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PLOT GRID OF PYNCHON'S AGAINST THE DAY

PAGES

PLACE

MAJOR CHARACTERS

FOCAL POINTS

YEAR [as indicated by historical events]

3-80

Chicago

Chums of Chance

Merle Rideout (and daughter Dally)

Prof. Vanderjuice

Scarsdale Vibe/ Foley Walker

Lew Basnight

Nate Privett [White City Investigations]

Anarchism

Columbian Exposition

spying/surveillance/detection

global domination

frontier, colonialism

Aether, light, electricity

[backstory for Lew and Merle; at end Merle & Dally leave for Denver where they meet Webb]

1893

81-106

Colorado

Webb Traverse family

(Mayva Dash; Reef, Frank, Lake, Kit)

Rev. Moss Gatlin

Veikko Rautavaara

Nikola Tesla

Foley Walker

Anarchism

labor struggles in mines

class warfare

dynamite

Gold/Silver standard

Aether, light, electricity

[at end, Foley persuades Kit to go to Yale]

1899

107-55

North Pole

[via Telluric Interior; ending in cityÑNew York?]

Chums of Chance

The Vormance Expedition (Hunter Penhallow, Fleetwood Vibe)

Capt. Igor Padzhinitoff's airship (Russian rivals of Chums)

antipodal geography

Upper Hierarchy/Command

Hollow Earth

Iceland spar (calcite)

polar expeditions/exploration

Quaternonism

indigenous myths; supernatural occurrences

[Figure destroys city; this undateable event becomes mythic]

 

156-70

New Haven

[and Vibe mansion on Long Island]

Kit Traverse

Scarsdale Vibe

Colfax Vibe (athletic son, also at Yale)

R. Wilshire Vibe (brother of Scarsdale; vaudeville empresario)

Ivy-League privilege

maps of unknown places

African explorations

family drama (of the rich)

class warfare

1900-1903

171-187

Colorado

[and on to England via Anasazi ruins and Galveston]

Lew Basnight

Nigel & Neville [Wildean English dandies]

Kieselguhr Kid [name of mythic dynamiter--Webb?]

spying/surveillance/detection

Anarchism

drugs (cyclomite)

1900 (Galveston hurricane)

188-218

Colorado

Webb Traverse

Mayva and Lake Traverse

Veikko Rautavaara

Deuce Kindred

Sloat Fresno

Jimmy Drop

hired guns [Sloat & Deuce]

family drama

Wild West

1903 [Webb's death "ten years ago" in 1913, p. 1005]

199-218

Utah-Colorado

[Jeshimon is a kind of Underworld, with its own rules]

Frank Traverse

Reef Traverse

Stray [Estrella] Briggs

Jimmy Drop

[baby Jesse born at end]

family drama

Wild West

Kieselguhr Kid

law(lessness)

homeopathy

Hell

bilocation [Reef is both at the Pole and in Co. as he reads novel]

1903-4

219-42

London; Oxford (Groton)

Nigel & Neville

Lew Basnight

Yashmeen Halfcourt (and her Groton lovers)

Cyprian Latewood

Mme. Eskimoff

rival professors Renfrew/Werfner

Theosophists (TWIT)

spiritualism

Tarot

spying/surveillance/detection (Psychical)

global domination

1900-

243-60

Venice

Chums of Chance

Capt. Igor Padzhinitoff's airship

maps of unknown places

(Sfincuino Itinerary)

Upper Hierarchy

Iceland Spar

Campanile of Venice

1902 [Campanile falls]

260-72

Colorado

Lake Traverse

Deuce Kindred

Sloat Fresno

family drama

1903-04

273-317

Colorado

[and on to Mexico at end, with Frank in disguise as Pancho]

Frank Traverse

Wren Provenance (Harvard anthropologist)

Ellmore Disco

Bob Meldrum

Merle Rideout

family drama

Aztl‡n

gunmen; Wild West myth

Tesla vs. Edison

Kieselguhr Kid

gold/silver amalgamation with Iceland Spar

Tommyknockers (little people of the mines)

1904

318-35

New Haven (and Long Island Sound)

Kit Traverse

Prof. Vanderjuice

Colfax Vibe

Nikola Tesla

spying/surveillance

class warfare

Tesla's experiments (tower)

1903?

