Page 105. " what is the modus apparendi "

Modus apparendi is a Latin expression which means "way of becoming visible".

Page 105. " or as doppelgänger of the magician "

 Doppelgänger is a German word that refers  to any double or look-alike of a person. The word is also used to describe the sensation of having glimpsed oneself in peripheral vision, in a position where there is no chance that it could have been a reflection.

Page 105. " force the cockatrice to gaze "

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A cockatrice is a legendary creature, resembling a large rooster with a lizard-like tail.

Page 112. " towards the distant House of Parliament "


House of Parliament
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The Palace of Westminster, also known as the Houses of Parliament or Westminster Palace, is the seat of the two houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom—the House of Lords and the House of Commons. 

It is a gothic style palace, 300 meters long, with two landmark clock towers on each end. It is located on the north bank of the River Thames, close to Westminster Abbey and the government buildings of Whitehall and Downing Street.

The Clock Tower
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Page 122. " a noble entity from the Other Place "

The Other Place is the realm where all spirits reside.

Page 125. " Ptolemy was fourteen when I knew him best "
Egyptian boy - portrait
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Claudius Ptolemaeus (AD 90 – c. 168), known in English as Ptolemy was a Roman citizen of Greek or Egyptian ancestry. He was a mathematician, astronomer, geographer, astrologer and a poet of a single epigram in the Greek Anthology. He lived in Egypt under the Roman Empire, and died in Alexandria around AD 168.

Ptolemy was the author of several scientific treatises, at least three of which were of continuing importance to later Islamic and European science.

There is little evidence on the subject of Ptolemy's ancestry  but most scholars and historians consider it unlikely that Ptolemy was related to the royal Egyptian dynasty of the Ptolemies.