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- 1 An Unpleasant Discovery
- 2 More of Gately's Past
- 2.1 Page 916
- 2.2 Page 917
- 2.3 Page 918
- 2.4 Page 919
- 2.5 Page 920
- 2.6 Page 921
- 2.7 Endnote 373
- 2.8 Page 921 (cont.)
- 2.9 Page 922
- 2.10 Page 923
- 2.11 Page 924
- 2.12 Page 925
- 2.13 Page 926
- 2.14 Page 927
- 2.15 Page 928
- 2.16 Page 929
- 2.17 Page 930
- 2.18 Page 931
- 2.19 Endnote 376
- 2.20 Page 931 (cont'd)
- 2.21 Page 932
- 2.22 Page 933
- 2.23 Page 934
- 3 While Leaving St. Elizabeth's...
An Unpleasant Discovery
a place where stolen goods are stored and sold from
This is "the part of a conical solid left after cutting off a top portion with a plane parallel to the base" (Random House Unabridged Dictionary).
More of Gately's Past
Gately means "proclivity"
a type of whiskey by Seagram's, the VO standing for Seagram's Very Own family blend; for cognac, the same abbreviation is for Very Old, denoting a minimum aging time of at least four years (see more on cognac labels
this would, presumably, be 1024 megabytes, or 1 gigabyte. This is strange on many counts. First, a megabyte is normally denoted as MB, not mb. Lowercase 'm' commonly means 'milli' or one-thousandth and lowercase 'b' would refer to bits instead of bytes. Second, the superscript 2 on an indicator of units typically refers to a two-dimensional unit as in, for example, square feet. Why not just say 1GB?
Gately is thinking of the spiraling eyes often seen in hypnotized or narcotized cartoon characters, a convention much like that of indicating a dead cartoon character with small crosses in the place of the eyes.
a fine, hard-twisted cotton thread used for hose, gloves, etc.
an opening in a thick wall for a window
Cf. "sleep-goop film" from Page 918
Until the city was renamed Bratislava (currently the capital of Slovakia), a person from that Pressburg was called a Pressburger.
possibilities: "Sternocleidomastoid," a muscle in the neck, or "Sternoclavicular," a joint where the clavicle, part of the sternum, and the cartilage of the first rib meet
16 mm. siphuncular
0.63 inches; siphuncular basically means "tubular"
The proper abbreviation for milliliters is mL.
thickened by evaporation to become more dense
Page 921 (cont.)
one with a handicap of zero
swelling due to excess fluid
Presumably he means "discredited."
Morbid Trauma Quarterly
not a real publication
coughing up blood
accompanied by coughing
about 66.14 lbs
Yiddish for "absolutely nothing" (spelled "bupkus" on page 878)
an opening in a thick wall, mentioned earlier
probably a reference to Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851), a British painter
Latin: after death
Read about it here.
While the word technically means "baby," Gately's usage is probably closer to that explained here.
W. T. Sherman
William Tecumseh Sherman (1820-1891) was an American army general, responsible for burning Atlanta during the U.S. Civil War.
Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher (born 1925), was Prime Minister of the U.K. from 1979 to 1990.
a term for a virgin
to smile self-consciously
a family of mixed drinks
Carrie A. Nation (1846-1911) was an American proponent of prohibition of alcohol.
meaning in the manner of a creature with an exoskeleton, which is to say having the structural material on the outside, with insects being a prime example
a clothing company founded by Ermenegildo Zegna
Michael Robert Milken (born 1946) is a former stockbroker who served several years in prison for securities fraud.
i.e., Alma Mater
in one's seventies
a type of gemstone
another name for a plasma lamp
a short type of cannon
not having permanent resident status and, thus, an illegal alien
the girlfriend of a criminal
Baton caried by police officers in the United Kingdom from 1829 until the early 1990s. In Northern Ireland, however, all police officers carry firearms (more information here).
This is an oxymoron. 'Bobby' is an English slang term for a policeman (after Robert Peel), but the armed Northern Ireland police force (the Royal Ulster Constabulary) were never known as 'Bobbies'.
A term for the "old country" among U.S. immigrants of Irish origin.
people who collect payments in organized crime
neck massage to reduce muscle tension
words per minute
an Irish hand weapon
mascot of Yale University
Vestibulitis is inflammation of the vestibule, or vaginal opening, and thus a woman's affliction, although the related (but rare) pudendal neuralgia can occur in men; the more common symptom of the latter is pain when sitting.
As in related to vertigo, the sensation of imbalance or dizziness
the sense of the relative position of neighbouring parts of the body. (Wikipedia)
i.e., had their briefs (or panties) removed
visitor's locker room
explosive, like fireworks ("pyrotechnic glandular atmosphere" must imply an orgasmic situation)
the conduit for semen from the testis to the ejaculatory duct, from which it is propelled through the urethra
mascot of Brown University, though they actually just call themselves the "Bears"
wrench in the ointment
a mixup of "monkey wrench in the works" and "fly in the ointment," both meaning ruining someone's original plans
Andrea Dworkin was a radical feminist, known for criticism of pornography, which later extended to a denunciation of all heterosexual intercourse which she saw as coercive and degrading to women.
From the Ancient Greek military formation comprising a group of soldiers standing closely together, meaning a close-knit organized group moving forward.
finely and elaborately ornamented work, usually made out of wire
National Organization of Women
the one of the two forwards in basketball who more often will drive to the net
pertaining to bears
an inferior substitute
Obviously President Limbaugh was assassinated in the recent past.
i.e., the Irish language
hundred dollar bills
375 sky-blue grams
about 13.23 ounces
about $18,000 an ounce
Page 931 (cont'd)
to smack one's finger against by pressing the finger against the thumb and releasing
referring to Theodore Cleaver's father and older brother in the CBS-ABC television series Leave It to Beaver (1957-1963)
slang term for heroin
a direct route traveled quickly
the periods between dramatic performances
"The wraith is back...except now with him is another, younger, way more physically fit wraith in kind of faggy biking shorts and U.S. tank top who's leaning way over Gately's railing and... fucking licking Gately's forehead with a rough little tongue..."
It's Lyle. However, Lyle, being alive and well, must be able to achieve status as a wraith via meditation (this adds significance to the "Lyle Meditates" section on pg. 700).
"...digging some dead guy's head up..."
See Hamlet, Act V, Scene i.
See also pages 16-17, where Hal reflects: "I think of John N.R. Wayne...standing watch in a mask as Donald Gately and I dig up my father's head."
"...asks if they knew him..."
"Alas, poor Yorick. I knew him, Horatio..." (Hamlet).
While Leaving St. Elizabeth's...
"...a grotesquely huge woman whose hose bulged..."
It's Helen Steeply.