336-57

New York

(and on ship bound for Europe at end)

Dahlia (Dally) Rideout

R. Wilshire Vibe

Erlys Zombini

Luca Zombini family

family drama

vaudeville, play-acting

magician's tricks

Iceland Spar

Venice's mirrors

1903?

359-73

Colorado to New Orleans

[and on to Mexico]

Reef Traverse

Stray Briggs & baby Jesse

Flaco the Anarchist

Wolfe Tone O'Rooney ["Eusebio Gomez"]

Ruperta Chirpingdon-Groin

family drama

Kieselguhr Kid

Anarchism

Mexican Revolution

1903

374-96

Mexico (El Paso to Guanajuato; then toward Sierra Madre]

Frank Traverse

Ewball Oust

Dwayne Provecho

"El Espinero" (Tarahumara duende)

Sloat Fresno

Iceland Spar

amalgamation

Wild West (ÔMexican' version)

bilocation (Frank dreams of an airship)

lawlessness (are bandidos Anarchists?)

indigenous myth/spirituality

drugs (hallucinogenic)

1904-

(refs to Huertistas & Flores Mag—n brothers)

397-448

Candlebrow University (Ohio); then to Inner Asia to under-sand battle

Chums of Chance

Prof. Vanderjuice

Dr. Zoot

Alonzo Meatman

Roswell Bounce (inventor; nemesis of Vibe)

Capt. Zane Toadflax (of the Saksaul)

Stilton Gaspereaux

Time Travel conference

maps of unknown places

(Sfincuino Itinerary)

Trespassers (escapees from the future)

Hypops equipment (for travel under sand)

Petroleum

Manichean philosophy

 

449-59

Colorado to Candlebrow U.

Merle Rideout

Roswell Bounce

Time Travel conference

light/energy as new gold rush

Quaternions

1904-?

460-71

El Paso to New Mexico to Colorado

Frank Traverse

Mayva Traverse

Rev. Moss Gatlin

family drama

Cripple Creek miners' strike

1904-

472-88

Colorado back to Midwest (Decatur, Ill.; Wall o' Death, Mo.)

Deuce Kindred

Lake Traverse

Tace Boilster (Lake's friend/confidante)

family drama

fathers, daughters; co-dependence; "saving" men

1905- (a few years)

489-504

London/

Oxford, England

Neville and Nigel

Yasmeen Halfcourt

Cyprian Lakewood

spying, surveillance

Quaternions

Time Travel

time-based weapon

early 1900s

505-47

en route to Europe on steamer Stupendica; Ostend, Belgium

Kit Traverse

Dally Rideout

Erlys Zombini

Zombini family

Root Tubsmith (fellow math. student)

4 "Belgian nihilists"; also Rocco & Pino

PlŽiade & Piet Woevre

Omeki Tshrigane

family drama (Dally's real father); adventure story

ocean linerˆ battleship

bilocation

Quanternion conference in Ostend

Anarchists (Young Congo)

African colonialism; King Leopold

"death by mayonnaise"

spying, surveillance

1904

548-67

Ostend and Bruges, Belgium

Chums of Chance

Kit Traverse

Root Tubsmith

Omeki Tshrigane

Trespassers (WW I looming)

time-based weapon (calcite)

spying, surveillance

1905?

568-87

Venice

Dally Rideout

Hunter Penhallow

Andrea Tancredi

Principe/sa Spongiatosta

Art and politics

Hell; chaos / order

[p. 585, Hunter refers to destruction of The City p. 155]

1905-06

588-604

Gottingen, Germany

Kit Traverse

Yasmeen Halfcourt

GŸnther von Quassel

Gottlob & Humfried

Renfrew/ Werfner

Quaternionists vs. Vectorists

Theosophy, spiritualism

Riemann; Zeta function

1905

605-614

London

Lew Basnight

chaos/order

spying, surveillance

Shambhala

antiquities

sinister gas

 

615-636

Gottingen

[Gunther returns to family plantation in Mexico at end]

