Page 83. " at the Marble Arch they hailed an omnibus "

John Nash designed the Marble Arch in 1828, basing it on the triumphal Arch of Constantine in Rome. It was originally a gateway to Buckingham Palace, but was moved in 1851 to its present location: on a large traffic island at the junction of Oxford Street, Park Lane and Edgware Road. It sits almost directly opposite Speakers' Corner in Hyde Park. 

Historically, only members of the royal family and the King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery, can pass through the arch in ceremonial procession.

The Arch of Constantine
GNU Free Documentation LicenseThe Arch of Constantine - Credit: Alexander Z.


Page 94. " only room for two in the brougham "

The brougham (pronounced 'brohm' or 'broom') was invented for jurist Henry Brougham, or became very fashionable by his use of it. It was a four-wheeled horse-drawn carriage that could seat two within its enclosed body and sometimes had a pair of fold-away seats in the front corners.

It had a seat in front for the driver and a passenger. It also had a glazed front window, so that the occupants could see forward. It was a light vehicle, and the forewheels were capable of turning sharply.


Page 97. " palm to palm is holy palmers' kiss "

A quote from William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.



If I profane with my unworthiest hand

This holy shrine, the gentle fine is this:

My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand

To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss. 


Good pilgrim, you do wrong your hand too much,

Which mannerly devotion shows in this;

For saints have hands that pilgrims' hands do touch,

And palm to palm is holy palmers' kiss.

Act I, Scene 5


These are the first words exchanged between the two lovers.

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