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> Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2003 07:34:19 -0700
> From: bekah <bekah0176@sbcglobal.net>
> Subject: RE: NPPF Commentary Line 238, P. 168, Part II
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> At 10:25 AM -0400 10/12/03, Jasper Fidget wrote:
> > > -----Original Message-----
> >> From: owner-pynchon-l@waste.org [mailto:owner-pynchon-l@waste.org] On
> >> Behalf Of Vince & Shelly Maeder
> >
> >>
> >> 2) Also referenced are the preservative properties (embalming of the
> >> ant) of amber. This is a particularly good metaphor for the
> >> "preservation" Mr. Kinbote has attempted to perform on Mr. Shade's
canto
> >> as well as his attempt to preserve his real or imagined history as
> > > Zemblan king. But, which is the cicada, what is the amber, and who
is
> >> the ant?
> >
> >Also, who is the locust? Kinbote as locust devouring Shade's crops....
But
> >only an "ignorant settler" would think that!
> >
> >Jasper
>
>
> I kind of think, as I read those lines, that it is Hazel who is the
> ant, Shade the
> "locust" and Kinbote the non-living amber.
>
> Hazel is the basic food for all of it. Shade is using her to feed his
> poetry and Kinbote is ready to freeze both in his own very filtered
> light.
>
>
> <http://waynesword.palomar.edu/ww0702.htm> for photos of ants, etc. in
amber.
>
> <http://www.cyberimport.com/catalog/pendant/pendant_amber.htm> has a
> cicada in amber.
>
>
> Bekah
>
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> Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2003 07:42:01 -0700
> From: "Vincent A. Maeder" <vmaeder@cycn-phx.com>
> Subject: RE: NPPF Commentary Line 238, P. 168, Part II
>
> Hmmm. Hazel as central metaphor? V.
> > From: bekah
> > At 10:25 AM -0400 10/12/03, Jasper Fidget wrote:
> > > > -----Original Message-----
> > >> From: owner-pynchon-l@waste.org [mailto:owner-pynchon-l@waste.org]
> On
> > >> Behalf Of Vince & Shelly Maeder
> > >
> > >>
> > >> 2) Also referenced are the preservative properties (embalming of the
> > >> ant) of amber. This is a particularly good metaphor for the
> > >> "preservation" Mr. Kinbote has attempted to perform on Mr. Shade's
> > canto
> > >> as well as his attempt to preserve his real or imagined history as
> > > > Zemblan king. But, which is the cicada, what is the amber, and who
> > is
> > >> the ant?
> > >
> > >Also, who is the locust? Kinbote as locust devouring Shade's crops....
> > But
> > >only an "ignorant settler" would think that!
> > >
> > >Jasper
> >
> >
> > I kind of think, as I read those lines, that it is Hazel who is the
> > ant, Shade the
> > "locust" and Kinbote the non-living amber.
> >
> > Hazel is the basic food for all of it. Shade is using her to feed his
> > poetry and Kinbote is ready to freeze both in his own very filtered
> > light.
> >
> >
> > <http://waynesword.palomar.edu/ww0702.htm> for photos of ants, etc. in
> > amber.
> >
> > <http://www.cyberimport.com/catalog/pendant/pendant_amber.htm> has a
> > cicada in amber.
> >
> >
> > Bekah
>
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> Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2003 12:54:32 -0400
> From: "Scott Badger" <lupine@ncia.net>
> Subject: NPPF: Notes Line 286
>
> > Line 286: A jet's pink trail above the sunset fire
> >
> > "Even in Arcady am I, says Death in the tombal scripture."
> > http://www.parnasse.com/etpnt.htm
> > "[A] Latin phrase found in Virgil's fifth eclogue that translates
> > literally as "Even in Arcady, there am I," or "Death is even in
> > Arcady," but has been interpreted in various ways through the ages"
> >
> > Kinbote seems to be linking Shade's "jet's pink trail" with
> > Gradus' flight from Copenhagen to Paris. Interestingly, a
> > different version is erroneously quoted at:
> > http://www.classicnote.com/ClassicNotes/Titles/pale/summ4.html
> > "Even in Arcady am I," says Dementia, chained to her gray column."
