant and picturesque and has earned itself the nickname la perle de la France ('the pearl of France').
The town developed as a tourist attraction from the 19th century onwards and quickly became a favourite with the British and Russian aristocracy.
Mercury is often depicted carrying a rod entwined by two serpents (sometimes surmounted by wings) known as a caduceus.
Azaleas are flowering shrubs which belong to two sub-genera of the genus Rododendron. When grown en masse, their bright colours can create a spectacular display.
Like rhododendrons, their leaves and nectar contain some toxic substances, and historically the sending of either azaleas or rhododendrons in a black vase was a recognised death-threat.
Later on in the text, we learn that white azalea was the favourite perfume of Maxim de Winter's first wife, Rebecca.
This is the opening line of 'The Hound of Heaven', a 182-line poem by Francis Thompson, an English Catholic poet. It was first published in 1893 and tells of a sinner who is fleeing from a loving God.
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L'Illustration was a weekly French newspaper, established by Edouard Charton in 1843. It is remembered as the first French newspaper to publish a photograph.
During World War II L'Illustration published Nazi propaganda, and was, as a result, shut down in 1944 following the liberation of France. In 1945, it was re-established as France-Illustration. It ceased publication in 1957.
The Loire Valley is an area of central France which is renowned for its châteaux (castles or large stately homes).
The Châteaux of the Loire were built by French kings and the French nobility in towns such as Amboise, Blois, Chinon, Nantes and Tours, all of which are situated on the banks of the River Loire.
Inevitably, many of the châteaux were destroyed or ransacked during the French Revolution.
Blois, situated on the banks of the River Loire in central France, is the principal town of the French department of Loir-et-Cher. It is the site of the Château de Blois which was once occuped by King Louis XII.
The first part of the line is a reference to the Denial of Peter: on three occasions Jesus's disciple Peter denied knowledge of him. It appears in all four gospels of the New Testament, for example in Matthew 26:34 (King James Version):
Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.
The second part of the line refers to the Kiss of Judas, the kiss given to Jesus by his disciple Judas Iscariot in the Garden of Gethsemane in order to identify him to the Roman soldiers, an event sometimes known as the Betrayal of Christ. In Mark 14:44-45 (King James Version), it is recounted thus:
And he that betrayed him had given them a token, saying whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he; take him and lead him away safely./And as soon as he was come, he goeth straightaway to him and saith, Master, master, and kissed him.
Used figuratively, a kiss of Judas may refer to any act which appears on the surface as an act of friendship but is in fact an act of betrayal or malice.
In the 1930s, Taxol was the name of a laxative marketed by a French company.
Today, it is the proprietary name of an anti-cancer drug whose generic name is Paclitaxel. Bristol-Myers Squibb, the pharmaceutical company which developed Paclitaxel, bought the trademark Taxol from the French company.
She is reputed to have dominated her husband Ahab, and encouraged the worshipping of idols. Her ultimate fate was to be thrown out of a window and eaten by dogs.
As she is said to have painted her eyes with kohl before going to her death, her name has become associated with 'painted women' or prostitutes, and the term Jezebel has become a general description of any shameless or immoral woman.
Special boards knows as markers were available to keep score of players' points.
A hothouse is a heated glasshouse which allows flowers and fruit to be grown out of season, or in geographical locations where they are not native species.
Mimosa is a genus containing about 400 species of shrubs and herbs. Several mimosas, such as Mimosa tenuiflora and Mimosa verrucosa, have a fern-like quality which may make them suitable for flower-arranging.
However, "mimosa" is also the name given to Acacia dealbata (also known as silver wattle or blue wattle) which is particularly popular with florists.