Page 26. " heedless in their nakedness "

Lot is a biblical character in the book of Genesis. He was visited by an angel who told him to flee the city of Sodom without looking back, because God was going to destroy it.  As he was leaving the city with his family, Lot's wife turned to look back and was turned into a pillar of salt. 


Page 31. " under which might dwell the likes of Robinson Crusoe. "

Robinson Crusoe is a fictional character in Daniel Defoe's 1719 novel of the same name, about a shipwrecked English sailor who survives by his ingenuity on a small tropical island.

Robinson Crusoe on Book Drum

Page 39. " "Poisonwood," she said "

Creative Commons AttributionPoisonwood - Credit: Forest and Kim Starr

Poisonwood, also known as Chechen, Coral Sumac, Caribbean Rosewood, and Cedro Prieto, is a  tree found in Africa, Florida and the Caribbean. Its sap and leaves are poisonous to the touch, like poison ivy or poison oak. It causes rashes and blisters that can become serious unless treated. One of the only known cures for Poisonwood is the sap from a Gumbo Limbo tree.

Page 40. " help my mother slosh Clorox water across the floor "

Clorox is bleach.

Bleach is used as a disinfectant. It is very strong and needs to be diluted; even when mixed with water, it kills germs.