Page 376. " She'll commit suttee? "

In some Hindu communities, after her husband's death a woman would be expected to commit suicide by throwing herself on his funeral pyre. This practice is known as Sati or Suttee, and despite being made illegal still occasionally occurs in smaller villages or towns in India.

Page 381. " It's the Red Death "

Edgar Allan Poe's "The Mask of the Red Death" is a short story describing Prince Prospero's attempts to avoid becoming infected by a virulent plague known as Red Death.

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Page 389. " Three crows are flying overhead "

In European folklore, seeing three crows is said to be a portent of doom.

Illustration of crows from Brockhaus and Efron Encyclopedic Dictionary (1890—1907)
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Page 390. " he steps on a huge banana slug "

Banana slugs are usually bright yellow, hence their common name, although they can also be green, brown or white in colour.

Banana Slug
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