Page 128. " In the next picture he had left his good home and was minding a stranger's pigs in a foreign land "
The Prodigal Son working as a swineherd
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeThe Prodigal Son working as a swineherd - Credit: Jim Padgett

This refers to Jesus' parable of the Prodigal Son which appears in the Gospel of Luke in the Christian Bible (Luke 15:11-32). A parable is a story intended to teach a lesson or convey a message.

In the story of the Prodigal Son, a younger son takes his share of his father's money. He then leaves his father's home and wastes the money in extravagant living. As a result, he is forced to work as a swineherd (someone who looks after pigs). He then returns home. His elder brother is very angry with him, but his father forgives him and gives him a warm welcome.

Page 140. " or bring on an attack of St Vitus' dance "
8 year old American girl who suffered from St. Vitus Dance (1913)
Public Domain8 year old American girl who suffered from St. Vitus Dance (1913) - Credit: Lewis Wickes Hine (U.S. Library of Congress)

 St. Vitus Dance is the old name for an illness which usually occurs in children and teenagers under eighteen. It is often linked to rheumatic fever.

The face, feet and hands of those suffering from St. Vitus Dance will jerk uncontrollably. Those with the illness may also have trouble walking and writing, and suffer from headaches.

The jerky movements stop when someone is asleep, and the illness usually goes away of its own accord after a few months.

Today, the illness is called Sydenham's chorea or chorea minor.

Page 143. " The room was lit by two candelabra "
Public DomainCandelabra - Credit: User:FA2010
Portrait of Queen Adelaide (c.1853)
Public DomainPortrait of Queen Adelaide (Queen consort of Sardinia) (c.1853) - Credit: unknown

A candelabra (sometimes candelabrum) is a candle-holder which holds more than one candle.

It is sometimes known as a candle tree.

Candelabras may be used in homes or in religious settings, such as churches and synagogues.

Today, the word candelabra is also used to describe an electric light fitting which contains many small bulbs.

A candelabra may be seen in the background of the painting on the right.