To read a book, to think it over, and to write out notes is a useful exercise; a book which will not repay some hard thought is not worth publishing. — Maria Mitchell
Page 15, line 5.
novel by Rudyard Kipling.
Page 15, line 14.
Perhaps the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
Page 17, lines 24-25.
“His hair is black, his eyes are blue, his lips as red as wine.” “Or do his teeth brightly shine?”
“Reynardine”, ballad, as recorded by Fairport Convention.
Her hair was black, her eyes were blue, her lips as red as wine.
…she followed him; his teeth did brightly shine….
Page 19, line 4.
novel by Jane Austin.
Page 20, line 10-14.
— trading tomatoes for potatoes…the Nightshade Treaty. —
likely because tomatoes and potatoes are both of the nightshade family.
Page 21, lines 32-33.
“…the one who thought Claudius was the good guy in Hamlet.”
Hamlet’s uncle, stepfather, and king.
Page 25, line 29.
“…tapes of “Red Dwarf,”….”
British science fiction tv show.
Page 30, lines 23-28
“All’s fair in love and war…. It’s not love so it must be war. But if it is, what are we fighting for?” “…singing that stupid song.”
Country Joe McDonald, “I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-To-Die Rag”
Perhaps The Blake School.
Quotes from Growing Up Weightless by John M. Ford.
Found on page 64, lines 14-21 of trade paperback edition.
Page 33, line 37.
“…rouse out the Sisty Uglers?”
Page 39, lines 26-27.
“To bed, to bed; the glowworm shows the matin to be nigh, and ‘gins to pale his uneffectual fire.”
Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act I,scene ii, line 82.
The glowworm shows the matin to be near
And ‘gins to pale his uneffectual fire.
Page 48, line 9.
Creature in E. Nesbit’s Five Children and It.
Page 55, lines 4-6.
Don Quixote, Cervantes.
Man of la Mancha, Dale Wasserman, Mitch Leigh, and Joe Darion.
Cyrano de Bergerac, Edmund Rostand.
Page 55, lines 15-16.
“…truant disposed.” “I would not hear your enemy say so.”
Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act I,scene ii, line 169.
Horatio: A truant disposition, good my lord.
Hamlet: I would not hear your enemy say so,
Page 58, line 6.
“Gather ye rosebuds while you may.”
“To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time,” poem by Robert Herrick.
Page 58, lines 14-19.
“Unto everyone that hath…shall be given, and he shall have in abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.”
Bible, King James Version, Gospel According to St. Matthew, Chapter 25, verse 29.
Page 58, lines 16-17.
“to see if the heavens really did declare the glory of God’s handiwork,”
Bible, King James Version, The Book of Psalms, Psalm 19:1.
The heavens declare the glory of God;
and the firmament showeth his handiwork.
Page 63, lines 5-6.
“There’s a boy called Jamie Barrows” “And he almost deserved it.”
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, C. S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia.
There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.
Page 66, lines 16-17.
“Maybe I’ll be a nun” “Chanting cold hymms to the pale fruitless moon.”
Shakespeare, A Midsummer-Night’s Dream, Act I,scene i, line 72.
To live a barren sister all your life,
Chanting faint hymns to the cold fruitless moon.
Page 72, line 4.
Wizard of Shakespeare’s Tempest.
Page 73, lines 6-7.
“Then felt I like some watcher of the skies, when a new planet swims into his ken.”
Keats, sonnet, “On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer,” lines 9-10.
Page 73, lines 17-18.
“Euclid alone has looked on beauty bare.”
Edna St. Vincent Millay, poem, “Euclid Alone Has Looked on Beauty Bare,” line 11.
Page 73, lines 23-24.
“Nature’s child, warbling his native wood-notes wild.”
Or sweetest Shakespear fancies childe,
Warble his native Wood-notes wilde,
Page 74, lines 5-6.
“…modern poetry?” “Tennis without a net.”
Robert Frost, Interview (1959).
“I’ve given offence by saying I’d as soon write free verse as play tennis with the net down.”
Page 74, line 24.
“What bass is our viol for tragic tones?”
Gerard Manley Hopkins, “The Shepherd’s Brow,” line 8.
But man — we, scaffold of score brittle bones;
Who breathe, from groundlong babyhood to hoary
Age gasp; whose breath is our memento mori —
What bass is our viol for tragic tones?
Page 74, line 31.
Do you think I am easier to be played upon than a pipe?”
Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act III,scene ii, line 293.
