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An Ideal Husband
by Oscar Wilde
Analysis: Allusions When authors refer to other great works, people, and events, it’s usually not accidental. Put on your super-sleuth hat and figure out why.
Literature and Philosophy "the old Greek" and " Penelope" (1.103-104): a reference to Odysseus and his faithful wife Book of Numbers (3.240): an Old Testament book The Times and The Morning Post (4.26): The Times was serious; The Morning Post full of society gossip Historical Figures Boodle's Club (1.114): an old and distinguished London gentleman's club Suez Canal (1.225): shares were bought on Prime Minister Disraeli's advice in 1875 Political References Star of the Garter; Whig (1.19): The Garter is an order of Knighthood. A Whig is the 18th-century term for moderate liberals. Women's Liberal Association (2.101): Founded in 1886. Women's Liberal Associations all over England debated political issues, including women's right to vote. Upper House (2.242): the House of Lords Downing Street (4.72): official residence of the Prime Minister Art References Triumph of Love by Boucher (1.1): Francois Boucher (1703-1770). A French painter exemplifying the French rococo style. Watteau (1.1): Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684-1721), French painter Lawrence (1.19): Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830), English painter who specialized in portraits of military and state leaders Tanagra (1.23): 4th century B.C. terracotta figures Van-dyck (1.52): Sir Anthony Van Dyck (1599-1641), Flemish painter Corot (1.236): Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (1796-1875), French landscape painter
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