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- 1 Mario longs for M.P., goes for a walk
- 2 Life as an Ennet House Staff Member
- 3 Orin & the "Swiss" hand model, cont.
- 4 After curfew at Ennet House
- 4.1 Page 601
- 4.2 Endnote 247
- 4.3 Page 602
- 4.4 Endnote 248
- 4.5 Page 602 (cont'd)
- 4.6 Page 603
- 4.7 Page 604
- 4.8 Page 605
- 4.9 Page 606
- 4.10 Endnote 252
- 4.11 Page 606 (cont'd)
- 4.12 Page 607
- 4.13 Page 608
- 4.14 Page 609
- 4.15 Page 610
- 4.16 Page 611
- 4.17 Page 612
- 4.18 Page 613
- 4.19 Page 614
- 4.20 Page 615
- 4.21 Page 616
- 4.22 Page 617
- 4.23 Page 618
- 4.24 Page 619
Mario longs for M.P., goes for a walk
Revelation of John
the last book of the New Testament
a 1970s soft rock band shown here
also known as Riley-Day syndrome, among other names, a disease or malfunction of the autonomic nervous system
a string instrument showcased here
in the manner of a child who, in developmental terms, has not yet attained the skill of expressive speech
strong desire, especially sexual; lust
ONE DAY A
"One Day at a Time," an AA slogan
Rindge and Latin School
Cambridge Rindge and Latin School - the only public high school in Cambridge MA.
Life as an Ennet House Staff Member
used to treat bipolar disorder
oral antidiabetic drugs is what is intended; when insulin is swallowed, the body processes it as very expensive food, but it has no effect on blood sugar
misspelt or malaprop: Sylvia Plath (1932-1963) was an American poet and novelist who suffered from depression and took her own life in 1963.
a painful disease involving the formation of pouches within the bowel wall
a narcotics officer or a snitch
word for word
bizarre or complex
the act of forming new ideas
collect and combine in proper order
Orin & the "Swiss" hand model, cont.
packing down the tobacco
men whose wives cheat on them
a Yiddish word meaning, roughly, "voluptuous"
'Plus or minus three percent sample.'
This is the margin of error on the supposed survey Orin is about to take.
remarkable, alternatively, disappointing
a small round cap worn by Jewish men
a misprint, likely, for CO2, i.e., carbon dioxide
attractive and engaging due to a childlike nature
a gas powered oven and stove
Orin means "omniscient."
Schmeisser doesn't appear to be a gun manufacturer anymore, but it was in Germany until the fall of the Third Reich. GBF may stand for "German Battle Force."
behind the lower jaw
a short sermon
the evening prayer of the Episcopal church
a measurement of cycles per second
lack of engaging or challenging qualities
a reference to the Screen Actors Guild
Jeannie, Samantha, Sam and Diane, Gilligan, Hawkeye, Hazel, Jed
characters from, respectively, I Dream of Jeannie, Bewitched, Cheers, Gilligan's Island, M*A*S*H, Hazel, and The Beverly Hillbillies.
comme on dit
French: as they say
After curfew at Ennet House
prison slang for solitary confinement
a type of card game
a town in Massachusetts about 20 miles west of Boston
Page 602 (cont'd)
third year of Subsidized Time
i.e., the Year of the Trial-Sized Dove Bar
Mass Rehab Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
Latin: per day
a loud metal horn
B.U. or -C. students
i.e., students of Boston University or (Boston) College
meaning "psychologically" (or even "physiologically")
a kind of idolotry of uniqueness
i.e., a worship of individuality
bed (perhaps a bunk, here)
producing or moving with noisy exhaust or exhalations, e.g., a chuffing train
implying that Gately also possesses the sixth sense (i.e., extrasensory perception or at least uncommonly keen intuition), and suggests an ability to recognize that someone else is under the influence (although some of the first five could probably tell him that)
Sergeant at Arms
a figurative for addiction, as introduced around page 463
the Substance can make any man feel like an Übermensch (superhuman)
Gately's mental neologism for "rendering incognito," i.e., disguising
Lenz means "regenerating" rather than "refurbishing (again)"
e.g., fish on a hook
abbreviation for levadopa a chemical precursor to dopamine, adrenaline, and other neurotransmitters
An epithet first used by James Joyce in Chapter 1 of his 1922 novel Ulysses. Buck Mulligan is gazing at the Dublin Bay: "--God, he said quietly. Isn't the sea what Algy calls it: a grey sweet mother? The snotgreen sea. The scrotumtightening sea. Epi oinopa ponton. Ah, Dedalus, the Greeks. I must teach you. You must read them in the original. Thalatta! Thalatta! She is our great sweet mother. Come and look." (Epi oinopa ponton is Homer's famous descriptor for the Aegean Sea from The Odyssey: the wine-dark sea.)
