Chapter 13

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368/407 - the field-of-two Rachel and Profane had set up
"A courageous scientific imagination was needed to realize that not the behavior of bodies, but the behavior of something between them, that is, the field, may be essential for ordering and understanding events." - Albert Einstein

The social scientist Kurt Lewin is famous for the concept of field theory in human relations. "The most fundamental construct for Lewin is, of course, that of "field". All behavior (including action, thinking, wishing, striving, valuing, achieving, etc.) is conceived of as a change of some state of a field in a given unit of time (dx/dt). In treating individual psychology, the field with which the scientist must deal is the "life space" of the individual. [p.xi, Foreword, Field Theory of Social Science, Kurt Lewin, Harper Torchbooks, 1951.]
dt will resonate with all readers of Gravity's Rainbow, of course.

377/418 - Hiroshima

Hiroshima is the largest city on the Honshu island of Japan. It was the first city to be hit with a nuclear weapon. This occurred on August 6, 1945 at 8:15 am. The character Hiroshima tells Pig about radiation.

379/420 - the Venusbergs

Venusberg is the Germanic name for the underground abode of Venus, the goddess of love. Venus attained great prominence in the Middle Ages as the pagan, earthly power opposed to the spiritual power of the Church. The knight Tannhäuser spent a year there worshipping Venus.

???/433 - Profane appeared and hung his nose over the edge of the roof

Profane looks just like Kilroy here. Later in the novel Kilroy will be described as a schlemiel (484) making a comparison between Kilroy and Profane.

Chapter 1
In which Benny Profane, a schlemihl and human yo-yo, gets to an apocheir
9/1
Chapter 2
The Whole Sick Crew
44/39
Chapter 3
In which Stencil, a quick-change artist, does eight impersonations
61/59
Chapter 4
In which Esther gets a nose job
95/97
Chapter 5
In which Stencil nearly goes West with an alligator
111/115
Chapter 6
In which Profane returns to street level
134/141
Chapter 7
She hangs on the western wall
152/161
Chapter 8
In which Rachel gets her yo-yo back, Roony sings a song, and Stencil calls on Bloody Chiclitz
213/229
Chapter 9
Mondaugen's story
229/247
Chapter 10
In which various sets of young people get together
280/305
Chapter 11
Confessions of Fausto Maijstral
304/333
Chapter 12
In which things are not so amusing
347/385
Chapter 13
In which the yo-yo string is revealed as a state of mind
367/407
Chapter 14
V. in love
393/437
Chapter 15
Sahha
415/461
Chapter 16
Valletta
424/471
Epilogue, 1919
456/507
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