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Summaries

Infinite Summery – Week 2

07.04.09 | 37 Comments

Milestone Reached: Page 147 (14%)

Chapters Read:

Chapter Beginning Page Synopsis
YEAR OF THE DEPEND ADULT UNDERGARMENT 85 Tiny Ewell travels to the Enfield Marine VA Hospital Complex via cab.

A list of people gathered in the living room of the medical attaché house watching the Entertainment.

30 APRIL — YEAR OF THE DEPEND ADULT UNDERGARMENT 87 Remy Marathe of the Assassins des Fauteuils Rollents (wheelchair assassins) and M. Hugh Steeply of the Office of Unspecified Services (OUS) converse on a bluff outside Tucson, AZ.

A herd of feral hamsters rampages in the Great Concavity (which used to be Vermont, and is now owned by Canada)

YEAR OF THE DEPEND ADULT UNDERGARMENT 95 Banter and exhaustion in the ETA lockeroom. Present: Hal Incandenza, John (N.R.) Wayne, Jim Troelsch, Michael Pemulis, Ted Schacht, Ortho Stice, Jim Struck, Keith Freer.

Marathe and Steeply continue their conversation through sunset.

3 NOVEMBER Y.D.A.U 109 Big Buddy meetings: first Hal (with Kent Blott, Idris Arslanian, Evan Ingersol), then Wayne, Troelsch, Struck, and Stice.
MARIO INCANDENZA’S FIRST AND ONLY EVEN REMOTELY ROMANTIC EXPERIENCE, THUS FAR 121 Mario is seduced by USS Millicent Kent.
30 APRIL — YEAR OF THE DEPEND ADULT UNDERGARMENT 126 Marathe and Steeply discuss the Entertainment, and possibility of an antidote (the anti-Entertainment).
30 April — YEAR OF THE DEPEND ADULT UNDERGARMENT 127 “Lyle”, the sweat-licking guru who lives in the ETA weight room.

yrstruly, Poor Tony, and C go on a crime spree, acquire heroin from Dr. Wo. The heroin is laced with Drano and C dies after shooting up.

3 NOVEMBER Y.D.A.U. 135 Orin speaks to Hal by phone.

Background of the Ennet House Drug and Alcohol Recovery House.

Bricklayer story.

Hal’s paper on active and passive heroes.

Steeply’s article about the woman who had an artificial heart in her purse when it was snatched.

List of Anti-O.N.A.N. groups.

Why videography never took off.

Characters:

Characters in bold appear to be major.

YEAR OF THE DEPEND ADULT UNDERGARMENT (page 85)

  • Tiny Ewell: Diminutive recovering alcoholic, being driven to the Enfield Marine VA Hospital Complex.

30 APRIL — YEAR OF THE DEPEND ADULT UNDERGARMENT (page 87)

  • Remy Marathe: Member of the Assassins des Fauteuils Rollents (AFR); is working as a quadruple agent–that is, his superior, M. Fortier, thinks that Marthe is working as a triple agent (pretending to work with the Office of Unspecified Services, while in reality reporting back to AFR), but Marthe is actually collaborating with OUS to secure medical services for his wife.
  • M. Hugh Steeply: Agent the Office of Unspecified Services. Current operating in disguise as a large woman; Marathe’s contact.

MARIO INCANDENZA’S FIRST AND ONLY EVEN REMOTELY ROMANTIC EXPERIENCE, THUS FAR (page 121)

  • U.S.S. Millicent Kent: Girls 16′s Singles player who attempts to seduce Mario Incandenza.

3 NOVEMBER Y.D.A.U

  • “Lyle”: Guru who lives in ETA weight room and apparently subsists off other people’s sweat.
  • yrstruly: Narrator of the “dopesick” chapter. Addict, criminal.
  • C: yrstruly’s companion who dies after shooting up with heroin laced with Drano.
  • Dr. Wo: Provide Poor Tony with the the heroin, laced with Drano to punish him (Tony) for past grievance.
  • Poor Tony: yrstruly’s companion, possibly suspected that heroin was laced but said nothing as C. shot up.

3 NOVEMBER Y.D.A.U. (page 135)

Guy Who Didn’t Even Use His First Name: So into the “anonymous” scene that he remained completely so. Founded the Ennet House Drug and Alcohol Recovery House.

Sources consulted during the compilation of this summation: the Infinite Jest Character Profiles (author unknown), JS’s Infinite Jest synopses, Dr. Keith O’Neil’s Infinite Jest Reader’s Guide, and Steve Russillo’s Chapter Thumbnails.

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