Page 126. " she has consumption and very bad "

Consumption is another word for Tuberculosis (TB). It usually attacks the lungs and spread through the air when those with the disease cough, sneeze, or spit. When TB goes untreated, like in Sally Jean's case, it kills more than half of those who have it. Symptoms of TB include coughing, fever, night sweats, and weight loss. 

Source: Wikipedia - Tuberculosis

Page 127. " she was in an oxygen tent "
Oxygen Tent
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeOxygen Tent - Credit: Caleb David

Sally Jean's lungs have been so damaged by TB that she requires an oxygen tent.

An oxygen tent is a device held in place over the head and shoulders to give the patient a higher concentration of oxygen than the human body usually requires.

Page 132. " dressed tonight as though they were attending a performance at the Metropolitan Opera House "

The Metropolitan Opera House is is considered to be one of the most prestigious opera stages in the world, as well as one of the largest. It's on Broadway in New York City. Those attending a performance at the Met often wear floor-length gowns and tuxedos to openings nights or important events. Regularly, women will wear skirts and dresses with heels while men wear suits or blazers and dress shirts.



Metropolitan Opera House website

Wikipedia: Metrolitan Opera


Page 134. " felt a litle like Sleeping Beauty "

Sleeping Beauty is a classic fairy tale originally published in 1697 by Charles Perrault.  In the story, Sleeping Beauty is awoken from a curse by the kiss of a handsome prince.


Wikipedia - Sleeping Beauty

Page 138. " smells a little like mothballs "

Public DomainMothballs - Credit: Farmercarlos
Mothballs are a combination of pesticides and deodorant used to store clothing that might become damaged due to mold or moth larvae.

Wikipedia - Mothballs

Page 140. " Somewhere over the rainbow way up high "