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.

433, 434 - Route 66
"(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66", by Bobby Troup, 1946. Nat King Cole's first recording of the tune was in 1946.

434 - Every Day I Have the Blues
Twelve-bar blues first recorded by Aaron "Pinetop" Sparks and Milton Sparks in 1935.

438 - Sally and Sue, Don't Be Blue
Lines from the "The Song of the Marines," (1937) words by Al Dubin, music by Harry Warren, sung by Dick Powell in the film The Singing Marine.

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.

440 - I Only Have Eyes for You
Words by Al Dubin, music by Harry Warren, introduced by Dick Powell in 1934.

440 - I Apologize
1931 song by Al Hoffman, Al Goodhart, and Ed Nelson. Billy Eckstine's version was released in 1951.

441 - Who's the little rodent/That's getting more than me?/F-U-C-K-E-Y Y-O-U-S-E
Parody of the "Mickey Mouse March," words and music by Jimmie Dodd, and used as the theme song for the 1955-1959 television series, The Mickey Mouse Club.

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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