Page 483. " This feels like the ending of a Shakespearean comedy "

 Shakespearean comedies, such as As You Like It, Much Ado about Nothing, and Twelfth Night, make use of multiple interwoven plots, and often involve deception and mistaken identity, coincidence and confusion, and thwarted-but-eventually-won love. They always end happily, with an explanation and resolution and also usually a wedding.

Page 483. " Hymen "


Hymenaeus, by Edward Burne-Jones
GNU Free Documentation LicenseHymenaeus, by Edward Burne-Jones - Credit: Ad Meskens
In Greek mythology, Hymen, or Hymenaios, is the god of marriage, and is supposed to attend every wedding to ensure good fortune for the couples' future.


Page 483. " Albert Campion "

 Albert Campion is a character from the detective stories of Margery Allingham, a gentleman sleuth who first appeared in a novel published in 1929 and went on to feature in a further 17 novels and more than 20 short stories. In 1989 the stories were adapted into the Campion television series by the BBC.

Page 484. " the Potato Eaters "


 The Potato Eaters is a painting by Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh. The 1885 painting shows a peasant family at dinner.


Page 493. " In that moment, the great storm hit Sussex "

 The Great Storm of 1987 struck England on the night of the 15th/16th of October 1987, damaging 3 million homes and buildings, destroying 15 million trees, blocking roads and railways, closing airports, and leaving hundreds of thousands of people without power. Around 150 people were injured and 19 killed. Winds of up to 122 miles per hour were recorded in Sussex, Essex and Kent. The Met Office was criticised for failing to forecast the storm correctly, and BBC meteorologist Michael Fish became famous for his dismissal of rumours that a hurricane was on its way. The storm also struck France, leaving 1.79 million homes without electricity or water supply and destroying a quarter of Brittany's forests.

Page 499. " Miss Havisham. The Bride of Corinth "

 Miss Havisham is a character in the Charles Dickens novel Great Expectations. Jilted on her wedding day, she remains forever trapped in the moment of her heartbreak and humiliation, staying in her fraying wedding dress in her decaying mansion.

The Bride of Corinth (Die Braut von Korinth) is a 1797 poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. It tells of a young man who goes to meet his fiancée at her parents house. He arrives late and is shown to a room, where a pale woman wearing a white veil and dress creeps in to see him. They make love, and she then reveals that she is risen from the dead to seek 'the bridegroom I have lost/And the lifeblood of his heart to drink'. The poem can be read here.