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An index for David Foster Wallace's novel Broom Of The System. (It's rough, admittedly.) In addition to page numbers, some entries include paragraph and line spotters, and will follow this notationscheme. There's no rhyme or reason why some entries have line info andothers—in fact most—only have page numbers...apologies if this inconsistency isan ass chap. Also annoying will be the fact that some seemingly esotericentries have multiple citations (viz. Corfu) while certain central charactershave almost none (see for instance Lenore Sr. who never actually appears in the narrative but is mentioned far more frequently than the three cited pages). I can offer no betterexplanation than to say "what can I say," or perhaps "gofigure," or even "Hmm. No clue.Sorry." An underscore indicates that I knowthere should be a citation there but for whatever reason (I'm thinkinglaziness) I wasn't making notes at that point in my reading. (See dress
for example. It didn't occur to me to note that untillong after it was first mentioned.) Although if you're really desperate to find something not mentioned here, there's always Amazon's "Search inside this book" feature, which I use constantly.

Regarding vocabulary. What I've chosen to include and exclude will seem whimsical. It's my page so naturally my whims [clears throat] obtain.


A.C.(see Beadsman, LeVache)

Abbott,Peter (phone repairman). . . 49,125, 290.7-2, 292, 445

Agnew,Spiro. . . 166

Airport

     BradleyInternational (Windsor Locks, CT). . . 195, 202

      ClevelandHopkins (has no RWY 1, fyi). . . 179

Alan(Metafictional char. See Vigorous, Rick, "Love")

Alan(another Alan, non-metafictional, friend of Mindy's). . . 379

Allied,Mr. Nick. . . 101,277, 293, 444

Alvin(see Spaniard, Alvin)

AmherstCollege. . . 40-1,158, 203, 236

     1968mixer. . . 158,210

     dorms

          Femur,North, Rumpus, Stone. . . 14,210, 13, 203 respectively

Anscombe,Elizabeth (see Philosophical Investigations)

Antichrist(see Beadsman, LeVache)

antinomies(paradoxes). . . 31.6+5

AquaVitae restaurant. . . 201,252, 260-1

Auden, W. H.. . . 274-3,328

Batman. . . 151

Baum,Karen. . . 371

Beadsman,Clarice (see Spaniard, Clarice)

Beadsman,Concarnadine (Lenore Jr's grandmother). . . 37,41, 94-2, 150-17, 240-1, 362

     roundlyhated. . . 74

          byLenore. . . 371

Beadsman,John (Lenore Jr's brother). . . 63,. 64, 100, 129, 156, 197-2, 202, 243,281, 371

Beadsman,Lenore Jr (our heroine). . . 263

     appearance. . . 59

     car . . .28, 44, 157-5, 159

     describes"love reversal". . . 287

     doublemajor (philosophy/Spanish). . . 396-6

     downstairsneighbor (see Schwartz, Misty)

     hair. . . 236

     kickingother legs. . . 68+6,243.4

     literarysense. . . 114.8,259-7, 307.7, 400

     seeingRick for 18 mo.. . . 381-3

     showeringissues. . . 58+5,72-2, 271, 279.4, 330

     socks. . . 204

     threwa shoe. . . 20.6,259+4, 375, 381.6-3

     washesCandy. . . 100

Beadsman,Lenore Sr (Gramma, Lenore Jr's great-grand). . . 29,154, 463

     hatesLevache. . . 201

Beadsman,LeVache (Stonecipher IV, Lenore Jr's brother). . . 40-7,63, 100, 146, 157, 202-10, 215, 241, 326, 371, 399

     appearance,(satanic). . . 213,261, 371

     artificialleg. . . 213,237, 261, 371

     birth/ejection/launch. . . 267

     hatesLenore Sr. . . 201

     hatesJohn. . . 201

     quaaludes. . . 214

Beadsman,Patrice LaVache (Lenore Jr's mother). . . 41,94-2, 132, 153, 156, 263, 267, 418

Beadsman,Stonecipher II (founded E. Corinth). . . 146,368

     death. . . 263+10

Beadsman,Stonecipher III (Lenore Jr's father). . . 146,263, 337.6, 451

     affairwith Malig. . . 202,262-1

     satanicappearance. . . 377-11

Beadsman, Stonecipher IV (see Beadsman, LeVache)

