Chapter 15

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 ???/450 -- Bakunin, Marx, Ulyanov

Mikhail Bakunin was one of the most influential anarchists of all time. Karl Marx was a revolutionary socialist and founder of Marxism. Vladamir Lenin or Vladamir Ulyanov was a celebrated leader in the Soviet Union and a major political figure in the 1905 Revolution.

415/461 - Mene, mene, tekel, upharsin
Stencil is quoting the original "writing on the wall." In the book of Daniel, a mysterious, disembodied hand appears in the royal palace of King Belshazzar of Babylon, and writes the words "Mene mene tekel parsin (or upharsin, in another version) on the palace walls. The court was unable to decipher the meaning of the crypic phrase, although mene, tekel and parsin were all aramaic terms for currency. Daniel intepreted the phrase to mean that (mene) Babylon had been measured & found wanting, (tekel) a price would be paid and (parsin) Babylon apportioned by its neighbors. The historical record documents the conquest of the Bablyonian empire by the Persians; the Book of Daniel has King Belshazzar slain that night.

The Writing on the Wall

423/469 Sahha
Maltese: bye.


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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