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An Index to Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow

Part One. Beyond the Zero

Episode 5 (29-37)

On the wall, in an ornate fixture of darkening bronze, a gas jet burns, laminar and gently singing—adjusted to what scientists of the last century called a "sensitive flame": invisible at the base, as it issues from its orifice, fading upward into smooth blue light that hovers several inches above, a glimmering small cone that can respond to the most delicate changes in the room’s air pressure.

Gravity's Rainbow, p. 29