Beatles. . . 211,235

Beeberling,Mr. . . 386

Beechnut,Erv. . . 148-2,153

blasted. . . 210-13,177, 350+10

Blentner,Olaf (see also hygiene anxiety). . . 120-12,137, 311, 345

Blentnerian(see also Blentner, Olaf). . . 60-6,341-8

Bloemker. . . 30,138, 148, 156, 291, 296-2, 328, 362, 445-2

Bloomfield. . . 148,150, 156

boatshoes . . . 203-5,347-2, 395.4-1

Bombardini,Norman. . . 47,81, 149, 292.1-2, 449

Bonwit. . . 212

book(mystery). . . 73,102-1, 103-7

BradleyAirport (see airport)

Breather,The (aka Mike) (LeVache roommate). . . 213, 236, 238

Brenda("friend" of Bloemker). . . 139,367

Brenda(girl with LeVache's leg). . . 242

Brezhnev,Leonid. . . 213+4

bridge(game). . . 256

broom. . . 149.4+4

butter. . . 91-7,100+2

CabanaTan. . . 68,161

     tanningaccident. . . 268

Cambridge. . . 40,63, 73

Cat(LaVache rommate). . . 213,236

cat(feline. see Prietht, Judith)

CatStevens. . . 4

cathex(? cathexis?). . . 60-4

Cathy. . . 131

Centerport. . . 231.3

CentralPark (NYC). . . 77

Centrex(see phones)

CHA(see Airport, Cleveland Hopkins)

ChagrinFalls. . . 356

Champ(see Prietht, Judith)

Charlotte'sWeb. . . 173,275-3

Christianity. . . 281

Chutes& Ladders. . . 160,246

Circe. . . 373+7

Clarice(see Spaniard, Clarice)

Clarke(see Spaniard). . . ???(forgot to note the page #, Grrr)

ClevelandHopkins Airport (see airport)

Clint(see Roxbee-Cox)

coach(see Zandagnio)

Concarnadine(see Beadsman, Concarnadine)

confused(is there a typo in this sentence?). . . 313.2

Conversesneakers. . . 4-9,__

Corfu(aka Kerkira, island off the western coast of Greece). . . 71,99, 153, 168, 234, 260, 300

Costigan,Mr (see Vigorous, Rick, "Love")

Creamer,Ed. . . 3,16, 370

crystalcase of polite indifference. . . 77

Dad& Lenore Sr (mutual hatred). . . 99

Dailey,Bill (Bob Newhart Show actor). . . 214

Dallas,TX. . . 226

Dallas(TV show). . . 392

Dangler,Doug. . . 13

Darwin,Charles. . . 217

Daughenbaugh,Karen. . . 12.0,371

Dayton,OH. . . 265

Dean,James. . . 12

Descartes, Rene. . . 148,247

Desert(re: also Great Ohio Desert). . . 46,53, 131-5, 143, 327, 390

Dibdin,Janet. . . 210

Diggerance,Biff (real name Bernard Warner). . . 12,17, 258-3, 410

Djarum. . . 357

Docksiders (see boat shoes)

dress,purple. . . __,358.1, 379+3, 381.6-4

E-ScreechEquivocation (wtf/lol). . . 396-12

EastCorinth, OH. . . 31

     lookslike Jayne Mansfield. . . 45,181

educed(deduced). . . 122+14

elseone. . . 239.6

embolism(v. i.). . . 379.11

Enrique'sHouse of Cheese. . . 93,445-7, 297-6

erectionconcealment. . . 63

Erieview Tower (see shadow)

EtienneAigner. . . 359.9

Etvos,Mr.. . . 151

facialcontortions. . . 34

Feltner,Mrs.. . . 31

Fieldbinder,Monroe (see Vigorous, Rick, journal). . . 32+1,123, 128, 163, 299, 308-4, 312, 324, 349, 419

Flange(bar). . . 223

flapped. . . 6.5-2,239-15, 202-12, 247, 326-8, 422.10

Flintstones. . . 5,202

Flitgun (insecticide, c. 1930). . . 377

fnoof. . . 114,197, 257

Foamwhistle,Blanchard (Sigurd's father) . . . 264

     LeVache'sfather?. . . 264

Foamwhistle,Sigurd (Stonecipher III's secretary). . . 70,146, 152, 157, 170, 387, 451

FordhamUniv.. . . 75,78, 407-2

forest. . . 261+5,235.4-2, 252-10

Fred(see Vigorous, Rick, "Love")

freerein (...is correct. Not reign.). . . 309+4

FrequentLeisure Suit. . . 355

FrequentReview. . . __,259-1, 309

Frequent,Monroe. . . 64,171?

