by Steven Moore except as [noted]
Carpenter’s Gothic: an
architectural style (sometimes “carpenter gothic,” as at 123.36) popular
in New England from the mid-19th to mid-20th century. See McCandless’s
description on pp. 227-28 below.
symbol for innocence, and in Christian iconography a representation
of the Holy Ghost.
that time of day: CG
entitled “That Time of Year,” after the opening line of Shakespeare’s
Sonnet 73, which will be alluded to throughout the novel.
if any, unknown. (There is an Angus McCandless in Malcolm Lowry’s posthumous
novel October Ferry to Gabriola,
but it is highly unlikely the name came from there.) Gaddis told me
that McCandless was basically himself.
Rio? Isn’t that Argentina?: Rio
de Janeiro is in Brazil, of course, but it’s worth noting early that
mis-/disinformation is a major theme in CG
and consequently the novel is filled with mistakes like this one.
Broadway becomes highway 9 after the Washington Bridge and runs north
along the Hudson River to Croton-on-Hudson (the novel’s setting) and
in the upper NE corner of New York State.
the hometown of the Gablers: see 184.8.
Mister Ude: a
name first used in J R for
a judge of the Surrogate Court on whom Governor Cates relies for favors
(101, 211) and who dies near the end of the novel (691). Amy Joubert
went to school with Judge Ude’s daughter (213).
a psychiatric clinic on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, which largely catered
to those from well-to-do families. (Cf. FHO
folded up all your clothes and put them in the refrig... [...] something
you read someplace: Liz
read this in The Recognitions,
where Arnie Munk is described as having once done this (175).
Doctor Kissinger: after
Henry Kissinger (1923- )
the former Secretary of State and author (whom Gaddis despised).
town in the Tirol (west Austria).
in NW France on the Bay of the Seine.
in the Bahamas.
VCR: later identified
as Vorakers Consolidated Reserve.
in the paper? these gooks adopting dogs and eating them?: like
most references to newspaper stories in CG,
based on an actual article in the New
York Times: see [check under ASPCA in Times index]