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Fridge: Keys to the Kingdom

Fridge Brilliance:

  • The Denizens of the House are angels. Or at least as close as you can get, without actually calling them such. They're immortal servants created directly by God at the beginning of time to observe and maintain Creation. The tendency of at least the higher-ranking Denizens to be Winged Humanoids that are supernaturally tall and beautiful, with auras of authority and power is only fodder. This leads to:
  • The Old One and the Will's description of how to use the Improbable Stair is the same because they're parts of the same being.
  • In the earlier books, Lady Primus is always talking about how Arthur or herself must use the keys to patch up the holes that Nothing is seeping through in various parts of the house. It apparently didn't work, despite her splitting herself in two, but it all makes sense by the last book because she actually wants the Nothing to destroy everything.
  • Some of the sins that go with each day match the names very well.
    • Thursday's sin is Wrath. "Thursday" is a corruption of "Thor's day," who is shown to have anger issues in the myths.
    • Friday's sin is Lust. "Friday" is "Frige's day." While not much information on Frige survived Christian purges, she is generally agreed to be a sex goddess.
    • Sunday's sin is Pride. "Sunday" is obviously "Sun day," which brings to mind Icarus, and it is also called "The Lord's day."
    • The others don't fit as neatly, but might have inspired the author. For example, Monday is "Moon's day," bringing to mind night and sleep, which implies sloth.
      • Saturday fits for Saturn - the Roman equivalent of Kronos, whose envy of the son prophesied to replace him led him to devour his children. It's Tuesday and Wednesday that are the big misfits - Tuesday is Tyr, the one-handed god of war, law, and heroism who doesn't seem to have any connection to greed, and greed or lust (for knowledge or power) would fit better for Odin/Wotan/Wednesday.

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