Pages 640-655

This page-by-page annotation is organized by sections, as delineated by the seven squares (sprockets) which separate each section. The page numbers for this page-by-page annotation are for the original Viking edition (760 pages). Editions by other publishers vary in pagination — the newer Penguin editions are 776 pages; the Bantam edition is 886 pages.

Contributors: Please use a 760-page edition (either the original Viking edition with the orange cover or the Penguin USA edition with the blue cover and rocket diagram — there are plenty on Ebay for around $10) or search the Google edition for the correct page number. Readers: To calculate the Bantam edition use this formula: Bantam page # x 1.165. Before p.50 it's about a page earlier; as you get later in the book, add a page.

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Page 640

640 A certain lycanthropophobia or fear of Werewolves occupies minds at higher levels
Post-war Nazi partisans called themselves "Werwolf". Wikipedia entry on Werwolf

640.30 Eddie Pensiero
The name is actually an old pun, taken from "La Donna e Mobile," the most famous aria in Verdi’s Rigoletto. The main verse reads:

La donna e mobile
Quai piuma al vento,
Muta d’accento
E di pensiero. [emphasis added]

English:

Woman is fickle
As a feather in the wind,
She changes her tune
And her thoughts.

Page 642

642.05-06 It’s really a train of imperceptible light and dark.
The glow of the light bulb only appears to be steady, like the flow of light broken by the shutter in a movie projector.

Page 645

645.12 Buddy at the last minute decided to go see Dracula
See note at 591.18.

Page 651

651.14 cullet
Recycled glass, crushed in preparation to be remelted.


1
Beyond the Zero

3-7, 7-16, 17-19, 20-29, 29-37, 37-42, 42-47, 47-53, 53-60, 60-71, 71-72, 72-83, 83-92, 92-113, 114-120, 120-136, 136-144, 145-154, 154-167, 167-174, 174-177

2
Un Perm' au Casino Herman Goering

181-189, 189-205, 205-226, 226-236, 236-244, 244-249, 249-269, 269-278

3
In the Zone

279-295, 295-314, 314-329, 329-336, 336-359, 359-371, 371-383, 383-390, 390-392, 392-397, 397-433, 433-447, 448-456, 457-468, 468-472, 473-482, 482-488, 488-491, 492-505, 505-518, 518-525, 525-532, 532-536, 537-548, 549-557, 557-563, 563-566, 567-577, 577-580, 580-591, 591-610, 610-616

4
The Counterforce

617-626, 626-640, 640-655, 656-663, 663-673, 674-700, 700-706, 706-717, 717-724, 724-733, 733-735, 735-760

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