p 30 | Saturn... as in Saturnalia?
p 30 | cross-dressing in 19th century Paris
p 32 | Rob Roy... Diana Vernon : two characters in Sir Walter Scott's 1817 novel Rob Roy.
|sterile jellyfish on the beach|
p 35 | urticaria = hives;
p 36 | Griselda; Andromeda; Argonauts;
p 36 | Athénaïs Michelet: a French natural history writer; girandole = showy branching, e.g., fireworks, candelabra; vanilla = "...Blooming occurs only when the flowers are fully grown. Each flower opens up in the morning and closes late in the afternoon on the same day, never to re-open. If pollination has not occurred meanwhile, it will be shed. The flowers are self-fertile but need pollinators to perform this task. The flowers are presumed to be pollinated by stingless bees and certain hummingbirds, which visit the flowers primarily for nectar. Hand pollination is the most reliable method in commercially grown Vanilla." (Wikipedia)
p 40 | Dioecious species have the male and female reproductive structures on separate plants.
p 42 | ... two angels posted at the gates of Sodom...: from Genesis 19: 1-29.
p 43 | Genesis 13:16 = "... other verse of Genesis..."
p 44 | Zionist movement=a nationalist movement that supports the creation of a Jewish homeland in the territory defined as the Land of Israel...Zionism emerged in the late 19th century in central & eastern Europe as a national revival movement, and soon after, most leaders of the movement associated the main goal with creating the desired state in Palestine, which was then an area controlled by the Ottoman Empire.(Wikipedia)