| Eugène Labiche, French playwright, 1815-88. Some consider him the equal of Molière; his plays are more complex & less coarse than other French farces. Académicien
p 428 | "... the wrong notes of ...." Anton Rubinstein, Russian pianist & composer, 1829-94. -->
| According to The Esoteric Curiosa and other Proust scholars, Robert de Saint-Loup was, at least partially, based on Proust's blond friend Paul Ernest Boniface de Castellane, the Marquis de Castellane. V
p 434 | caravanserais: a large inn enclosing a courtyard providing accommodation for caravans. Scroll down for a look.
| 'lighftboy': Bloch's funny pronunciation of 'liftboy' (with a long 'i'). See p 435-6.
p 435 | corn-chandler: retail dealer in corn, grains, and seeds.
| punter: gambler, esp. one who bets against a bookmaker.
| phalanx: A group of people or similar things forming a compact body or brought together for common purpose.
|William Morris' Kelmscott Press Edition of Ruskin|
|Actual leaf from the Ruskin's notebook, at the Morgan Museum, NYC|
| photo of poppy fields
| “Common sense is the best distributed thing in the world, for everyone thinks he is so well-endowed with it that even those who are hardest to satisfy in all other matters are not in the habit of desiring more of it than they already have.” -- Rene Descartes
| The frequency of the virtues that are identical in us all is not more wonderful than the multiplicity of the defects that are peculiar to each one of us.
| But the variety of our defects is no less remarkable than the similarity of our virtues. p 438