Kit Traverse

Yasmeen Halfcourt

GŸnther von Quassel

Dr. Dingkopf

Foley Walker

a jelly doughnut

Aether

Jews

Theosophy, Spiritualism

 

637-651

Mexico (Tampico to El Paso)

Gunther von Quassel

Frank Traverse

Ewbal Oust

Dwayne Provecho

Wolfe Tone O'Reilly

Stray Briggs

family drama

Mexican Revolution

Anarchism

1904

652-660

Austrian/ Swiss border at Alps

Reef Traverse

Fulvio, Ramiz, Nikos, Gerhardt [miners]

Ruperta Chirpingdon-Groin

Scarsdale Vibe

Lionel Swome (TWIT agent)

mining, dynamite

Tþtzelwurm [link to Arctic figure: indigenous beliefs]

Anarchism

European elite pleasures: spas, gambling

 

661-677

Austrian/ Swiss border at Alps

[Yashmeen to Vienna &Budapest at end; Kit to Inner Asia]

Kit Traverse

Reef Traverse

Ruperta Chirpingdon-Groin

Mme. Eskimoff

Spirituality [sŽance where Reef speaks with Webb]

European elite pleasures: spas, gambling

 

678-93

London

Lew Basnight

Nigel & Neville

Renfrew/ Werfner

Col. Max KhaŸtsch [was Archduke's bodyguard in Chicago, 1st chapter]

bilocation

spying/surveillance/detection

Tarot

 

697-723

Trieste; Vienna

Cyprian Latewood

Derrick Theign [F.O.]

Col. Max KhaŸtsch

Misha & Grisha

Foreign Office; international intrigue

vampirism

Hell

"a few years out of university": 1905?

724-47

Venice

Scarsdale Vibe

Hunter Penhallow

Dally Rideout

Kit Traverse

Reef Traverse

Andrea Tancredi

Principe/sa Spongiatosta [agent for Derrick Theign]

apocalypse (Hunter's "symbolist" paintings)

assasination (attempted)

Anarchism

European elite pleasures: spas, gambling

1905?

748-778

Kashgar [trek toward Siberia; Lake Baikal incident]

Kit Traverse

Auberon Halfcourt [F.O.]

Col. Yevgeny Prokladka [AH's Russian "double"]

Capt. Igor Padzhinitoff's airship

Doosra [prophet]

Dwight Prance

family drama (Yashmeen's adoptive father)

Shambhala

prophecy, revelation

Foreign Office; international intrigue

maps to unknown places

1906-08

779-791

Tunguska, Siberia [trek back westward via Tuva]

Kit Traverse

Dwight Prance

Fleetwood Vibe

Chums of Chance [take Dwight with them]

Tunguska Event

Tesla experiments

Quaternion weapon

1908

792-797

Siberia

Chums of Chance [repudiating Upper Command]

Tunguska Event

1908

797-805

Venice

Dally Rideout

Cyprian Latewood

Reef Traverse

European elite pleasures: spas, gambling

Foreign Office; international intrigue

1906-08

806-48

Vienna to Trieste [Yashmeen]; Vienna to Bosnia & trek to Salonica via mountains [Cyprian]

Yashmeen Halfcourt

Cyprian Latewood

Ratty McHugh; Bevis Moustleigh [F.O.]

Misha & Grisha

Col. KhaŸtsch

Vlado Clissan

Damilo Ashkil

spying, surveillance, detection

Foreign Office; international intrigue

"Idiotics Office"

Balkans self-determination

late 1908-09

849-863

Nice to Venice

Reef Traverse

Yashmeen Halfcourt

Vlado Clissan

Rocco & Pino

Derrick Theign

assasination [Vlado]

European elite pleasures: spas, gambling

Foreign Office; international intrigue

1908-09?

864-891

Venice

(then the triangle moves toward Pyrenees)

Cyprian Latewood

Derrick Theign [now "mad"]

Principe/sa Spongiatosta

Ratty McHugh; Bevis Moistleigh

Yashmeen Halfcourt

Reef Traverse [triangle begins]

Wolfe Tone O'Reilly

Hunter Penhallow's paintings; Hell

revenge drama [Vlado's Uskok people get Theign]

Carnevale, masks

ghosts (Reef dreams of father again)

Anarchism

gambling

1908-09?

