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964 · Pre-Exhibition Fête
A deep purplish red. Claret is also the name of a wine that is produced in the Bordeaux region of France and slang for 'blood'.
fuller's earth or sawdust
Fuller's earth is an absorbent clay that is used in talcum powder. Sawdust and chalk (talcum) are used by tennis players to keep their grip dry. 
having toes that point inward, like this: / \
An antigenic shift generally refers to the medical term that explains how two strains of the influenza virus join together to form a new subtype and, in turn, become more virile. The new subtype has a mixture of the antigens from the originals. An antigen is the substance that stimulates the immune system. 
It's used here to refer to rumors about severe weather and the Quebec Junior Team. These rumors undergo an antigenic shift as they circulate around the locker room. They combine and are reconstituted as a new, more virile, rumor before being returned to the rumor's originator.
the Csikszentmihalyi kid was doing a kind of piaffer
A piaffer is a trot in place where the legs are lifted high. This type of trot is usually done by a horse, but it's part of the 'Csikszentmihalyi kid's' pre-game ritual to stretch his hip flexors.
The name Csikszentmihalyi may be a humorous nod to the Hungarian psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi who is noted for his work in happiness and creativity. He is known as the world's leading researcher on positive psychology and proposed the concept of Flow. Flow is the mental state whereby a person is fully immersed and focused on an activity (such as Tennis). 
the muscles that move the hip
an ascot or a very fey tie
An ascot is a scarf or tie with broad ends typically worn for formal occasions. If the tie very fey, it is excessively refined  or fancy to the point that it could be confused with an ascot.
invoking Camilla, goddess of speed and light step
Camilla of Volsci, a heroine from Roman Mythology, found in Virgil's prose and ancient pottery paintings. Virgil claimed Camilla was so fast that she could run across the ocean without wetting her feet and across fields of grain without bending the grass.  To 'invoke' is to petition for help with an incantation.
As part of their pre-match ritual, the female players, Thode and Donni Stott, can be heard praying to or otherwise petitioning Camilla whose light footed speed may translate to success on the court.
or, more correctly, Frankenstein's monster
who is clearly not narrating anymore, unless he is speaking of himself in the third person
a bony lump on the side of the ankle
Joni Mitchell (born Roberta Joan Anderson in 1943) is a Canadian-American singer-songwriter and painter. Wikipedia Entry.
Closed off, shut in, or blocked off 
they all in here existed basically as Fourier Transforms of postures and little routines
A Fourier transform is a mathematical operation that transforms one function into another. This type of transform is named in honour of Joseph Fourier.  To exist basically as Fourier Transforms of postures and routines is to exist as an abstraction where a student is trained in postures and routines is transformed into tennis player capable of executing a variation of those postures and routines.
in the manner of an innocent young woman
nearing death or in a terminal decline 
an alternate or mispelling of 'ciguatoxic'. Reef fish can carry ciguatoxins, which cause ciguatera food poisoning  in humans who consume the contaminated fish. These toxins may be specific to certain reefs, are concentrated up the food chain and as such are more likely to be present in larger reef fish, and cannot be destroyed by cooking and freezing 
Roman Catholic priesthood
Jesuit seminary Theological training for the Society of Jesus Roman Catholic religious order of clerks, known as Jesuits. Jesuits are known for for their missionary work, social justice and human rights. 
another name for Marie's ataxia
the student-teaching portion of a teaching education
Necrosis usually refers to the localized death of cells within healthy tissue. To be spiritually necrotic is akin to having a dead spirit in an otherwise healthy body.
An endeavor is a purposeful undertaking that requires boldness. Jesuitical endeavors are those undertaken as part of a Jesuit ministry.
Spanish for Number One, used here as an expression to mean concern about only oneself.
incapable of being avoided or changed
An Apologia is a defense of one's beliefs, religious or other. Here, Barry is out of his league in his ability to put up a good defense of the religious beliefs that may help get his brother out of his own spiritual funk.
imitating one's self
...not that much unlike Alyosha and Ivan's conversations in the good old Brothers K.
The Brother's Karamazov is a novel by Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky (1821-1881). Ivan and Alyosha, main characters in the novel, are siblings. Alyosha has a faith in God that manifests in a love of mankind and Ivan is a rationalist who is burdened by his inability or unwillingness to believe in a God that could preside over an unjust world. In the novel the brother's, Ivan and Alyosha discuss their opposing beliefs.
Ivan's Grand Inquisitor scenario
Read this portion here.
a complex of nerves in the abdomen
civilian dress - also a name for a type of Muslim scholar
very small grains of rock or sand
smoky or sooty
'Do it to her! Do it to her!'
a reference to George Orwell's 1984. Winston Smith shouts 'Do it to Julia! Do it to Julia!' under similar circumstances.
an actor who is bad by virtue of over-acting
972 · Final Chapter
a prayer of confession of sins
"...look down her shirt and spell attic..."
and thus saying, "A-T-T-I-C" or "a titty I see"
the control on a television that prevents the picture from rolling bottom to top
a type of shoe, see here
a famous brand of bourbon whiskey
Smith & Wesson
IUs are international units, which converts to metric depending on the substance.
a type of missile
a drug that acts against an agonist, i.e., a drug that stimulates a certain receptor
Page 978 (cont'd)
Linda Louise, Lady McCartney (1941-1998) was an American photographer and wife of Beatle Paul McCartney (born 1943).
a synethetic opioid painkiller
pre-menstrual syndrome and/or painful periods
an injection intended to kill
with a pharmaceutical as part of the name, it means it contains pentazocine
a little song
"...the one about ultraviolence and sadism."
Gately is thinking of Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange