Dragonwings Setting & Symbolism

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Stained-Glass Window

Miss Whitlaw has a stained-glass window in her home that her father had specially made that depicts a fiery dragon. Moon Shadow believes this shows a wrong idea of dragons and seeks to change Miss Whitlaw's beliefs about dragons.

Books

Moon Shadow and his father read many books about aeronautics while Robin introduces Moon Shadow to fiction, including dime store detective novels.

Letters

During their separation, Windrider sent many letters home to his wife and received many from her. However, there was often a delay of several months between these letters.

Queue

A queue is a Tang man's pony tail. The pony tail was originally ordered by Manchu for Tang men to wear in order to oppress them, but it later became a symbol of male pride.

Dragonwings

Dragonwings is the name of the flying machine Windrider and Moon Shadow build.

Opium

Opium is a drug...

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