The Daria Annotation File:
Through a Lens Darkly

Loose Threads:

Why does Daria say "way off to the side" instead of "peripheral vision"? She certainly knows the words, and knows Helen would.

Does Daria ever send Amy that picture she asked for?


The title is a very commonly used phrase. It is usually applied to photography (where it seems to be something of a cliché), but has also been used for everything from murder mystery novels to physics papers on gravitational lenses.

The title is probably a reference to "Såsom i en spegel" or "Through a Glass Darkly", a A 1961 Ingmar Bergman film about a recently released mental patient who suffers from hallucinations and the summer she spends on a secluded island with her husband, brother, and father.

According to MTV's Daria site, the dog Daria almost runs over is named 'Pugsly' and was modeled after Susie Lewis Lynn's pet bulldog.

Molto allegro basically means very rapidly.

Helen has apparently tried to get Daria to wear contacts before.

Kahanalea is either not a common Hawaiian word (I can't find it any English-Hawaiian dictionary) or I have no clue how to spell it.

Amy mentions Ralph Fiennes (and yes, it is pronounced Ray Fines). He's an actor who has appeared in "The English Patient" and "Schindler's List" (among other films).

Part of Daria's problem with getting contacts during the first part of the show may have been Helen's pushing. Once the pressure was off, the decision may have been easier for Daria to make.

The story Mr. O'Neill is talking about is about how a Prince dressed up as a commoner and went about his country in order to find out what the common folk thought of him. It's The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain.

Daria gets asked why she's wearing them now, if they're for driving. Well, probably because they'd be a total pain to carry around and take out and put back in whenever she was going to drive, especially in addition to the glasses. Much simpler just to put them in and go.

Daria's comment about Upchuck's personal space is a Star Trek reference. The original Star Trek intro uses the phrase "To boldly go where no man has gone before."


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