Page 176. " comme il faut "

French: "proper".

Page 181. " with a garden by Le Nôtre "

Jardin, Le Nôtre
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André Le Nôtre (1613–1700), French landscape architect and principal gardener of King Louis XIV of France.

Page 181. " Letters of Madame de Sévigné and bits of Saint-Simon. "

Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, marquise de Sévigné (1626–1696), French aristocrat and witty letter writer. Her correspondence with her daughter was published in 1725. Letters to other recipients were published in subsequent years.

Claude Henri de Rouvroy, comte de Saint-Simon (1760–1825), born French aristocrat, early socialist theorist. He proposed a new Christianity, redueced to its essential elements. "The whole of society ought to strive towards the amelioration of the moral and physical existence of the poorest class; society ought to organize itself in the way best adapted for attaining this end."

Page 181. " We read Phèdre and Bérénice. "

Phèdre and Bérénice are both tragic plays in 5 acts by Jean Racine.

Phèdre was first performed in 1677, its subject taken from Greek mythology. In the absence of her royal husband Thésée, Phèdre ends by declaring her love to Hippolyte, Thésée's son from a previous marriage.

Bérénice was first performed in 1680. Racine took as his inspiration a single sentence written by a Roman historian: "Titus, who passionately loved Berenice and who was widely thought to have promised to marry her, sent her from Rome, in spite of himself and in spite of herself, in the early days of his empire."

Page 189. " went to the Folies-Bergère for an hour "

Folies Bergère is a Parisian music hall. Josephine Baker performed here off and on throughout the 1920s and 30s.

Page 189. " Then I took them to the Sphynx "

Le Sphinx was a Parisian brothel.

Le Sphinx
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Page 189. " we went on to the Rue de Lappe "
Rue de Lappe
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Page 191. " Salaud "

French: "Bastard".

Page 191. " urine de cheval "

French: "horse piss".

Page 193. " He looked like an eveil Savonarola. "

Girolamo Savonarola (1452–1498) was an Italian Dominican priest and leader of Florence from 1494 until his execution in 1498. He was known for his book burning, destruction of what he considered immoral art, and hostility to the Renaissance.

Page 196. " a new Molyneux dress "

Molyneux, dress pattern
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Edward H. Molyneux (1891–1974), British fashion designer. His fashion house in Paris was in operation from 1919 until 1950.

Page 197. " There was a lot of Robert Frost in it. "

Robert Lee Frost (1874–1963), American poet, highly regarded for his realistic depictions of rural life and his command of American colloquial speech.

"The Road Not Taken" might be particularly apt for Larry.

Page 197. " She'd got on to Carl Sandburg and was writing savagely in free verse "

Carl Sandburg (1878–1967), American writer and editor, Pulitzer Prize winner. Much of his poetry focused on Chicago, where he spent time as a reporter. The 1916 poem "Chicago" is a brilliant example.

Page 198. " when she read that ode of Keats's "

Possibly the aforementioned "Ode on a Grecian Urn" (page 163).

Page 199. " I took the Blue Train to the Riviera "

The Calais-Mediterranée Express — Le Train Bleu, for its dark blue sleeping cars — was a luxury overnight express train between Calais and the French Riviera from 1922 until 1938.

Page 199. " I saw an early Christian sarcophagus in Rome that took my fancy "

Early Christian sarcophagus, 359 AD
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Page 199. " till the Last Trump "

“Behold I show you a mystery we shall not all sleep but we shall all be changed. In a moment, in a twinkling of an eye, at the last trump, for the trumpet shall sound and the dead shall be raised incorruptible and we shall be changed. " (1 Corinthians 15:51,52).

The phrase is variously rendered as "trump" or "trumpet" in different versions of the Bible. Elliott may here be betraying his Protestant upbringing.

Page 200. " What are those lines of Landor's? "

Walter Savage Landor (1775–1864), English writer and poet.

The lines the narrator recites were written by Landor in 1849, on his 74th birthday, as an epitaph for himself.