Page 102. " Old William Tay acknowledged the arrow to be one of his making, but then, most of the arrows in the district were of his making "

Fletching involves making arrows or darts that are aerodynamically stabilized with materials such as feathers.

Page 117. " If he’d liked to tell what he knew one of the men would have been strung up for mutiny on the high seas "

The ship from Mutiny on the Bounty in St. Petersburg Florida
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Mutiny on the high seas is a crime involving the overthrow of the authority on a ship by a group of like-minded people, usually military.

Until 1998, mutiny and failing to report or suppress a mutiny were theoretically punishable by death in the UK (although no executions had been carried out for several decades), but section 21 of the new Human Rights Act abolished all forms of the death penalty in the UK.

Page 120. " If they start on her and trick her and trap her, it might end up in sterilization and the Fringes for all of us "


In the first half of the 20th century, there were several compulsory sterilization programs around the world that forced people thought to have defective genetic traits to be surgically sterilized.

Countries with such programs included Canada, Czechoslovakia, Germany, Japan, India, China, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA.

It has now been recognised as a crime against humanity by the International Criminal Court if carried out as part of a widespread or systematic practice.

A Fine Balance, by Rohinton Mistry, details the sterilization programme instituted in India in the 1970s.

A Fine Balance on Book Drum