Annotations by Steven Moore except as [noted].
A Frolic of His
451.36 (517.37) the Verklärte Nacht: Arnold Schoenburg’s "Transfigured Night," an 1899 tone poem.
457.1 (524.5) Bruckner [...] his ninth symphony:Anton Bruckner (1824-96), Austrian composer. His Eighth Symphony is heard in J R (608).458.35 (526.10) Bachrach: a well-regarded and extremely expensive New York photographic studio founded in 1868, frequently used by firms for their top business executives. [MR]
460.27 (528.14) Regan and Goneril: Lear’s two scheming daughters in Shakespeare’s play.
462.7 (530.9) the last roe of shad: : a phrase meaning the ultimate, or the final straw; in his Letters, Gaddis identifies it as a phrase his mother used (328). Roe are fish eggs, and shad a kind of fish.
463.42 (532.13) juggernaut: see 328.8 (374.22)ff.
464.1 (532.15) some vast image out of Spiritus Mundi moving its
slow thighs: from Yeats’s 1922 poem::
467.39 (537.1) shores of Gitche Gumee [...] Laughing Water: more references to Longfellow’s Hiawatha (and further imitations of its meter). “Wenonah stooping down among the lilies” is from canto 3, and Hiawatha’s fight with Mudjekeewis and his wooing of the Dakotah maiden Minnehaha (meaning “Laughing Water”) are from canto 4: she is the daughter of an arrow-maker and is described thus: “With him dwelt his dark-eyed daughter, / Wayward as the Minnehaha [a waterfall], / With her moods of shade and sunshine, / Eyes that smiled and frowned alternate. . . .”
468.15-16 (537.19-20):I mean it was Al, he
wanted me to have big ones it was Al all the time . . . Lily
echoes the lyrics of "Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?"
by Edgar Harburg, music by Jay Gorney, written for the 1932 Broadway revue
"Americana," and recorded by Bing Crosby later that year.
471.33 (541.18) Mozart [...] sonata in D: a duet for two pianos (K.448).
472.13 (542.3) Henry the Fifth on television: probably Kenneth Branagh’s 1989 film version rather than Laurence Olivier’s 1944 classic.
472.19 (542.9) Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more: King Henry’s opening lines at the beginning of act 3. (Gaddis used them in the dedication of the 1993 Penguin reissue of J R.)
472.24 (542.14) A little touch of Harry in the night: Henry V act 4, chorus, l. 47.
472.37 (542.29) the mills of the gods: from Longfellow’s
adaptation (in "Retribution") of a line from the German poet
Friedrich von Logau: "Though the mills of God grind slowly, yet they
grind exceedingly small" (ODQ). The mills of the gods is also quoted
in the final chapter of Charles Kingsley's Hypatia, or New Foes with
an Old Face (1853) [JS/SM]
477.39 (548.26) Dale Carnegie [...] Socarides: see 220.22. Socrates here is being confused with Charles Socarides (1922-2005), a Harvard classmate of Gaddis’s, later a prominent psychiatrist and author.
480.33 (552.1) third John sixteen [...] everlasting life: that is, John 3:16.
480.38 (552.7) Mormon [...] out west somewhere: the Mormon church keeps extensive genealogical records in the Granite Mountain Records Vault about 20 miles southeast of Salt Lake City, not quite back to Methuselah but in many cases going back to the Middle Ages.
481.6 (552.17) a little wine for his stomach’s sake: from 1 Tim. 5:23.
481.16 (552.27) John is generally regarded as the least reliable of the gospels: so said Basil Valentine in R (338.13), echoing reliable biblical scholarship.
485.28 (557.30) John Dryden’s, sound the trumpet! beat the drum!: from "Alexander’s Feast": see 471.2.
492.37 (566.12) red [...] in tooth and claw: repeated from 502.25.
494.16 (568.6) cannibals all: cf. Cannibals All! (107.19).
496.4 (570.9) the wild goose Wawa, where Kahgagee [...] Sahwa: more animals from Longfellow’s Hiawatha.
499.13 (574.2) Justice Holmes he says, left most of his estate to the U.S. Treasury: a patriotic gift, not taxes as in Judge Crease’s case.
499.37 (574.27) knights of King Richard the Lionhearted [...] the kingdom of Jerusalem: the subject of the final volume of Runciman’s History of the Crusades: The Kingdom of Acre (1954).
502.15 (577.21) scream of a chainsaw: in a letter (13 February 1994), Gaddis described the conclusion as a "screaming parody of The Cherry Orchard," Anton Chekhov's final play (1904), which ends with the sounds of a family's orchard being chopped down.
504.18 (579.35) Cardozo’s opinion in Palsgraf v. Long Island Railroad: see 28.42 (29.30).
506.30 (582.23) the Harry I knew: a pun (the hairy Ainu) that’s been waiting for hundreds of pages to appear
507.17 (583.17) a following shade of care: see 68.17 (75.5).
507.27 (583.27) who favour fire [...] From what I’ve: see 425.35 (487.31).508.28/584.36] the North‑West wind [...] all alone went Hiawatha: more from Longfellow’s poem, except for the obvious intrusion of Disney’s Thumper and Bambi. The birch tree and “its white skin wrapper” (i.e., bark) are from Hiawatha’s canoe; “all alone went Hiawatha” echoes the final canto 22, where Hiawatha departs in his birch canoe for the west.
509.25/585.18] Ella Cinders: a comic strip by Bill Conselman and Charles Plumb that ran from 1925 to 1961, and the title of a 1926 silent movie starring Colleen Moore. For the latter, see
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