Page 231. " the order of the Golden Fleece "

An order of chivalry founded in 1430 by Duke Philip III of Burgundy to celebrate his marriage.

Page 231. " the gorgeous dress worn by Philip the Second in Titian's portrait at the Prado "

Page 234. " A race of Stars was in progress "

Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeStar - Credit: Barbetorte
The International Star (or Starboat) is a 6.9 m racing keelboat for 2 people.

Page 239. " The sad Don Quixote of a worthless purpose. "
Page 243. " and a beautiful drawing by Fragonard of a satyr engaged with a nymph "

Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732–1806), French artist who produced paintings, drawings, and etchings in the late Rococo manner. His work was characterized by hedonism and veiled eroticism.

Page 244. " They had to arrange for a sale at the Hôtel Drouot "

Hôtel Drouot is a large auction house in Paris, for fine art, antiques, and antiquities.

Page 244. " I went to the Théâtre Français "

One of France's state theatres.

Page 245. " over which presides Houdon's Voltaire with his toothless, sardonic grin "

Bust of Voltaire, Houdon
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeBust of Voltaire, Houdon - Credit: Elizabeth Roy
Jean-Antoine Houdon (1741–1828), French neoclassical sculptor.

François-Marie Arouet (1694–1778), better known as Voltaire, French writer, philosopher, essayist, playwright.

Page 249. " he was a Benedictine monk "
Page 249. " I'd read a certain amount, Spinoza and Plato and Descartes "