Page 103. " Granada and the Alhambra "
Sunset at the Alhambra, Granda
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeSunset at the Alhambra, Granada - Credit: Alejandro Mantecón-Guillén

The Alhambra (from the Arabic Calat Alhambra meaning ‘the red fortress’) is a palace and fortress complex located in Granada, the capital city of the province of the same name in Andalusia, Spain. It was constructed during the mid 14th century by the Moorish rulers of the Emirate of Granada in al-Andalus.

Today, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Spain’s major tourist attractions.


The Alhambra, Granada
Public DomainThe Alhambra, Granada - Credit: Jebulon
Page 110. " a shaggy yellow ulster of ‘reach-me-down’ cut "
An illustration of an ulster overcoat (1903)
Public DomainAn illustration of an ulster overcoat (1903) - Credit: Men's Fashion from the Turn of the Century

An ulster was originally a Victorian working daytime overcoat with a cape and sleeves, made of hard-wearing fabrics, such as herringbones or tweeds. After the Edwardian period, it lost its cape, and continued to be used as a heavy-duty overcoat, often in a double-breasted style.

The phrase 'reach-me-down' is Edwardian slang for cheaply made or second-hand clothing.

Page 110. " what the French called a ‘Macfarlane.’ "
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A Macfarlane was the French equivalent of an Inverness cape, a sleeveless coat with slits for the arms under a cape.

Page 112. " the Direct Contact "
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Direct Contact is a form of Spiritualism in which the dead communicate directly with the living rather than through a medium.  The communication may be by voice, tapping or some other physical expression.

Page 125. " the chancel step of Grace Church "
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Grace Church
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeGrace Church - Credit: Charles Hoffman

Grace Church is a French Gothic Revival church on Broadway and East 10th Street in New York City.  It was designed by James Renwick, Jr. and built 1846-7.  The church has been designated a US National Historic Landmark.


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The chancel is the area around the altar.