" 'We're going to San Francisco. The flowers in your hair are optional. "
Mr Wednesday is referencing the song San Francisco by John Phillips of The Mamas & The Papas, which has the line 'be sure to wear some flowers in your hair.'
" A young girl, no older than fourteen, her hair dyed green and orange and pink, stared at them as they went by. "
The girl mentioned here, sitting beside a mongrel dog, is Delerium from Neil Gaiman's The Sandman graphic novels. In keeping with the mythical beings Shadow is coming across, Delerium is one of the 'Endless,' beings who are older than gods and will be around long after gods and humans have gone.
" 'Shadow, say hello to Easter.' "
Easter is an incarnation of Eostre, also known as Ostara, a germanic goddess whose name was linked to an Anglo Saxon month and is now used for the festival of Easter.
" "does not have the faith and will not have the fun". Chesterton. "
Wednesday quotes English writer G.K. Chesterton. Neil Gaiman has referenced him in several other novels and has cited his writing as an influence on his own work.
" pointed out a red-tailed hawk in a bare tree "
are found throughout North America, they are found in a variety of habitats and their feathers are sacred to some Native American tribes.
" looked more like a falcon "
Brown Falcon - Credit: jjron
are intelligent birds of prey, found throughout Europe, Asia and North America.