As always my intent here is to provide a resource for people who have read the book a while ago and would like some help remembering, OR, for those reading now who'd like a little help understanding. Scene spotters below (spoilers too, so read on at your own risk.) Apologies in advance for the inconsistent formatting.
Here's a Waterhouse family tree I pulled from Quicksilver's Dramatis Personae section. (For some reason I felt the need to fit generations on a horizontal line as much as possible, so I stacked some married couples. Those couples are joined by lines connecting corners, giving a somewhat cool—albeit unintended—sort of 3D effect. Click to enlarge.)
Book One: Quicksilver
[pagination is from the 2004 HarperPerennialpaperback edition of Quicksilver,Baroque Cycle Vol. 1]
3 Boston Common
Root arrives in Boston during witch hanging • Meetsand discusses history with Ben, son of Josiah, looking for van Hoek (seacaptain), and Drake (a Barker) • Both board the ferry; Root mentions his NYcontact (also in the Royal Society) • Ben Franklin! • Harvard (or MIT) wagsdismiss Daniel • Ben outs Root as RS member; Wags fawn over Root as ferryarrives; Godfrey Waterhouse • Root, Ben and Godfrey talk of history, alchemy,Puritans, Natural Philosophy (aka science) • Alchemy • Huygens is a scientistwhile Comstock & Angelsey are alchemists • Wilkins leads Royal Society atWadham College
Alchemistslay low • Enoch is an expert on Longevity [No kidding: See Cryptonomicon.]
34 Newtowne, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Enoch Root visits Daniel at Massachusetts BayColony Institute of Technological Arts • Data card categories • Enoch givesDaniel letter from Caroline • They discuss the Newton v. Leibniz calculusdebate • Caroline "wants a dove to fly between the pillars ofhercules" • To the tavern it is • "You hold judicial proceedings indrinking houses?" • Barkers • Daniel: "Drake brought me into thisworld so I'd meet Jesus in 1666; Took me to see Wilkins who told me about theworld's codes, and suggested a REAL education could be got at Gresham's Collegein London." • Finally opening Caroline's letter: hop a boat now! •Enoch: Wake up Daniel, the scientific revolution's afoot! • Panning forgold...in his head • Daniel's early years at Trinity; gold-nugget-itemizedmemories • Barkers and traders • Royal Society • More memory nuggets fromTrinity
51 College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity, Cambridge
Courtyardrevelers • Scarlet boy kills a guy • Two naked guys emerge, Comstock andJeffries: "Yeah, we uh...were swimming." • "You say you saw a...murder
63 Boston, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Daniel does not own slaves • "Mrs. Goose"spins wild children' tales • Daniel and young Wait Still debate free will,souls • Daniel leaves Godfrey with Wait Still and Faith (Root—keeper of TheStory—is with them as Daniel is rowed out to the Minerva) • Minerva shifts ashe boards, spilling him to the deck
70 College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity
Danielreturns from the Tavern; Isaac has a needle in his eye! • Daniel is the onekeeping Isaac alive despite Isaac being, technically, Daniel's sizar • Theyboth blow off class for a full year • Examining the possibilities ina stained-glass window, Daniel gets a "faint echo" of what it must belike to be Isaac Newton allthe time:"a permanent ongoing epiphany."
73 Aboard Minerva, Massachusetts Bay
Daniel, still prone on the deck, is led to hiscabin by van Hoek (short, with a hook for a hand)
74 College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity,Cambridge,1664
Isaac obsesses about sundials; Daniel doesn't getit, Isaac makes him understand.
