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110/114 - Such was the (as it were) Jacobean etiology of Esther's eventual trip to Cuba; which see.
Pynchon must mean "Jacobean" in the sense of the Jacobean revenge-plays, written during the reign of James I (1603 – 1625) in England, the hallmarks of such plays being lust, revenge and murder. Where the plays of the Elizabethan era (1558-1603) were characterized by a sense of providential justice, a sense that the ravages of evil will ultimately be overcome by an inevitable movement of the cosmos toward moral harmony, Jacobean tragedies tended to depict corruption and violence that did not suggest divine retribution, the ultimate triumph of good and restoration of moral order.

Interesting that Pynchon uses "etiology" which usually means the cause of a disease, to characterize Esther's motivation for the trip to Cuba.

In Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49 contains an extended parody of the Jacobean revenge-play formula, titled The Courier's Tragedy and written by the fictitious Richard Wharfinger.

Chapter 1
In which Benny Profane, a schlemihl and human yo-yo, gets to an apocheir
Chapter 2
The Whole Sick Crew
Chapter 3
In which Stencil, a quick-change artist, does eight impersonations
Chapter 4
In which Esther gets a nose job
Chapter 5
In which Stencil nearly goes West with an alligator
Chapter 6
In which Profane returns to street level
Chapter 7
She hangs on the western wall
Chapter 8
In which Rachel gets her yo-yo back, Roony sings a song, and Stencil calls on Bloody Chiclitz
Chapter 9
Mondaugen's story
Chapter 10
In which various sets of young people get together
Chapter 11
Confessions of Fausto Maijstral
Chapter 12
In which things are not so amusing
Chapter 13
In which the yo-yo string is revealed as a state of mind
Chapter 14
V. in love
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Epilogue, 1919
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