Page 204. " Either that or dengue fever, she's not sure. Mark diagnosed her with beriberi. "

Dengue fever is a virus spread by mosquitoes. Symptoms include extremely high fever, rash, aches, nausea and fatigue, which can persist for a week or more. However, dengue fever is not life-threatening, and patients will recover without treatment. Dengue fever is found in South and Central America, sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia; it is not usually found in English school girls.

Beriberi is caused by a lack of vitamin B1 (thiamine) in the body. It leads to tingling or loss of feeling in arms and legs, paralysis of the legs, mental confusion, pain and vomiting. Today, except in people genetically unable to absorb vitamin B1, the general improvement in nutrition around the world has made beriberi extremely rare. It is now most commonly found in alcoholics, as alcoholism is associated with poor nutrition and also reduces the body's ability to absorb vitamin B1.

Page 212. " on Broad Street, by the Sheldonian Theatre "

The Sheldonian Theatre
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeThe Sheldonian Theatre - Credit: Ozeye
The Sheldonian Theatre is a distinctive building in Oxford designed by Sir Christopher Wren, architect of St Paul's Cathedral in London.

It is named after Gilbert Sheldon, the university's chancellor at the time, who was also the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Sheldonian Theatre is used for university lectures, music concerts and other university ceremonies; it is not used for plays.


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Page 213. " and after MA there are gaudies "

Magdalen College Gaudy, 1858
Public DomainMagdalen College Gaudy, 1858 - Credit: J. Nash
Gaudies are college events, usually dinners, held for alumni. They are a chance for graduates to catch up with old friends and to preserve the connection with their college.

Read an article about the Prime Minister, David Cameron, attending a gaudy at his old college, Brasenose. 

Page 214. " the entrance hall of the Randolph "
The Randolph Hotel
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeThe Randolph Hotel - Credit: Ozeye

The Randolph Hotel is a grand hotel in the centre of Oxford. It was built in 1866 in a simplified Victorian Gothic style by the architect William Wilkinson, who designed a lot of buildings in the city.

The hotel, which is Grade II listed, is now owned by the Macdonald Hotel chain.