The Guermantes Way III p 354-65

p 355 | Anatole Leroy-Beaulieu (1842–1912) was a French publicist and historian, Academy member, who specialized in Russian history.

p 356 | Minerva:Roman goddess of wisdom, sponsor of arts, trade, and defense. She was born from the godhead of Jupiter with weapons. The Romans later equated her with the Greek goddess Athena. She was the virgin goddess of music, poetry, medicine, wisdom, commerce, weaving, crafts, magic; Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz (1646-1716): German mathematician & philosopher, with periwig; Marivaux (French playwright & novelist,1688–1763); Samuel Bernard (French financier, 1651–1739); the kobold is a sprite in Germanic mythology.

p 359 | Achille de Vaulabelle

 p361|frock-coat: a man's coat characterised by knee-length skirts all around the base, popular during the Victorian & Edwardian periods. The double-breasted style is sometimes called a Prince Albert. It is a fitted, long-sleeved coat with a center vent in back.

p 365 | Charlus was based primarily on poet Robert de Montesquieu.


The Guermantes Way III p 343-53

p 345 Louis, Comte de VERMANDOIS (1667–83). His elder sister was Marie Anne de Bourbon. Both were legitimized children of Louis XIV & his mistress Mlle Louise de la Vallière. There were half-sisters as well, but none are named Mme de Saint-Ferréol, who seems to be a created character.

p 347 | Franconian KnightsRhinegrave: A German count whose hereditary lands are in the Rheingau area north of the Rhine river; Electoral Palitinate; Martin Luther (German religious reformer, 1483–1546); Louis the German (son of Louis I; grandson of Charlemagne, 804?–76); Charron motor-cars; 

Charron Limited
photo:Stefan Didam - Schmallenberg
p 347-9| Academy of Moral and Political Sciences (Looks like members of the Académie are French, but there are also foreign associate members.... which is what the Prince wanted to be. 
p 349 | Order of St. Andrew
p 351 | Kurgarten = spa garden;  Théâtre du Gymnase

Théâtre du Gymnase

p 352 | A silent bar
p 353 | Yellow Book, a quarterly literary periodical published in London (1894-97), associated by color with illicit French novels.