Note 1: (eclat)
Here eclat means notoriety or scandal.
It is used in a different context in Pride and Prejudice. Elizabeth uses it during her dance with Darcy at the Netherfield ball:
"We are each of an unsocial, taciturn disposition, unwilling to speak, unless we expect to say something that will amaze the whole room, and be handed down to posterity with all the eclat of a proverb."
In this context it means (again from the American Heritage Dictionary): great acclamation or applause.