Have I mentioned Madam Sebottendorf? The forebear of real-life occultist, influential Thule Society member and proto Nazi, Rudolf von Sebottendorf. Madam S also becomes more of comic figure in Shadows and Pagoda’s final incarnation than first conceived. Now a zany aristocratic breeder of fine Lhasa Apso dogs as well as the owner of the magical bookshop in Paris.
As an aside, Madam S’s bookshop was on Rue de Monsieur le Prince (see previous blog post). Amazingly, this singular Paris location still exists and has been a restaurant of one sort or another since 1947. It now serves very tasty Tarte fine aux légumes by a bloke with a lisp called Benjamin.
If you're ever in the neighbourhood:
Benjamin told me that one Solstice night the ghostly yapping of a Lhasa was heard beyond the chatter of the patrons.