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An Index to Thomas Pynchon's Against the Day

Two. Iceland Spar

Chapter 11

Section 6 (134-136)

Paul Nightingale reading Section 11.6

The sun came up a baleful smear in the sky, not quite shapeless, in fact able to assume the appearance of a device immediately recognizable yet unnamable, so widely familiar that the inability to name it passed from simple frustration to a felt dread, whose intricacy deepened almost moment to moment ... its name a word of power, not to be spoken aloud, not even to be remembered in silence.

Against the Day, p. 134