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- 1 ☽ YDAU - Gately's struggle to understand a Higher Power
- 2 Very late October, YDAU - Madame Psychosis's unannounced sabbatical
- 3 November 9th, YDAU - Morning Drills
- 4 More on Gately at Ennet House
☽ YDAU - Gately's struggle to understand a Higher Power
a town in Massachusetts about 13 miles south-southeast of Boston
to state one's opinion
An easement is a right to use part of someone else's land for a limited purpose, often a right to cross it on a defined pathway. Thus the Higher Power as a cheese-easement refers to Gately's analogy to a lab rat who's learned one route through a maze to the cheese.
NOAD: mechanical or habitual repetition of something to be learned
a little under 4 inches
the Lord's Prayer
"Hog" is a slang term for a Harley-Davidson
the praying mantis
standard operating procedure
a covering for the uppers of shoes
a shopping area in downtown Boston. Like the nearby suburb, Quincy is pronounced "Quinzy."
showing warmth and friendliness
highway running southeast from Boston along the South Shore toward Cape Cod
a misspelling of Hennessy, a brand of cognac
a piece of cloth embroidered with stitches, sometimes incorporating platitudes
the native population of Estonia
iron in nearly carbon-free form, making it readily forged
prison on a Navy ship
marked or having grooves
actually a common Kazakh first name
Yirrell Beach bridge in Point Shirley
these are references to Winthrop, a coastal town just northeast of Boston and separated from Logan Airport by a narrow inlet of Boston Harbor. Of interest is that Sylvia Plath's family lived for a time in the Point Shirley section of Winthrop and in 1960 she wrote a poem titled "Point Shirley."
pertaining to a son or daughter
Chester William Nimitz (1885-1966) was a U.S. admiral and commander of Naval forces in the Pacific during WWII.
in the bag
a type of blanket
considerate and courteous to women
Page 449 (cont'd)
Sir Osis of Thuliver
i.e., cirrhosis of the liver
He means "vassals."
Very late October, YDAU - Madame Psychosis's unannounced sabbatical
the most common sedimentary rock, NOAD: soft finely stratified sedimentary rock that formed from consolidated mud or clay and can be split easily into fragile plates
having a lower pitched female voice
Horkheimer and Adorno
Max Horkheimer (1895-1973) was a German philosopher and sociologist, a founder and guiding thinker of the Frankfurt School of critical theory. Theodor Ludwig Wiesengrund Adorno (1903-1969) was a German sociologist and fellow member of the Frankfurt School.
the band featured on the television series of the same name
tone of voice
short name for the superior rectus muscle
divided into three parts
Page 450 (cont'd)
neologism: in a way suggesting a coffin
November 9th, YDAU - Morning Drills
arrangements of the same items in different sequences
"...the thing it's not entirely impossible he may have fathered..."
This is to say that C.T. may have been Mario's father and not James O. Incandenza. Given that C.T. and Avril are blood relatives, this would explain Mario's profound birth defects.
afflicted with an abnormally slow breathing rate
coated (a metal, especially aluminium) with a protective oxide layer by an electrolytic process in which the metal forms the anode.
i.e., perquisite, a special benefit
wool taken from an animal closely related to the camel and llama
brand name of parapectolin. A pink, clay-like antidiarrheal; believed to work by adsorbing the bacteria or germ that may be causing the diarrhea.
put in an oblique position
the trumpet call played in the morning to awaken sleeping soldiers (réveiller is the French verb for to awaken)
crown or halo
the barrel of a gun
spacious, i.e., too big for Hal
does not appear to be an actual suburb of Tucson. The word means redness of the skin as the result of various causes, including infection and sunburn.
sharp, witty response
This is a small German sausage composed of pork and beef; the name is German for "chopped meat sausage."
an air traffic control acronym for visual approaches, but in this context more likely Vector/Angle/Pace/Spin
one who returns after death or a long absence
a punitive run designed to make one vomit
another name for a kick serve
over 6'6" tall
low 10's C
10º C is equal to 50º Fahrenheit.
dark purplish red
like mother of pearl
of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a style of artistic expression prevalent especially in the 17th century that is marked generally by use of complex forms, bold ornamentation, and the juxtaposition of contrasting elements often conveying a sense of drama, movement, and tension (Source: Merriam-Webster)
Picric acid, 2,4,6 trinitrophenol, is an explosive, so the word "picric" w/r/t clouds probably implies an explosive (or about to explode) quality. It is also a toxic yellow, two attributes to which DFW was probably also tipping his hat here.
a relaxed military stance with the feet shoulder's width apart and hands clasped behind the back
as a routine, formality
In baseball a fungo is a pop fly deliberately hit to train players in fielding. Presumably here, in tennis, these balls are hit in a deliberate place in a deliberate manner to exercise a particular skill.
here meaning "mercy"
"forward", said with a German accent
23.8 meters, 8 I think .2 meters
approximately 78 feet by 27 feet, the dimensions of a singles tennis court
The Web site is here. Kaiserlautern means something like "Emperor acclamation" in German and is a city in southwest Germany.
a popular doll seen here
the third axis in a 3 dimensional system; 2 dimensional systems have only x and y coordinates
Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) was a French artist who moved to Tahiti in mid-life.
a musical term meaning "a gradual decrescendo at the end of a strain or cadence" (Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary), from the Italian for "dying"
More on Gately at Ennet House
1964 Ford Aventura
There is no such car, and the Mustang itself was not introduced until a few months before the 1965 model year (although the earliest ones were sometimes designated 1964 1/2).
Purity Supreme Market
A New England supermarket chain that ceased operations in 1997 after being bought by a competitor.
Driving Under the Influence
Possession With Intent
i.e., with intent to distribute
Division of Substance Abuse Services
a body of peace officers
second-degree murder, or murder without premeditation
NOAD: (preposition) with due respect to (someone or their opinion), used to express polite disagreement or contradiction
The New Oxford American Dictionary (Kindle Locations 380155-380157). Oxford University Press. Kindle Edition.
an island in Boston Harbor, and until 1991 the site of the Suffolk County House of Correction
According to the OED, hink as a verb means "to halt" or "to falter." The implication here is that 90 days in jail isn't much to Gately since he'd already served 17 months in another sentence.
women's leg-shaver thing
Is her name evocative of Nora Dodson-Truck, a character in Gravity's Rainbow?
NOAD: 1. the deliberate concealment of one's knowledge of a treasonable act or a felony 2. failure to appreciate or recognize the value or identity of something
i.e., Cape Cod
NOAD: 1. ‹often derogatory› bland soft or semiliquid food such as that suitable for babies or invalids 2. ‹often derogatory› reading matter or entertainment that is worthless or lacking in substance
ill temper or spite
The Korean War (1950–53) was a military conflict between the Republic of Korea, supported by the United Nations, and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and People's Republic of China, with air support from the Soviet Union.
January 1969 to August 1974
188 cm. and 128 kg.
Gately is a hair over 6'2" and weights over 282 lbs.
corkscrew or helix shaped, spiraled like bacteria from the phylum spirochetes
i.e., an alcoholic who carries a hip flask containing a small amount (8-12 oz.) of liquor
a city on the Ohio River about 120 miles south of Columbus, Ohio