" the order of the Golden Fleece "
An order of chivalry founded in 1430 by Duke Philip III of Burgundy to celebrate his marriage.
" the gorgeous dress worn by Philip the Second in Titian's portrait at the Prado "
" A race of Stars was in progress "
The International Star (or Starboat) is a 6.9 m racing keelboat for 2 people.
" The sad Don Quixote of a worthless purpose. "
" 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.
" 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.
" I went to the Théâtre Français "
One of France's state theatres.
" over which presides Houdon's Voltaire with his toothless, sardonic grin "
Jean-Antoine Houdon (1741–1828), French neoclassical sculptor.
François-Marie Arouet (1694–1778), better known as Voltaire, French writer, philosopher, essayist, playwright.
" he was a Benedictine monk "
" I'd read a certain amount, Spinoza and Plato and Descartes "