Page 82. " Is it to do with the myth of Narcissus - the boy who fell in love with his own reflection? "

Public DomainNarcissus - Credit: John William Waterhouse

“What a man thinks of himself, that is which determines, or rather indicates, his fate.” - Henry David Thoreau

In Greek mythology, Narcissus was a beautiful young man who spurned the love of others for the adoration of his own image. According to Encyclopedia Mythica "A young man, Ameinias, was in love with Narcissus, but he rejected Ameinias' love. He grew tired of Ameinias' affections and sent him a present of a sword. Ameinias killed himself with the sword in front of Narcissus' door and as he died, he called curses upon Narcissus. One day Narcissus fell in love with his own reflection in a spring and, in desperation, killed himself."

Flowers that grew in the place where he died came to be known as Narcissus.

A narcissist is someone who has a tendency towards self-worship or a preoccupation or erotic interest in their own physical features.

Page 91. " Tennyson. That poem he wrote about his friend who died. "

Tennyson, 1809
Public DomainTennyson, 1809 - Credit: Samuel Laurence
Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892) is often considered the chief representative of the Victorian age of poetry. He succeeded William Wordsworth  as Poet Laureate in 1850.

 In Memorium A.H.H. was written in 1833, when  Alfred Lord Tennyson's closest friend, Arthur Hallam, died. He was fiance to Tennyson's sister. "In Memoriam"(1850) is an elegy written in honor of Hallam. It's made up of 133 poems--all written over a 17-year period.

In Memorium A.H.H.

Page 92. " I found this monograph by a Reverend F.W. Roberston. "

Frederick William Robertson (1816-1853) went to Brasenose College, Oxford, and during his time there committed the entire New Testament to memory in both English and Greek. He was ordained in July 1840.

Robertson's published works include five volumes of sermons, two volumes of essays and an analysis of Tennyson's In Memorium.

Frederick Robertson's Biography