- Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: Vivian's mentor, E.M. Ashford, notes In-Universe that the children's book The Runaway Bunny can be interpreted as an allegory of the soul.
- Heartwarming Moments: When Professor Ashford, a distinguished professor of literature, reads Vivian Bearing—also a distinguished professor—a children's bedtime story.
- Jerkass Woobie: Vivian, at the start. However, she's a bit more downplayed, as she's more cold, condescending, and distant than generally assholish.
YMMV / Wit