Page 102. " all the perfumes of Arabia "

Jimmy refers to Shakespeare's Macbeth, the quote in full being "all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand".

Page 116. " after eminent historical figures "

 Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States, serving from March 1861, until his assassination in 1865.

Josephine de Beauharnais married Napolean Bonaparte in 1796 and was crowned Empress of France in 1804.

 Marie Curie (1867-1934), a Polish chemist and physicist, was the first person to be awarded two Nobel prizes, and her research into the theory of radioactivity is considered a major contribution to the scientific world.

Sojourner Truth (1797-1883) was the chosen name of women's rights activist and abolitionist Isabella Baumfree.

Page 125. " Out, out brief candle "

A quote from possibly the most famous passage of Shakespeare's tragic play, Macbeth:

To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,

Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,

To the last syllable of recorded time;

And all our yesterdays have lighted fools

The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!

Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,

That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,

And then is heard no more. It is a tale

Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,

Signifying nothing.

Act V; Scene 5

Bronze of Shakespeare Verona, Italy
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William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, UK  (1564-1616) and is known as one of the greatest writers in the English language. His surviving works include 38 plays, 154 sonnets and several poems.