Page 77. " St Paul on the road to Damascus "

St Paul (previously named Saul), a tentmaker and important Jewish official, was a fervid persecutor of Christians until he encountered Christ in a blinding vision on the road to Damascus and was converted.

Page 81. " the Arsenale "

Arsenale by Canaletto
Public DomainArsenale by Canaletto

The Arsenale was a shipyard and munitions store from 1104 to 1797, when the Republic of Venice fell to Napoleon.

The Gateway to the Arsenale is no. 9 on the map at the back of the book (Afterword p.7).

Arsenale showing stone lions
Creative Commons AttributionArsenale showing stone lions - Credit: Warofdreams

Page 81. " she encountered a middle-aged woman "

This woman is a character featuring in a short story by Salley Vickers, entitled:"The Dark Wood."

Page 86. " King James Bible "

The King James Bible is a version of the Bible translated between 1604 and 1611, and approved for use in the Church of England.

Miss Garnet obviously considered it more poetic than modern versions.

Page 87. " I am sending you the Apcrypha as well, "

The Apocrypha is a collection of books included in some Bibles, and considered Holy Writ by some Christian denominations but not others.

Modern Biblical scholars do not consider them historical, but believe they were written during the Jewish exile as moral stories to encourage young Jews to keep the faith and the law. 'Tobias and the angel' is one such story.

Page 93. " seven holy angels who go in and out before the Lord. "

Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, Uriel, Raguel, Zerachiel (or Saraquel)and Remuel: from the Book of Enoch.

Page 96. " It was the feast of Pentecost "

Pentecost (Whitsun) is a Christian festival celebrating the coming of the Holy Spirit to the apostles, and the beginning of the Christian Church. Here, however, it refers to the Jewish festival of Shavuot, when Jews celebrate the receiving from God of the five books of Moses (the Torah) on Mt. Sinai.