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Xanadu (Places)

"You're not allowed delivery."
"And you're not allowed to breathe my air. Go. Shoo. Return to Xanadu."

Wanda Varner may have a serious character flaw, but she is no dumb cookie. She rightly sees Madison Sinclair as a vapid idiot of means. Xanadu was real — the summer capital of Kublai Khan's vast Mongolian Empire. It was renowned for its splendor, tales of which were brought back to Europe by Marco Polo. The poet Coleridge made Xanadu enduring and a metaphor for opulence in his poem "Kublai Khan," from which many can quote of Khan's decree to create a stately pleasure-dome. In Citizen Kane, Xanadu was the mansion built by Charles Foster Kane, a thinly disguised characterization of the real-life publishing mogul William Randolph Hearst. Xanadu represents wonder and lavishness, yes, but there's a definite air of folly, waste, excess, and disconnection with real life in the mix, too. As for Madison, it is likely that this rich cultural history went right over her head. The best we might hope for is that Madison thinks Wanda wants her to go to a roller disco under the heavenly gaze of Olivia Newton-John.

1.06 "Return of the Kane"

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