INFINITE JEST DAY 6

I’ve come to realize that even though I’m reading everyday (basically), I won’t be posting everyday. Too much work which means I’ll probably post at least once a week.

I’ve finished up Hal’s story in the Year of Glad and read all of the next section (Year of The Depend Adult Undergarment) that involved a guy waiting for a woman to bring him weed. He’s an addict and the writing showed that brilliantly. Basically nothing really happened but it was gripping. A lot of run on sentences which was awesome (in the context of the addict. Not in general). There was a description I liked during the Year of Glad that went, “cold tile floor whose mosaic pattern looks almost Islamic at this close range.”

Here are the definitions of the words that I didn’t know the meaning to. These also include words that I know what they meant in context but can’t actually give their dictionary definition:

Creatus

It’s a Latin word creation.

Pases

Definition: [noun] (in bullfighting) a maneuver by a bullfighter with the capa or muleta to gain the attention of the bull and to guide the course of its attack.

Enfilade

Definition: [noun](Military) 1.a position of works, troops, etc., making them subject to a sweeping fire from along the length of a line of troops, a trench, a battery, etc. 2. the fire thus directed. (Architecture) 1.an axial arrangement of doorways connecting a suite of rooms with a vista down the whole length of the suite. 2.an axial arrangement of mirrors on opposite sides of a room so as to give an effect of an infinitely long vista. I’m assuming it’s the military definition in the context that it was in.

Mollify

Definition: [verb] 1.to soften in feeling or temper, as a person; pacify; appease. 2.to mitigate or reduce; soften: to mollify one’s demands.

Viscous 

Definition: [adjective] 1.of a glutinous nature or consistency; sticky; thick; adhesive. 2.having the property of viscosity. It’s the first definition in the context of the book.

Espadrille

Definition: [noun] 1.a flat shoe with a cloth upper, a rope sole, and sometimes lacing that ties around the ankle. 2.a casual shoe resembling this, often with a wedge heel instead of a flat sole.

Cirri (plural form for Cirrus)

Definition: [noun] (Meteorology) 1. a cloud of a class characterized by thin white filaments or narrow bands and a composition of ice crystals: of high altitude, about 20,000–40,000 feet (6000–12,000 meters). 2.a cirriform cloud. (Botany) a tendrils (Zoology) 1.a filament or slender appendage serving as a foot, tentacle, barbel, etc. 2.the male copulatory organ of flatworms and various other invertebrates. It’s the botany definition in regards to the book.

Martinet

Definition: [noun] 1.a strict disciplinarian, especially a military one. 2. someone who stubbornly adheres to methods or rules.

Pleurisy

Definition: [noun] inflammation of the pleura, with or without a liquid effusion in the pleural cavity, characterized by a dry cough and pain in the affected side.

Magisculed

Couldn’t find the definition in the dictionary so I turned to Definitive Jest. Wallace might have been talking about majuscule which is UPPERcase. It’s opposite is minuscule (lowerCASE).

Pages: 11-27

A. A. Omer

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