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The "attachment" parallel is might be important - I'm becoming convinced that nothing is in this book by accident. Each of these women is dragging around a dead version of herself, another being that can't be communicated with. Possibly we have here a metaphor for the addiction itself.

We also have more fractal imagery - "I am in here" applies to both the dead baby (before it was dead), and the strange sister who can't communicate but is still apparently conscious. Also, we have more imagery similar to the "Ecstasy of St. Theresa" - the father (often a stand-in for God) having sex with a submissive daughter "through the veil", so to speak.

Just like a fractal, the closer you look, the more there is to look at. Infinite Jest indeed.


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