> > I don't recognize it, and couldn't find the source (a sign of my
> > own arcadian intellect, I'm sure.), but "Dementia" is suggestive
> > of Kinbote and could also point to the insane asylum escapee, Jack Grey.
> >
> > Also from the same site: "The name "D'Argus" is hardly a disguise
> > as it is an anagram of "Gradus." The name "Argus" alludes to
> > Greek mythology. Argus was a watchman▀not an assassin, and
> > another anagram of the name "Gradus" is GUARDS. The earlier
> > commentary foreshadowed the arrival of "Dementia" in "Arcadia."
> > In Greek mythology, Argus was the watchman for the town of
> > Arcadia, ridding the utopia of pests, giants, and monsters."
> >
> >
> > "[Bretwit] had a flat in Meudon"
> > http://www.1upinfo.com/encyclopedia/M/Meudon.html
> > "Meudon[modoN╢] town (1990 pop. 46,173), Hauts-de-Seine dept., N
> > central France, a suburb SW of Paris. Metal products, automobile
> > bodies, and explosives are the chief manufactures. The
> > astrophysics department of the Paris Observatory is located in
> > the pavilion of an 18th-century chateau, which commands a
> > magnificent view of Paris. Francois Rabelais, Richard Wagner, and
> > Auguste Rodin lived in Meudon. Rodin is buried in the garden of
> > his villa, which is now a museum containing many of his sculptures. "
> >
> >
> > "Verba volant, scripta manent"
> > Words fly away, writing remains. Butterfly and cocoon? These
> > letters, then, are the husk of some more sublime exchange.
> >
> >
> > "Odevalla"
> > Valley of song? Stony valley? How 'bout Uppsala, Sweden? (see next note)
> >
> >
> > "Ferz Bretwit, Mayor of Aros"
> > http://www.its.uu.se/sightsandsounds/ancient.html
> > "Before 1280 Uppsala was named Aros (rivermouth), situated by the
> > mouth of the river Fyris."
> >
> >
> > "fustian"
> > OED 2. fig. Inflated, turgid, or inappropriately lofty language;
> > speech or writing composed of high-sounding words and phrases;
> > bombast, rant; in early use also ├jargon, made-up language,
> > gibberish. For the development of sense cf. bombast.
> >
> >
> > "the shining corrugations of the ocean"
> > See (143)"ripple-warped reflections", (146)hideous tessellated
> > texture", (297)"long ripplewake of my glory", (297)"wavelets of
> > fire" and (line 313)"Of correlated pattern in the game".
> >
> >
> > "But to return to the roofs of Paris"
> > Why "roofs"?
> >
> >
> > "holograph"
> > OED 1. A letter or other document written wholly by the person in
> > whose name it appears.
> >
> >
> > "apograph"
> > OED An exact copy or transcript.
> >
> >
> > "(Small-fish gesture and wink)...(Pout and shrug)...(Traffic-stopper's
> > palm)"
> > Is this pantomime (a) put on for our benefit?
> >
> >
> > "kikapoo puppet" ??
> > http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/articles/view/KK/bmk9.html
> > "KICKAPOO INDIANS. The Kickapoo Indians, an Algonkian-speaking group of
> > fewer than 1,000 individuals scattered across Texas, Oklahoma,
> > Kansas, and northern Mexico, are the remnants of a larger tribe
> > that once lived in the central Great Lakes region."
> >
> >
> > "a sign corresponding to the X"
> > http://home.earthlink.net/~villabullock/asl.x.html
> >
> >
> > "aura"
> > OED 4. Path. A sensation, as of a current of cold air rising from
> > some part of the body to the head, which occurs as a premonitory
> > symptom in epilepsy and hysterics.
> >
> >
> > "pain in my groin"
> > Cancer?
