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An Index to Thomas Pynchon's Against the Day

Four. Against the Day

Chapter 50

Section 8 (708-711)

Paul Nightingale reading Section 50.8

As the petals of unreflective desire, those narcotic days on the Lagoon, began to curl up, lose aroma, and drop one by one to the unadorned tabletop of daily business, Theign half-invented a local operative, "Zanni," to resolve whose functional crises he then found brief but always welcome opportunities to get out of the house, even if it must be into the swarming calli of Venice.

Against the Day, p. 708