31; the "control" in Psi Section; lover of Leni Pökler, 147; medium at Rathenau seance, 163-65; killed in communist street action in 1930 in Neukölln (Berlin) by Schutzmann Jöche, a Nazi cop, 152, 219-20; 590; Etymological Musings
St. Elmo's fire
The glow accompanying the brushlike discharges of atmospheric electricity that usually appears during stormy weather as a tip of light on the extremities of such pointed objects as church towers or the masts of ships; "will be seen spurting at moments from crossends" on the Anubis, 491
37; "the clock of" in London
St. John's Wood
544; an exclusive district in West London, where the Mossmoons live
the English translation for "Sankt Pauli," which is the main red-light district in Hamburg/Germany. It's known for its sex-bars and its fusion of pimps, prostitutes and working-class inhabitants. St. Pauli is famous for the atmosphere that the harbour of Hamburg brings into the district. Sailors, seaman and other stranded creatures are walking over the Reeperbahn (St. Pauli's main street). The Star-Club, where the Beatles paid their dues before becoming hugely famous, is in St. Pauli; 525
St. Veronica's Hospital
46; of the True Image for Colonic and Respiratory Diseases; St. Veronica wiped Christ's forehead with her veil while he carried the cross; St. Veronica Papers, 688
540; blackman worked for Firm infiltrating Schwarzkommando (aka "Sam Juiced")
591; [a pun on Thomas Hobbes' (1588-1679) description, in Leviathan (1651), of the life of the members of the commonwealth in the absence of an all-powerful sovereign: "No arts; no letters; no society; and which is worst of all, continual feare and danger of violent death; and the life of Man, solitary, poore, nasty, brutish, and short."]; Lyle Bland's lawyers, 591; pallbearers at Lyle Bland's funeral, 652; Recall the law firm representing Pierce Inverarity in The Crying of Lot 49: Warpe, Wistfull, Kubitschek and McMingus.
202; a military academy, the British equivalent to West Point in the U.S
250; Swiss chemical company which joined Geigy and Ciba in a cartel, in the early '20s; Schweitar worked there, 260;
685; has "run away from the Kleinburgerstrasse" and staying at Der Platz
606; acquaintance of Manuela's at Putzi's
Sandys, who was married to Churchill's daughter Diana, was Under-secretary of the Ministry of Supply in Britain during WWII. He was appointed by Churchill to investigate the rumored German experiments with secret weapons, which investigation led to the discovery of the rocket facilities at Peenemünde; "the P.M.'s son-in-law" who works out of the Ministry of Supply at Shell Mex House, 228; "Churchill's own son-in-law" 251
385; German: "Saint Cloud"; "veteran automotive jobber" who supplied transportation for von Göll's and Waxwing's "travelling business conference"
744; family in Mingeborough, MA
Area of the North Atlantic Ocean, elliptical in shape and relatively still, that is strewn with free-floating seaweed of the genus Sargassum. Encompassing the Bermuda Islands, a combination of ecological and biological conditions result in a dirth of plankton (a fish staple), creating a biological desert. Early navigators had the (unfounded) fear of becoming entangled within the mass of seaweed and unable to escape; "the sun-resorts of Sargasso where the bones come up to lie and bleach and mock the passing ships" 564;
152; "a civilian attached to the General Staff" who is keyed on by Wimpe at séance
424; target area for A-4, near Blizna, Poland
340; Central Asian people
Sassoon, Lt. Siegfried Lorraine (1886-1967)
79; English poet and novelist whose experiences in World War I made him fiercely anti-war and he wrote numerous works which reflected this hatred, including Counterattack (1918) and Satirical Poems (1926)
420; Sastrugi are smooth, gently rolling snowfields, often covered with wind-drifted formations, on the interior of the Greenland ice sheet which is second in area only to the Antarctic ice sheet. It extends about 1,570 miles from north to south and has a maximum width of some 600 miles and an average thickness of about 5,800 feet.
