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The Borrowers

The Borrowers

by Mary Norton

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.

Literary and Philosophical References

Bryce, Tom Thumb Gazetteer of the World (2.12)
Bryce, Tom Thumb Dictionary (2.12)
Bryce, Tom Thumb Edition of the Comedies of William Shakespeare (2.12)
Bryce, Tom Thumb Diary and Proverb Book (2.12)

Historical References

North-West Frontier (1.32)
Queen Victoria (2.11)
The British Commonwealth (10.37)

Pop Culture References

"Clementine (Oh, my Darlin')" (5.28)
"God Save the Queen" (5.28)
"The Post-Chaise Gallop" (5.28)

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