Page 259. " they'd learned that tankard trick in class hotels "
Creative Commons AttributionTankards - Credit: estherase


A tankard is a large round drinking vessel with a handle and sometimes a hinged lid, usually made from pewter or silver. A somewhat ostentatious alternative to the standard pint glass.
Page 262. " Herod seeking the child's birthplace "
The Gospel according to Matthew recounts the search by Herod, King of Israel at the time of Jesus' birth, for his potential usurper. According to Matthew, Herod sent his men to search Bethlehem for every new born child, when they grew suspicious of his motives, he gave orders that every boy aged 2 and under in the town should be killed.
Page 268. " 'Corruptis optimi est pessima.' "

Creative Commons AttributionBible - Credit: humancarbine
A Latin proverb, translating as ' corruption of the best is the worst'.