News From Tartary - Peter  Fleming

"It was a pleasant place, and here we celebrated no less an anniversary than the Fourth of June; its significance, I fear, was rather lost on Kini, for my attempts to explain the connection between George III and fireworks at Eton were handicapped by the regrettable discovery that I had really no idea what the connection was; moreover, William Tell somehow got into the conversation and confused the issue badly."




You can take the boy out Eton, but you can't take Eton out of the boy. 


I now know what it is that is a bit odd about Peter Fleming's narrative. Also, he does seem to have a crush on Kini (aka Ella Maillart), his travelling companion.