Frequent& Vigorous. . . 43,147, 339, 379

Frick,Veronica (see Vigorous, Rick, "Love")

fulgent. . . 155+11

Fursich,Prof.. . . 215

G.O.D.(see desert)

Gary(Lawrence Welk dancer). . . 95-2

Geach,Peter (see Philosophical Investigations)

Geralamo,Jesus. . . 370-3

Gerber. . . 127,146, 148, 154, 262, 366

Gere,Richard. . . 12

Gilligan'sIsle bar. . . 138,301, 359, 375.0-8

gingerale. . . 127-2,195+4, 68+4

gleet. . . 384-2

Gluskoter,Alan (Mindy Metalman's manager). . . 177,231

Goggins(Stonecipheco Jars Dept.). . . 146,158, 387

Golden,Dr Robert. . . 131,198

goopin'. . . 70-4

Gowdy,Curt. . . 163

Gramma(see Beadsman, Lenore Sr)

Grandmother(see Concarnadine)

GreatOhio Desert (see desert)

Gretchen(see Yingst, Mrs.)

"grinnedwryly" (way too many to name of course)

hair(Lenore Jr's v. Lenore Sr's). . . 59&75

hairbrush,tortoise shell. . . 44,95

Halazone. . . 425

half-brother. . . __ (LeVache & Sigurd? Forgot to note where I saw this.)

Harvard. . . 310

hatred(family, etc). . . 174,201, 241

Heat(LaVache roommate). . . 213,236

Hegel. . . 221-1,247-8

hegira(escape, exodus). . . 224-10

hew. . . 53,183

hideous. . . 43-2,47.2, 126, 300-1, 307+4, 349-11, 428-2

HolidayInn. . . 156

Holiday,Steve (see Holiday Inn, immediately supra)

HowardJohnson. . . 205

Huffman,Prof.. . . 221

Hunt& Peck Publishers. . . 64,104-1

hygieneanxiety (see also Blentner, Olaf). . . 120-12,. 135-10, 137, 138+4, 204, 311

IndustrialDesert Design. . . 53,234, 328, 411-1

ingenuous(childlike candidness). . . 166.3+9

Investigations (see Philosophical Investigations)

Iranhostage crisis. . . 77

Jay,Dr Curtis. . . 31,60, 116, 135, 158, 183.2+4, 248-10, 309, 340, 448

     neuroses& phobias. . . 310

     gasmask. . . __,. 327

Jennifer(stewardess). . . 188,194

journal(see Vigorous, Rick)

Joy,Dr Daniel. . . 197

KAL007 (01SEP83). . . 77

Kafka. . . 158-7

     parody. . . 308

keened. . . 328-3,335.10

Keller,Roy. . . 221,239, 247

Kerkira(see Corfu)

keyholder, clay horse. . . 39-7,96-8

kilroyishly. . . 249-6

LakeErie (solid). . . 261

Lang,Wang Dang (real name Andrew Sealander Lang). . . 12,175, 300, 328, 340, 384, 408, 420

     grandmother story. . . 414

     half-brother. . . 412

     ...andCandy. . . 293

LaSalleSt (Chicago, IL). . . 129

LaVache,Mrs. (presumably Patrice's mom). . . 154

LaVache,Edmund (presumably Patrice's dad). . . 154

legs (in general). . . 24-9,176+1, 182-8, 241, 295-12, 303.3

     carving. . . 202-10,242?, 247-14

Lennon,John. . . 132-4,250-5

Lenorewashes Candy. . . 100

Lindenbaum,Mrs.. . . 311

Lipp,Dick (CEO Consol. Gland Deriv). . . 151

Lot,Mrs. (Lot's Wife, see Metalman, Mindy)

lotterytickets. . . 386-5,396.1, __

Lundberg. . . 53

Madge. . . 29

Malig,Nancy (Spaniard's babysitter, Lenore Jr's nanny). . . 134+18,147-7, 161, 202, 251, 262, 371, 40

     affairwith Stonecipher III. . . 202,262-1

Mandible,Candy. . . 47,220, 272, 292, 338, 355, 374, 444

     ...andLang. . . 293

     ballet. . . 101-6

     can'tkeep a secret...at light speed. . . 383.8

     full name (Candice Eunice). . . 357-3

     lookslike Mindy. . . 358, 380.16

Mansfield,Jayne (see East Corinth, OH)

Martinez,Bib Bob. . . 125

Mavis(Rick's secretary). . . 308

McMahon,Ed. . . 162-4,216

McTeague(see Norris, Frank)

Melinda-Sue(see Metalman, Mindy, couple spotsdown)

membrane. . . 136,330+3, 336

Metalman,Mindy. . . 3,12, 175, 210-3, 339, 357, 372, 444, 462, 466

     asLot's Wife (Gen 19:26). . . 376.3+2

     jobas gadget voice. . . 231.1,380+11

     lookslike Candy. . . 358, 380.16

Metalman,Rex. . . 57,177.6, 210, 228.10

     lawnOCD. . . __,383, 412.1

mice. . . 132-1,135, 325.2

Mike(see Breather, The)