76 Aboard Minerva, Massachusetts Bay
Daniel sees curves everywhere • Daniel's Five Act(or Six) Shipwreck analogy for human progress • Puritans prefer to be wrongwith a classic sundial than correct with a newfangled one • Cartesian pointplotting; geometry expressed with algebra • Only memory of Trinity education:Examinations passed • Daniel puts his thoughts about Newton's calculus ontopaper, for later consumption and digestion by "princes andparliamentarians"
82 Banks of the River Cam, 1665
Walkingto Stourbridge Fair, Isaac discusses "fluxions" in the river's curve
90 Aboard Minerva, off the coast of New England
Minerva still has not head for open sea, unable toget strong enough wind • Daniel takes ocean temperature readings (to test GulfStream theories) • Daniel notices and envies the camaraderie of the old-timers• Eating down to the plate pattern when suddenly—
93 The Plague Year, Summer 1665
Everyonewho could afford to has left London; Cambridge has closed for the duration ofthe plague • Drake's rabble-rousing youth • Being two of the very few ridingthe storm out, Drake and Daniel get on each others nerves • Isaac's gone toWoolsthorpe • Waterhouse's china • Daniel embarks on a mini-Odyssey to see Wilkins atEpsom: [Drakegives Daniel a sort of check for 1 Pound (traveling money) • Daniel walksthrough London bearing witness to the horrors of the plague • He examines St.Paul's Cathedral...it has seen better days • On to Wilkins' place for a fewbooks Wilkins asked him to pick up, then to the Church of St. Lawrence Jewry'scellar where Daniel finds a half dozen robust frogs • Past the stand-pipeflushing the gutters in the big intersection, on to Gresham's College whereDaniel observes some experiments in progress (it's the home of the RoyalSociety), grabs some stuff for Hooke, and some unopened mail for one GRUBENDOL• On his way out of London, Daniel is flagged down by Thomas Ham, and invitedinto Ham's cellar....lots of gold down there, as well as several workmeneffecting major renovations; Thomas cashes Drake's "check" with asilver coin and a caduceus hairpin. • Continuing out of London, Daniel dropsthe GRUBENDOL mail on Oldenburg's doorstep.]
112 Epsom, 1665- 1666
AtEpsom, Daniel sees numerous designs and inventions strewn about; Daniel seesWilkins atop a tall ladder; Gothic glass beehive • Wilkins encapsulatesthe socio-political upheaval of the mid 1600s • Universal Character •Philosophical Language • Hooke studies cells • Philosophical Language/LinneanClassification • Noah's Ark logistics • Wilkins sets Daniel to work on theRoyal Society's Terms of Abuse, Virtues • Daniel incorporates data from manysources • King asks RS about ants, so the society immediately sets about withant experiments • Hooke sees no beauty in man-made forms; only natural ones •Daniel itemizes Punishments • Sparks, bubbles: spheres, as are planets •"Fly's wings beat frequency" experiment; Other cruel experiments •Comstock's money scrivener appears occasionally, despite plague • "Daniel!Fetch a cannon"; Comstock chides Wilkins for loud cannon fire while
147 Aboard Minerva, Plymouth Bay, Massachusetts
Daniel recovers from violent seasickness in cabin,hears (and reads) captain's footsteps on planks above his head; van Hoekgrenades strange pirate ship; Pirates captured and tortured (like Hooke'sdogs...)
150 Woolsthorpe, Lincolnshire
Daniel arrives at Woolsthorpe [about to be thefirst witness of one of the most productive man-years in human history] •Discussion of Isaac's visibly broken home • Isaac has gone gray, wears goldfoil spectacles (retinas have been cooked from looking into the sun duringexperiments); Daniel hears the explosions from the Dutch v. England navalbattle; Daniel sees Venusian spectrum, and spectra of surrounding stars as well• Cambridge reopened, but had to close again immediately with another case ofplague; Year Of The Beast: 1666, but people are noticing that the world's notending as predicted [until Sept. 2 when the fire breaks out in London and burnsuntil the 5th.] • As Daniel rides into London from the north he sees"soot-faced wretches" fleeing the city; in town, a building explodesblowing Daniel off his mount; At fire's northern limit, Drake stands on hisroof hoisting his bible to usher in the apocalypse; Courtiers try to talk Drakedown, until the King himself determines that enough warnings have been givenand lights the fuses. Daniel tries to douse the lit fuse but is shotgunned inthe back by a courtier at the moment the powderkegs blow the house—and Drake—tokingdom come.
