Page 229. " They stood in a grocery store in a small town "

An old style general store
Public DomainAn old style general store

Page 229. " like apes fishing with sticks in an anthill "
A chimp fishing in an ant hill with a stick
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeA chimp fishing in an ant hill with a stick - Credit: patries71

In one of the few known examples of tool use by animals, chimpanzees have been observed "fishing" for ants by inserting a stick into an anthill and then slowly withdrawing it with ants clinging to the sides.

Chimpanzees will even shape the stick with their teeth to fit into a hole: they are tool-makers.

 

Page 230. " An hour later they were sitting on the beach and staring out at the wall of smog across the horizon. "
A view of the beach on the Port Royal plantation in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Public DomainA view of the beach on the Port Royal plantation in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

A bleak contrast to the scene that traditionally greets a child on their first ever visit to the seaside.

Page 239. " he could make out the worn gilt lettering. Pájaro de Esperanza. "
60ft of soild boat
Creative Commons Attribution60ft boat - Credit: ratcat2009 (Pete), Flickr

 Pájaro de Esperanza translates as bird of hope, a bitter twist of the knife considering the desperate scenes of dead sea birds on the pages just before. The name has deeper resonance here, however. It can be seen as the dove of peace, which symbolises the Holy Spirit, and thus completes the Trinity. It also brings to mind the dove in the story of Noah's Ark, which brings news of the receding flood waters; according to the story God gave his word never again to exact such destruction on earth.

Page 243. " He thought it might be a humidor "
Cigar humidor
Creative Commons AttributionCigar humidor - Credit: Kimmy's Kakes (Kimmy Buchanan), Flickr

A humidor is any kind of box or room with constant humidity, and ideally temperature, used to store cigars, cigarettes, or pipe tobacco.

Page 250. " It's okay. It's lightning. "