Page 79, lines 33-34.
E.R. Eddison, The Worm Ouroboros.
Page 87, line 18.
Character in Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women.
Page 88, line 7.
“Are You Just Drawn That Way?”
Who Framed Roger Rabbit, cartoon movie, 1988
Jessica Rabbit: I’m not bad, I’m just drawn that way.
Page 88, lines 8-9.
“Ride in Triumph Through Persepolis”
Marlowe, Tamburlaine the Great, pt. 1, line 759.
Is it not passing brave to be a king,
And ride in triumph through Persepolis?
Page 90, line 11.
“The Light Prince”
George MacDonald, story, “The Light Princess”
Page 93, line 14.
Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian Philosopher, Cambridge Professor.
Page 103, lines 2-3.
“…Caroline Herschel’s in one of those historical novels…”
Patrick O’Brian, The Mauritius Command, pg. 34 (UK paperback edition).
We sit there either sweeping for comets all night or talking about instruments … An admirable woman… And she sings, too - hits the note plumb in the middle, as pure as the Carlotta … She must be sixty or so: she could never have come by such a knowledge of double stars in less. Sixty at least. Yet it is all one. Whenever I come home from a night with Miss Herschel there are wry looks, a tolerably frigid welcome.
Page 108, lines 35-36.
“I will not be the toy of irresponsible events.”
Christopher Fry, The Lady’s Not For Burning, Act I.
Page 109, line 5.
“Both Your Houses”
Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, Act III, scene i, line 112.
A plague o’ both your houses!
They have made worms’ meat of me.
Page 109, lines 6-7.
“It was full of bright leaves, cold winds, swords, stars, and defiance.”
Is a good description of Romeo and Juliet as well.
Page 109, line 10.
octave = first eight lines of a sonnet
sestet = last 6 lines of Italian-style sonnet
Page 109, line 17.
“It’s enough to make one turn to pagan rites,”
Compare to Wordsworth, sonnet XIV, “The world is too much with us”
Great God! I’d rather be
A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn;
Page 113, lines 6- 7.
Perhaps a reference to Megan Lindholm who now, mostly, writes under a pseudonym [Robin Hobb].
Page 121, line 26.
Cat in telescope store called Lowell.
Perhaps after Percival Lowell who discovered the Martian “canals.”
Page 127, line 10.
Character in E. R. Eddison’s Worm Ouroboros.
Page 131, line 27.
“Though she be little, yet she is fierce.”
Shakespeare, A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream, Act III,scene ii, line 325.
Page 132, lines 2-3.
“The female of the species is more deadly than the male.”
Kipling, “The Female of the Species,” 1st stanza.
Page 132, lines 5-6.
“How beastly the bourgeois is, especially the male of the species.”
D. H. Lawrence, “How Beastly the Bourgeois Is.”
Page 132, lines 9-10.
“I describe not men, but manners; not an individual, but a species.”
Henry Fielding, Joseph Andrews, book III, chapter 1.
Page 137, lines 14-15.
“There’s nothing either good nor bad but thinking makes it so.”
Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act II,scene ii, line 259.
Page 137, line 16.
“…a pernicious doctrine.”
David Davis, Ex Parte Milligan, 4 Wallace 2, 120-121 (1886). [of the US Constitution]
No doctrine, involving more pernicious consequences, was ever invented by the wit of man….
Page 146, lines 6-7.
“Next I’ll grow into your arms a toad but an eel; had me fast, let me not gang, if you do love me leel.”
Tam Lin, Child 39c, lines 33-36.
‘Next, I’ll grow into your arms
A toad but and an eel;
Had me fast, let me not gang,
If you do love me leel.
Page 153, lines 8-15.
The first song is “Strange Angels,” the second “Monkey’s Paw,” and the third is “Coolsville.”
Page 153, lines 21-22.
“Lord, we know what we are, but not what we may be.”
Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act IV,scene v, line 43.
Page 153, line 35.
The fifth song is “Baby Doll.”
Page 154, line 11.
The seventh song is “The Day the Devil.”
Page 154, line 27.
The eighth song is “The Dream Before.”
Page 162, line 6-7.
“When graveyards yawn, and hell breathes forth contagion to this world?”
Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act III, scene ii, line 396.
’Tis now the very witching time of night,
When churchyards yawn, and hell itself breathes out
Contagion to this world.
Page 162, line 16.
“We murder to dissect.”
Wordsworth, “The Tables Turned”
Our meddling intellect
Misshapes the beauteous form of things:—
We murder to dissect.
