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An Index to Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow

Part Three. In the Zone

Episode 18 (488-491)

Up on the bridge of the Anubis, the storm paws loudly on the glass, great wet flippers falling at random in out of the night whap! the living shape visible just for the rainbow edge of the sound -it it takes a certain kind of maniac, at least a Polish cavalry officer, to stand in this pose behind such brittle thin separation, and stare each blow full in its muscularity.

Gravity's Rainbow, p. 488