Page 127. " His British accent only added to the hilarity. "

Listen to the many different accents and dialects found around the United Kingdom right here, or read about them on this site!



Page 130. " a bottle of peach schnapps "
American Peach Schnapps
Public DomainAmerican Peach Schnapps - Credit: Lynnea Kleinschmidt

American schnapps is a smooth, syrupy alcoholic beverage produced by flavouring neutral grain spirit, then adding sugar and glycerine. Flavours range from fruity, as in the case of peach, cherry and lemon schnapps, to pretty much anything you can think of, for example, butterscotch, pumpkin spice and menthol mint. Since it is bottled with added sugar, schnapps is classified as a liqueur.

This liqueur is not to be confused with its German counterpart, which refers to all clear brandies created by using fermented fruit in the distillation process, to which no sugar is added when bottled.

Read more here!

Page 144. " Miss America-type tiara "
Miss America 2007, Lauren Nelson
Creative Commons AttributionMiss America 2007, Lauren Nelson - Credit: David Washington, DC



Learn about the Miss America scholarship pageant here!

Page 146. " Many heroines in Russian fairy tales are named Vasilisa. "

Aleksandr Nikolayevich Afanasyev, the Russian counterpart to the Brothers Grimm, published an immense eight-volume collection of Russian fairy tales by the name of Narodnye russkie skazki between 1855 and 1863.

He recorded several different stories involving heroines by the name of Vasilisa.

In all of them, the character is an enterprising young lady who never waits around to be rescued. She utilizes her intelligence to accomplish seemingly impossible tasks and is, in fact, usually the one providing the hero with much-needed assistance!

Follow the links below to read a few of these fairy tales in their entirety:

Vasilisa outside Baba Yaga's hut in
Public DomainVasilisa outside Baba Yaga's hut in "Vasilisa the Beautiful" - Credit: Ivan Yaklovlevich Bilibin


Vasilisa the Beautiful

Vasilisa the Priest's Daughter

The Firebird and Princess Vasilisa

The Frog Princess

The Sea King and Vasilisa the Wise