"Your mother walk about with no shoes and stockings on her feet, she sans culottes."

Literally, this means without knee breeches, and refers to Annette's lack of stockings (as a nineteenth century 'English' woman, she would hardly have worn knee breeches), but in the French Revolution the phrase 'sans culottes' referred to the working class radicals who wore trousers rather than the knee breeches favoured by the upper classes. Sansculottism remains a term for extreme egalitarian republican sympathies.

France had colonies in the Caribbean, and the Revolution had a massive impact on the area. For information on this, read A Turbulent Time: The French Revolution and the Greater Caribbean (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2003), a collection of essays edited by David Barry Gaspar and David Patrick Geggus.