162 Aboard Minerva, Plymouth Bay, Massachusetts
Daniel enjoys a good cry • Pirates attack, everyoneis treating Daniel as if he were captain! This "multilayered bluff"continues, the Minerva takes some hard hits; In captains quarters, Dappaexplains the strategy (while shooting a pirate who tried to rappel into theroom): "Those small-time pirates out there attack us. If we slaughter themas we are more than able to do, they'll run to join up with Edward Teach indesperation, and THAT would be much harder for us to manage. Teach wants thisship for his own, but heaven help any man who tries to take the Minerva fromCap'n van Hoek!" [1/2]
167 Charing Cross, 1670
Danielhas followed Isaac into town; (a paragraph about many celebrities of the day,including the CABAL) Daniel spots a man on horseback also following Isaac;Daniel sets up the telescope coffee table at Mrs. Green's; Isaac enters unknownshop, both Daniel and horseman are clueless as to why; Winston Churchillrecognizes Daniel (Digression on the state of the Waterhouse family sinceDrake's death); The awkward moment between Churchill and Daniel continues, withDaniel observing fashion minutae; Sterling and Beatrice arrive and prolong theawkwardness • Daniel senses some real estate/mercantile conspiracy • Winstonnotices the telescope along with another spectator, but plays dumb along withDaniel • Upnor and entourage arrive, and mystery horseman approaches. Upnorshames the rider (whom Upnor hired to follow Isaac) into leaving town. Upnorenters the shop and Daniel sees him have an involved conversation with Isaac.Daniel sulks off to Bishopsgate.
182 Royal Society Meeting, Gresham's College
Minutesof the Aug. 12 meeting, with results from experiments and suggestions forothers from RS members including Boyle, several from Hooke, Wilkins, Mercator,Locke, Oldenberg's letters were read into the record by Daniel, Huygen's letterwas read by the Duke of Gunfleet. Daniel submitted Newton's telescope which wasexamined enthusiastically • After the meeting several went to a tavern;Daniel asked why Oldenberg was in prison...no one seemed willing to answer;Another vivisected dog; Wilkins takes Daniel outside to explain about Oldenburg:"His letters are the heart of our knowledge-gathering society, so thepowers that be are titrating that correspondence to their own comfortlevel" • Hooke uses Hg to level table then pronounces it UniversalMeasure; the Society peppers Hooke with so many skeptical questions he departsin a huff • Daniel, Pepys and Wilkins take a carriage to John Comstock'shouse (enroute, they discuss military matters—which makes Daniel feel that he'sin way over his head—and Oldenburg's imprisonment); They pick up Comstock, whotells Daniel to visit Oldenburg in prison, and bring him some supplies andmail; Carriage stops at LaFebure's shop, Daniel climbs up on top of thecarriage, Enoch exits the shop and gets in, and they head for an alley alongWhitehall. Pepys, Comstock, Wilkins and Root get out and go into an alchemy labin a basement under Whitehall, Daniel walks back to Raleigh's house, seesCromwell's skull—twelve years dead—atop a pike at Westminster. • Daniel bringsstuff to Oldenburg, imprisoned in Tower of London; they sing a song, (letterfrom Leibniz letter proposes Societas Eruditorum) Oldenburg hints at a "torch passing" inthe Royal Society, from himself (old & busted) to Daniel (new hotness);Daniel recants the Wilkins-Pepys enigmatic conversation about military matters,whereupon Oldenburg decrypts it for Daniel; Oldenburg saw a huge ship delivercargo to the mint, and the mint has been going great guns ever since (the Kingsof England and France are hatching a somewhat secret Treaty, which is a rusefor a REALLY secret plan involving midnight shipments of gold to the Towermint) • Daniel leaves Oldenburg in the Tower prison, drops in on Thomas &Mayflower Ham; (Much info about Mayflower and her remarkable womb); Sterling,Beatrice and Apthorp are there; Thomas leads Daniel to the forge room wherenewly minted Charles II silver coins are being melted into bullion by Thomas's younger brother Charles; It'shappening at many houses; Daniel is baffled by the "dark science" ofmoney. • Daniel goes to another tavern, where Pepys, Wilkins, Comstock, Angseley,Wren, Churchill & Upnor are discussing a new name for New Amsterdam, andEnoch's Phosphorus demo; Upnor had taken umbrage to something Root said andreached for his sword, Pepys talked Upnor down from his rage. • Daniel andIsaac take a carriage back to Cambridge, with Isaac getting deeper intoalchemy.
