"And when he opens his eyes he’s bathed in golden light and there’s nothing, only infinite space and light, empty and beautiful."

Daedalus creates wings for Icarus
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This is one of several allusions in the story to the myth of Daedalus and Icarus, in which Daedalus created wings for them both to fly. Daedalus warned Icarus not to fly too close to the sun, but Icarus disobeyed him, caught up in the wonder of the moment and wanting to fly as high as possible in the warmth of the sun. This disobedience resulted in a tragic end for Icarus, which will be explored later in the book and is discussed in the bookmark for page 260.