NOTES ON ISSUE 9: ALLUSIONS
the shadows of a dream
The phrase derives from Keats's Endymion (I:857): "A
hope beyond the shadow of a dream."
"Oh, my child, my child!" he said, in a forlorn manner
Gradgrind's outcry may be an allusion to King David's anguish at the death of his son, depicted in 2 Samuel 18:33: "And the king was much moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept: and as he went, thus he said, O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! Would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son!"
The once deserted girl shone like a beautiful light upon the darkness of the other.
The phrasing of this description may echo Isaiah 9:2: "The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined."
my band of brothers in a sacred bond
This phrase derives from Shakespeare's Henry V, Act IV, Scene iii: "We few, we happy few, we band of brothers."