" dust-devils danced all day "
Dust Devil, Mojave Desert - Credit: AnimAlu
A dust devil is a weather phenomenon resulting from a rotating column of air. Most dust devils are small and harmless, but some can develop into a large, powerful whirlwind.
" Walter Richard Pollock Hamilton "
Walter Hamilton, one of the main characters in The Far Pavilions
, was a real historical figure. Hamilton, who was born in Ireland in 1856, was a lieutenant in the Corps of Guides, a regiment of the British Indian Army. He was awarded the Victoria Cross during the Second Afghan War.
Hamilton was killed at the British Residency in Kabul in 1879.
" a granite obelisk that commemorated the name of John Nicholson "
Nicholson's Obelisk is located on the hills near the city of Rawalpindi. It was erected in 1868 in memory of Brigadier-General John Nicholson of the East India Company, who had played an important role in the Indian Mutiny of 1857.
" That paradise of fools, to few unknown "
Wally is quoting from Paradise Lost, an epic poem by John Milton. It was first published in 1667 and follows the Biblical story of Adam and Eve and their expulsion from the Garden of Eden.
" Did you ever read Aurora Leigh? "
Aurora Leigh is an epic poem written by Elizabeth Barrett Browning in 1856. The picture to the right is a painting by Arthur Hughes depicting Aurora and her cousin, Romney.
In the poem, Romney asks Aurora to marry him but she rejects him as she wants to dedicate her life to her writing career.
" the white crest of Nanga Parbat "
Nanga Parbat is the world's ninth highest mountain. Its name translates to "naked mountain". It is located in the Himalayas, south of the Indus river in the Kashmir region.
" The four state elephants bore magnificent howdahs "
Elephant with howdah - Credit: Tomia
A howdah is a carriage used to seat people on the back of an elephant.