"Nausicaa, white armed and virginal"

The reference to Nausicaa here is fascinating. She is a character in Homer’s ‘Odyssey’, the daughter of the King and Queen of Phaeacia.  Odysseus first sees her when he emerges naked from a forest after being shipwrecked; she provides him with clothes and helps him to gain favour with her parents.  She is beautiful, and is depicted alongside Odysseus as a romantic potential which never manifests.  She is also something of a mother figure to him; the parallels here between Hanna and Michael are clear.