Page 120. " after the publication of "Clarissa Harlowe" she spent practically all her time in reading novels "
Samuel Richardson
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Clarissa, or, the History of a Young Lady (1748) by Samuel Richardson (1689-1761) is an epistolary novel, thought to be the longest novel in the English language.


The tragic heroine of the novel is Clarissa Harlowe, whose pursuit of a virtuous existence is constantly thwarted by her socially ambitious family.

Page 120. " Zeus fell in love with her "

In Greek mythology, Zeus is the king of the gods, ruling on Mount Olympus. He is also the god of sky, thunder and lightning.


Given the many myths in which Zeus seduces or rapes the objects of his desire, it is ironic that he is also god of law, order, and justice.


The youngest child of Cronus and Rhea, he fathered many important children such as Aphrodite, Athena, and Apollo.

Page 125. " the Isis right up to Merton Wall "

The Isis, which derives its name from a goddess of Ancient Egypt, is the stretch of the River Thames that runs through Oxford.


The Isis in Oxford
Permission Granted by Copyright Owner for Use on Book DrumThe Isis (background of picture) - Credit: M.L. Costa


Merton Wall is the old city wall that marks one of the boundaries of Merton College. Along this medieval wall is a path known as “Deadman’s Walk,” a walkway historically used for Jewish funeral possessions.


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