Saturday Evening Post
435; American weekly magazine the covers of which often had Norman Rockwell illustrations
526; swank shopping district in London
Scammony, Sir Marcus (aka Angelique)
615; drinking with Clive Mossmoon at "their club"
Schacht, Hjalmar (1877-1970)
According to Sasuly, Schacht was head of the Reichsbank in the 1920s and 40s and was a key player in manipulating the German inflation of that time, while blaming it on "reparations and an unfavorable balance of payments." (p.47); his "many bookkeeping dodges to keep official records clear of any hint of weapons procurement banned under the terms of Versailles." 285
526; German: "joy at another's misfortune"; described but not named, 36; 745
97; coastal town in Holland, just north of The Hague [MAP]; 102; 104; 105; 535
416; German: "fate, destiny" (misspelled "Shicksal" in earlier editions)
224; Slothrop studying his book on regenerative cooling
527; "[Närrisch] worked in guidance, he was Schilling's best man"
366; composer buddy (and "unwelcome doping partner" 711) of Säure Bummer; 621; 2nd violin at Krupp affair (aka "Captain Horror"), 711; at Der Platz, 745
630; "a defector of secondary brilliance, who had once worked for the IG out of Dr. Reithinger's office, VOWI"; 631;
Franz Pökler putting up handbills for a movie starring, 165; name on Slothrop's pass to get into Potsdam Conference, 377; actor in von Göll films who whipped Erdmann ("the Reich's Sweethearts"), 395; 439; 461
518; engineer at Peenemünde
565; "'Didn't Schmitz of the IG sit on Siemens's board of directors?'" 565;
332-36; Geli's friend who gives Slothrop balloon ride to Berlin
646; German: "Chocolate Street"; in Happyville
568; German: "screw"; "the shoemaker" whose played Plechazunga "for the past 30 years"
Schumann of Düsseldorf
702; "army surgeons and dentists [...] will pick out [of Tchitcherine's body] what has entered it by violence with an electromagnetic device bought between the wars from"
95; German: "firing site"; in Holland on the North Sea coast, near The Hague; moved, 104; the allies were after it, 105; "why did [Katje] leave?" 107; See also Lüneburg Heath
German: literally 'black', but also 'secret' and/or 'illicit' as in 'Secret Service' or 'black market'; see Schwarzgerät and Schwarzkommando below
252;"S-Gerät, 11/00000." 252;"Document SG-1" 252;"the one rocket out of 6000 that carried the Imipolex G device" 292; for sale for .5M francs by guy in Swinemünde who waits on Strand-Promenade until noon daily, 294; "The Schwartzgerät is no Grail" 364; "They want the Schwarzgerät." 455;"'F-Gerät, you sure of that?'" 487 details, 517; mandala (KEZVH), 560, 563;"'. . . that was the name of the German who commanded the battery that used the S-Gerät?'" 562;; 611; firing on Lüneburg Heath, 667; 706; "00001, the second in its series" 724; 00001, 728; "SG-1" 736; "the assembly of the 00001 is occurring also in a geographical way, a Diaspora running backwards" 737; as womb, 750; See also Rocket
74-75; German: "blackcommand"; black rocket troops; credibillity of, 92; 112;found out about a week before V.E. Day 276; Slothrop runs into two dozen on train to Nordhausen, 286; Hitler's failed plan to create Nazi empire in black Africa, training troops in Südwest, 287; "They have a plan. . .I think it's rockets" 288; "we're DPs like everybody else" 288; Herero rocket troops assembling a rocket for one last stand, 326; "it is their time, their space" 326; their mandala is the five positions of the launching switch for A4, 361; digging up A4 in Berlin, 361; "mba-kayere" (I am passed over), 362; why they seek the Rocket, 362, 563; growing away from SS and their power becoming information and expertise, 427; in their own space, 519; Herero village arranged like a mandala, 563; must be stopped before they fire the Rocket, 565; "they have their rocket all assembled at last" 673; the trek to the firing site of the 00001, 726; 12 children at a "children's resort" (Zwölfkinder means "12 children" in German--GET IT?), 725
260, 268; troubleshooter around the Cartel; worked for Sandoz
286; German: "fraud" "trick", also "dizziness"; "code name for Hugo Stinnes"
screen door salesman
447; "dumb and easygoing" husband of woman in Slothrop's dream in three parts; 665, "Minnie Calkins (Chapter 1.793) got married Easter Sunday to a screen-door salesman from California. Sorry to say he's not eligible for Membership - at least not yet. But with all those screen doors around, we'll sure keep our fingers crossed!"
105; temporary paper currency issued during emergencies/special circumstances
Wormwood Scrubs Prison, in London; "I'll see you two in the Scrubs if it kills me!" 717
256; Pseudonym given to T. Slothrop by Waxwing in Nice; See also Slothrop, Tyrone
Scylla and Charybdis
239; In Greek legend, Scylla was a monster with twelve feet and six heads each with three rows of teeth who lived on the rock of Scylla on the Italian side of the Straits of Messina which are between Italy and Sicily. Charybdis, who was a monster, the whirlpool she formed and the rock cliff under which she lived, faced Scylla on the other side of the Straits. Such a situation made passage through the Straits a very dodgy proposition for sailors.
