What’s In A Name?
Ms. Publicist: Fifteenth of the month, so therefore – normally Bernie handles the so therefores, of course – it’s time for What’s In A Name, where Spencer Quinn and I discuss a character name from the Chet and Bernie series. What’ll it be, Spence?
Spencer Quinn: How about the Borgheses, the owners of Princess the show dog in Thereby Hangs a Tail?
Ms. P.: He’s an Italian count, as I remember.
SQ: Exactly. Lorenzo di Borghese, and his wife is Adelina, although she’s a Jersey girl, nee Simkins. Hereditary titles, nobility – there’s something amusing about these vestigial remains. I picked Lorenzo because of Lorenzo the Magnificent and Adelina works as an aristocratic sort of name but also reminds us of the Sweet Adelines, pure down home Americana. So she’s on a sort of fault line, always a dangerous place. Borghese I flat out stole – they were an important noble family for centuries.
Ms. P.: And maybe still are. Do you think they’ll sue you? Spence? Spence? Where are you going?
Welcome Ace & Toby, Charlie.
Villa Borghese, Rome:
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