- Editors: Please keep these annotations SPOILER-FREE by not revealing information from later pages in the novel. And please pay attention to formatting and grammar. Preview your changes before saving them. Thanks!
November 14th, YDAU - Ruth van Cleve & Kate Gompert go for a walk
misuse of words, as in a mixed metaphor
Page 699 (cont'd)
a county of Massachusetts bordering Rhode Island to the southwest
'...operating a pharmaceutical company without a license.'
i.e., he was running a meth lab
Troeltsch Gets Ready for Prime Time
i.e., left the room
Pemulis's hiding spot
a ceiling where, instead of meeting sheetrock at the top of the walls, you reach a series of tiles (often fiberglass-filled) that are hung a few inches below the actual ceiling, sometimes for aesthetic reasons, sometimes to facilitate lighting, etc.
hangs in air
Mario and Schtitt go to get confections
a passenger car for a motorcycle, usually to the right side of the cycle driver
The Moms Makes a Phone Call
i.e., the back end
More With Hal Watching Himself's Movies/Segue to Addiction
a cloth that goes over the head, frames the face, and is tucked under the chin, worn by nuns
in violent medias res
In medias res is Latin for "in the middle of the thing, meaning, like many epic poems, the work begins in the middle of the story (e.g., the Iliad begins nine years into a ten-year war).
here used to mean someone lying down (i.e., Hal)
another name for a "variable resistor," which is something that alters the value of a circuit without interrupting it--in this case, this is in reference to a light switch with a dial, which allows for dimming the lights
THIS BIG compared to the usual 12pt font.
drugs designed to make one vomit
A descant is an ornamental melody or counterpoint sung or played above a theme.
makes something (here, the spoon) glance off a surfaces (or more than one; here, the insides of her cheeks)
a monkey held sacred in India
The Continent's Best Yogurt
It actually stands for "The Country's Best Yogurt," but given the formation of O.N.A.N., the change seems fitting if not necessary.
Page 703 (cont'd)
people having superior knowledge
in the style of Fritz Lang
fearful and shaking
suffering from osteoporosis, a bone disease that can cause pain, decreased height, and skeletal deformity (e.g., curvature of the spine, as suggested by Hal's imagining)
in the lotus position of yoga
a Harley-Davidson motorcycle
In Roman Catholicism, a novena is a devotion or set of prayers said over nine days.
Methamphetamine and cocaine (the use of ether and baking soda implies freebase cocaine and crack cocaine, respectively; both of these freebase products are water insoluble and therefore cannot be introduced to the bloodstream via injection or snorting).
Page 705 (cont'd)
an anteroom or outbuilding of a church, used to store vestments, serving implements for communion, etc.
matins and vespers
two of the nine prayer services a day in Catholic abbeys and monasteries; essentially, the daybreak and twilight services, respectively
severe and somewhat lesbianic haircut
a "butch" cut (see right)
members of the Order of Cistercians of Strict Observance, who do not, by the way, all take vows of silence
a film sequence in which a period of time is quickly covered with short (a few seconds) scenes, usually underscored with music
a mandible that protrudes beyond the maxilla, or one that is long and thin
suggestive of Prometheus, probably in the sense of bold and defiant
'Getting to Know You'
a song from the 1951 musical The King and I, by Richard Rodgers (music) and Oscar Hammerstein II (book and lyrics)
a popular bourbon whiskey
A shibboleth is any language usage indicative of one's social or regional origin, or more broadly, any practice that identifies members of a group. (See Judges 12:4-6 and the Wikipedia entry.)
a small opening
Page 707 (cont'd)
this is likely a misspelling of "cathexic," which means "emotionally charged."
Isotopes of certain atoms combine with others to form covalent bonds.
a city in Belgium where Napoleon suffered his final defeat — the term has come to mean "final defeat"
Page 707 (cont'd)
likely refers to a type of North American plum tree, which can produce dark purple, yellow, or red fruit, depending on the sub-type of tree
any of several vegetable compounds tending to have a reddish-brown color, widely used in leather- and winemaking
a major American defense contractor
i.e., the money keeping them afloat (figuratively)
whiskey made from rye grain
See one here.
resourceful daring in the face of great difficulty
direct address of an absent person, in rhetoric
the major airport of Boston
Blood Sister Synopsis Continued
a novice of a religious order
the state of falling back into a life of crime
removing the muffler from her motorcycle, thus making it extra loud
a repetition in terms
measures of 1.5 ounces; in Utah, a shot is also defined as 1.5 ounces, although a shot glass may have a capacity of 2 ounces
i.e., iron oxide, or rust
a show business term for special effects
Page 711 (cont'd)
adverse in tendency or effect
a device for burning incense, especially in religious services
a medieval weapon, basically consisting of a stick with a ball covered with spikes at the end
a church official, such as a caretaker
more properly Marseillaise, i.e., from Marseilles, France
Boston-area slang term for Cocaine.
in one's eighties
a penitent prayer said by Roman Catholics
Page 712 (cont'd)
a form of Japanese theater
a neologism, probably just referring to the habits the nuns wear
of the era of Samuel de Champlain
the more common name for the Wyandot Indians
mahogany Christian object
i.e., the aforementioned crucifix
Pertaining generally to the Fall of Man from innocence (into sexual awareness) and specifically to Adam and Eve's lapse from God's favor after disobediently partaking from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil (Genesis 2:8 through 3:24); see the usages below on page 713 of lapse and pre-saved.
a bow, curtsy, salaam, or similar gesture or movement of the body symbolizing obedience and possibly also devotion
the part of the church with the pews on either side, facing the altar but not on the altar
the recess between the top of the door and the arch above it
"...with a sword and a plowshare..."
A plowshare is the blade of a plow; the reference is from Isaiah 2:4; they are symbols of war and peace, respectively. The syringe and soup-ladle mentioned in the carving could be symbols of similarly opposed addiction (or poison, but probably not medicine) and sustenance.
CONTRARIA SUNT COMPLEMENTA
Latin: Opposites are complementary. The motto appears on the coat of arms of Niels Henrik David Bohr (1885-1962), the 1922 Nobelist in physics; the coat of arms (see right) also incorporates the taijitu (yin-yang symbol), which perfectly illustrates the concept. At this blogpost, the motto continues, "...and wholeness leads to clarity." See also this interesting discussion of the good-evil dichotomy in the paragraph on Composition in the Wikipedia entry on the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil, as well as the note on lapsarian above.
i.e., Phillip T. Smothergill, the former E.T.A. who starred in Himself's movies and whose name Hal couldn't remember
Kate & Ruth Continued
a small statue of a monster used to adorn churches and other buildings to ward off evil
dexterous or nimble
i.e., mother-fucking whore