Page 52. " and then I packed these two Gladstones I have "


Gladstone bags, named for the British Prime Minister William Gladstone, who traveled extensively, are hinged, leather suitcases.  That Holden has Gladstones, and refers to them as Gladstones, shows he is used to and aware of life's luxuries.



Page 59. " She got off at Newark. "

Largest city in New Jersey, with blight, crime, a major international airport and a rising political star, Mayor Cory Booker.  

Official City of Newark website

Google Map
Page 60. " The first thing I did when I got off at Penn Station "
Penn Station
Creative Commons AttributionPenn Station - Credit: Rob Pongsajapan

 Pennsylvania Station is one of New York City's main rail hubs, linking Amtrak, Long Island Rail, New Jersey's PATH train and the New York City Subway in a grotty, steaming hellhole of a building that houses numerous fast food outlets and also served for many years as unofficial homeless shelter.  When the red line subway stops there and the doors open (34th Street Station), the smell is overwhelmingly of donuts.


Some people are calling for a new station.

Page 69. " this French movie, The Baker's Wife, with Raimu in it "

The Baker's Wife was a 1938 comedy directed by Marcel Pagnol.  

Raimu is the stage name for French actor Jules Auguste Muraire (1883-1946).

A summary of the New York Times review

Page 69. " Her favorite is The 39 Steps "

The 39 Steps was an early Alfred Hitchcock film of the book by John Buchan, about a man who tries to help a counterespionage agent and then is accused when the agent is murdered.  He goes on the run to save himself and help break up an international spy ring.  There's romance, too...



Page 73. " Just One of Those Things "

Written by Cole Porter for the 1935 musical Jubilee.

Listen on Spotify: Just One of those Things performed by -

Anita O'Day

Nat King Cole

Jamie Cullum

Page 74. " Do you feel like jitterbugging a little bit, if they play a fast one? "

Jitterbugging refers to a range of swing dances, including the Lindy Hop (named for Charles Lindbergh's 1927 crossing of the Atlantic), Jive and East Coast Swing.

The history of jitterbugging at Sonny Watson's