Supplemental Details

While not necessary to translating the greater themes, supplemental details provide a level of specificity that speaks to guests who are familiar with the novel. For Room, such details might include the portrait of Lord Tennyson hanging in the dining room, which was involved in a minor row recounted in the third chapter:

‘Teresa was very much annoyed and left the table before the cheese, saying as she did so: ‘There, Miss Lavish, is one who can confute you better than I,’ and pointed to that beautiful picture of Lord Tennyson. Then Miss Lavish said: ‘Tut! The early Victorians.’ Just imagine! ‘Tut! The early Victorians.’(34)

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