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An Index to Thomas Pynchon's Against the Day

Four. Against the Day

Chapter 58

Section 1 (821-822)

Paul Nightingale reading Section 58.1

Cyprian, embarking from the Molo San Carlo on the Austrian Lloyd express steamer John of Asia, found the decks aswarm with butterfly-hunters, bird-watchers, widows and divorcées, photographers, schoolgirls and their guardians, all of whom, without undue exercise of the organs of fantasy, might be supposed foreign spies, it being clearly in the intersts of Italy, Serbia, Turkey and Russia, and Great Britain to know what was afoot at the Austrian installations at Pola and the Bocchie di Cattaro and the coastline approaching infinite length which lay in between.

Against the Day, p. 821