"It’ll be in the Book, honey, Dilsey said. Writ out."
Detail from Judgement Day fresco
Public DomainDetail from Judgement Day fresco - Credit: Viktor Vasnetsov


Dilsey is referring to the Book of Life, in which the name of every person destined for heaven is recorded. According to Revelation, the book is to be opened on the Day of Judgement, when all are to be apprised of their ultimate destiny.


And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. (Revelation 20.12