Once again I found that my vocabulary skills were not equal to the task. This time it was Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde.
Pergolas: an arbor formed of horizontal trelliswork supported on columns or posts, over which vines or other plants are trained.
Sycophancy: self-seeking or servile flattery
Retrousse: (esp. of the nose) turned up
Fenestrated: having windows; windowed; characterized by windows
Conurbation: an extensive urban area resulting from the expansion of several cities or towns so that they coalesce but usually retain their separate identities
Recce: (esp. in British military use) reconnaissance
Parochial: of or pertaining to a parish or parishes.
Tympanum: the recessed, usually triangular space enclosed between the horizontal and sloping cornices of a pediment, often decorated with sculpture
Insouciant: free from concern, worry, or anxiety; carefree; nonchalant
Ameliorated: to make or become better, more bearable, or more satisfactory; improve; meliorate
Cloche: a bell-shaped glass cover placed over a plant to protect it from frost and to force its growth