Page 127. " They’re going to send posses after you "

Marion County Sheriff's Posse
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Posse comitatus is the common law authority of a county sheriff or law officer to conscript local, able-bodied men to help keep the peace or arrest a felon. Today, it survives only in the USA.
Page 131. " In effect, it makes you outlaws. Anyone may shoot you on sight without penalty "

An outlaw is someone who literally lives ‘outside the law’. Being declared an outlaw meant that you were no longer considered to be human and were therefore deprived of all human rights.

In addition, being declared an outlaw meant that others were able to shoot you on sight without being punished.

Although the term is now legally obsolete it is still used to describe those who violate the law and, increasingly, rebels.

Page 137. " The summer nights are not long in those parts "
Summer Solstice
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeSummer Solstice - Credit: Przemyslaw Idzkiewicz


The further north they travel, the longer the days become in Summer.

The Summer Solstice occurs on either the 20th or 21st of June, when the Earth's axial tilt is closest to the sun. It usually corresponds to the longest day and the shortest night of the year, although this varies from country to country.