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by William Makepeace Thackeray
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 Hester Chapone (1.3) Gaetano Donizetti (4.69) Crebillon the younger (10.5) Charles Pigault-Lebrun (15.9 William Guthrie, New Geographical, Historical, and Commercial Grammar (3.26) Shakespeare, (3.31) The Tempest William Howell, Medulla (4.55) Thomas Dilworth, New Guide to the English Tongue (4.55) Bell's Life, a boxing magazine (5.34) Charles Dickens, Pickwick Papers (7.47) Fanny Burney, Cecilia (8.5) Ann Radcliffe, Udolpho (8.20) Debrett, a directory of peerage and nobility family trees (9.15) Tobias Smollett, History of England and Humphry Clinker (10.5) Richmal Mangall, Historical and Miscellaneous Questions for the Use of Young People (12.2) Shakespeare, Cymbeline and (12.22) A Midsummer Night's Dream Annual Register, a yearly miscellany – (24.30) Thomas Morton, Speed the Plough (36.2) The Whole Duty of Man (40.4) Shakespeare, (43.28) Othello Alexander Pope, "The Rape of the Lock" (48.20) Folktale, Biblical, and Mythology References Michael Kelly, Bluebeard, an opera based on the folktale (3.26) The Arabian Nights (3.26, 5.16) Minerva (1.24) Francois Fenelon, Telemaque, a mawkish, didactic epic about Odysseus's son, Telemachus (5.43) Methuselah, a very old patriarch in Genesis 5:21 (8.13) Silenus (8.61) Agamemnon and Iphigenia (13.35) Dives, a rich man in Luke 16:19 (14.56) Croesus (14.57) Omphale, the queen who enslaved Hercules (16.3) Queen Esther, from the Old Testament Book of Esther (20.3) Achilles (45.2) Damocles (47.7) Agamemnon and Clytemnestra (51.35) Athena (56.25) Jacob and his sons Judah, Simeon, and Benjamin (61.3) Becky as a Siren (64.1) Circe (66.23) Historical References Napoleon and his European campaign (throughout) East India Company (throughout) Prince Regent (later George IV) (throughout) Semiramis (1.31) Beau Brummel, famous Regency dandy (3.30) Vauxhall, famous pleasure garden (4.6) Daniel Lambert, famous exhibited obese man (6.26) Queen Elizabeth (7.1) William Pitt, Sir Robert Walpole, John Churchill, King Charles I, Oliver Cromwell, Henry Dundas, powerful politicians after whom the Crawleys are named (7.2) Gretna Green, a Scotland town famous for being the destination of elopers (16.22) Alexis Soyer, famous chef (19.1) Frascati's, famous Parisian gambling "hell" (36.9) Blue Books, official government reports (45.19) Lady Jane Grey, Queen of England for nine days (50.26) Astley's, famous horse circus (52.11) Burke, Thurtell, & Hayes, famous murderers (67.79)
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