Page 162, lines 26-27.
“Time is the school in which I learn.”
Delmore Schwartz, “For Rhoda”
Time is the school in which we learn,
Time is the fire in which we burn.
Page 164, line 24.
“The whirligig of time brings in his revenges.”
Shakespeare, Twelfth-Night, Act V, scene i, line 388.
Page 188, line 12.
“Why so pale and wan, fond lover?”
Sir John Suckling, Aglaura, song, 1st stanza.
Why so pale and wan, fond lover?
Prithee, why so pale?
Page 188, lines 27-28.
“I did such bitter business as the day would quake to look on.”
Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act III, scene ii, line 398.
Now I could drink hot blood
And do such bitter business as the day
Would quake to look on.
Page 189, line 9.
“Hide fox, and all after?”
A game like hide and seek.
Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act IV, scene iii, line 30.
Page 189, line 11.
“Many are called, but few are chosen.”
Bible, King James Version, Gospel According to St. Matthew, Chapter 22, verse 14.
Page 189, lines 20-21.
“They have pinned the door with a silver pin and put soft pillows under my head….”
“Jennifer, Gentle and Rosemary,” ballad.
Page 189, lines 21-23.
“…he seems to me to be equal to a god, who sitting opposite you gazes at you and hears you sweetly laughing.”
Catullus, Carmina, LI, line 1.
Page 190, line 17
“Virtue never will be moved.”
Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act I, scene v, line 53.
But virtue, as it never will be mov’d,
Though lewdness court it in a shape of heaven,
Page 190, lines 19-20.
“When you have eliminated the impossible. whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Sign of Four, chapter 6.
Page 190, line 33.
“There is a dark inscrutable workmanship.”
Wordsworth, The Prelude, book I, line 341.
there is a dark
Inscrutable workmanship that reconciles
Discordant elements, makes them cling together
In one society.
Page 191, line 5.
“Common sense is not so common.”
apocryphal; attributed to Voltaire, Dictionnaire Philosophique, “Common Sense.”
Page 195, line 20.
“…he said the very hairs on my head were numbered.”
Bible, King James Version, Gospel According to St. Matthew, Chapter 10, verse 30.
But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
Page 199, lines 34-35.
“Make me a cambric shirt, without any seams or needlework.”
Scarborough Fair, English ballad
Tell her to make me a cambric shirt
parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
without any seams or fine needlework
then she’ll be a true love of mine
Page 202, line 26.
“The world’s his oyster?”
Shakespeare, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Act II, scene ii, line 2.
Why, then the world’s mine oyster,
Which I with sword will open.
Page 212, lines 12-18.
“When icicles hang by the wall….”
Shakespeare, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Act V, scene ii, line 920.
Page 215, lines 28-29.
“…a spindly, improbable-looking, insanely comfortable office chair.”
Perhaps Herman Miller’s Aeron.
Page 217, line 37.
Page 227, line 1.
“Every noble crown is of thorns.”
Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present, book III, chapter 8.
Every noble crown is, and on earth will forever be, a crown of thorns.
note: Stephanie/Stephan = Crown
Page 227, line 8.
“No rose in that garden ever grew.”
Millay, Sonnet VI.
No rose that in a garden ever grew,
In Homer's or in Omar's or in mine,
Page 227, line 13.
“History, that excitable and lying old lady.”
Guy de Maupassant, Sur l’Eau (On the Water), 1888.
Page 227, line 15.
“Chance may crown me without my stir.”
Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act I, scene iii, line 143.
If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me,
Without my stir.
Page 227, lines 20-21.
“I am the cat who walks by himself and all places are alike to me.”
Kipling, The Just So Stories, “The Cat That Walked By Himself.”
The Cat. He walked by himself, and all places were alike to him.
Page 227, line 23.
“A mind not to be changed by place or time.”
Milton, Paradise Lost, book I, line 253.
A mind not to be chang’d by place or time.
The mind is its own place, and in itself
Can make a heav’n of hell, a hell of heav’n.
Page 227, line 28.
“Til it be done, whate’er my woes, my haps are yet begun.”
Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act III, scene iii, line 72.
Till I know ’tis done,
Howe’er my haps, my joys were ne’er begun.
Page 246, line 25.
“Night and silence, who is here?”
Shakespeare, A Midsummer-Night’s Dream, Act II, scene ii, line 71.
Night and silence! who is here?
Weeds of Athens he doth wear.
Page 246, lines 35-36.
