Asterisk denotes entries on real places.
*Toronto. Ontario city to which Dunstan goes after World War I to study at a university. He then begins his forty-year career teaching at Colborne College, a boys’ school partially modeled on Toronto’s Upper Canada College. Boy Staunton also studies in Toronto and embarks on his rise to riches and fame in that city. The climax of Fifth Business occurs when Boy Staunton dies in circumstances that leave a mystery not resolved until the end of the trilogy.
*Sankt Gallen. Also known as St. Gall, a Swiss city that is a principal location in all three novels. There Ramsey “writes” Fifth Business and lives with Liesl Vitzlipützli and Magnus after that novel’s mysterious denouement in Toronto. Liesl’s nineteenth century castle-house, Sorgenfrei (“free-of-care”), is perched on a mountainside outside St. Gall. There David Staunton, Boy’s lawyer-son, comes at the end of The Manticore. World of Wonders, Paul Dempster’s life story retold, is largely set in the house on the mountain as well, although the latter part of that narrative takes place in London.
*Zurich (ZEW-rihk). Swiss city to which David Staunton, Boy’s son, goes when he is forty to undergo Jungian analysis because he feels he is losing his self-control. His analysis elucidates his life story, his boyhood in Toronto, his schooling at Colborne College and Oxford, and his adult life in Toronto. His analysis features a courtroom of the mind in which he becomes prosecutor, defender, and judge.
The Cave. Cavern in the mountains near St. Gall where Liesl takes David Staunton at the close of The Manticore. The cave is the most clearly mythic location in all three of the novels. Despite learning much about himself in analysis, Staunton is still a thinking rather than a feeling person. Deep in the cave, he and Liesl find evidences of ancient bear worshipers. Staunton fails to grasp the holiness of the location, but when he and Liesl leave the cave, their flashlight fails, and he experiences an agonized quarter-mile crawl in the dark that leads him to a psychic conversion.
*Passchendaele (PAHS-en-dahl-ah). French battlefield in World War I on which Dunstan Ramsey performs an act of heroism in a 1917 battle in which he loses a leg. While lying in the mud on the battlefield, he sees images of the Virgin Mary and Christ child in a ruined church and believes he has seen Mary Dempster, the mother of Paul, whom Ramsey comes to believe is a fool-saint, a holy innocent.
*Collége de Saint-Michel (koh-LAYJ deh sahn-mee-SHEHL). Center of the Roman Catholic Bollandist order in Brussels, Belgium, to which Dunstan Ramsay goes after the war. His vision of the Madonna on the battlefield leads him to the study of the saints, and he travels Europe in search of statues and legends. Eventually, he becomes an associate of the Bollandists, the order responsible for assembling the histories of all the saints. His visits with them in Brussels help him clarify his ideas about the meaning and function of sainthood. His study of sainthood becomes a doorway into his larger understanding of human history and psychology.
*Guadalupe. Mexican city famous for its Madonna, in which Dunstan encounters Paul Dempster while he is searching for the miraculous Madonna. Dempster, now transformed into Magnus Eisengrim, is an elegant magician. Liesl, who is financing Dempster’s show, becomes Dunstan’s lover and friend.