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An Index to Thomas Pynchon's Against the Day

Four. Against the Day

Chapter 50

Section 1 (697-698)

Paul Nightingale reading Section 50.1

Cyprian's first post was at Trieste monitoring the docks and the emigrant traffic to America, with side trips over to Fiume and newcomer's rounds at the Whitehead torpedo factory and the petroleum harbor, as well as down to Zengg, headquarters of the increasingly energetic Uskok movement, named after the sixteenth-century exile community who at one time had controlled this end of the Adriatic, then as much a threat to Venice at sea as to the Turks back in the mountains, and even today a dedicated cadre for whom the threat of Turkish inundation, immediate and without mercy, remained living and verifiable.

Against the Day, p. 697