Chapter 16

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Page 175

"Up to whom they must never miss a chance to suck"
Perhaps Pynchon is riffing on Winston Churchill's alleged marginal note of 27 February 1944, to a priggish civil servant's memo objecting to the ending of a sentences with prepositions: "This is the kind of tedious nonsense up with which I will not put!"

Page 177

"sub-vaudville routine"
So bad, it's not even up to vaudeville's corny standards

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