Mindy(see Metalman, Mindy, couple spotsup)

monadic(single-celled organism?). . . 76.1-2

Monroe?. . . 171

Mooradians. . . 94,379

Mother(in WI, see Beadsman, Concarnadine)

MountHolyoke College. . . 3,63, 158

Muffin. . . 379

multivalence. . . 167+2

Munsters. . . 217

Nelm,Dr Daniel. . . 198,436

Newhart,Bob. . . 213,223

Nick(see Allied, Mr. Nick)

Nixon,R. . . 76

nonce. . . 326+11,342.0-2

Norris,Frank (author). . . 430

     McTeague. . . 430,440

Norslan. . . 65,147, 260

OberlinCollege. . . 147,213, 430

Obstat,Neil Jr. . . 148,151, 157, 202.2, 300, 367, 413, 420, 451

     skull-shapedhead. . . __,413.3+6, 300.1

     ShakerSchool wedgie. . . 370-4

Obstat,Neil Sr. . . 53

obtain(v.i.). . . 157-16

OldSpice. . . 205

OldMother West Wind. . . 241,367

oralsurgeon (see Tissaw, Martin)

otiose(lazy, useless, futile). . . 162?

palanquin(enclosed litter carried by men). . . 195-10

Paquita(Gerber's wife). . . 155,262

PartnersWith God (PWG). . . 272,445

Patrice(see Beadsman, Patrice)

PaulineIn Peril. . . 393-6

Peahen,Walinda. . . 78,157, 297.5+1, 307, 355, 374, 391, 451

Peanuts(comic). . . 242+6

Peck,Veronica (Rick's wife). . . 64,77, 230, 374, 407+8

phones. . . 214

     Centrex. . . 33-1,123, 355, 360, 391

Philosophical Investigations (see also Wittgenstein). . . 39-1,244

     Geach& Anscombe translation. . . 244

PhysiciansDesk Reference. . . 353

pinealgland (see also Yingst, Mr). . . 150-1,148, 302.9

pithed(spinal cord severed? Vance?). . . 78

Pleshette,Suzanne. . . 213

pomoish. . . 169+2

pray(abbrev. of "pray tell"). . . 229.6+3,330+14

precious. . . 244.3

Prietht,Judith. . . 48,125, 273, 292, 338, 354-1, 444

     Champ(cat). . . 445

Proctor. . . 6-1

Pupik(Stonecipheco Lids Dept.). . . 146,158

purplefist. . . 78

purse. . . 67

QueenVictoria (see Vigorous, Rick, dreams)

querulous(whiny, complains a lot). . . 73.1+6

Raring,Vern. . . 49,93, 124, 295, 360, 375

RoadRunner. . . 352,354-5, 394-2

Roberts,Oral. . . 173-10

Roxbee-Cox,Clint (Candy's BF, Allied VP). . . 97,124, 173, 215, 294, 445

rubicund. . . 123.3

Rummage,Karl. . . 35,148, 168, 366

Saladatea. . . 325.2+4

Salinger,J. D.. . . 104-2

Sancho(Panza) [1]. . . __,422

Scarry,Richard. . . 166

Scarsdale. . . 6,57, 58, 64, 78, 175, 210, 226, 373

Schorr,Mrs. (Dr. Jay secretary). . . 348

Schwartz,Misty. . . 48,68, 161-1, 268, 272, 392

     injured. . . 268,395

ScreenDoor of Union. . . 341

scrimshaw (whalebone). . . 58+6

scritch. . . 12.1,159+6

semiotic. . . __ (lost the page #) (approx 166?)

shadow(Erieview Tower, etc). . . 46,47, 69.1-2, 72-4, 78, 101, 169, 295, 298, 306+4, 444-4

ShakerHeights. . . 161,263, 365

ShakerSchool. . . 3,147, 202, 370

Shaw,Sue. . . 3,404, 411

Shorelit. . . 129

skata(feces). . . 234.7

skit,Spaniard family. . . 165

Slotnik(see Vigorous, Rick, "Love")

