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- 32 Annotation Index
Boulevard van Isenghem
Quai de l'empereur
German: waiter, barman. Use of the German word would be insulting to the Belgian barman.
Pron. lahm-BEEK. Unique Belgian beer style, sour and often thin in body.
Cf Monopoly game card.
Pun on a term from heraldry, barry nebuly. Barry (pron. BAR-ree, not like the name) refers to a shield divided into an even number of parts by horizontal lines. Nebuly signals that the lines are deformed into stylized "cloud" shapes. Here you can see an example. If a British author had a character with a heraldic name, it would suggest a pseudonym.
University of Dublin
If University College, Dublin, then Joyce had graduated in 1902.
The Quaternion faction, after William Hamilton, who devised the scheme.
Grand Hôtel de la Nouvelle Digue
Belgian Art Nouveau
British slang for "sleeping", "staying overnight"
Denis, and Policarpe
Probably in reference to the Young Turks, a Turkish revolutionary movement
A part of the Belgian army. According to the 1911 Britannica, "the mass of the garde civique does not pretend to possess military value. It is a defence against sedition and socialism."
French: phalanx. A military (here mock-military) group ready for combat.
French for "dyke"
The Belgian colonisation of the Congo was, as Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" makes clear, notable for its greed and brutality.
Leopold, King of the Belgians
1835-1909, reigned 1865-1909. In the Congo he acted as sole proprietor and absolute ruler.
Belgian armed forces operating in the Belgian Congo (Wikipedia)
See above: One of the early missions of the FP was to increase rubber export quotas through forced labor and related atrocities.
Follower of Max Stirner, 19th century German philosopher and author of The Ego and Its Own, a work influential in anarchist thought. Wikipedia entry.
going down lately
Prince... of Wales
(Maud Gonne's husband claimed to have been involved in another such plot.)
Royal Bathing Hut... twenty francs
The explosive picric acid (2,4,6-trinitrophenol) and its derivatives. For picric acid, Brugère's powder and Designolle's powder, see this Britannica article.
See "picric family" above.
See "picric family" above.
Alberto Santos-Dumont (1873-1932), a pioneer of aviation from Brasil. Check out Wikipedia to get a look at the way he was wearing his "trademark Panama hat".
Green Hour and l'heure vertigineuse
Absinthe-drinking time. The liqueur is green. In French, l'heure verte, so vertigineuse (vertiginous, causing dizziness) is a pun on the word for "green."
Rocco and Pino
Whitehead works in Fiume
Anticipating GR's V2 works.
Fiume is now Rijeka, Croatia. Trieste is on the northern shore of the Istra Peninsula, Rijeka on the southern shore.
Siluro Dirigible a Lenta Corsa
or S.L.C. "slow course torpedo", "slow-running torpedo". Wikipedia Italy‘s Navy was among the first to experiment with manned torpedos. Though according to this site this did not happen until 1935, Italian frogmen as early as October 31, 1918 made it into the harbour of Pula with the help of a modified german torpedo and sank the former Austrian but by then since a few hours Croatian/Slovenian/Bosnian battleship SMS Viribus Unitis. website
Italian dirigibile means "steerable." The word suggests the torpedo is a counterpart of the dirigible Inconvenience.
Make a surreptitious escape (as "infiltrate" means to make a surreptitious entrance).
Ehi, stugazz', categoria
Nooniness? From Italian mezzogiorno: noon.
An exceptionally beautiful Belgian town of canals which is thus one of several towns known as the 'Venice of the north'.
Raoul's Atelier de la Vitesse
French: Ralph's Speed Shop.
a hundred horsepower
boilermakers and their helpers
in the mood for a clambake
Anachronistic Broadway show tune?
Monopole de la Maison
An invented language, like Esperanto. Idiom Neutral dictionaries first appeard in 1902. It looks like a simplified Latinate language and it grew out of Volapuk, another "auxiliary language." It was abandoned by the Akademi Internasional de Lingu Universal in 1908.
For a list of all the invented languages that linguists are keeping track of, including Klingon, try Eastern Michigan's Linguist List. And don't forget to click on the link to "Browse sites devoted to constructed languages."
Basically, small talk or chatter. Words used to convey fellow-feeling rather than to impart information.
Kampf ums Dasein
German: struggle for existence.
"My fellow Quaternion"?
green and long
Pickle, or... what?
1970s idiom for common European practice?
Hamilton... first love
beginning to appal
ten thousand francs
Someone cheap or cautious, possibly named after people from PIke County, Missouri, who came to California in the 1800s, looking for work. They were poor, hence cheap.
A basic yoga pose.
'Quadrantal Versor Asana'
A triangle pose taken that extra dimension.
Vacheron & Constantin watch
"haar rekening, ja?"
The bill, yes? (Dutch)?
Her bill, yes? I.e., give the check to the lady.
