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- 1 November 11th, YDAU - Mario walking around E.T.A., filming
- 2 Hal fills Mario in on the aftermath of the Eschaton incident
- 3 Marathe and Kate G. go drinking
- 4 Hal and Mario, cont.
November 11th, YDAU - Mario walking around E.T.A., filming
grandiose and stentorian (in the lower register) in the manner of German opera composer Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
this is anatomically bizarre. Veins do not show pulses, with the exception of the external jugular, in the neck, not the arms. Arteries are not visibly “treed,” except in the anatomy lab or surgical suite, but in muscular individuals “treed” veins are readily visible.
plural of varicocele (also "varicoscele"), an abnormal enlargement of veins in the scrotum, resembling a tangled skein of worms
possibly "O sink hernieder, Nacht der Liebe" ("O sink down, night of love") sung by the title lovers in Act Two of Wagner's Tristan und Isolde
the D (designated D6) that is two octaves above the D above middle C (C4); considered the upper limit of the dramatic soprano range
"Felicity" means happiness, while Zweig is German for "stick" or "branch."
still not a real player
See the discussion of this phrase in section 6 of the Wikipedia entry on the 19th-century American popular song, once considered the unofficial national anthem of the Confederate States of America.
Lord’s head and Penn’s leg, the Postman’s broken nose.
The rhythm of this otherwise dry recitation of nicknames and injuries suggests a London nursery rhyme.
footgear worn in the shower, not undergarments worn on the crotch
neologism, resembling Hamlet's girlfriend — see Hamlet IV.v
This is a form of natural language semantics.
wildly expensive hdcover
It's a real book and the hardcover goes for $105.85. It has been issued in softcover for $29. The publication information is either wrong or varies.
public limited company
Page 760 (cont'd)
about 32.8 feet
Definitions include: 1. the starched front of a shirt; 2. a large pad worn by a fencer to protect the chest; and 3. The part of a tortoise's shell that covers the underside. Mario wears an apparatus something like a tortoise's shell that fits around his deformed torso and allows him to carry his camera equipment in the pack on his back.
a patch of hair standing on end, or an unruly whorl of hair, especially when disagreeably situated, as in at the hairline in front.
a pennant or flag or banner
walking around, But this speaker is the Moms and the writer is DFW, so this is probably a good time to remember that in Aristotelian drama, periptaeia refers to the reversal of fortune.
hard studying, cramming
knowing without having been told
A manufacturer of inexpensive ball-point pens. Probably blue, here.
This is a town close to Québec City; Pamphile is St. Pamphilus.
striped like a flea
meaning transversely (w/r/t/ the longitudinal axis of a flea) apparenty striped, he effect produced by the variegation of the overlapping scales on the body of a flea
talking in a rambling, foolish way
Having no or insufficient voluntary control over urination or defecation
Hal fills Mario in on the aftermath of the Eschaton incident
"Thank you Sir may I have another"
a line from the film "Animal House" (1978)
from Italian, pronounced SEG-way, a smooth transition from one thing to another
not having yielded or submitted
see note, page 527
Pangloss is a comically optimistic character in Voltaire's Candide, who believes himself and his fellows to be living in "the best of all possible worlds."
in a manner of one who is lying
ornate or florid in speech
in a manner using few words
Eve Arden (1908-1990) was an American actress. But Mario seems to be thinking of Elizabeth Arden (1884-1966), who founded a cosmetics company.
Marathe and Kate G. go drinking
see note, page 527
the AA handbook
In terminal decline; lacking vitality or vigor
Switzerland does not have provinces; it has cantons.
Swiss metal helmets
Kate is probably thinking "Swedish" as in a Viking's helmet.
He probably means schuss, i.e., skiing.
the Mexican coffee-flavored, rum-based liqueur, actually spelled with an accent: Kahlúa
recurrence of stenosis, i.e., narrowing of blood vessels
French: Boy! (used in reference to the waiter)
Marathe trails off in the middle of n'est ce pas? (French: isn't it?)
m'épouse au future
French: future spouse
hôpital of grave nature
possibly "hospital of (for the) seriously injured (or, in the case of Gertraude, the comatose)
misspelling of "Jarvik"
She may be using this particular epithet to mean "one who has holes in his head," à la Swiss cheese.
I voot make ze hreply zat
i.e., I would make the reply that — Kate making fun of Marathe's accent
Hal and Mario, cont.
i.e., a strong-smelling brand of soap
conventional wisdom has it that eating such bagels could cause one to test positive for opiates
to sniff as in trying to detect something
they clear the system very quickly
see note, page 527
a brand of steak knives, once marketed with late-night television commercials
Read about this here.
The OED was no help
i.e., pores over books, reads them carefully
neologism, upright, turned toward the source of sound (here used to modify ears)