1.23.2014

The Guermantes Way III p 569-575

p 571 | Hannibal and the battle of Cannae

p 572 | Ossian (legendary 3rd century Gaelic bard)

p 574 | Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin (1699-1779), 18th-century French painter, considered a master of still life.




p 574 | Jean-Baptiste Perronneau, French painter who specialized in portraits executed in pastels.

p 575 | "We lack the wisdom to work backwards from the particular to the general..."
Ingres, Grande Odalisque, 1814

Manet, Olympia, 1863

1.17.2014

The Guermantes Way III p 551-569

p 556 | "... at the time of Agadir..." : Agadir Crisis of 1911.  The second of the Moroccan crises (see Moroccan crisis, 1905) leading to the outbreak of World War I. The Germans sent the gunboat "Panther" to the Moroccan port of Agadir, claiming that the French had ignored the terms of the Algeciras Conference. This provoked a major war scare in Britain until the Germans agreed to leave Morocco to the French in return for rights in the Congo.
p 559 | "... their 1830 ties..."
p 559 | "... unassimilated Jews...", though he may mean Hasidim.
p 560-61: Opus franci-genum ("A work of French origin"); referring to Gothic architecture, as well as the "young sons of France" with their sculpted faces.
p 562 | Flag of Luxembourg
p 563 | Jockey-Club de Paris

p 565 | Albert I, Prince of Monaco (1848-1922)


p 569 | Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve (1804-69), literary critic.
| Mme Marie-Thérèse Rodet Geoffrin;
| Mme Jeanne-Françoise Récamier,
| Eléonore-Adèle d'Osmond, comtesse de Boigne.


1.09.2014

The Guermantes Way III p 537-551



p 539 | Paris in fog
p 539 | Jews used to cover their heads with ashes in times of mourning...
p 540 | Nietzsche cut himself off from Wagner's music.... More on Proust and Nietzsche

p 544 | Le Figaro: French daily newspaper.

p 544 | Steeples at Martinville

p 547 | Pillar of Fire that guided the Hebrews.
p 548 | Arabian roc
p 548 | Zola trial  and this Zola trial


 

p 549 | Melanie Louise Sophie Renouard de Bussiere, better known under her married name Countess Edmond de Pourtales (1836-1914), was one of the "queens of Paris" under the Second Empire. Marquise de Galliffet.
p 549 | Revolving doors

p 550 | Dignus est intrare. Latin for "He is worthy to enter." Also, this phrase is found in Molière's comedy-ballet Le Malade imaginaire.
p 551 | Rond-Point of the Avenue des Champs-Elysées