That's it. I give up. I gather that this book has kind of a cult status on GR, and it's why I started reading it in the first place. The premise is one I could see myself enjoying and I love the beautiful European setting, but my brain hurts from all the malapropisms and syntax problems. Yes, I know English is not the author's first language, and a very valiant effort is made in writing in English, but I think it takes a stronger person than I to make it through the grammatical morass. So, after many many wasted hours and much dawdling over this book, I'm cutting it loose.