Posts, Pictures, and Pointless Ephemera
I think Sarah is onto something. Arthur's mother was from Guadeloupe in the FWI. He is a professor of ethnic musicology at a local university. His forte, naturally, is the folkloric music of his mother's native island. He notes that the cadence of the patois there is based on ancient drum patterns. This is one of the things that sends him into a seven-themed reverie that extends back to Africa and time out of time.
That's a country gentleman if I ever saw one. Too well dressed to be a prof.