The Winston Churchill whom we see in the Old Phoenix refers to "'...the Great War...'" (All One Universe, p. 119), thus confirming my suspicion that this Churchill has entered the inn from some time in the period between the Wars. When we contemplate a meeting in the Old Phoenix, it does not matter if one of the participants is known to be dead because he can have entered the inn either from a time before he died or from a timeline in which he died later. On the other hand, if we imagine an encounter as occurring not in an inter-cosmic inn but in one of the hereafters, then all the participants must be dead - unless they can emulate Orpheus.
Who is next?
"...the cadaverous Spaniard who had patched together a ridiculous armor..." (ibid.)
"...the stunningly beautiful, imperially garbed Chinese lady..." (ibid.);
a white couple "...dressed like subjects of the Ottoman Empire..." (ibid.);
a Tudor woman clutching a crucifix;
Villon asks in song:
"'Since naught can remain for posterity
"'But a name all honor and none abuse,
"'Who was the victor, Grant of Lee?
"'Even the dead have much to lose.'" (p. 121)
The fate of the dead is a manifest theme even if the clientele of the inn are still living when they enter the Old Phoenix.
The Taverners must observe restrictions or lose their license - which is not from God.
Villon addresses Christ as "'...Prince of losers...'" (p. 123) and mentions the mass murder of Jews. Our twentieth century narrator thinks that Villon is referring to the Middle Ages until he remembers the world to which Churchill returns - between the Wars.
I have not read this story properly before.