217 Aboard Minerva, Cape Cod Bay, Massachusetts
Chainof command reassumes control of the Minerva, which is in rough shape; Strategyof sailing into a dead-end in Cape Cod Bay; Dappa has Daniel smash china intofragments for blunderbuss ammunition [vaguely echoing Lt. Monkberg in
221 Gresham's College, Bishopsgate, London
Danielspends two months making a hole in the ceiling/roof of Gresham's College;Jesuit Riccioli attacks Copernican theory • Daniel's Panoramic Survey of LondonFrom Gresham's College [post fire, streets made straighter and wider];Pondering the "central mystery:" French ships bringing in gold torent out the English Navy, sort of. • Sitting in Pepys' carriage, Daniel sees abailiff chase a boy spreading anti-French handbills; Pepys shows Daniel atennis ball-sized urolith that was pulled from his bladder 14 years prior. Theyride the carriage to Wilkins (on the way they see L'Estrange's men ransacking aBarker printer's shop); Wilkins is in rough shape because of his own bladderstone, has been drinking opium tincture; Daniel mounts the telescope at Gresham• Re-enactment of the Battle of Maastricht between France (aided by England)and the Dutch, with the Dutch actors dressed suspiciously like Barkers; Danielbumps into Gomer Bolstrood who leads him to a tent occupied by the Dutchambassador. The Dutchmen discuss "negateev spaace" and refuse to backoff the London printers despite Daniel's request. Daniel also asks Gomer tolighten up on the Royalist propaganda [or so it seemed after a couple readings of thissection...I'd thought the Bolstroods were Barkers, not Royalists; this onesection confused me more than all of the helical intricacies of Cryptonomicon!– SMR – ] •Comstock's cannon explodes killing several re-enactors, triggering a mob attackon his house.
236 College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity
260 London Bridge, 1673
Standing on London Bridge, Daniel sees Leibnizstanding in a boat approaching the bridge, bearing news of the Dutch-Englishwar • German delegation disembarks at London Bridge, Daniel greets Leibniz (whohas been described by Parisians as a monster) and they head off to see Wilkins;Leibniz tells Daniel his purpose is to meet English scientists; hints thatEurope thinks King Chas. II might be Catholic • Seven years after the fire,London still under massive construction; France's King's Library; As they walkon, Daniel explains (and defines) Barkers for Leibniz; Daniel and Leibnizarrive just in time to witness Wilkins sign some document; Leibniz shows the"denary calculator" in his box; Wilkins lays some magnificentresponsibility at Daniel's feet... • Leibniz and Daniel leave and discuss severalsubjects: Philosophical Language, logic, Germany wanting France to attackEgypt, Hooke's distrust of Germans, Newton's name is broached, "What is anumber? What is thought? Can a machine that does math be said to think?";"Free will v. Predestination" is one of the great "labyrinthsinto which the mind is drawn," the other is...
279 Aboard Minerva, Cape Cod Bay, Massachusetts
Daniel brings shattered china fragments up toblunderbuss shooters; Minerva battles two of Blackbeard's pirate ships, a sloopand a whaler • As promised on p. 167, van Hoek is ruthless, setting the sloopaflame with gunfire, then finishing off the now helpless craft by ramming itwith the Minerva.
