- 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!
- 1 ☽ November 7th, YDAU - Courses Taught at ETA
- 2 Mario's birth, early development
- 3 April 30th/May 1st, YDAU - Marathe & Steeply Again
☽ November 7th, YDAU - Courses Taught at ETA
glowing with heat
one of the more famous constellations in the night sky
a type of coal
crop being a riding crop, this would suggest a certain militaristic disposition
Winter Park FL
a city in Florida about five miles north-northeast of Orlando
shorthand for the Granger movement, here used in the generic sense of organizing, as of labor
The word refers to Andrea Dworkin (1946-2005), an American radical lesbian feminist
probably a reference to the Pizzitola Sports Center in Providence, R.I.
The Eustachian tube connects the inner ear to the throat; this compound adjective would mean "deafeningly loud."
a slang term for a $5 bill
Shared Processing Network
a form of inflammatory bowel disease (Wikipedia)
a city about 30 miles southeast of Salt Lake City
Hempstead, Long Island
a town in New York about 25 miles into Long Island, about halfway between the North and South shores
a state of northern Mexico, bordering Arizona
a genus of beetles found, among elsewhere, in the Eastern U.S.
Here used as a past-tense verb, a moonball is a very high lob.
a relaxation of tensions
probably a reference to the Battle of Fort Frontenac during the French and Indian Wars, where the British defeated the French
presumably this is a political movement of some kind, probably based on separation from the U.S.
obstacle or impediment
as opposed to Québecois French
better known as Bibliothèque de la Pléaide
involving the epiglottis in pronunication
growth of teeth before birth
Cartier and Roberval and Cap Rouge and Champlain
Jacques Cartier (1491-1557) was a French explorer who first mapped the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and who coined the name "Canada." Jean-François de la Roque de Roberval (1500-1560) was a French pirate and first lieutenant general of New France (i.e., French Canada, i.e., Québec). Cap-Rouge is a section of present-day Québec City, where Cartier tried to place his first French settlement. Samuel de Champlain (1567-1635) was the French founder of Québec City
the Order of St. Ursula, the members of which teach young girls
the head coverings that nuns wear
A jerkin is a close-fitting men's jacket. With the wig, this is the costume of the early Modern warrior.
Jeffery Amherst, 1st Baron Amherst (1717-1797), was a British field marshal and veteran of the French and Indian Wars. Town in Massachusetts named after him also gave its name to Wallace's alma mater. The story of Lord Jeffery Amherst discussing coating blankets with smallpox and distributing them to Native Americans is well-known at Amherst College.
More properly called the Wyandot or Wendat, these are an indigenous people of North America originally inhabiting Québec before the French arrived.
the Latin word for "smallpox"
Strike Against Civilian Population
a poisonous mushroom
German: stone enclosure
a breed of dog
Levesque-Parti-and-Bloc Québecois and Fronte de la Libération Nationale
René Lévesque (1922-1987) was a Québecois government minister and founder of the Parti Québécois. Bloc Québécois promotes sovereignty for Québec while the Parti promotes independence. The Fronte mentioned above is probably a misnomer or early form of the FLQ.
Page 311 (cont'd)
U.S. Interstate 87
It runs from Champlain, NY, on the Canadian border, to the Bronx.
describing drivers orienting themselves by experience, rather than paying close attention
a metabolite of benzodiazepines
Mario's birth, early development
Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) was a Dutch painter.
Now known as Rogers Centre, this is the home field of the Toronto Blue Jays.
having shortened muscle tissue
Green Valley AZ
a city in Arizona about 22.5 miles due south of Tucson
a type of cactus
slow in cell development
Richard von Volkmann (1830-1889) was a prominent German surgeon who described Volkmann's contracture in 1881. (Wikipedia)
having to do with the study of old age
a musical term that is Italian for "very, very slowly"
Page 313 (cont'd)
as a noun, a drunkard
surgical reshaping of the eyelid
having an outer layer
having abruptly projecting points
unable to grab
the Yiddish word for the skullcap that observant Jewish men wear
a type of IQ test
more like refracted
Refraction occurs when light changes its speed when it enters a new medium. The change of speed also causes a change in direction of travel. Although light travels at a constant speed in a vacuum, it travels more slowly in matter.
joint of beef
a piece of beef of a good size for roasting
New New York City
about 2.3 feet
shorthand for a San Marino floor lamp
an addition to a legal will
overdecorated with floral designs
Page 315 (cont'd)
art created by a child or teenager
French for "by key," the term is usually given as roman à clef, i.e., a novel for which one needs a key to understand.
sloped at an angle
lizard-like (especially, here, with respect to the skin)
having teeth of all one type (see endnote 119; in Mario's case, all his teeth are bicuspids, the two-pronged sort normally found between the canines and the molars)
a type of Chinese puzzle
April 30th/May 1st, YDAU - Marathe & Steeply Again
l'aine des Etats Unis
French: the ass of the United States
"Demise" is a legal term meaning to convey or lease land. Redemised title would normally refer to an interest returned to the original owner, as in a sale and lease-back, but may here just refer to a second transfer of title, or regifting as we say at Christmas time.
French: Without Christ
Un ennemi commun
French: a common enemy
French: the protector-state