“Awful darkness and silence reign through the long long wintry nights.”
Edward Lear, “The Dong with the Luminous Nose,” stanza 1.
When awful darkness and silence reign
Over the great Gromboolian plain,
Through the long, long wintry nights.
Page 247, line 5.
“Where are you going, my pretty maid?”
Nursery rhyme, “Where Are You Going To, My Pretty Maid?”
“Where are you going to, my pretty maid?”
“I’m going a-milking, sir,” she said.
Page 247, line 9.
“Letters should not be known.”
Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act II, scene i, line 157.
Page 253, line 24.
Movie musical starring Lee Marvin.
Page 259, line 28.
“If music be the food of love, play on.”
Shakespeare, Twelfth-Night, Act I, scene i, line 1.
Page 259, lines 33-34.
“Give me an excess of it, that surfeiting, the appetite may sicken, and so die”
Shakespeare, Twelfth-Night, Act I, scene i, line 2-3.
Page 260, lines 6-8.
“Dost thou think because thou art virtuous there shall be no more cakes and ale?”
Shakespeare, Twelfth-Night, Act II, scene iii, line 124.
Page 260, line 11.
“An army marches on its stomach.”
Attributed to Napoleon.
Page 260, lines 14-15.
“I cannot eat but little meat. My stomach is not good.”
William Stevenson, Gammer Gurton’s Needle, Act II, drinking song.
I cannot eat but little meat,
My stomach is not good;
But sure I think that I can drink
With him that wears a hood.
Page 260, line 25.
“To taste think not I shall be nice.”
Milton, Paradise Lost, book V, lines 432-433.
yet God hath here
Varied his bounty so with new delights,
As may compare with Heaven; and to taste
Think not I shall be nice.
Page 261, line 20.
“I have knowledge never learned in schools.”
John Greenleaf Whittier, “The Barefoot Boy,” second stanza.
Health that mocks the doctor’s rules,
Knowledge never learned of schools.
Page 263, lines 26-27.
“I never put no bullet in the furnace and stop talking about my mother.”
Bill Cosby, Why Is There Air?, “Shop”
Page 267, lines 4-5.
“A woman waits for me, she contains all, lacking nothing.”
Page 272, line 6.
“…the Devil can cite Scripture to his purpose.”
Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, Act I, scene iii, line 99.
The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.
Page 272, lines 23-25.
“Very learned women are to be found, in the same manner as female warriors; but they are seldom or never inventors.”
Voltaire, Dictionnaire Philosophique, Women.
Page 272, line 36.
“A harmless necessary cat.”
Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, Act IV, scene i, line 55.
Page 275, lines 22-23.
“There’s something in this more than natural, if philosophy could find it out.”
Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act II, scene ii, line 392.
Page 286, line 11.
“Hoist with my own petard?”
Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act III, scene iv, line 206.
For ’tis the sport to have the enginer
Hoist with his own petard.
Page 290, line 16.
“Strike hands and a bargain.”
Shakespeare, Henry V, Act V, scene ii, lines 130-131.
…and so clap hands and a
Page 299, lines 10-11.
“Nature never wears a mean appearance.”
Nature never makes excellent things for mean or no uses.
Page 301, line 25.
“The star for which all evening waits.”
George Sterling, “Aldebaran At Dusk”
Thou art the star for which all evening waits—
O star of peace, come tenderly and soon,
Page 302, lines 8-9.
“Time, which is the author of authors….”
Francis Bacon, The Advancement of Learning, Book I, i, 12.
…let great authors have their due, as time, which is the author of authors, be not deprived of his due - which is, further and further to discover truth.
Page 302, lines 8-9.
“Time…bears away all things.”
Virgil, Eclogues, IX, line 51.
Time bears away all things, even our minds.
Page 302, lines 10-11.
“Time the destroyer, is time the preserver.”
T. S. Eliot, Four Quartets, “The Dry Salvages, II.”
But the torment of others remains an experience
Unqualified, unworn by subsequent attrition.
People change, and smile: but the agony abides.
Time the destroyer is time the preserver,
Page 302, lines 11-12.
“Physical space and time are the absolute stupidity of the universe.”
Jose Ortega y Gasset
Page 302, lines 12-15.
“For a moment of night we have a glimpse of ourselves and of our world islanded in its stream of stars—pilgrims of mortality, voyaging between horizons across the eternal seas of space and time.”
Henry Beston, The Outermost House, Chapter 3.
Page 303, line 3.
“To do a great right, do a little wrong.”
Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, Act IV, scene i, line 206.
Page 302, lines 8-9.
Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, Act IV, scene i, line 216.
Page 303, lines 13-15.
“The moist star, upon whose influence Neptune’s empire stands, was sick almost to Doomsday with eclipse.”
Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act I, scene i, line 118.
Page 303, line 17.
“Felicity or doom?
Emily Dickinson, “Elysium.”
Elysium is as far as to
The very nearest Room
If in that Room a Friend await
Felicity or Doom—
Page 303, line 21.
“Eternity was in that moment.”
William Congreve, The Old Bachelor, Act IV, scene vii.
Page 303, lines 22-23.
“These are but wild and whirling words, my lord.”
Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act I, scene v, line 133.
Page 304, lines 11-12.
“Here you and I stand in our degree. What do you mean to do?”
Thomas Hardy, “Waiting Both.”
A star looks down at me
And says: “Here I and you
Stand, each in our degree:
What do you mean to do—
Mean to do?”
Page 307, lines 16-17.
“…the devil’s a gentleman….”
Shelley, “Peter Bell the Third”, part II, line 83.
He is—what we are; for sometimes
The Devil is a gentleman;
Page 307, line 25.
“Birds in their little nests agree.”
Birds in their little nests agree;
And ’tis a shameful sight,
When children of one family
Fall out, and chide, and fight.
Page 310, lines 4-5.
“Such tricks hath strong imagination.”
Shakespeare, A Midsummer-Night’s Dream, Act V, scene i, line 18.
Page 310, line 24.
“He travels the fastest who travels alone.”
Kipling, Soldier’s Three, “The Winners,” stanza 1.
Down to Gehenna or up to the Throne,
He travels the fastest who travels alone.
Page 310, line 35.
“Time is what keeps everything from happening all at once.”
Ray Cummings, “The Time Professor,” Argosy All-Story Weekly, volume 129, #3, 8 January 1921.
Page 311, lines 8-9.
“Ye Gods, annihilate both space and time, and make two lovers happy.”
Alexander Pope, Martinus Scriblerus on the Art of Sinking in Poetry, chapter 11.
Ye Gods! annihilate but space and time,
And make two lovers happy.
Page 311, line 19.
“Consideration like an angel came.”
Shakespeare, Henry V, Act I, scene i, line 28.
Consideration like an angel came,
And whipp’d the offending Adam out of him.
Page 311, line 22.
“Words are women, deeds are men.”
George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum, no. 843.
Page 311, line 32.
“The time on either side of now stands fast.”
Maxine Kumin, “Against Hunger,” The New Yorker, 11 July 1977.
Page 311, line 37.
“All who will may come.”
Shaker Hymn, “Come to Zion,” Paulina Bates, New Lebanon, NY, 1864.
All who will may come and share the glories of this jubilee!
Page 312, lines 2-3.
“I thought you would sit by the fire and spin.”
“Crosspatch, draw the latch!”
Nursery Rhyme, “Crosspatch.”
Crosspatch, draw the latch,
Set by the fire and spin:
Take a cup and drink it up,
Then call your neighbors in.
Page 314, lines 6-7.
“Her father quoted the poem about burning the candle on both ends.”
Millay, Figs and Thistles, “First Fig.”
My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends—
It gives a lovely light!
Page 316, line 13.
“The serpent, subtlest beast of all the field.”
Milton, Paradise Lost, book IX, line 86.
Page 316, lines 33-34.
“A sad tale’s best for winter.”
Shakespeare, The Winter’s Tale, Act II, scene i, line 24.
A sad tale’s best for winter.
I have one of sprites and goblins.
Page 317, line 5.
“Change lobsters, and retire in the same order.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Chapter 10.
Page 317, line 21.
“Many hands make light work.”
John Heywood, Proverbs.
Many hands make light warke.
Page 317, line 34.
“Need must, when the devil drives.”
John Heywood, Proverbs.
…he must needes goe whom the divell doth drive
Page 317, lines 35-36.
“…the Laurie Anderson song about the devil’s being a rusty truck with only twenty mile….”
Laurie Anderson, album: Strange Angels, “The Day The Devil.”
The day the devil comes to getcha
He’s a a rusty truck with only twenty miles
He’s got bad brakes He’s got loose teeth
He’s a long way from home
Page 320, line 16.
“I guess it might multiply entities unnecessarily.”
William of Ockham, Quodlibeta Septem.
Entities should not be multiplied unnecessarily.
Page 321, line 19.
