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An Index to Thomas Pynchon's Against the Day

Two. Iceland Spar

Chapter 21

Section 6 (255-259)

Paul Nightingale reading Section 21.6

Pedestrians below were moving at their accustomed gaits, sitting at the tables in front of Florian and Quadri, if Francophile raising toasts to Bastille Day, feeding, photographing, or cursing the pigeons, who, aware of some baleful anomaly in their sky, stuttered wildly into the air, then, reconsidering, settled, only to sweep a moment later heavenward again, as if on the strength of a rumor.

Against the Day, p. 255