Sludgeman(tunnels supervisor). . . 126,453

Snadgener. . . 217

Spaniard,Alvin. . . 71,157, 159, 445-2

Spaniard,Clarice (Lenore Jr's sister, Alvin's wife). . . 3,146+13, 156

Spaniard,Spatula (daughter of Alvin & Clarice). . . 159

Spaniard,Stonecipher (son of Alvin & Clarice). . . 159

Spaniard,Ruth Spatula (Alvin's mother). . . 159

Spasova,Kopek (russian gymnast). . . 127,149, 162, 366, 385

Spasov,Ruble. . . 163

Splittstoesser. . . 6-5

Stilton(see also Enrique's House of Cheese). . . 297-6

Stonecipheco. . . 35,148

     Babyfood label. . . 40+2,242-1

sublation(negation, denial). . . 239.6+3

Summerville,Prof.. . . 217

Sykes,Rev Hart Lee. . . 273,293, 382, 445

sympatheticvibration. . . 308.6+4,373.1-1

Tafts. . . 29,38+7

telos(an ultimate end). . . 160-10

tennis. . . 71,151+9, 314

tisymptosis. . . 234+3,325.1-1

Tissaw, Mrs.(landlady). . . 43,97, 271

Tissaw,Martin. . . 173,271-4, 444

Tunnelguys disappear (too). . . 126

Ugolino(see also Vlad the Impaler). . . 390

Vern(see Raring)

Veronica(see Peck, Veronica)

verstehensie (Ger. "they understand?"). . . 222.2-2

Vigorous,Rick. . . 340,450, 462, 466

     beret. . . 77,127, 252-8, 383, 421

     datingLenore Jr 18 mo.. . . 381-3

     doublechinned. . . 126+2,182.0-6, 303-5

     dreams

          "Bellagio". . . 164,325

          Lenore& Lang. . . 325

          QueenVictoria. . . 44,131

     homosexuality?. . . 324+6,223.3+7

     impotence. . . 72,74-5, 239-5, 286, 332, 406

     infantilegenitalia?. . . 324+7

     journal. . . 32+1,104 (begins), 123, 158, 170?, 206, 235, 299, 419, 324, 362

     kinky. . . 283,383

     "Love"story. . . 312,314-4

     oncollegiate fiction. . . 307

     selfdescription. . . 286

     spanking. . . 300.5, 383.8

     vaguelysuicidal ruminations. . . 78-1

Vigorous,Vance (Rick's son). . . 58,75.1, 209, 372, 424

     swimmingimages. . . 299,373

Vigorous,Veronica (see Peck, Veronica)

VladThe Impaler. . . 58,96, 98, 251, 382, 458

     dosed. . . 304.4

WackerDr (Chicago, IL). . . 129

Warshaver. . . 85

Weejun. . . 223

Welk,Lawrence. . . 29,95-2, 150, 366

Werner,Bernard (see Diggerance, Biff)

Wetzel. . . 129

WhiteShoulders perfume. . . 358

Wittgenstein(see also Philosophical Investigations). . . 63,73, 151+5

Wood,Clint. . . 124,215

Yancy. . . 53

Yingst,Mr. . . 148,151+6

Yingst,Mrs. Gretchen. . . 33,95-3, 147, 148, 151, 240, 310

Zandignio,Stenetore (Lang's lacrosse coach). . . 261,269

Zusatz,Raymond (Gov. Ohio). . . 53,423-9


[1] Yeah. As if some other Sancho could be implied. ("Sancho Panza?""No, Sancho Beckenbauer.")


Stone Hall. From what I can gather, of the four dorms mentioned in the book, only Stone is an actual building on the Amherst campus.


StoriesThat Rick Reads To Lenore

pp24-26. . . leprosyguy

pp105-114. . . kidsdisease (crying causes epileptic fits) then a string of even worse luck

pp180-194. . . Loveaddict guy, ugly thermos lady, tree frog

pp312-323. . . "Love"(presumably Lenore read this one to herself) Fieldbinder tells Slotniks that Costigan has been obsessively photographing and drawing their son.

pp423-432. . . thinlyveiled "Paralyzed Theoretical Dentist" allegory


Miscellaneous stuff that I thought was cool

"ringsbeing led". . . 37+6

"hipslike spun glass". . . 38

"universaldropping dead". . . 52

"halfa bubble off plumb". . . 119

"shiton a twig". . . 71,101, 388, 401-5

animpossible, hilarious gymnastic maneuver. . . 127

"wecan practically hear the thud as she falls in love". . . 187+2

"chewedthe whiskey out of my ice". . . 233.8-1

"sweetshrieking mother of ______ ". . . 18.6,197.5

"calveslike churns". . . 262-16

"eyeslike little anuses". . . 300,(422)

"payingme like the money hurt his hand". . . 303

"Whatcould be simpler". . . 311+9

"dressedto harm". . . 312-8

kneev. elbow skin. . . 371-4


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