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 Post subject: Re: Eschaton
PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2009 11:45 am 
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doubtful geste wrote:
Emily Dickenson (see http://www.slate.com/id/2201944/ ). So we could have either an intentional combination of names from famous past entertainments for wacky effect, or a purposeful link to a historical figure. Anyone know more about the judge or anything else to suggest this is other than random?


I don't have anything on the judge, but Hal quotes E.D.'s "Ample Make This Bed" to Orin during one of their conversations, and referenced in one of the endnotes on page 1005 (http://infinitejest.wallacewiki.com). I'll have to come back with page number and such. The poem, by the way, is typical DFW throw-away-line-as-gem understatement. The poem is rather sobering and underlying-theme consonant:

Part Four: Time and Eternity
LXIII

AMPLE make this bed.
Make this bed with awe;
In it wait till judgment break
Excellent and fair.

Be its mattress straight, 5
Be its pillow round;
Let no sunrise’ yellow noise
Interrupt this ground.


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 Post subject: Re: Eschaton
PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2009 1:03 pm 
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It's sad that I tried to hum the above to the "Yellow Rose of Texas". I need to listen to Hal. ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Eschaton
PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2009 9:40 pm 
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Love this thread, great to read everyone's thoughts.

I'm joining those that find great the contrast between this section and the section that surrounds it that contains the first very serious look at AA's psychological rationale (or precedes/follows, can't remember).

And reading it the second time here, aside from all the laughs which are some of the best in the book:

Pemulis is bug-eyed with fury...and is literally jumping up and down in one spot so hard that his yachting cap jumps slightly off his head with each impact, which Troeltsch and Axford confer and agree they have previously seen occur only in animated cartoons.

Yes, aside from jewels like that, I was also this time really struck by how Hal was totally immobilized by the whole display, intellectually, emotionally, etc. Very great stuff.


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