Page 378. " the opinion of Dickens's judge that 'what the soldier said was not evidence' "

This is a quote from The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens, originally published in 20 monthly parts from April 1836-November 1837.  The picture shows the original cover of the book.

Page 379. " as a hyena loped past "

Striped Hyena
Creative Commons AttributionStriped Hyena - Credit: Just chaos
A hyena is a carnivorous animal found in parts of Africa and Asia.  They are hunters and scavengers, with digestive systems specially adapated to enable them to eat every part of their prey, including the bones.  They have a laughter-like call which has given them the nickname 'laughing hyenas'. 

Page 387. " like Mercutio's it was enough "

Romeo and Juliet
Public DomainRomeo and Juliet - Credit: Ford Madox Brown
Mercutio appears in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare.  Mercutio is a lively, witty character who is a friend of Romeo's. "Like Mercutio's it was enough" refers to the fatal stab wound Mercutio received from Juliet's cousin Tybalt.

Page 395. " the veiled Tuaregs of the Sahara "

A Tuareg man
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeA Tuareg man - Credit: Garrondo
The Tuareg are a nomadic Berber group of the Sahara.  The men traditionally wear the veil, though the women do not.  The veil usually covers the face apart from the eyes and nose - covering the face in this way is believed to ward off evil spirits. 

Page 398. " the reign of Krishna Deva Raya "

Krishnadeva Raya
Public DomainKrishnadeva Raya - Credit: Chavakiran
Krishna Deva Raya was Emperor of the Vijayanagara Empire.  During his rule he was responsible for several great military successes.  His reign is also regarded as the Golden Age of Telugu literature.  He was considered to be a powerful and just ruler who cared about the welfare of his people.