|"Ugolino' by Carpeaux|
- Based on Paola's psychologist's explanation, are Yambo's fears and insecurities regarding his past valid? Along the same lines, cross-textually, who was/is more affected by the Alice books, Alice Liddell or Lewis Carroll/children or adults? Is Paula over-simplifying?
- "This one knows you always bring him chewing gum. That's all."
- How is it appropriate that the doorway is walled up and was also once the entrance to the chapel?
- "...and I often hid there and did God knows what." (Haha! Get it!?)
- This is a circumstantial connection of course, as immurement is among the most primal of fears (and Poe's bread and butter, no less), but this reminds me, at least on the outset, of Count Ugolino from L'Inferno, not to mention all those Poe stories.
- "At that moment a thunderstorm was gathering." In just the last chapter, Yambo (if not Eco, but here I think indistinguishable), criticizes Romance-period writers for their manipulation of the elements to echo a book's plot and circumstances. Isn't that what he's doing right here?