Page 53. " He had gone to Cannes for the day "

Cannes is a chic coastal town situated between Nice and Fréjus on the French Riviera. It is a popular tourist destination and the site of the Cannes Film Festival which was established in 1946, and is held annually (usually in May).


'Vieux-port' at Cannes
Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike'Vieux-port' at Cannes - Credit: Guy Lebègue

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Page 54. " my Revelation suit-case "

Dark Brown Vintage Luggage


Revelation Piccadilly was a quality luggage retailer which opened a shop at 170 Piccadilly in 1923. Significant changes took place within the company from the late 1960s onwards, but the trading name Revelation Piccadilly was in use until around 2000 when it was changed to Case London.

Today, items of vintage luggage are collectable because of the high quality of both their design and the materials used in their manufacture.

Click here to see an example of a Revelation suitcase from the 1950s or 60s.

The picture above shows examples of vintage luggage made by the American company Samsonite.

Page 55. " a camel-hair jacket over his pyjamas "

Robert Meshekoff Original 100% Camel Hair Amicale


Camel hair, mixed with wool, is used to make a light-tan coloured material known as camel-hair which is used in the manufacture of coats and jackets for both men and women.

The hair may be collected by combing or shearing Bactrian camels, or when it is shed naturally through the moulting process. Only the finer, softer hairs from the camel's undercoat are used to make camel-hair. A single camel may produce up to 5 lbs of hair in one year.


Bactrian camel in Cologne Zoo
GNU Free Documentation LicenseBactrian camel in Cologne Zoo - Credit: Benutzer:BS Thurner Hof
Page 59. " I don't take Taxol, I prefer Eno's "
Sodium bicarbonate: main ingredient of Eno's
Public DomainSodium bicarbonate: main ingredient of Eno's - Credit: Thavox

As mentioned in bookmark p.38, Taxol was the name of a laxative produced in France in the 1930s.

Eno's or Eno's Fruit Salt, whose main ingredient is sodium bicarbonate, was invented in the 1850s by James Crossley Eno of Newcastle upon Tyne, and was marketed as a remedy for digestive upsets and bloatedness, rather than as a laxative per se. However, its 'gentle laxative action' is referred to on the label in this photograph.

It is still manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, although it was withdrawn from the U.K. market in 2010. It is said to be a popular ingredient in Indian cookery.

Click here and here and here to see adverts for Eno's.

Page 63. " Get thee behind me Satan "
'The Temptation of Christ on the Mountain' (1308-1311)
Public Domain'The Temptation of Christ on the Mountain' (1308-1311) - Credit: Ducco di Buoninsegna (Ronosonar)

These are words spoken by Jesus when he was tempted by the devil during his period in the Judaean Desert. They are recorded in the Gospel of Luke (4:8) in the King James Version of the Bible like this:

And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan, for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

The phrase is repeated by Jesus on another occasion when he rebukes his disciple Peter, an event which is recorded in the Gospels of both Matthew and Mark (Matthew 16:23; Mark 8:33). Mark's version goes like this:

But when he had turned about and looked on his disciples, he rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind me, Satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men.

'Get Thee Behind Me Satan' is also a popular song written by Irving Berlin for the 1936 film Follow the Fleet.

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Page 68. " a small fur known as a stone marten round my neck "
Mounted beech marten
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeMounted beech marten - Credit: Franco Atirador

The stone marten (sometimes known as the beech marten) is a small, agile animal with a long bushy tail, which is native to Central Asia and much of Europe. Its scientific name is Martes foina.

In the fur trade it is not particularly valuable, its pelt being considered inferior to that of the pine marten and the sable.

Stone marten collar
Public DomainStone marten collar - Credit: Kürschner

Page 68. " the clouds left us at Exeter "

Exeter is a city in southwest England, situated on the banks of the River Exe, about 37 miles northeast of Plymouth.

It was formerly in the historic county of Devonshire (which no longer exists as an administrative unit), and continues to be known as the county town of the ceremonial county of Devon.


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Page 69. " a very tall hollyhock "
Common hollyhock
Creative Commons AttributionCommon hollyhocks - Credit: Esther Westerveld

Hollyhock is the common name given to flowering plants of the genus Alcea which contains about 60 species.

The species known as Alcea Rosea (the common holyhock) has traditionally been a popular ornamental plant in British gardens.

Page 74. " the Peter Lelys "
Charles I, with his second son (1647)
Public DomainCharles I, with his second son (1647) - Credit: Peter Lely

 Sir Peter Lely (1618-1680) was a Dutch-born artist who spent most of his life in England. He was a portrait painter to Charles I, and subsequently worked for Oliver Cromwell. Following the Restoration, he became chief portrait painter in the court of Charles II.

He was a very prolific artist although he sometimes completed only the head of a sitter, leaving his pupils to do the rest. He died at his easel, while painting a portrait of the Duchess of Somerset.


Portrait of Mrs Moll Davies (Charles II's mistress)
Public DomainPortrait of Mrs Moll Davies (Charles II's mistress) - Credit: Peter Lely
Page 74. " and the Vandykes on the walls "
'Self-portrait with a Sunflower'
Public Domain'Self-portrait with a Sunflower' - Credit: Anthony van Dyck
Queen Henrietta Maria with Sir Jeffrey Hudson
Public DomainQueen Henrietta Maria with Sir Jeffrey Hudson - Credit: Anthony van Dyck

 Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641) was born in Antwerp in what is now Belgium. Following periods spent working in Flanders and in Italy, he eventually settled in England in 1632. There he was given a knighthood, and appointed principal portrait painter in the court of Charles I.

He is estimated to have painted 40 portraits of King Charles himself, and about 30 of his wife, Queen Henrietta Maria.


'Jupiter and Antiope'
Public Domain'Jupiter and Antiope' - Credit: Anthony van Dyck


Page 75. " Two cocker spaniels came from the fireside to greet us "
A 3-year old English Cocker Spaniel
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeA 3-year old English Cocker Spaniel - Credit: Joeltaylor
English Cocker Spaniel
GNU Free Documentation LicenseEnglish Cocker Spaniel - Credit: Gergely Vass, modified by Miyagawa

Like other breeds of spaniel, the English Cocker Spaniel is a gundog, a type of dog specially bred to find and retrieve wild game, particularly birds.

Although the English Cocker Spaniel has a transatlantic cousin known as the American Cocker Spaniel, it is actually much closer in appearance to another kind of spaniel known as the English Springer Spaniel.

The Cocker Spaniel is renowned for its good nature and its continuously wagging tail (which is no doubt why the tail of Jasper, one of the Manderley cocker spaniels, is described several times as being a-thump!).