Page 137. " I pledged my obedience to the Blessed Dominic "
Page 148. " she could discuss Darwin’s theories without overtly suggesting any relationship between men and monkeys "

Charles Darwin published theories of revolution The Origin of Species that controversial and against the churches version Genesis and Creation

Page 149. " screw his courage to the sticking place "

Shakespeare quote from Macbeth meaning to stay resolute

Lady Macbeth: "We fail! But screw your courage to the sticking-place, and we'll not fail."