Page 76. " passed through the porte cochère "

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Page 78. " Tous les goûts sont dans la nature "

French proverb, roughly equivalent to "To each his own."

Page 79. " Some of that Hellenistic stuff has a certain decadent charm that's rather attractive. But Phidias: no, no. "
Page 80. " I strolled down Park Lane and through the quiet, dignified streets of Mayfair "
Page 81. " we're living in a country where every facility is afforded to sexual irregularity and every obstacle put in the way of marriage "
Page 82. " Deauville "

Deauville, on France's north coast, is regarded as the "queen of the Norman beaches." Since the 19th-century, the town of Deauville has been a fashionable holiday resort for the international elite.

It is thought to have been the inspiration for the coastal resorts in both Proust's In Search of Lost Time and Fleming's Casino Royale.


Page 82. " and of course there's Wimbledon. And then Goodwood and Cowes. "

The Championships, Wimbledon, is the oldest tennis tournament in the world and is generally considered the most prestigious. The tournament takes place over 2 weeks in late June and early July.

The Goodwood Cup is a horseracing event, established in 1808, run at Goodwood, England, which is controlled by the Duke of Richmond.

Cowes Week, the world's oldest regular regatta, established in 1826, occurs annually in the first week of August.

The traditional London Season went into decline after WWI.

Page 83. " the worm sometimes turns "

That which has been trodden upon may have its revenge:

CLIFFORD: My gracious liege, this too much lenity

 And harmful pity must be laid aside.

To whom do lions cast their gentle looks?

Not to the beast that would usurp their den.

Whose hand is that the forest bear doth lick?

Not his that spoils her young before her face.

Who 'scapes the lurking serpent's mortal sting?

Not he that sets his foot upon her back.

The smallest worm will turn being trodden on,

And doves will peck in safeguard of their brood.

— Shakespeare's Henry VI, Part III,

The narrator having been put in his place, he now turns on Elliot, referring to the ungentlemanly means by which he acquired his means.

Page 83. " they want to dispose of their Constable of Salisbury Cathedral "
Page 84. " He gave supper parties at Ciro's "

Ciro's Restaurant was a swank Orange Street club (at Charing Cross Road), decorated in Louis XIV style and featuring a sliding roof and a dance floor on springs. It was designed in 1915.

From 1956 until 1985 the building was leased to the Royal Dental Hospital. Some time after that it was taken over by the National Portrait Gallery.

Page 84. " strapping young men in beautiful clothes who were in the Household Brigade "
Page 85. " you could see Queen Elizabeth's bed "
Page 86. " Who was Ruysdael? "

Jacob Isaackszoon van Ruisdael (c1628–1682), Dutch landscape painter.

Page 90. " Many are called but few are chosen. "
Page 91. " Ruth and the alien corn and all that sort of thing "

An allusion to "Ode to a Nightingale", a poem written by John Keats in 1819.

Thou wast not born for death, immortal Bird!

No hungry generations tread thee down;

The voice I hear this passing night was heard

In ancient days by emperor and clown:

Perhaps the selfsame song that found a path

Through the sad heart of Ruth, when, sick for home,

She stood in tears amid the alien corn;

Page 98. " he wanted to eat his cake and have it "

English proverb, sometimes stated as "to have one's cake and eat it too".

Page 98. " a mine near Lens "

Lens is a coal-mining town in Northern France, near the Belgian border. The last of the mines were finally closed in the 1990s.

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Page 100. " a copy of the Princesse de Clèves "

La Princesse de Clèves is a French novel published in 1678, credited to Madame de La Fayette, regarded as one of the first modern, psychological novels. Many of the characters are historical figures. The novel details romantic intrigue and scandal at the French court. Ultimately, it is a tale of unrequited love.

Page 100. " Have you ever been to Larue's? "