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theodor_gylden: (not an adventurer a scholar dammit)
In addition to compiling accounts and words of concordance for an index on dreams I would like to, at Henrik's suggestion, begin recording the allusions recognized by Fallen London's dreamers. Here are a few.

Revelations 6.

And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.
And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.
And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.
And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.
And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.
And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.
And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

Evoked by a dream about a stable, where the dreamer is bade by a cat to choose between a black horse, a pale horse, a red horse, and a white horse.

Cf. Zechariah 6, The black horses which are therein go forth into the north country; and the white go forth after them ...

William Wordsworth's Prelude, Book V.

His countenance, meanwhile, grew more disturbed;
And, looking backwards when he looked, mine eyes
Saw, over half the wilderness diffused,
A bed of glittering light: I asked the cause:
"It is," said he, "the waters of the deep
Gathering upon us;" quickening then the pace
Of the unwieldy creature he bestrode,
He left me: I called after him aloud;
He heeded not; but, with his twofold charge
Still in his grasp, before me, full in view,
Went hurrying o'er the illimitable waste,
With the fleet waters of a drowning world
In chase of him; whereat I waked in terror,
And saw the sea before me, and the book,
In which I had been reading, at my side.

Henrik's observation. Passages of the poem relate a dream, and its conclusion is reminiscent of the flooding desert in recurring dreams of death by water.

T.S. Eliot's The Wasteland.

I. Burial Of The Dead ...
II. A Game Of Chess ...
III. The Fire Sermon ...
IV. Death By Water ...
V. What The Thunder Said ...

Likely the origin of epithets given to dreams -- but the date must be mistaken. 1922? Mr Pages has also expressed confusion on the matter, or I believe that was confusion he expressed.

Lewis Carroll's Through The Looking-Glass And What Alice Found There.

References provided by Henrik.

'Oh, Kitty! how nice it would be if we could only get through into Looking-glass House! I'm sure it's got, oh! such beautiful things in it! Let's pretend there's a way of getting through into it, somehow, Kitty. Let's pretend the glass has got all soft like gauze, so that we can get through. Why, it's turning into a sort of mist now, I declare! It'll be easy enough to get through --' She was up on the chimney-piece while she said this, though she hardly knew how she had got there. And certainly the glass
was beginning to melt away, just like a bright silvery mist.

Transit through mirrors. In dreams of being watched mirrors are often doors and windows, and in one 'a third, and quite impossible direction has somehow come into play'. In another misty letters swim on the surface of a mirror above a mantel.

'Here are the Red King and the Red Queen,' Alice said (in a whisper, for fear of frightening them), 'and there are the White King and the White Queen sitting on the edge of the shovel -- and here are two castles walking arm in arm --'

The chess allegory. Consider that the 'pieces' of the dream are likely red and white, as they are in Carroll. The Red-Handed Queen is robed, of course, in red, but with 'patches of ivory.' In the assassination of the One-Eyed Bishop, the dreamers wear red, and the corpse of the Bishop is remarkably white, without the stain of blood; the sequence seems to suggest a capture.

-- and it really was a kitten after all.

The unhelpful cat. Cats in dreams are nothing if not unhelpful.

The story of Iphigenia -- the text below is from Euripides's Iphigenia at Aulis.

Would that some other had gained that distinction instead of me! But after the army was gathered and come together, we still remained at Aulis weather-bound; and Calchas, the seer, bade us in our perplexity sacrifice my own begotten child Iphigenia to Artemis, whose home is in this land, declaring that if we offered her, we should sail and sack the Phrygians' capital, but if we forbore, this was not for us.

'Will you sacrifice something precious to the thunder?' is asked by the Beleaguered King. In later dreams the sacrifice is carried out by the Lonely Knight and the Innocent Princess, the King's own daughter, is prepared for it. (Perhaps this why the Red-Handed Queen would have the King assassinated, as Clytaemnestra later had her husband killed.)

If the Lonely Knight instead sacrifices himself, he may be carried away by the thunder. Some sources claim that Iphigenia did not die, but was taken away by Artemis to live as her priestess.

William Shakespeare's Macbeth.

Out, damned spot! out, I say! -- One: two: why, then ’tis time to do ’t. -- Hell is murky! -- Fie, my lord, fie! a soldier, and afeard? What need we fear who knows it, when none can call our power to account? -- Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him?

Suggested by Mr Asher Wilsford. The Red-Handed Queen does indeed have hands of red, and can do anything except scrub the gore from them; very like the figure of Lady Macbeth as she roams dreaming and rubbing her hands. 

Plato's The Republic.

Some time will pass before they get the habit of perceiving at all; and at first they will be able to perceive only shadows and reflections in the water; then they will recognize the moon and the stars, and will at length behold the sun in his own proper place as he is. Last of all they will conclude: -- This is he who gives us the year and the seasons, and is the author of all that we see. How will they rejoice in passing from darkness to light!

A more tenuous connection -- but in dreams of being watched, the dreamer at first is occupied with reflections and reflected landscapes, then pulled through a tunnel of night shadows where windows open to reveal circles of sky: sun, stars, moon. These glimpses are bearable, but too much light hurts one's eyes. The memory kept, from the dream of the tunnel or the mirrored hall, is 'something you didn't understand ... a rotting, succulent light.'


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