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When I look for the "problematic burst of light" I see two arched windows with a higher round window at the 'back' of the room (from our standpoint) and the same three-window configuration on the right wall (from our standpoint). The sun is shining through all the windows/door on that wall, behind the 'angel'.

For me, however, the potted plants and half-screen in the back windows appear to be intentionally 2-dimensional and lack any shadowing or depth.

John Ptak

AH. The "problematic" bit for me is the light on the ceiling coming from that third (top) window on the right. I agree with the potted plants at the back of the room--I don't know what's going on their with their flatness.


Well, John, if we discount that it's a dream and insist that the laws of physics must apply, then we can accept that there is a host of other angelic beings outside the door, brilliant ones, which would account for the light on the ceiling. Or, the inside of the window box is painted with a bright, reflective surface. And the potted plants are merely painted on screens closing the room off from the next. The ball below the sleeping woman's head is the little dog's tennis ball. All domestic dogs have tennis balls. Q.E.D.

John Ptak

Okay, I get the angels outside the door and the light etc., and the window boxes and reflective paint and flat surfaces. Okay, I'll give you that. But how come Ursula has the doggie's ball next to her pillow? Seems a little needy, to me. I mean, its the *dog's* ball. Maybe the dog was bad. Taken away. Bad dog. But what if that dog was a cat? Ursula is buried with 11,000 virgins. Maybe the ball is a skull?

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