Given the presence of Chris 'Kit' Traverse here, this very much suggests a reference to Christopher 'Kit' Marlowe, Elizabethan poet, playwright and contemporary of Shakespeare. Marlowe was stabbed to death in 1593, in murky circumstances, ostensibly over a bill or 'recokning', though he was widely believed to have been involved in some form of espionage.
made him reach
(Cf Ezra Pound?)
In Dutch/Flemish, the name means "roofer." (De in these names almost never means "of, from" as in French; it's nearly always the definite article.)
MKIV/ODC... Mark Four
Dutch/Flemish: brownnose, ass-kisser.
one on her wrist
over the day
as if someone
Sound-cancelling vs opacity-cancelling?
He Who Must Come
Georges Boulanger, French War Minister urging an attack on Germany
what death and what transfiguration
Allusion to Richard Strauss' tone poem "Death and Transfiguration" (Tod und Verklärung), premiered in 1890.
Dead certainty, sure thing.
Alfred von Schlieffen was the author of a German war plan to win a two-front war against both France and Russia by quickly defeating France before Russina troops could be mobilized. The Schlieffen Plan included an attack on France through Belgium, disregarding its neutrality.
Title of Pynchon's first published story. Here, ass?
peau de soie
Richard Freiherr von Krafft-Ebing, Austro-German psychiatrist and author of Psychopathia Sexualis (1886), a pioneering study of deviant sexual behavior and fetishism. Coined both sadism and masochism as terms for these respective behaviors. Wikipedia entry.
A chef's hat
One of Brautigan's books famously ends with the word mayonnaise.
Another Pynchonic word combination, here denoting the two main ingredients of mayonnaise: 1) eggs, and 2) oil. It's not "fecoventilatory collision" as seen in "Vineland," but it's nice.
'Aux armes, citoyens'
Not "Le Marseillaise," you nitwit!
Cléo de Mérode
marquise de Pompadour
dubious 'victory' in 1756
the ill-fated Admiral Byng
John Byng, convicted by court-martial of failure "to do his utmost" in the battle, shot in 1757. Remembered because of (1) his being the last officer of flag rank to be put to death for conduct in battle and (2) Voltaire's gag in Candide: "In this country it is good to kill an admiral from time to time in order to encourage the others."
"Spanish fly," contact irritant sometimes ill-advisedly used as aphrodisiac.
Pertaining to the Marquis de Sade. The acts the chef performs on the egg and oil have the same names as acts of Sadean sex.
Quaternion Probability, p?.
French: as translated in the text.
disjunctive effects of thunderstorms
Folk wisdom says a thunderstorm will cause mayonnaise to separate (oil from yolks).
Clinique d'Urgence pour Sauvetage des Sauces
French: Emergency Clinic for Salvage of Sauces.
Literally, "Dick, cretin." Cazzo is a common Italian interjectionary obscenity, especially in the south. "Cazzo, cretino," is akin to someone saying, "Well shit, dummy," or "F-ing moron!"
È il cowboy!
Italian: It's the cowboy!
Le bambole anarchiste, porca miseria
Italian: Anarchist babes, oh boy.
Quai de l'Entrepôt
Italian: boys, guys.
French: fictive postage stamps. Cf "Lot 49".
As explained in the text
Policies based on revenge, or a person following such policies. In General Boulanger's case, revenge against Germany for the Franco-Prussian War.
the somewhat discomposed General
Having died in 1891, the General by the time of the action is certainly somewhat decomposed; brief biographies do not suggest he was non compos mentis, that is, mentally discomposed.
(When did he lose his innocence?)
a modification of any salsician metaphor toward the diminutive
Salsician: pertaining to sausage. Lindsay says Suckling's penis is better compared to a wiener than a knockwurst.
"Why you little–and I do mean 'little'–"
Another Simpsons reference?
dunes between Nieuport and Dunkirk
Not information, energy.
Major mountain range running northwest-southeast through Poland, Slovakia, western Ukraine and Romania.
Uhlan regiments belonged to the light cavalry. They wore splendid uniforms (model for some U.S. marching band uniforms). Wikipedia article.
Now Timişoara, extreme western Romania.
securing the mess decks
The Chums follow U.S. Navy idiom in orders (frequently prefixed with "Now") and shipboard activities ("secure" meaning "whatever you did before, undo it now," in this case put away the dishes and fold up the tables).
He was at Candlebrow.
the four-note chord in the context of timelessness
A melody is formed by notes following one another in time; a chord on the ukulele violates that practice by having all the notes sound at once. A really clever little passage.
20 kilometers south of Ostend (about halfway to Ypres).
Ypres and Menin
Municipalities in West Flanders that were sites of some of the bloodiest battles of WWI.
Ten years from now
Hieronymous Bosch (1450-1516), Dutch painter of nightmares. Wikipedia entry.
Pieter Brueghel the Elder(1525-1569), Flemish painter.Wikipedia entry.
League of Nations?
simpletons at the fair
Making Pynchon's metaphor explicit.
Chopin E-minor Nocturne
The Light Over the Ranges
Against the Day
Rue du Départ