Page 601. " the thunder of the Captains, and the shouting "

Public Domain"Job restored to prosperity" - Credit: Laurent de la Hire
This quote is taken from the Bible, Job 39:25

"He saith among the trumpets, Ha, ha! 

And he smelleth the battle afar off,

the thunder of the captains, and the shouting."

Page 604. " Thou wast their rock, their fortress and their might "

Here, Ash sings a verse of the hymn "For All The Saints" which was written by Bishop William Walsham How, first printed in 1864.

For All The Saints lyrics

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Page 609. " fast of Ramadan "

Breaking the fast at a mosque
GNU Free Documentation LicenseBreaking the fast at a mosque - Credit: Arisdp
Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is a month of fasting during which Muslims avoid eating and drinking between the hours of dawn and sunset.  In the evening the fast can be broken with a meal known as Iftar.

As well as fasting, Muslims are also encouraged to spend more time on prayer and worship. 


Page 614. " Hans Andersen's fairy-story The Snow Queen "

The Snow Queen
Public DomainThe Snow Queen - Credit: LaSylphide
Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen was originally published in 1845.  It is one of his longest and best-known fairy stories, having been adapted for television, film and theatre on many occasions.  The picture to the left shows one of Vilhelm Pedersen's illustrations from the book.

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Page 623. " The conches sounded again "

Hindu priest blowing conch
Creative Commons AttributionHindu priest blowing conch - Credit: Claude Renault
Conch is the name given to a number of species of sea snails, though it often refers just to the shell.  By cutting a hole in the shell and blowing into it, it can be used as a wind instrument. 

In Hinduism, the conch is historically an important part of religious ceremonies.