Chapter 16

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425/??? - spud coxswain

A spud coxswain is the traditional title of a salad and vegetable chef onboard a naval vessel.

426/??? - streak for the fo'c's'le

The forecastle is the forward part of a ship, often where crew quarters are located.

438/472 - single up all lines
See pg. 11/3.

439/488 - the Suez Crisis
International incident following the closure to Israeli shipping and nationalization of the Suez Canal by the arab nationalist regime of Gamal Abdel Nassar. The British & French supported an Israeli invasion w/ a large task force of warships, aircraft & troops stationed at Cyprus and Malta. British commandos first landed in Egypt by parachute on November 5th, and WWII era LCM landing craft on November 6th. 16 British servicemen were killed & 96 wounded in the action.

444/493 - a monk long defrocked named Fenice

La Fenice is one of the most famous opera houses in Venice. It was built in 1774 when the San Benedetto opera house burned down and the theatre company there needed a new home. Thus the new opera house was called "La Fenice" ("the Phoenix") as it rose from the ashes of the San Benedetto. It was the leading opera house in Venice. In 1836 it burned down and was rebuilt in 1837. On January 29, 1996, it again burned down. Wikipedia

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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