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- 1 ☽ - Gately in St. Elizabeth's Trauma Wing
- 1.1 Page 809
- 1.2 Page 810
- 1.3 Page 811
- 1.4 Page 812
- 1.5 Page 813
- 1.6 Page 814
- 1.7 Endnote 337
- 1.8 Page 814 (cont'd)
- 1.9 Page 815
- 1.10 Endnote 338
- 1.11 Page 816
- 1.12 Page 817
- 1.13 Page 818
- 1.14 Endnote 341
- 1.15 Page 819
- 1.16 Page 820
- 1.17 Page 821
- 1.18 Page 822
- 1.19 Page 823
- 1.20 Page 824
- 1.21 Page 825
- 1.22 Page 826
- 1.23 Page 827
☽ - Gately in St. Elizabeth's Trauma Wing
used here generically to mean a hole
Have a look at this chart.
This was the last name of the first Eagle Scout, Arthur Rose Eldred (1895-1951).
a brand name of whiskey
President's Physical Fitness Test
You can read about this program here.
see example at right
Chock Full O'Nuts
a brand name of coffee
Physical Education, i.e., gym class
where the teams during a baseball game sit while not actually playing
Franklin W. Dixon
811; name used for high-interest account of Ewell's Money-Stealers' Club; the pseudonym of the author of the Hardy Boys series of juvenile detective novels
a downward-moving stock market (characterized by more selling than buying)
the month-long period before Christmas
assistant to a general or other high-ranking officer
the capital of Northern Ireland
a pelvic examination?
the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union (for which Wallace supplies endnote 339 on page 815)
multiplied by itself twice; taken to the third power
The line is "It must be 'se offendendo;' it cannot be else." The reference is to Ophelia, who killed herself. Notably, Act V, scene i of Hamlet is where Yorick is mentioned.
Page 814 (cont'd)
Gately's Humorous ball and Scalpula socket
referring to the humerus (largest bone of the arm, between the shoulder and elbow) and the ball and socket joint of the shoulder, the blade of which is called the scapula
[mass noun] blood poisoning by toxins from a local bacterial infection. (also toxaemia)
The ninth of the original Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous is, "Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others."
William Floyd Weld (born 1945) was governor of Massachusetts from 1991 to 1997. Even the prescient Wallace could probably not have predicted Mitt Romney, who held the post from 2003 to 2007.
a region of France bordering the Rhine border with Germany
a tax or duty imposed on some one
There is a potention for confusion in order here, because doxycycline hyclate can be given in preparations other than intravenous, which Gately is getting.
a trade name of children's blanket sleeper (pajamas); Gately's are XXL, extra extra large
psychological term for an idealized image, usually of a parent, formed in childhood and continuing into adulthood subconsciously
Gately has had a Foley catheter inserted.
Gately's version of objet d'art (French: art object)
the generic name of the pain-reliever Tylenol
an opiate used as a painkiler; a habit-forming, Schedule III narcotic
Or "Ore-Ida", maker of potato products and originator of Tater Tots; Thrust may be thinking "iota" at the same time
médecins mal épelé; misspelt French: doctors (physicians)
a current-carrying coil of wire
having the back end of one's car spinning
malaprop, Thrust's past tense of flee (à la "flown")
heavy material placed on the bottom of ships to provide balance and stability
Wellfleet Circuit Court
Wellfleet is a town on Cape Cod about 10 miles south of Provincetown.
Metropolitan State Hospital; a defunct public mental health facility in Waltham, MA. It was operating during Wallace's stay at nearby McLean Hospital but closed before Infinite Jest's publication.
Thrust means "Cuervo," a brand of tequila.
Thrust must mean bacterial pneumonia
Nightmare on Elm Street XXII: The Senescence
a joke concerning the horror films of Wes Craven. Senescence is the process of growing old
to take a brody
More correctly, brodie, refers to Steve Brodie, who survived a leap from the Brooklyn Bridge in 1886
probably meaning imbroglio: an extremely confused, complicated, or embarrassing situation
tediously long or wordy