> >
> >
> > "kick"
> > Why "kick"? Kick in the groin? Or....the sound of stage-lights
> > going dark at the end of a scene.
> >
> >
> > Scott Badger
>
> ------------------------------
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> Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2003 12:55:16 -0400
> From: "Scott Badger" <lupine@ncia.net>
> Subject: NPPF: Notes Line 287-Line 334
>
> > Line 287: humming as you pack
> >
> > "Dr. Ahlert"
> > Ail and hurt.
> >
> >
> > "aromatic draught" and "valerian flavored burp"
> > Valerian root, see http://floraleads.com/TINVAL.HTM .
> >
> > Don't know about that aromatic though....
> > http://herbsforhealth.about.com/library/weekly/aa091197.htm
> > "The flowers also omit an aroma that is other than pleasant,
> > hence the name Phew. The roots, also have an unpleasant smell
> > that resembles dirty socks, sour dirty laundry or sometimes my
> > dog when she's damp! The aroma is tell tale as soon as you pull
> > up the root."
> >
> > Also, of note to the Fugue State theorists in the crowd,....:
> > http://www.epilepsy.com/epilepsy/valerian.html
> > "Sleep deprivation is a common trigger for seizures, so valerian
> > may be helpful for some people with epilepsy who are troubled by
> > insomnia."
> >
> >
> > "'Among the lupines and the aspens,' said the poet gravely."
> > "The fourth tree, the tree of the autumn equinox and of old age,
> > is the shifting-leaved white popular, or aspen, the
> > shield-maker's tree." Robert Graves, _The White Goddess_
> > I don't remember anything about lupines in WG though, 'course
> > Gradus might be described as a grey wolf.
> >
> >
> > "I was left with about 2,000 meters"
> > About 6,000 feet. Kinbote will soon be left with nearly 5,000
> > meters, or 5,000 feet....5,000 feet is also the highest trail
> > access in the Zemblan mountains.
> >
> >
> > "black-winged fate"
> > (line 122)Outstare the stars. Infinite foretime and
> > Infinite aftertime above your head
> > The close like wings, and you are dead.
> >
> >
> > "mujik's izba"
> > A Russian peasant's hut according to the OED.
> >
> >
> > "Refuge Z"
> > Zembla? And, if so, a refuge??
> >
> >
> > "Appalachian"
> > Eastern US mountain range that extends from Georgia/Alabama north
> > through New England up to the Gaspe' peninsula in Quebec. (so
> > noted from my own Appalachian castle)
> >
> >
> > "Tirolese garb"
> > See pg. 173: "[Disa] had come in male dress, as a Tirolese boy"
> >
> >
> > "goetic mirror"
> > OED goety -- Witchcraft or magic performed by the invocation and
> > employment of evil spirits; necromancy.
> > Hmmm, Shade as Snow White?....Kinbote, the Evil
> > QUEEN!!?...there's that fugue-like state SW lies in....and
> > Gradus, as the poison apple?...but the *King* is red...and who
> > wakens SW with a kiss?...what about the dwarves??...oh hell,
> > thought I had a PF theory of my very own...
> >
> >
> > "Hurley's tumble-down ranch"
> > See page 101: "[Kinbote's tutor, a Scotsman, used to call any old
> > tumble-down building 'a hurley-house'"
> >
> >
> >
> > Line 316: The Toothwort White haunted our woods in May
> >
> > "Toothwort"
> > OED "1. LathrФa squamaria (N.O. OrobanchaceФ), a leafless fleshy
> > herb, parasitic on the roots of hazel and other trees, bearing a
> > double row of flesh-coloured drooping flowers, and having
> > tooth-like scales upon the root-stock."
> >
> > Also see: http://www.ctbotanicalsociety.org/galleries/cardaminemaxi.html
> >
> >
> > "white"
> > OED "12. An animal of a species, breed, or variety distinguished
> > by white colour; a white horse (obs.), butterfly, pigeon, pig,
> > dog, cat, etc. (Chiefly as a fanciers▓ abbreviation.)"
