Foreign Affairs Setting & Symbolism

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The British Museum

Great Britain's national library, where Fred Turner does most of his academic scholarship. The crowded workspace and antiquarian retrieval system, so different from American institutions, stifle his work and he refers to it by wife Roo's whimsical abbreviation, "B.M.," which also means "Bowel Movement." Fred's aversion slows his work at least as much as his preoccupation with Roo and Rosemary.

Corinth University

A fictitious Ivy League liberal arts college at which Lurie sets some of her novels, said to be modeled after Cornell University. Vinnie is a senior member of the English Department faculty and Fred is an up-and-coming junior professor hoping to attain tenure.

Fortnum & Mason's

A landmark London food store famed for is truffles, where Chuck first finds Vinnie after several weeks in England. Chuck's crass remarks here about employees clad in Regency dress being an "advertising gimmick" irritate Vinnie.

Harrod's

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