John asks How long does it take to come (home) from South America, and Nancy replies dispiritedly Not long in a fast ship ..... but ages in a tramp (PP32).
Timothy asks Nancy How do the police come into it? Once they're in, you never know where they'll stop. She asks him What do you know about it? Have you ever been wanted by them before? and he replies Only in Peru .... Did your Uncle Jim never tell you about the time when he and I ... Oh, never mind about that. Go on . What sort of a mess are we all in now? (PM21).
The Horn or Cape Horn on southern South America is mentioned several times.
- Mr Duck has been round the Horn, which was a challenge for sailing ships..
- When the Swallows see the four-masted barque Pommern Daddy says In ballast .... She'll have left her grain at Ipswitch. She'll have come round the Horn from Australia .... (WD24).