431; German: Sicherheitsdienst = police-duty; The Nazi Party's intelligence and security body. Created by Himmler, it operated in foreign countries, creating instability and attempting to foment revolution.
29-30; 4-way entente: medium; control; spirit; survivor; Feldspath, 30; Overbaby, 152; "a visitation by the dead" 153; Rathenau, 163-67; at The Castle with Blicero, 487; "other fourfold expressions" 624; "sensitive flames" 715; Brigadier Pudding, 715
The Second Empire (1852-70) of Napoleon III; 675
114; a category of discharge from the United States military for reason of being mentally unfit for service
654; German: "soul, spirit"; "as the core of the earlier carbon filament was known in Germany"
611; province in Kazakhstan, in the Soviet Union
258; local Waxwing rep in Zürich?; 261
479; On September 1, 1939, the German Army invaded Poland, thus "initiating" WWII
270; Slothropian Episodic Zone, Weekly Historical Observations
Seven Rivers country
338; where Tchitcherine was stationed, "in a remote 'bear's corner'"
299; sfacim: from "sfaciàre" = to dismantle
Tony Assenza graciously supplied the following regarding "sfacim":
Having been called a "sfacim" by my uncles and other relatives more than a few times in my life, I believe your reference might require more elaboration. In its original form, "sfacim" is Neapolitan slang for semen — equivalent to US slang such as spunk or gism. However, it's also widely used as a term of endearment, as in "Hey, sfacim. Come over here and give your grandmother a kiss before I break your face." The closest US slang term would be "spunky." It's a term that someone living on Long Island or Upstate New York would probably hear a lot in Italian-American neighborhoods. One would pronounce it "SFA CHEEM."
209; aka The Hague;
316; God-shadows, 330; 332; 333; 336; 342; 359; 363; 397; 405; darkness at the edges of things, 446; 458; 482; 500; 510; 524; 536; 539; 543; 561; Pointsman's corner, 633; Slothrop as "shadow-child" 677; stars as shadows of the creator's bones and ducts, 699; "sound-shadow" (when the roaring of the sun stops), 695, 711; 740; 749; 760
17; Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary Force; 74; 76; 121; 210
352; nose-fetishist in Weird Letter Assignments; Shatsk is a town in the Volynskaja oblast [political subdivision], in the Ukraine.
Shays's Rebellion (August 1786-February 1787) was an uprising in western Massachusetts in opposition to high taxes and harsh economic conditions. Led by Daniel Shays (1747-1825), the rebellion was decisively defeated on February 4, but it did result in the passage of laws easing the economic condition of debtors; "fought the federal troops across Massachusetts" 268
Shearer, Norma (1900-83)
690; Hollywood actress who played sophisticated roles, and the wife of producer Irving Thalberg; "Your closet could make Norma Shearer's look like the wastebasket in Gimbel's basement."
449; Charles'(on the Toiletship) fiancée
479: Hebrew: "(female) neighbor"
Shell Mex House
251; "Where all the rocket intelligence is being gathered"; 272
Dutch Shell, 240-41, 251; 1939 agreement with ICI, 250; Shell Mex House, 251; "The representative from Shell Mex House, Mr. Dennis Joint" 272; "frantic about Slothrop's disappearance" 272; "after the [Russian] revolution, when the emissaries from Dutch Shell were asked to leave" 354
389; "classic study" of the time-modulation properties of Oneirine
599; pretty girl driving the Red Cross Clubmobile that is hijacked
Short, Coolidge ("Hot")
591; "of the State Street law firm of Salitieri, Poore, Nash, De Brutus, and Short" and a friend of Lyle Bland's
558; "the game of skill where you have to shoot the Negro before he gets back over the fence with the watermelon"
Sidney's Great Yellow Grille
65; recalled by Slothrop during Sodium Amytal session
According to Arthurian legend, the Round Table was reserved for only the most valiant knights, while the Siege Perilous was left waiting for the coming of Galahad, the pure knight who would achieve the quest of the Grail (the vessel from which Christ drank at the Last Supper) and bring the marvels of Arthur's kingdom to a close; "jokers around the table be sneaking Whoopee Cushions into the" 321
"the horizontal electrical trust of Siemens-Schuchert" 284; "Siemens milliammeters set on slate surfaces" 518; "GE has connections with Siemens over here" 565; "Didn't Närrisch, under the drug, mention a Siemens representative at the S-Gerät meetings in Nordhausen? [...] Didn't Carl Schmitz of the IG sit on Siemens's board of directors?" 565; "Russia bought from Krupp, didn't she, from Siemens, the IG...." 566; "a contract the Bland Institute landed a few years ago and subbed part of out to Siemens over there in Germany" 583; "Fibel worked for Siemens back when it was still part of the Stinnes trust [...] he also put in some time as a Stinnes intelligence agent." 587; "an ingenious Osmo-elektrische Schalterwerke, developed by Siemens" 646; "clever Siemens Electric Baby Bulb Pacifiers" 647;"bright here as the morning shift at Siemens with the centaurs struggling high on the wall" 725; See also Siemens, Wernher; Stinnes; Sasuly's ''IG Farben''; Siemens AG Homepage!
