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'''CLOSED, ROPAS, and RELACHE'''<br />
'''CLOSED, ROPAS, and RELACHE'''<br />
three ways (in the limited linguistic abilities of the sign-printers) of saying the same thing; ''ropas'' is Spanish for "clothes" (a pun that does not translate!) and ''relâche'' is French for "closure" (used on theatrical bills to indicate the cancellation of a performance)
three ways (in the limited linguistic abilities of the sign-printers) of saying the same thing; ''ropas'' is Spanish for "clothes" (a pun that does not translate! ) and ''relâche'' is French for "closure" (used on theatrical bills to indicate the cancellation of a performance)
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- 1 November 14th, YDAU - Randy Lenz, back on the streets
- 2 Two Ways of Going
- 3 November 14th, YDAU - Poor Tony runs from Ruth van Cleeve, cont'd.
- 4 AFR at Antitoi's
- 5 A Moment With Fortier
- 6 November 14th, YDAU - Joelle's Teeth
- 7 A.F.R. at Antitoi's, after locating the copy
- 8 Lenz Still on the Prowl
- 9 Marathe at Ennet House
November 14th, YDAU - Randy Lenz, back on the streets
Bishop Richard Allen was a former slave and American abolitionist.
Lechmere's in Cambridgeside
Lechmere's was an electronics and appliance chain that folded in 1997. Its flagship store was located in the CambridgeSide Galleria mall in East Cambridge.
of no use
The Frightful Hog
once again, Lenz's Unit (penis)
a reference to the iconic 1939 film of "The Wizard of Oz", and specifically to the skip-dance performed by Judy Garland (Dorothy), Ray Bolger (Scarecrow), Jack Haley (Tin Woodman), and Bert Lahr (Cowardly Lion) while singing "We're Off To See the Wizard" (although the Tin Woodman's voice is actually that of Buddy Ebsen, who was replaced by Haley after filming and recording was partially completed)
Two Ways of Going
Not a real French word, it's used here to mean "in abeyance," i.e., dormant, temporarily inactive, at bay
comme on dit
French: as they say
be turning all the stones
or, leaving no stone unturned
November 14th, YDAU - Poor Tony runs from Ruth van Cleeve, cont'd.
ran at full speed
refers to the bullfighting move in which the matador holds the cape out and pivots slowly as the bull charges past or through it
see note for page 479
ran, rather than walked, across the street somewhere other than at a designated pedestrian crossing
acted in a way to cause a diversion
a Parisian brand of fine shoes (as here) as well as handbags and other leather accessories
the very least bit
ON PARLE LE PORTUGAIS ICI
French: Portuguese spoken here
a roll of hair at the back of the head or nape of the neck
surgical operations to remove infants from their mothers' wombs, performed when (or before) difficulties obtain during "natural" (vaginal) birth
AFR at Antitoi's
with regard to dress
regrettably fatal technical interview
an interrogation accompanied by torture resulting in the interviewee's death
café au lait
hot coffee served with an equal amount of hot milk
a section of Québec City
French: waste basket; here probably a dumpster
CLOSED, ROPAS, and RELACHE
three ways (in the limited linguistic abilities of the sign-printers) of saying the same thing; ropas is Spanish for "clothes" (a pun that does not translate! also note that the Portuguese would be 'roupa') and relâche is French for "closure" (used on theatrical bills to indicate the cancellation of a performance)
Fronte de la Libération du Québec
IL NE FAUT PLUS QU'ON PURSUIVE LE BONHEUR
French: It is no longer necessary to pursue happiness
This character's name is perhaps taken from Jean Joseph Marie Gabriel de Lattre de Tassigny (1889-1952), a French military hero of WWII.
electroencephalogram — an array of sensors fitted on the scalp that record electrical activity in the brain
French: So. Okay.
Master's of Business Administration
having to do with legal proceedings
Page 722 (cont'd)
French: punch or kick
An abbreviation for the name given to the U.S. Office of Unspecified Services by the Québecois Sepératiste Left, the U.S. "Bureau des Services sans Spécificité" (see page 89).
A Moment With Fortier
November 14th, YDAU - Joelle's Teeth
the edge of a fabric
A pigment taken from oil resin, football players apply it below their eyes to reduce glare from the sun or stadium lighting.
the cuspids, also called eye teeth in humans and fangs in many carnivorous mammals; positioned between the incisors and the bicuspids (premolars)
A.F.R. at Antitoi's, after locating the copy
decorated with a raised design
the wanted past participle is either burgled or burglarized
A fairly popular French surname, it may have been inspired here by Gabriel-Alphonse Desjardins (1854-1920), Québecois founder of the Desjardins Group.
a surgical procedure in which the healthy part of the colon is sutured to an opening in the abdominal wall (for elimination of feces and urine, bypassing the rectum and bladder); a bag is attached to the opening to collect the waste products
an interjection in French expressing lack of interest
"...an employee at the Academy of Tennis..."
This would very likely be Poutrincourt.
Mlle. Luria P----
This would very likely be the "Swiss" Girl Orin is sleeping with.
French nonce word for half-way houses
about 15.5 miles
a saw used to cut bones
the application of quantitative and statistical methods to the study of economics
French: of the heart
French: that's that
in the manner of one who engages in sensual pleasure
Lenz Still on the Prowl
another Lenz-P.O.V. ethnic epithet: Chinese
a brand of denatured and jellied alcohol used for cooking, as well as drinking by many street alcoholics
Lenz's derogatory term for Hispanic or Latino
Maybe he means "argot" (rather than "related paternally")?
to sell stolen goods
Marathe at Ennet House
frugality: Why burn, say, twenties when the same amount of flame can be produced from a like quantity of singles?
probably a Québecois expression, it sounds like the French for "from Hell"
a fabric of lightweight cotton threads of open texture
a knitted (and therefore flexible) fabric with looped threads knitted into the ground; it can have the plush texture of velvet, which is woven rather than knitted and cut during manufacture to create two pieces, each with a fine pile (similar, but on a smaller scale, to a plush carpet)
Interstate 93 runs from St. Johnsbury, Vt., to Canton, Mass., just outside Boston.
Lac de Deux Montaignes
French: Lake of Two Mountains — near Montreal
Le Culte du Prochain Train
French: Cult of the Next Train
once-popular button-fly jeans manufactured by Levi Strauss
your back, the area behind you (as if, like points on a clock, 12 represents straight ahead, and 3 and 9, right and left, respectively)
Trans-3-methyl-2 hexenoic acid
Apparently this acid is indeed higher in the sweat of schizophrenics.
It does mean "drinkable" in English.
the Boston subway system (from the 'T' in what was originally the MTA, Metropolitan Transit Authority, and is now the MBTA, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority)
i.e., "hundreds of"