After dinner we watched television, the same American serial that all England had been watching.
'Pouah!' she uttered. 'Ils sont mal élevés, ces gens.'
Leaving Home, Ch. 8
But the American serial: what is it? There's a similar reference, I think, in Lewis Percy. It seems almost inconceivable that Brookner ever sat down to watch Dallas or Dynasty, but of course, as she said, she lived in the world. And with a disparaging comment in untranslated French, she can always undermine the moment, and feel superior and be more civilised.