Beginning at A Singular Woman:
miniatures: small portraits sometimes worn as jewelry.
Johann Sebastian Bach was not as famous during this period as he is now, although there’s some debate how far his appreciation had fallen. His son Johann Christian Bach, however, was well known in England, having lived in London and is buried there. The father’s fame was re-established after the publication of a biography in 1802. J.S. Bach’s The Art of Fugue is a work possibly uncompleted upon his death in 1750. It’s difficult to say whether Charlotte House is attempting to complete the work or whether she simply has an incomplete score.
The Monk is mentioned in Northanger Abbey:
Catherine, humbled and ashamed, was going to apologize for her question, but he prevented her by saying, “Novels are all so full of nonsense and stuff; there has not been a tolerably decent one come out since Tom Jones, except The Monk; I read that t’other day; but as for all the others, they are the stupidest things in creation.”
Dangerous Illusions: another tale of seduction and intrigue from the 18th century by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos.
‘Bristol!’ I said, intrigued. ‘Whatever could take you to Bristol?’ I had assumed she was about Bath.