Tortilla Flat - Glossary of Cultural References

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Admiral Robley EvansVice Admiral Robely D. Evans (1846-1912) of the United States Navy. 

Viejo: Spanish for old man.

Lampara: a net used in the fishing industry for encircling large schools of fish.

Fighting Bob Evans: Vice Admiral Robely D. Evans (1846-1912) of the United States Navy, so named for his courage in battle.  Best known for his attack on the Spanish fleet in the Battle of Santiago in 1898 during the Spanish-American War.

Saint Andrew's Eve: Eve of Saint Andrew's Day celebrated November 30.  European Christian holiday associated with fortune telling, especially associated with finding love and marriage.  Saint Andrew is considered the first disciple of Christ.  Patron of Scotland and Russia.

Alum: a salt that can be used to cauterize (clean and seal) wounds. Sometimes used to treat canker sores. It is also an ingredient in pickling.


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