Page 204. " here hung a terrible prestige of perilousness about such a whale as there did about Rinaldo Rinaldini "

“Rinaldo Rinaldini, the Robber Captain” (1797) was a notorious “penny dreadful” set in Italy in the Middle Ages.

Page 205. " In plain prose, here are four whales as well known to the students of Cetacean History as Marius or Sylla to the classic scholar. "

Marius and Sylla (more commonly known as Sulla) were Roman generals and statesmen during the late republican period.