Mrs Gereth and Fleda Vetch are characters in Henry James's short novel The Spoils of Poynton which was first published in book form in 1897.
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Stock market indices are mathematical measures of stock market performance.
The Dow index was created by the American businessman Charles Dow and his statistician collaborator Edward Jones in 1896. It indicates the trading performance of 30 large American publicly-owned companies during a specific trading period.
The Bostonians is a tragi-comic novel by Henry James which was serialised in The Century Magazine during 1885 and 1886. It was also published in book form in 1886.
Meryl Streep, who was born Mary Louise Streep in 1949, is an American actress.
She has had an enormously successful career as a television, stage and screen actress. Amongst her numerous accolades are three Oscars, for Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), Sophie's Choice (1982), and The Iron Lady (2011).
In The Iron Lady, she plays the role of Margaret Thatcher, the former British Prime Minister.
Knightsbridge is a road which has given its name to a district in central London. It is situated in the London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
Albert Gate is a small conservation area set just off Knightsbridge (the road). It is one of the many entrances into Hyde Park.
Rotten Row is a broad thoroughfare less than a mile long which leads from Hyde Park Corner to Serpentine Road within Hyde Park.
It was created by William III at the end of the 17th century, and given the name Route de Roi, which became corrupted to Rotten Row. In the 18th century, it was an important meeting point for London society who would ride on Rotten Row, or drive in carriages along the South Carriage Drive which runs close by.
In 1876, Rotten Row was given a brick base, and sanded, to make it more suitable for horseriding, and it remains in use as a bridleway up to the present day.
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This is a reference to the 'Physical Energy' statue, a bronze sculpture by the sculptor and painter George Frederic Watts (1817-1904). It is located in Kensington Gardens, a Royal Park situated to the west of Hyde Park, and immediately adjacent to it.
Watts's statue depicts a naked man on horseback. It is based on an equestrian memorial that Watts made in 1870 of Hugh Lupus, an ancestor of the Duke of Westminster. Two castings of the 'Physical Energy' statue were made in 1902 and 1905. The first became part of the Rhodes Memorial in Cape Town, South Africa, and the second was placed in Kensington Gardens. A third, slightly modified, casting was made in 1959 and is currently in the grounds of the National Archives in Harare, Zimbabwe.
Baalbek is home to the Baalbeck International Festival, an annual event held in July and August, which features a range of music, theatre, and dance.
The château was commissioned by Louis XV for his mistress, Madame de Pompadour. However, she died before its completion, so it was transferred to Madame du Barry, her successor as Maîtresse-en-titre (official mistress of the king).
The Petit Trianon is in the grounds of a larger building known as the Grand Trianon, which was built by Louis XIV.
The Portrait of a Lady is a novel by Henry James, first published in 1881.
The main character in the novel is Isabel Archer, an American heiress who moves to London following her father's death, and later travels in Europe. Whilst in Europe, she marries an American, Gilbert Osmond, who has a daughter Pansy, supposedly from his first marriage. Unknown to Isabel, her marriage to Gilbert has been engineered by another American expatriate, Madame Merle.
The marriage between Isabel and Gilbert turns out to be an unhappy one, and it emerges that Gilbert has been having a long-standing relationship with Madame Merle, and that she is Pansy's mother.
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