> > but also...
> > "17. a. White colour or hue; white coloration or appearance; whiteness.
> > Sometimes semi-concr."
> > and...
> > "21. The player who holds the white pieces at chess or any similar
game."
> >
> >
> > "Virginia White"
> > A white winged butterfly...
> > http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/distr/lepid/bflyusa/pa/779.htm
> >
> >
> > "cabbage butterfly"
> > ....another white winged butterfly
> >
http://www.blitzworld.com/butterflies/images/butterflycabbagewebSVG677.JPG
> >
> >
> >
> > Line 319: wood duck
> >
> > "wood duck"
> > http://www.cws-scf.ec.gc.ca/hww-fap/hww-fap.cfm?ID_species=49&lang=e
> >
> >
> >
> > Line 334: Would never come for her
> >
> > "amber-and-rose"
> > OED amber -- "4. A piece of amber used as an amulet to attract
> > lovers. Obs."
> >
> >
> > Scott Badger
>
> ------------------------------
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> Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2003 12:55:56 -0400
> From: "Scott Badger" <lupine@ncia.net>
> Subject: NPPF: Notes Line 347-Line 348
>
> > Line 347: old barn
> >
> > "shed"
> > OED shed -- "3. A covering; cf. shade n. 11."....
> >
> >
> > "'curious Germans' who three centuries ago had been the fathers
> > of the first great naturalists"
> > Linnaeus?? And who are the "curious Germans" that eccentric Paul
> > Hetzner atavistically echoes? Paul Hetzner, a German lawyer who
> > published, in 1598, an early travelogue??
> > http://www.worldwideschool.org/library/books/hst/european/Travelsi
> > nEngland/Chap0.html
> >
> >
> > "Now he was walking with another companion."
> > Kinbote has supplanted Hetzner as Shade's "ramble" partner of
> > choice, proffering his own "monstrosities" and "pure inventions".
> >
> >
> > "marrowskies"
> > Fale Pire.
> >
> >
> > "'Here Papa pisses.'"
> > Doggedly demarks his den under the dogwoods of Dulwich....bring
> > on the mongrel... There are several references to dogs in these
> > paragraphs; the boy "trott[s]", the school newspaper acts like "a
> > mischievous pup", as well as Shade's roll of faithful companion
> > to Hetzner's rambles.
> >
> > See also page 141: "a damp corner consigned to the humble needs of
nature"
> >
> >
> > "dogwoods"
> > Claimed as the wood from which Jesus' cross was made.
> >
> > http://www.efn.org/~bsharvy/edible3.html (under Cornelian Cherry)
> > "The American goldfinch, robin, CEDAR WAXWING, hermit thrush,
> > purple finch, red-eyed vireo, scarlet tanager, and wood thrush
> > nest in dogwoods (Ortho: 32-33). Dogwoods are larval food for the
> > spring AZURE BUTTERFLY."
> > Of course...
> >
> >
> > "willow herb, milkweed and ironweed, and teeming with butterflies"
> > All three are larval host plants and/or nectar sources.
> >
> >
> > "goldenrod"
> > http://www.acorn-online.com/hedge/golden.htm
> > "In the 19th Century, goldenrod was touted as a symbol of the
> > United States. 'It symbolizes a country where the people rule,
> > for many tiny flowerets are needed to make a perfect head, just
> > as in our composite nationality many races combine to form the
> > true flower of American manhood and womanhood'"
> > *Iron*weed and *Milk*weed?....
> >
> >
> > "hoyden"
> > OED -- ├ 1. A rude, ignorant, or awkward fellow; a clown, boor. Obs.
> > 2. A rude, or ill-bred girl (or woman); a boisterous noisy girl, a romp.
> > Take your choice...
> >
> >
> > "an extraordinary episode [...] in the year of grace 1876" ??
> > Any other reference to this "episode" in the book?