892-918

London (Kit and Dally meet in Szeged, Hungary)

Dally Rideout

Hunter Penhallow

Ruperta Chirpingdon-Groin (agent of TWIT)

Arturo Naunt (sculptor)

Clive Crouchmas

R. Wilshire Vibe

Lew Basnight

vaudeville, stage

angel of death statues

Spiritualism, Tarot

spying, surveillance (Dally)

Quaternion weapon (Japanese have it; 906)

1909 (RVW premiere, 896)

919-930

Mexico (Chihuahua)

Frank Traverse

Ewball Oust

Wren Provenance

El Espinero

Mexican Revolution

Aztl‡n (not unlike Shambhala; Frank's dream 925 also prefigures Mexico City during decena tr‡gica)

indigenous spirituality

drugs (hallucinogenic)

1911 (Casas Grandes)

931-975

along the Riviera: Biarritz to Yz-les-Bains; then into Balkans (Zagreb, Beograd, Transylvania, Valley of Roses, convent in Bulgarian mtns.; then, as refugeees, to Corfu via Albania)

Reef Traverse

Yashmeen Halfcourt

Cyprian Latewood

Ratty McHugh (and two suffragette "wives")

Prof. Sleepcoat

baby Ljubica ("Violet")

Auberon Halfcourt

Umeki Tsurigane

Anarchism's failure to account for feminism (934)

maps, in code (Balkans=Belgian Congo)

Anarchist's Golf

musical anthropology

hidden railway (Interdikt line)

sinister gases; gas=light 953

convent of the Orpheus cult (link to Pythagoreans; another hidden city)

"feminine aspect of God" 960

refugees

Shambhala

1912 (invasion of Macedonia, First Balkan War, 963)

976-981

Mexico to Colorado (Denver)

Stray Briggs

Ewball Oust

Mayva Traverse

Oust family ("plutocrats")

family drama (reunion)

Colorado labor troubles

 

982-999

Mexico City; Chiapas; Vera Cruz to Colorado

Frank Traverse

El Espinero

GŸnther von Quassel

Melpomene

Dr. Willis Turnstone

Wren Provenance

Ewball Oust

Mexican Revolution (Frank with Orozco)

Anarchism

dynamite (trains as weapons: m‡quina loca)

cucuji beetles; dreams; indigenous spirituality

late 1912-1913

1000-1017

Colorado (resorts;Trinidad/ Ludlow strike & tent colony)

Scarsdale Vibe

Foley Walker

Frank Traverse

Ewball Oust

Mother Jones

Stray Briggs

Jesse Traverse

Rev. Moss Gatlin

Colorado labor troubles

Balkan war (miners are refugees, 1003)

family drama/revenge

1914 (Ludlow Massacre)

1018-1039

Counter-Earth (via Saharan Updraft); Switzerland; Los Angeles

Chums of Chance (with Ksenjia & Pugnax)

Capt. Padzhitinoff's airship

Sodality of Aetheronauts

Roswell Bounce

Merle Rideout

maps of unknown places

alternate universe/history

World War I

Aether

1914-

1040-1062

Los Angeles

Lew Basnight

Lake Traverse

Deuce Kindred

Roswell Bounce

Merle Rideout

Luca Zambini

spying/surveillance/detection

alternate histories/universes

photography/light

noir crime fiction

1920's? (1043 "before the earthquake" of 1925; motion picture golden age; flappers--but Merle communicates with Dallybefore war ends..?)

1065-

Paris (1915-17 in Torino, Italy); upper Pacific Northwest U.S.

Dally Rideout

Kit Traverse

Reef Traverse

Yashmeen Halfcourt (Ljubica 5 y.o.)

Colfax Vibe

Frank Traverse

Stray Briggs

(Ginger, Plebecula)

Prof. Vanderjuice

Chums of Chance

World War I

Shambhala

maps

1915-18

1920s (p. 1084)

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