the Plymouth Duster
the classic Volkswagen bugs have rear-mounted engines (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volkswagen_Beetle). The "New Beetle" has a front engine: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volkswagen_New_Beetle
lying flat on the ground (or, here, a bed)
Here Gately means "OK," whereas this literally, in Yiddish, refers to food "prepared according to Jewish Law."
standard text entered identically, as into contracts
a dungeon with an opening only at the top
Page 606 (cont'd)
i.e., the Daytona 500, a yearly auto race
to shine or polish to a high sheen
turning inward of both eyes
Equivalent to the pitch of C, and vocally, the high C is two octaves above middle C.
i.e., sotto voce meaning in a very quiet voice
Shuco-Mist Medical Pressure Systems (mentioned on page 198) is perhaps the fictional manufacturer a brand of nebulizer (actually spelled "Schuco Mist") for use by asthma patients.
calling down curses on others
together as a unit
a popular technique for firing a handgun
members of the Mafia in full standing
subdued and remaining at a distance
meaning the cocking spur of the hammer has been cut off to prevent snagging
draws off (liquid) by capillary action
special bullets with a flat front designed for shooting paper targets
bullets that mushroom on impact for maximum bodily damage
lending weight to another cliché
presumably E.M. Security is "never there when you need them."
a smokeless explosive, see note to page 433
a substance men used to use to style their hair
bump against one another in a crowd
French: Christ-less (i.e. pagan) bastard
Pépé or Bébé
apparently the name of the dog that Lenz just killed
Spanish: homosexuals (note that Brazilians actually speak Portuguese, not Spanish)
about 6.6 feet
i.e., Québecois French
a term used in sports, esp. ice hockey, meaning to impede another's motion with one's body
a breezeblock is a cinder block
a robe made with terry cloth, a pile fabric with uncut loops used to make bath robes and towels
a common form of urban plant
an apparent exaggeration
cool composure in trying or dangerous circumstances
shot in the arm
about 9.8 feet
Apparently in the manner of Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543), famed for theorizing that the Earth orbits the Sun rather than vice versa, but this raises the question of why or how in the manner of Copernicus. It does not seem that Erdedy has a telescope, but perhaps he is "staring...up her [the veiled girl's] flapping robe" looking for the center of the universe. (my take: Copernicus stared up, in wonder at the beauty of the universe. Likewise for Erdedy)
"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."
shoes that slip on, rather than tie with laces
stopped (but Wade McD. probably meant 'deceased')
'The straight and narrow? '
"Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." Matthew 7:14
'By doze is fide.'
"My nose is fine" said by someone with a broken nose, i.e., Green
a brand name of benzoyl peroxide, for acne
'I'b dot touchig dothig, dud worry.'
Again, Green speaking with his broken nose: "I'm not touching nothing, don't worry."
insufficient blood flow to the body's organs and tissues, often following an injury but sometimes following an emotional shock
malaprop: "Sherlock" intended. Shylock is the Jewish "villain" in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice.
on supervised probation
Madame Psychosis is in charge.
This is the first time Joelle has been positively ID'ed as M.P. (She is referred to as "a.k.a. Madame P." much earlier on page 225)
"Security!" screamed by a drunk
Alternate spelling for "shanties," i.e., songs (particularly ones sung by seamen).
rolls of fat
a type of wide-angle lens
a reference to the opening of the M.P. radio show