My Particular Friend footnotes: The Start of the Affair 5

Beginning with An Explanation:

Social obligations consumed the bulk of the morning. We three spent a great deal of time at the Lower Rooms, which Charlotte called the agora, circling endlessly and absorbing the gossip of Bath.

agora: was a central spot in ancient Greek city-states. The literal meaning of the word is “gathering place” or “assembly.”
However her fortune, her beauty and her nature would ensure that age would never wither her charms.

Antony and Cleopatra, Age, Act II Scene 2
DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS: Never; he will not:
Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale
Her infinite variety: other women cloy
The appetites they feed: but she makes hungry
Where most she satisfies; for vilest things
Become themselves in her: that the holy priests
Bless her when she is riggish.

‘But who shall be my accomplice, my dear? Who shall be Pollux to my Castor?’
Castor and Pollux: The twins from Greek mythology. Their mother was Leda, but Castor was the mortal son of Tyndareus, king of Sparta, and Pollux the divine son of Zeus, who visited Leda in the guise of a swan.

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