Siemens, Wernher (d. 1892)
649; German electrical engineer; one of the discoverers of the self-acting dynamo; See also Siemens-Schuchert
157; old friend of Leni's, known as "the Troll"
457; with Greta Erdmann, 474-78; 480
165; German: "silver shock or blow"; next door neighbor of Leni and Franz Pökler's who delivers Leni's "last message" to Franz
79; works in ARF wing at White Visitation; audiovisual guy; shows Katje film to Grigori, 113; in rat production number, 229; named "Twelfth House" 274; 533; 620
Simpson, Mrs. Bessie Wallis Warfield Spencer (1896-1986)
177; An American who married Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor, formerly King Edward VIII. Edward abdicated the throne in order to marry this twice-divorced commoner.
Skinner, Burrhus Frederic (1904-1990)
American psychologist and a persistent proponent of Behaviorism, expanding on the ideas of John Watson who advocated the study of behavior as the only way to provide psychology with a scientific basis. Skinner died of leukemia on August 18, 1990; 77
285; Tyrone's father; aka "Schwarzvater" (Jamf), 286; Tyrone's dream about, 392; sold experimental rights to Tyrone to Jamf for $5000 for Harvard education, 444; hated FDR, 373; Paternal Peril "a murderin' fool" 674; 677; 682
Slothrop, Constant (d. 1766)
26; ancestor of Tyrone; tombstone depicts Hand of God coming out of a cloud
Slothrop, Mrs. Elizabeth
27; wife of Isaiah
Slothrop, Frederick (d. 1933)
27; Tyrone's grandfather
29; Tyrone's brother; his Hawaiian shirt, 184, 201; 266; 304; "in love with Chiquita Banana" 678; 682; 744
Slothrop, Hogan Jr.
744; son of Hogan Slothrop; [From Pynchon's short story "The Secret Integration" in Slow Learner:"the doctor's kid, who at the age of eight had taken to serious after-bedtime beer-drinking and at the age of nine got religion, swore off beer and joined the Alcoholics Anonymous, a step his father, who was what is know as permissive, gave his blessing" (p.151)]
Slothrop, Lt. Isaiah (d. 1812)
27; ancestor of Tyrone
555; son of William Slothrop, who helped his dad get the "pig operation" going
18; Tyrone's mother; 116; 360; "always happy to see young people getting together" 499; 674; letter to Joe Kennedy, 682-83; 712
SLOTHROP, Lt. Tyrone
Etymological Musings; See also Slothrop's girls/stars;
Delores, 19; Alice, 19; Gladys, 19; Lorraine and Judy, 19; Darlene, 19, 271; Katherine, 19; Shirley, 19; "a couple of Sallys" 19; "Carolines, Marias, Annes, Susans, Elizabeths" 19; "Gloria and her nubile mother" 19; Marjorie, 22, 25, 744; Norma, 22, 25; Allison, 23; Irene, 23; Jennifer, 23, 271; Cynthia, 26; "'What about the girls??'" 91; Madelyn, 252; Jenny's ghost, 255-56; Angela, 271; Lucy, 271; Jenny, Sally W., Cybele, Catherine, Gretchen, 271
27; son of Constant
21; Tyrone's first American ancestor; 27; 364; came to US in 1630 on Arabella, 554; On Preterition - published in England, burned in Boston, 555 Available in the HyperArts BookShop - Really! sort of...; returned to England and died there missing USA, 556; his hymn, 760; The "Real" William Slothrop/Pynchon
229; rat who got "fried" the first time he fucked up running the maze