Page 207. " (Marlowe. Faust.) "

Christopher Marlowe was the author of the play The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus, often abbreviated to just Faust, which the Scarecrow is quoting.

Read The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus at Project Gutenberg.

Page 207. " There's no place like home "

Dee quotes a famous line from the movie The Wizard of Oz.

Page 208. " Mister Dent tried to strangle himself. "

Harvey Dent, or Two-Face, is one of Batman's more well-known villains, famous for his half-scarred face, coin-flipping, and duality-obsessed psyche.

Page 211. " The Sound of Her Wings "
Washington Square Arch
GNU Free Documentation LicenseWashington Square Arch - Credit: David Shankbone

This chapter takes place in Washington Square Park, in Manhattan, New York. Dream is sitting in a dry fountain.


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Central Fountain in Washington Square Park
GNU Free Documentation LicenseCentral Fountain in Washington Square Park - Credit: David Shankbone


Page 214. " That's a line from 'Mary Poppins' "

Mary Poppins is a Disney musical made in 1964, starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, based on the book series by P.L. Travers.


Page 216. " So, what's the matter? "

GNU Free Documentation LicenseAnkh - Credit: Elwood
Here Death's necklace can be clearly seen for the first time. It is an ankh, an Egyptian symbol for eternal life.

Page 223. " I can patter Romany "

The Romani are a European ethnic group, also known as gypsies, thought to originate in India.

Romani is also the name of their language.

Page 224. " Sh'ma Yisroel. Adonai Elohaynu, Adonai E'hod. "

This is a traditional Jewish prayer called the "Sh'ma Yisroel," "Shema Yisrael," or "Shema." It's translation is "Hear, O Israel, the Lord Our God, the Lord is One." It is traditionally said in every worship service and just before death.

Listen to the Shema at

Find more information about the Shema at the Jewish Encyclopedia.