11.22.2016

The Captive V pp 231-60

p 231 | Passy : an area of Paris located in the 16th arrondissement, on the Right Bank, home to many of the city's wealthiest residents.

p 233 | ... Rue de Berri and Rue Washington are in the same neighborhood, the 8th arrondissement of Paris,

p 233 | Lemuel Gulliver is the fictional protagonist and narrator of Gulliver's Travels, a novel written by Jonathan Swift, first published in 1726.

p 235 | Janus  is the god of beginnings, gates, transitions, time, duality, doorways, passages, and endings. He is usually depicted as having two faces, since he looks to the future and to the past.

p 237 | ... old French silver... This is only from 1882.
p 240 | Anaxagoras  (c. 500—428 B.C.E.):  Anaxagoras of Clazomenae was an important Presocratic natural philosopher and scientist who lived and taught in Athens for approximately 30 years.

p 240 | .... the Apostles at Pentecost...The Christian feast day of Pentecost is 7 weeks after Easter Sunday. It commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ while they were in Jerusalem celebrating the Feast of Weeks, as described in the Acts of the Apostles.

p 243 | amyl = amyl nitrite, a vasodilator, may have been used to treat / prevent chest pain (angina).


p 249 | Claude-Philibert Barthelot, comte de Rambuteau (1781–1869), Préfet of the former Départment of the Seine, caused pissoirs to be installed on Paris streets. See also pissotière.

p 255 |  Neurasthenia.... more than just neurotic?

p 257 |  Le Pêcheur d'Islande (An Iceland Fisherman, 1886 novel by Pierre Loti); Tartarin de Tarascon (Tartarin of Tarascon, 1872 novel by Alphonse Daudet)

p 26o |  Eyeglasses in 19th century France