283 Royal Society Meeting, Gunfleet House
Prickly Royal Society meeting: bickering over causeof Wilkins's death, whether Wilkins was of unsound mind: Comstock &Angelsey v. LeFebure, trading "poisoned eulogies" • Daniel talks toRoger after bolting from the shouting match; Newton fired Roger after the gunpowder/labexplosion; Explosion is presented from Roger's perspective (Roger was neveraware Daniel was in the lab that night); Roger made a bundle in the stockmarket; One by one their conversation in the garden is joined by Leibniz, thenHooke, then Oldenburg; Leibniz is despondent that his theorem had been provedby someone else first; (in front of everyone Hooke induces his own vomiting);John Comstock upbraids Daniel (for insinuating in the meeting that Wilkins wasof sound mind in resisting an Established Church) • Roger asks Daniel to designand build a big house; A passing mob burns the Pope in effigy, and is dispersedby Duke of York's Horse Guards; Roger explains to Daniel the argument in theRoyal Society meeting • Daniel meets Leibniz at coffeehouse where they discussCogitatio & Computation (again); Daniel finds his life is not sopredestined after all
301 Aboard Minerva, Cape Cod Bay, Massachusetts
Minervamaneuvers with pirate schooner, which, over loaded with cannon, rides low inthe water, creating a hellish wake • Minerva blasts a pirate ketch to splinters– which before it sinks fires a cannon that bursts through Daniel's wall; asDaniel is stitched up, word comes that the pirates want
307 City Of London, 1673y
Danieldoes pyrotechnic special effects for Roger Comstock's theatrical production,while London awaits news on the outcome of the Dutch war; A cluster of deathsare noted: Wilkins of course, Richard Comstock, Thomas Ham; Ham's basement golddepository is empty
331 Aboard Minerva, Cape Cod Bay, Massachusetts
Blackbeardwants Daniel for some reason; Daniel uses trig and calculus to determine thatthe pirate schooner to Minerva's starboard cannot possibly beat them to thenorthern tip of Cape Cod, so van Hoek focuses efforts on lining up a shot onthe other
BookTwo: KingOf The Vagabonds
[pagination is from the 2004 HarperPerennialpaperback edition of Quicksilver,Baroque Cycle Vol. 1]
339 The Mud Below London
Of necessity, Mother Shaftoe encourages criminalbehavior in her young sons • Mudlarks hatch a plan to steal anchors offships in the Thames; Dick dies during anchor theft; John Cole sentencedto hang, asks Jack & Bob to grab and pull his legs during the hanging sohe'll die faster, after which the boys start a "hanging facilitation"business; Jack & Bob's first visit to Newgate Prison, the Stone Hold; Theyperform their advertisement for their services
350 The Continent, 1683
Electors Palatinate; Jack the military re-enactor,goes to Palatinate. • Jack housesits for a Lord (to make sure the plague hasleft the house) but, like any Vagabond in a mansion, overstays his welcome andescapes when the angry lord returns; Heads east across the Rhine toward Linzwhere he sees Polish-Lithuanian King Jan Sobieski leads his army of WingedHussars across the Danube and make camp; A friend (Augsburg) buys Jack a musketand he becomes a musketeer for Austria; His unit marches in square-pikeformation; Jack gets up early one morning and surveys the Turkish camp andVienna from a hilltop, weighing his looting options; King Sobieski is on thesame hilltop praying • Sobieski's massive attack leads Jack into a Turkish tentcity: let the looting commence! A Lord rides up and tells Jack to watch hisnewly-looted horse; An ostrich runs by and Jack saddles up to pursue it. Therenegade ostrich leads Jack into Vienna, into a tunnel which leads under theinner city where Jack sees members of a harem being executed with sabers. Thispresents Jack with an opportunity for "glorious stupidity," so hetramples one of the executioners and shoots the other, saving one of the women,and beheads the ostrich • The woman speaks Qwghlmian and is a virgin namedEliza with whom Jack shares his own sexual secret (the source of his nickname:Half-Cocked Jack) and his limited remaining days; Jack & Eliza form apartnership.
376 Erstwhile Camp of Grand Vizier Khan Mustapha
Jack & Eliza ride east ("Danube is off tothe right, Vienna rises beyond that,") then west toward Linz, all thewhile bickering the terms of their partnership; Eliza tries to familiarize Jackwith a novel concept: kindness for its own sake; Eliza discusses her Qwghlmupbringing, tells story of her and mother harvesting gull shit at the shore,pirates row up, one gets stuck in mud, mom helps him and is brought out to abig galleon where she is ravaged (or ravished? Given the accommodations?) byone powerful pirate Personage who only ate fish so rotten it had to be towedbehind the galleon • Time passes, the story goes on ("The cabin smelledbad,") "Mom failed the sniff test so I was offered up asrecompense..." • Time passes and the conversation continues: (mom wasravaged) Jack tries to resist looking at the beautiful Eliza, no good can comefrom that; Eliza's story gets spicy as they approach settlements, esp.nunneries! Jack enumerates myriad benefits of traveling with Jack Shaftoe, andthe one crucial drawback (he's wanted nearly everywhere); God's Poor (we shouldhelp them) v. Devil's Poor (screw 'em); Eliza draws up a long term plan forunloading the ostrich feathers: "Get me though the winter jack and comespring I'll get you top dollar in Leipzig."
