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
- Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy (1817-1875), "The Magdalen" (3.72). This poem is about a woman living in sin.
- The Emancipation of the Serfs (2.79). In 1861 Alexander II freed the serfs on private Russian estates.