Annotations to Blood Meridian: Chapter II
 “sacristy”—a room containing liturgical garments and sacred implements where a priest prepares for mass.
 “swale”—a low place in terrain, sometimes containing a marsh or swamp (rather unlikely here).
 “sprent”—an archaic word meaning “sprinkled.”
 “the king’s road”—a literal translation of El Camino Real (also called “The Royal Road” or “King’s Highway”), a trail blazed by the Spanish in the 17th & 18th centuries, running from Nacogdoches in east Texas to Laredo in southwest Texas.