Tina's Notes on The Eclipse of the Century

Chapter Five

p. 102
Mark lists some of the titles in the Museum's library. Curzon's book does exist, cf. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Nathaniel_Curzon,_1st_Marquess_Curzon_of_Kedleston, as does Eugene Schuyler's Turkistan (London 1876). Schuyler (1840 - 1890) was a scholar and diplomat who served in Russia, Constantinople, Romania, Serbia, Greece, England, Italy, and Egypt. He is, among other things, the author of an important biography of Tsar Peter, the first to take Russian sources into account. His works received a lot of attention.
http://www.logoi.com/notes/american_in_turkistan.html offers a contemporary review of Schuyler's account of life in Turkestan. Reprints were published in 1966 and in 2004: Eugene Schuyler, Turkistan: Notes of a Journey in Russian Turkistan, Khokand, Bukhara and Kuldja. Indus International, 2004.

Chapter Six

p. 128
Keith and Zayu see a falling star, and Keith quotes the first line of John Donne's Song:

Go and catch a falling star,
Get with child a mandrake root,
Tell me where all past years are,
Or who cleft the devil's foot,
Teach me to hear mermaids singing,
Or to keep off envy's stinging,
And find
What wind
Serves to advance an honest mind.
If thou beest born to strange sights,
Things invisible to see,
Ride ten thousand days and nights
Till age snow white hairs on thee,
Thou, when thou return'st, wilt tell me,
All strange wonders that befell thee,
And swear,
No where
Lives a woman true, and fair.

If thou find'st one, let me know,
Such a pilgrimage were sweet;
Yet do not, I would not go,
Though at next door we might meet;
Though she were true, when you met her,
And last, till you write your letter,
Yet she
Will be
False, ere I come, to two, or three.

These are Tina Breckwoldt's notes as she is rereading Eclipse of the Century