Page 402. " Then, Irma my love "

 Irma Griese (or Grese) was a Nazi employee at Ravensbruck, Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen. She was convicted of war crimes at the Belsen Trial in 1945 and executed on 13th December 1945.

Said to have habitually carried a whip and a pistol, she was known as one of the most sadistic and cruel guards, who enjoyed beating, torturing and killing prisoners.

Page 412. " thick as autumnal leaves that strow the brooks in Vallombrosa, that's John Milton "

From Paradise Lost, Book I.

Vallombrosa is a Benedictine Abbey in Tuscany in Italy; however, the forest surrounding it is largely made up of pine trees, which do not 'strow the brooks' with their leaves in autumn. William Wordworth was disappointed when he visited the site.

Page 418. " The Lost Weekend "

The Lost Weekend is a 1945 film adapted from a book of the same name by Charles R. Jackson, in which a writer drinks heavily out of frustration over being accused of having an affair.