"These people were burnin. The lake was on fire and they was burnin up"

A lake of fire appears, in both Ancient Egyptian and Christian religion, as place of punishment for the wicked after death. The image was used by Hippolytus of Rome in about the year 200 and continues to be used in Christian theology, appearing in four verses of the Book of Revelation.

Fire and dreams will both come to play an important part in the novel.