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.
- Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor from 160-180 CE (2.31).
- Folies-Bergere, Paris music hall famous for presenting operettas, pantomimes, musical comedies, acrobatic acts, and vaudeville (1.141).
- Madame Butterfly, tragic opera by Giacomo Puccini (2.30)