- 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!
916 (1) · 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).
916 (2) · More of Gately's Past
a type of whiskey by Seagram's, the VO standing for "very own"
a fine, hard-twisted cotton thread used for hose, gloves, etc.
an opening in a thick wall for a window
Until the city was renamed Bratislava (currently the capital of Slovakia), a person from that city was called a Pressburger.
16 mm. siphuncular
0.63 inches; siphuncular basically means "tubular"
The proper abbreviation for milliliters is mL.
thickened by evaporation to become more dense
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
possibly 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.
in a way so that it is outside the skeleton
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 ones seventies
a type of gemstone
another name for a plasma lamp
not having permanent resident status and, thus, an illegal alien
the girlfriend of a criminal
people who collect payments in organized crime
words per minute
an Irish hand weapon
an term for the "old country" among U.S. immigrants
mascot of Yale University
visitor's locker room
mascot of Brown University, though they actually just call themselves the "Bears"
National Organization of Women
the one of the two forwards in basketball who more often will drive to the net
pertaining to bears
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)
slang term for heroin
a direct route traveled quickly
"...digging some dead gy's head up..."
See Hamlet, Act V, Scene i.
"...asks if they knew him..."
"Alas, poor Yorick. I knew him, Horatio..." (Hamlet).
934 (1) · While Leaving St. Elizabeth's...
"...a grotesquely huge woman whose hose bulged..."