> >
> > "Autoneurynological Patterns"
> > Autoneury[p]nological? The OED sez, "having a hypnotic basis", so
> > autohypnosis, though I don't get how "a paper ('on any subject')"
> > is a "cunning strategy" for gathering data on AH patterns among
students.
> >
> >
> > "bull's-eye"
> > OED -- 3. A lens, hemispherical or plano-convex.
> > 4. A glass of similar shape inserted in the side of a lantern;
> > the lantern itself;
> > So, a lantern, though also suggestive of the "roundlet of pale
> > light" that Hazel will shortly encounter.
> >
> >
> > "Jane allowed me to copy out some of Hazel's notes from a
> > transcript based on jottings made on the spot" Selective copies
> > of a copy "based on jottings"...and note that "based on"...Hmmmm....
> >
> >
> > "Scrappy and scrabbly"
> > OED scrappy -- Consisting of scraps; made up of odds and ends;
> > disjointed, unconnected.
> > and..."Inclined to scrap or fight; aggressive, pugnacious, quarrelsome."
> > Note the "pugnacious dash" of the light which scares Hazel into
> > leaving the barn.
> >
> > OED Scrabble -- 1. intr. To make marks at random; to write in
> > rambling or scrawling characters; to scrawl, scribble.
> >
> >
> > "will-o-the-wisp"
> > OED -- 1. = ignis fatuus; fig. a thing (rarely a person) that
> > deludes or misleads by means of fugitive appearances.
> >
> >
> > "The barn ghost seems to have expressed itself with the empasted
> > difficulty of apoplexy[...] by the thick unwilling tongue."
> > An epileptic seizure? Into the bee-hive again? In sharp contrast
> > to the living Hetzner's natural lexical ease. Boyd argues in
> > S&SPF that difficulty of speaking ties the apparition to Aunt
> > Maude, who had suffered a stroke.
> >
> >
> > "pada ata lane pad not ogo old
> > wart alan ther tale feur far rant lant tal told"
> > A couplet?...just one extra syllable in the second line, though
> > someone more poetically sure-footed will have to comment on the
> > scansion....how are those temples, Keith?
> >
> >
> > "a shudder that all but dislocated her shoulderblades"
> > Butterfly wings? See also page 143: "A shiver of *alfear*
> > (uncontrollable fear caused by elves) ran between his shoulderblades".
> >
> >
> > "The Beau and the Butterfly"
> > The Pit and the Pendulum??
> >
> >
> > "The torments of a Tamerlane
> > The roar of tyrants torn in hell."
> >
> > >From Poe's _Tamerlane_:
> > "So late from Heaven- that dew- it fell
> > (Mid dreams of an unholy night)
> > Upon me with the touch of Hell,
> > While the red flashing of the light
> > From clouds that hung, like banners, o'er,
> > Appeared to my half-closing eye
> > The pageantry of monarchy,
> > And the deep trumpet-thunder's roar
> > Came hurriedly upon me, telling
> > Of human battle, where my voice,
> > My own voice, silly child!- was swelling
> > (O! how my spirit would rejoice,
> > And leap within me at the cry)
> > The battle-cry of Victory!
> > [...]
> > And dimmer nothings which were real-
> > (Shadows- and a more shadowy light!)
> > Parted upon their misty wings,
> > And, so, confusedly, became
> > Thine image, and- a name- a name!
> > Two separate- yet most intimate things."`
> >
> >
> > "the Earth would not merely fall apart, but vanish like a ghost, if
> > Electricity were removed from the world."
> > That capital E-lectricity brings to mind some other manifesting
> > Forces....God, Love, the Muse, the Virgin, the Dynamo...
> >
> >
> >
> > Line 347-348: She twisted words
> >
> > "'spider' in reverse is 'redips'"
> > See page 162: "Please, dip or redip, spider, into this book
> > [offering it]".
> > Those brackets make me wonder which author offers this advice....
> >
> >
> >
> > Scott Badger
>
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