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                             The Annotated Sandman

                Edited by Ralf Hildebrandt and largely written by David Goldfarb

                      Issue 67: "The Kindly Ones: 11"

                   Neil Gaiman, Marc Hempel, Richard Case

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Cover: Most of the things on this cover seem to be symbols of Delirium: the
music-stand, very angular and linear, dissolving and twisting; the crayoned
rainbow -- Del is frequently very colorful, both in speech balloons and in 
hairstyle, while the crayons represent her childishness; the fish, which she
was being when we first saw her this arc; a picture of women being moonstruck
(a traditional symbol of insanity). The cord is not a symbol of Delirium 
directly, but there have been a number of hints that Delirium is important 
to Dream's fate, which would explain why the fish is tangled up in it.

Page 1 panel 1: And for the first time we see an opening panel without a cord
of some kind. Maybe it migrated to the cover out of pique at having been 
broken last issue.
       panel 6: In issue 40, "The Parliament of Rooks".

Page 2 panel 3: This statement about time seems a bit odd: in 64:20:2 Dream
says it has been five days, and defeating Loki took only a short time after
that. On the other hand, quite a bit more time has passed in the waking world
since then. We don't know how long it took the Corinthian and Daniel to come
from Swartalfheim to the Dreaming.
       panel 5: In "The Parliament of Rooks" Matthew accused Cain of sounding
like Vincent Price. (40:9:4) It's undeniable that this image of Cain is based
on the way Vincent Price looks.
       panel 6: This story is based on a creation myth of the Chukchi people
of Alaska. Originally, it concerned only Raven (a hero of their culture);
Noah and the Ark were added on due to the influence of Christian missionaries.

Page 3 panel 2: Along with some of his brother's stories, Cain seems to have
acquired a slight stutter.

Page 5 panel 1: Here again we see a dwelling-place (Titania's castle) in the
panel with the credits -- if only in the background.

Page 6 panel 7: Dream's statement here is rather curious; on the one occasion
that he spoke with Ishtar (issue #45 -- "Brief Lives" part 5) the subject
of change did not arise. He told Destruction that he had not changed, and
a little bit later, Orpheus.

Page 9 panel 1: The image on Rose's t-shirt is television comedian Phil Silvers
in his best-known role of Sgt. Bilko.
       panel 2: Given the time difference, Zelda would have died right about
when Rose was meeting with Desire.

Page 10 panel 1: Rose, the receptionist from page 9, and Mrs. Burrows seem
to be another maiden-mother-crone triad.

Page 11 panel 2: Note the "Gregory the Movie" sign. And another multiple of
three in the other sign.
        panel 5: "Hostess" does not make mints, as far as I know -- only
pastries of one sort or another. The thin green package resembles that
of Nabisco Thin Mints.
        panel 6: It's the return of Barnabas, last seen in issue #49. Note
also the "57 Flavors" that Lyta, Carla, and Daniel went to at the start of
the story.

Page 13 panel 4: Most likely this is the orb that Dream used to communicate
with Matthew and the Corinthian back in 64:20:1.

Page 16 panel 2: This may well be the same train that took Robert from his
city into his city's dream, in the story told in issue #51. If nothing else,
it is certainly an echo thereof.

Page 18 panel 6: Dream and Lucien turn and look directly at the reader,
but are actually looking at a female observer; this would seem to be an
echo of the end of Rose's dream in "The Doll's House" part 1 (10:14:6).

Page 19 panel 4: Note that Dream is struck on the same cheek, in roughly
the same place, where Nuala kissed him.
        panel 5: Several people commented that this bloodstain is shaped
a little bit like a heart.

Page 23: Panels 1-3 echo in layout, form, and action, page 23 of issue #11
(part 2 of "The Doll's House").

Page 24: This page similarly echoes 11:24.
        panel 2:  As we know from the annotations to issue #17, "Eagle Stones" 
were found in eagle's nests and were required for the hatching of their
eggs. The main character in that story, Ric Madoc, wrote a novel with that
title.

Release History:

Version 1.0 released 28 May 95.

Credits:
	Greg "elmo" Morrow (morrow@physics.rice.edu) created the Sandman
Annotations.
	Katie Schwarz (katie@physics.berkeley.edu) referenced the creation 
myth; Matthew F. Johnson (ac867@Freenet.carleton.ca) added detail.
	"Raven" (pl11@cornell.edu) identified the crystal ball.
	 Joe Brenner (doom@kzsu.Stanford.EDU) identified Phil Silvers.
	Dexter Peterson (petersod@river.it.gvsu.edu) noted the echo of Rose's
dream.

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