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An Index to Thomas Pynchon's Against the Day

Two. Iceland Spar

Chapter 21

Section 3 (250-253)

Paul Nightingale reading Section 21.3

One day Miles Blundell, off on one of his accustomed fugues through Venice, pauzing to gaze at ruined frescoes as if they were maps in which the parts worn away by time were the oceans, or to contemplate some expanse of Istrian stone and read in its naturally cursive markings some commentaries on a forbidden coastline, stepped across in what later inquiry would suggest was the prophetic vision of St. Mar, but in reverse.

Against the Day, p. 250