Page 97. " The couch, as she always called it, was a genuine Queen Mab "

Queen Mab by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1813)
Public DomainQueen Mab by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1813) - Credit: Percy Bysshe Shelley
Queen Mab made her literary debut in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, in a speech by Mercutio (Act I, scene iv):

 

O, then, I see Queen Mab hath been with you.

She is the fairies’ midwife, and she comes

In shape no bigger than an agate-stone

On the fore-finger of an alderman.

 

Queen Mab was a tiny fairy who would drive her chariot into the brains of sleeping people and help "give birth" to their dreams. She was a popular figure, inspiring the 1813 Queen Mab: A Philosophical Poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley. In Barrie's earlier work, The Little White Bird (1902), Queen Mab resided in Kensington Gardens and granted Peter Pan his desire to fly again.

Queen Mab appears as a horse in Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility (1811), and as the fairy queen of Unseelie court in Jim Butcher's series, the Dresden Files.

Page 97. " Her mirror was a Puss-in-boots "
Puss in Boots from Charles Perrault's, Histoires ou contes du temps passé
Public DomainPuss in Boots from Charles Perrault's, Histoires ou contes du temps passé - Credit: Antoine Clouzier

Illustration for Charles Perrault's Le Maître chat ou le chat botté from Histoires ou Contes du Temps passé
Public DomainIllustration for Charles Perrault's Le Maître chat ou le chat botté from Histoires ou Contes du Temps passé - Credit: Gustave Doré
 Puss in Boots is a French fairy tale about a cunning cat who, through trickery, secured for his peasant master a princess's hand in marriage. The tale, written by Charles Perrault, first appeared in 1695 as one of eight fairy tales in the book, Histoires ou contes du temps passé.

The Master Cat, also called the Booted Cat, has appeared in various works, including the third act of Tchaikovsky's ballet, The Sleeping Beauty. He was recently given a voice by Antonio Banderas in the Dreamworks Shrek animation movies.

 

East German Stamps Issued in 1968 Honoring Fairy Tales
Public DomainEast German Stamps Issued in 1968 Honoring Fairy Tales - Credit: Hochgeladen und Bearbeitet von

Page 98. " Chandelier from Tiddlywinks "

Tiddlywinks became a phenomenon in the 1890s. Rick Tucker writes in his 1996 article, "Tiddlywinks: The Classic Victorian Pastime," that the name derived from, "British rhyming slang for an unlicensed pub (tiddlywink and also kiddlywink). In 1889, he says, the name was trademarked as TIDDLEDY-WINKS and a love-hate association ensued.

Tucker adds that, "Tiddlywinks has perhaps the most pervasive and negative stereotype of any game," and yet, "it was a rampant adult fad in the US and England for nearly a decade in the 1890s." The game involves disc-like counters called "winks," which are flipped with a shooter into the air. The aim of the game is to hit a target or to make the wink land in a pot.

Tiddlywinks is considered dull and simple by some, but has attracted adult winkers from such prestigious educational facilities as Cambridge University and Harvard. Tucker alleges that, "Prince Philip once suggested that tiddlywinks be included in the Olympics."

In 1962, reports the North American Tiddlywinks Association, "Oxford toured the US, and a number of US collegiate teams were formed." The 37th World Pairs Championships in 2010 was won by defenders Larry Kahn (US) & Matt Fayers (UK).