Page 79. " Mules were the same way, I'd been told "
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A dhampir can only reproduce with a Moroi; likewise, a mule (the spawn of a male donkey and a female horse) is unable to breed with another one of its kind. It does happen that a female mule will produce offspring with a purebred horse or donkey, but this is an extremely rare occurrence, since the three species have a varying number of structurally different chromosomes that don't easily pair up to create successful embryos.

Rose's comparison of dhampirs with mules also happens to be appropriate in another way entirely, as both inherit the most advantageous traits of their composite species with few weaknesses. Mules are tough creatures that are calm, patient and known for their endurance, long lives and the fact that they are far less likely to stumble than a horse; they owe these characteristics to their donkey genes, while the speed, intelligence, strength, courage and vigour of a mule, as well as the animal's marked lack of obstinacy, can be attributed to its horse DNA.

Page 81. " her platinum hair clung to the sides of her face "
Platinum Blond
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Platinum Blond - Claudia Schiffer
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The lightest shade of blond hair is platinum, a colour that is almost white. Platinum blonds can also be referred to as tow-heads and are almost always children; hair this pale usually darkens into some form of brown as one matures. Very light hair occurs most often in Northern Europe; the fairest hair is found south of the Baltic Sea, darkness increasing gradually and almost concentrically around this area.

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Page 85. " shot pool in the rec room "

Page 92. " reading a Louis L'Amour book "

The Cherokee Trail
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Louis L'Amour completed and published 89 novels, 14 short-story compilations and two non-fiction books before his death in 1988, at the age of 80 years old. More than 225 million copies of his various works have sold, establishing L'Amour, a Western fiction writer, as an extremely popular author around the globe.

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Dark Canyon - Louis L'Amour
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Page 92. " When Doves Cry "

"When Doves Cry" is a number one single off Prince's 1984 album, Purple Rain.

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