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The View from Saturday

The View from Saturday


by E. L. Konigsburg

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

  • T.S. Eliot ("Noah Writes a B & B Letter".30)
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (2.4; "Ethan Explains the B and B Inn".89, 91, 161, 210; 10.10, 12; 11.27, 34, 36, 41)
  • National Geographic ("Nadia Tells of Turtle Love".62)
  • The Arabian Nights ("Ethan Explains the B and B Inn".15)
  • Lewis Carroll ("Ethan Explains the B and B Inn".101; 10.14)
  • "Little Orphan Annie" ("Julian Narrates When Ginger Played Annie's Sandy".3)
  • David and Goliath (6.11)
  • Esau and Jacob (6.30; "Fifteen Questions With Thirty-Six Answers".33)
  • Martin Luther and "The Ninety-Five Theses" (7.11)
  • Hecate (8.45)
  • The Bible (8.56-59, 61-2)
  • The New Testament and Old Testament (8.63)
  • The Koran (8.65)
  • The Upanishads (8.67)
  • Humpty Dumpty (10.9, 12; 11.27; 12.36)
  • Mother Goose (10.12)
  • Through the Looking Glass (10.14)
  • Charles Lutwidge Dogson [Lewis Carroll] (10.15)
  • Lily [Amelia Bloomer's paper] ("Fifteen Questions With Thirty-Six Answers," 13)
  • Isaac ("Fifteen Questions With Thirty-Six Answers," 34)

Historical References

  • Raphael (2.13)
  • Susan B. Anthony ("Ethan Explains the B and B Inn".4; "Fifteen Questions With Thirty-Six Answers".15)
  • Amelia Jenks Bloomer ("Ethan Explains the B and B Inn".4; "Fifteen Questions With Thirty-Six Answers".12)
  • Paul Bunyan ("Ethan Explains the B and B Inn".9)
  • Davy Crockett ("Ethan Explains the B and B Inn".9)
  • Monet ("Ethan Explains the B and B Inn".119-120)
  • E = mc2 ("Ethan Explains the B and B Inn".158-9)
  • Einstein ("Ethan Explains the B and B Inn".159)
  • Miss Manners ("Ethan Explains the B and B Inn".188)
  • Michelangelo ("Ethan Explains the B and B Inn".239)
  • Leonardo ("Ethan Explains the B and B Inn".239-40)
  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton (4.12; "Fifteen Questions With Thirty-Six Answers".9)
  • Harriet Tubman (4.12; "Fifteen Questions With Thirty-Six Answers".18)
  • The First Amendment (5.3)
  • Rembrandt (6.8; "Fifteen Questions With Thirty-Six Answers".24)
  • Queen Elizabeth I (6.30; "Fifteen Questions With Thirty-Six Answers".31)
  • Alexander the Great (6.30; "Fifteen Questions With Thirty-Six Answers".35)
  • The Founding Father [George Washington] (6.30; "Fifteen Questions With Thirty-Six Answers".38)Pope John Paul II (7.19)
  • Sequoyah (7.26; "Fifteen Questions With Thirty-Six Answers".40)
  • Tecumseh (7.26; "Fifteen Questions With Thirty-Six Answers".43)
  • Osceola (7.26; "Fifteen Questions With Thirty-Six Answers".46)
  • Geronimo (7.26, 27; "Fifteen Questions With Thirty-Six Answers".49)
  • Waterloo (7.35-36; "Fifteen Questions With Thirty-Six Answers".52-54)
  • Ponce de Léon (10.1; "Fifteen Questions With Thirty-Six Answers".64)
  • King Henry VIII ("Fifteen Questions With Thirty-Six Answers".32)
  • Philip of Macedon ("Fifteen Questions With Thirty-Six Answers".36)
  • Napoleon ("Fifteen Questions With Thirty-Six Answers".53)
  • The Duke of Wellington ("Fifteen Questions With Thirty-Six Answers".53)
  • John Adams ("Fifteen Questions With Thirty-Six Answers".58)

Pop Culture References

  • Disney World ("Noah Writes a B & B Letter".12, 77; "Nadia Tells of Turtle Love".197, 199, 200, 213)
  • Walt Disney ("Nadia Tells of Turtle Love".36, 213)
  • Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs ("Nadia Tells of Turtle Love".36)
  • Sea World ("Noah Writes a B & B Letter".12, 77)
  • The Today Show ("Nadia Tells of Turtle Love".87)
  • The Phantom of the Opera [musical] ("Nadia Tells of Turtle Love".90, 98, 200; ("Ethan Explains the B and B Inn".80, 177)
  • Annie ("Julian Narrates When Ginger Played Annie's Sandy".referenced throughout the chapter)
  • Jeopardy! (8.53, 58)
  • MADD: Mothers Against Drunk Driving (9.1)

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