Rhett Butler paintingAnn’s father, Rhett Walker, is unsubtly named (and character-modeled) after Rhett Butler from Gone With The Wind.

We’ll learn on the next page that Ann writes with a Perkins Brailler, a machine invented in 1951. So this takes place in at least the 50s, not the 30s. Rhett’s just an old-fashioned guy. (This…is not a compliment.)

I could swear Frederick Oliver was also named after one or two specific references…but now I don’t remember who either of them were.

Year 19xx.

Man: You won’t regret coming to the Institute, Mr. Walker.

All of our guide dogs are trained to the most exacting standards. We’re sure to have the perfect companion for your daughter.

Mr. Walker: Most excellent.

Mr. Oliver: Did you say these are the Walkers?

Mr. Walker: Yes, my good man! And you are?

Man: That’s Mr. Frederick Oliver! He’s one of our generous sponsors.

Mr. Oliver, this is Rhett Walker and his daughter Ann.

Mr. Walker: Charmed, I’m sure.

Ann: Lovely to finally meet you.

Mr. Oliver: My pleasure! Miss Walker, you must join me for a stroll. You are the same young lady who wrote to me, yes?

Ann: Yes, I —

Mr. Walker: No, that was me, writing on her behalf! I’ll just walk along with you.

Mr. Oliver: That won’t be necessary, sir.

My companion will be enough of a guide for both of us.