Page 227. " 'How now? A rat?' "

Hamlet is a play by William Shakespeare, set in Denmark. Hamlet, the protagonist, is determined to prove that his uncle, Claudius, murdered his father, the former King.

Act 3, Scene 4 sees Hamlet confronting his mother, Gertrude, in her chamber. Panicked by their quarreling, the Lord Chamberlain, Polonius, who is hidden behind the arras, cries out for help. Mistaking him for his uncle, Hamlet stabs him through the drapery.

Page 228. " 'You know what Mephistopheles said to Faustus when he asked where hell was?' "

German folklore features a demon called Mephistopheles, who first appeared in the legend of Faust, the tale of a man who makes a deal with the Devil and exchanges his soul in return for limitless knowledge.

The writer Christopher Marlowe first adapted the story for his play 'The Tragicall History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus' in 1589. Mephistopheles attempts to dissuade Faust from selling his soul by describing hell to him:


Think’st thou that I who saw the face of God

And tasted the eternal joy of heaven

Am not tormented with ten thousand hells

In being deprived of everlasting bliss?

Page 235. " 'But what does she do?' "
Pregnant woman
Creative Commons AttributionPregnant woman - Credit: Tom and Katrien
By the 1930s, legal and religious restrictions on contraception began to be lifted, particularly on the use of condoms. Women who wanted to avoid an unwanted pregnancy may have relied on methods such as vaginal douches, diaphragms or calcualting their most fertile periods.
Page 249. " The Peacehaven streets began "
Creative Commons AttributionPeacehaven - Credit: diamond geezer
High chalk cliffs act as a border for the town of Peacehaven, which is approximately six miles outside of Brighton. The neighbouring town of Eastbourne borders Beachy Head, a notorious suicide spot.


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