Page 126. " a divided skirt more or less suitable for riding "

The convention of formal riding habits for women came into fashion during the 17th century. Riding habits were designed to be fashionable, though not always practical. Before the advent of riding habits, women rode in everyday dress. While horsewomen generally rode sidesaddle (for reasons of fashion and modesty), it is difficult to discern what manner of riding Beauty prefers, though it might be inferred from her choice of a divided skirt that she rides astride.


Page 141. " Aeolus, standing at the mouth of his thundery cavern on the mountain of the gods "
Juno Asking Aeolus to Release the Winds
Public DomainJuno Asking Aeolus to Release the Winds - Credit: François Boucher

A figure from Greek mythology, Aeolus is the keeper of the winds, which are often depicted in the shape of horses.

Page 146. " Cerberus "
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeCerberus - Credit: Giuseppe Canino

In Greek and Roman mythology, Cerberus is a three-headed canine beast that guards the way to the Underworld. Cerberus is referred to in several literary works, including Dante's Inferno.