'Play to me, Gypsy' was a popular song of the 1930s.
Gracie Fields' version was one of the hit recordings of 1934
Listen on Spotify to Henry Hall's band playing the song.
Henry Robert Hall (1898-1989) was a musician who became particularly well known in 1932 when he became the leader of the BBC Dance Orchestra.
His radio programme, 'Henry Hall's Guest Night', ran on and off for almost twenty years, introduced by the catchphrase: 'This is Henry Hall speaking and tonight is my Guest Night'.
Listen on Spotify to Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture.
The Silver Jubilee referred to is that of King George V and his consort, Queen Mary.
George V was King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions and Emperor of India between 1910 and his death in 1936.
In 1893 he married Princess Victoria Mary of Teck (often known as Princess May of Teck); the couple had five sons and a daughter.
Its purpose was to promote the principles of democratic socialism through gradual reformist policies rather than by revolutionary means.
Ealing is a suburb of west London.
Muriel Spark is making the point that during the 20th century some features of the secondary educational system were common to schools throughout Britain. Several of these aspects, such as the system of 'houses', were based on the practices of the public school system. In the public school system, 'houses' were residential units whilst in the non-boarding state and independent sector they were simply a means of dividing pupils into groups for competitive purposes. The 'house' system is still in use in many British schools today.
The English novelist and poet D.H. Lawrence (1885-1930) wrote 13 novels.
Some significant female characters in his work are Gertrude Morel and Miriam Leivers (from Sons and Lovers); Ursula and Gudrun Brangwen (from The Rainbow and Women in Love) and Lady Chatterley (from Lady Chatterley's Lover).
On the basis of these novels, readers may come to various conclusions as to what constitutes 'instinct' in Lawrentian heroines!
It first appeared in 1817.
This is derived from the phrase 'Let them eat cake' supposedly uttered by Marie Antoinette (1755-1793), wife of King Louis XVI of France, in response to the complaints of the French peasantry about the lack of bread.
*a light, soft-textured bread made with eggs, butter, flour and yeast.
There was no specific Muse for the visual arts. The term is being used here to refer to the general concept of a woman who inspires male creativity.
Divine providence is the name given in Christian theology to God's absolute power to direct the affairs of the universe and all living things.
It is an integral part of Calvinist Christian belief which emphasises the sovereignty of God and the sinfulness of man.
The concept of providence is sometimes personified as female.
In Roman mythology, Providentia was the goddess of forethought.
In the pre-war period, there were many British individuals who (like Miss Brodie) admired Hitler and Mussolini and the Nazi and Fascist regimes which they oversaw in Germany and Italy.
Amongst these admirers were some high profile names; for example, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor were believed to have Nazi sympathies. They toured Nazi Germany together in 1937 and the Duchess is reputed to have had a romantic relationship with Joachim von Ribbentrop when he was German Ambassador in London in 1936. Following the war Von Ribbentrop was convicted of war crimes at Nuremberg and sentenced to death by hanging.
Two of the famous 'Mitford Sisters', Diana and Unity, were personal friends of Hitler during the 1930s.
Diana Mitford married Sir Oswald Mosley, leader of the British Union of Fascists, in Germany in 1936; Adolf Hitler was her guest of honour.
Unity Mitford was so distraught by the declaration of World War II in September 1939 that she attempted suicide whilst in Germany.
To support Fascism and Nazism prior to the war was a very different matter, of course, from continuing to support it after the war when the extent of Nazi atrocities and war crimes came to light.
Diana Mosley, who died in 2003, retained her fascist sympathies and anti-semitic views to the end of her life.
Today, those who misrepresent or play down the enormity of the Holocaust (the Jewish genocide carried out by Hitler and the Nazi regime) are known as holocaust deniers.
Click here to watch a video about Unity Mitford's fascination with Hitler.