“Bear your body more seemly.”
Shakespeare, As You Like It, Act V, scene iv, lines 65-66.
—bear your body more
Page 321, line 21.
“High thoughts must have high language.”
Aristophanes, The Frogs, line 1058.
Page 321, lines 30-31.
“You let me in and barred the door with a silver pin.”
“Jennifer, Gentle and Rosemary,” ballad.
The eldest one she let him in,
Jennifer, Gentle and Rosemary,
And pinned the door with a silver pin;
Page 321, line 34.
“What is a lie, but truth in masquerade.”
Byron, Don Juan, Canto XI, stanza 37.
And, after all, what is a lie? ’Tis but
The truth in masquerade.
Page 321, line 37.
“That way madness lies.”
Shakespeare, King Lear, Act III, scene iv, line 21.
O! that way madness lies; let me shun that.
Page 322, lines 18-19.
“…we have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.”
Swift, Thoughts on Various Subjects; from Miscellanies.
Page 323, lines 8-9.
“Diseases desperate grown by desperate appliance are relieved.”
Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act IV, scene iii, line 9.
Page 327, lines 1-2.
“Theirs not to reason why, theirs but to do or die.”
Tennyson, “The Charge of the Light Brigade,” stanza 2.
Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do and die.
Page 327, line 10.
“Oh, reason not the need.”
Shakespeare, King Lear, Act II, scene iv, line 261.
Page 327, line 17.
“Something too much of this.”
Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act III, scene ii, line 75.
Page 328, line 19.
“Shoot at tax collectors and miss.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love.
Be wary of strong drink… It can make you shoot at tax collectors…and miss.
Page 328, lines 21-22.
“Cats and monkeys, monkeys and cats—all human life is there.”
Henry James, The Madonna of the Future.
Page 329, lines 1-2.
“When beggars die, there are no comets seen; the heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes.”
Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Act II, scene ii, line 30.
Page 329, lines 16-17.
“From the table of my memory I’ll wipe away all trivial fond records.”
Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act I, scene v, line 96.
Page 329, line 31.
“Use all gently.”
Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act III, scene ii, line 5.
Page 330, line 9.
“Poetry is not a career, but a mug’s game.”
T. S. Eliot, The Use of Poetry and The Use of Criticism, Conclusion.
As things are, and as fundamentally they must always be, poetry is not a career, but a mug’s game.
Page 330, lines 22-26.
“The subject matter of poetry is not that ‘collection of solid, static objects extended in space’ but the life that is lived in the scene that it composes, and so reality is not that external scene but the life that is lived in it. Reality is things as they are.”
Wallace Stevens, The Necessary Angel.
Page 330, line 36.
“Away, and mock the time with fairest show.”
Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act I, scene vii, line 81.
Away, and mock the time with fairest show:
False face must hide what the false heart doth know.
Page 331, line 1.
“The way is the way, and there’s an end on’t.”
John Bunyan, The Pilgrim’s Progress.
Page 331, line 8.
“I dare do all that may become a man.”
Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act I, scene vii, line 46.
Page 331, line 10.
“Since there’s no help, come let us kiss and part.”
Michael Drayton, Poems, “Idea.”
Page 331, line 31.
“I am sick and full of burning.”
Ashley Wade, "Sick And Full Of Burning."
Page 332, line 2.
“Hear the world applaud the hollow ghost.”
Matthew Arnold, “Growing Old”
It is — last stage of all —
When we are frozen up within, and quite
The phantom of ourselves,
To hear the world applaud the hollow ghost
Which blamed the living man.
Page 332, lines 8-9.
“I know my enemies, but not in such guise.”
Page 338, lines 11-13.
“And if he quoted Horatio at her about how there were more things in heaven and earth than were dreamt of in her philosophy….”
Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act I, scene v, line 191.
Hamlet: There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
Page 344, lines 3-5.
“…Laurie Anderson started singing about how in heaven everything is made of light, and the days keep going by.”
Laurie Anderson, Strange Angels, “Strange Angels.”
They say that heaven is like TV
A perfect little world
That doesn’t really need you
And everything there
Is made of light
And the days keep going by
Page 344, lines 5-6.
“The song about the lawn-mowing angels would follow.”
Not too close, though: “Strange Angels” is the first, while “Ramon” is the fourth song on the album. Must be on shuffle play….
Page 345, line 9.
“…the brain song….”
Laurie Anderson, Strange Angels, “Baby Doll.”
I don’t know about your brain—
But mine is really bossy