Page 26. " Yes, he had called himself the Moor "
Ira Aldridge as Othello
Creative Commons AttributionIra Aldridge as Othello - Credit: cliff1066 on flickr
Ray Singh's reference is to the character of Othello in Shakespeare's play, also known as The Moor of Venice.

 

Othello Relating His Adventures, by CW Cope, steel engraving, 1873
Public DomainOthello Relating His Adventures, by CW Cope, steel engraving, 1873 - Credit: Imperial Edition of The Works of Shakespere (London: Virtue and Company)
Page 32. " obscene literature - Fear of Flying "

Published only a few years prior to the year in which The Lovely Bones opens, Fear of Flying, a novel by Erica Jong, was controversial for its open and frank attitude to female sexuality.

It became a key text in the development of second-wave feminism.

 

     

    

Page 46. " He would call me in whenever he was ready to raise the sail. "

Ship in Bottle
Creative Commons AttributionShip in Bottle - Credit: Jon Hurd
An age-old puzzle and popular pastime, there is a fine art to building model ships and putting them in bottles.