390 Bohemia, Autumn 1683
Having ridden north for three days, Jack and Elizaweight the resale value of their looted sword; Jack tells the local historywith artifacts spontaneously raised from the river bottom; They come across anabandoned bohemian fort, then a man-made pond, (which leads to a discussion ofthe Catholic v. Protestant clash, of Elizabeth, the Winter Queen of Bohemia, ofthe 30 year war, of Jack's time in Jamaica) • At the pond they meet a villageof peasants and vagabonds, and Jack uses a makeshift bomb to bring some fish tothe surface; (Jack tells about Sir Winston Churchill's difficulties and how, asa young boy, he and his brother contributed to them, but ultimately came towork for Churchill and his son John); Jack and Eliza depart the village andhead north before the peasants' gratitude morphs into something lessgrateful...
403 Bohemia, Winter of 1683 - 1684
Jack& Eliza encounter a couple German miners at a hot spring, and build a campfor winter, and fall into a winter routine of not talking to each other much.This drives Eliza nuts and she demands conversation, so Jack tells how JohnChurchill was romantically involved with one of Charles II's mistresses; HowJack and Bob were battlefield messengers for John at the siege of Maestricht;How Churchill & the Duke of Monmouth conquered a Dutch fort, but the nextmorning the Dutch unconquered it from them; How Jack delivered a message toD'Artagnan, who promptly took a musketball in the head and how Jack wasconsidering amputating D'Artagnan's fingers to get his rings...but instead juststole a hit from D'Artagnan's flask. This impressed Eliza so much she offeredto perform some Book Of India tricks on Jack, if he'd just go clean up... •While relaxing the hot spring together, Eliza gives Jack a prostate exam rathermore involved and intimate than is typical, during which Jack more or less seesGod and weeps. [NOTE:In relating his sensations to Eliza, Jack describes an elaborate, ancientGerman clock that bears a startling resemblance to the Year, Decade, Century,and Millenium monastery gate clocks in Stephenson's 2008 novel Anathem.]
Jack and Eliza sell the silk at local market; HerrGeidel shows them his mint; Geidel hires jack as Road security; They ride northinto Saxony, then Leipzig: paved streets, taverns, town hall, town square; Coinexchange rates, stock exchange...Eliza proposed buying stock in a silver mine.• Fun fair, meeting an effete doctor..binary coin flipping...off they go toinspect the doctor's mine. • Jack observes "gargoyles" gazing downfrom upper balconies in a mercantile courtyard.
Jackhelps Leibniz decide to submit his calculus manuscript; Doctor (Leibniz)enrages the Bookseller's Quarter and bolts. Leibniz reads a novel. • Wagontrain, heading west; Jack, Leibniz and Eliza ride in a coach; Eliza tells howshe got from Barbary to Vienna. "The horse that paid for me was analbino...When I find the person who caused me and my mother to be made slaves,I'll kill him." Jack offers to do the job. • The convoy enters the Harzmountains they see charcoal being made. The three of them enter a mine, whereJack, walking point, encounters a large fossil skeleton. The mine is full offossils. • They ascend until they reach a mountain-top tower, Jack describesthe view. • Jack decides to go down into the town of Bockboden to get medicinefor Eliza, though Leibniz strongly advises him against it. In town, Jack entersan apothecary shop...Enoch Root is there and startles Jack. Before long Roothas diagnosed Eliza, from afar, as having iron-poor blood; Anotherwitch-burning [whichburnings seem to correlate with Enoch's initial appearances...as in the openingscene of BookOne]
450 The Harz Mountains
Jack'slost in the woods, sees three women and a man, then more arrive and prepare ameal, which Jack comes out of hiding to partake of. Jack hallucinates wickedlyfrom mushrooms in the meal; Jack panics, almost runs off a cliff; The peoplesee his sword and scatter...they think he's a "watcher." A mob formsand pursues Jack, who, after running for an hour or so, takes refuge in an oldwooden building. He descends a stairway, and the mob sets fire to the building.Jack executes a slapstick "descent" into a mineshaft, and desperatelysearches the mine for subterranean fresh air. Jack comes across an undergroundlake. • Jack sees light in the bottom of the pool and swims down toward it. Hesurfaces in an adjoining treasure vault in which Eliza and Enoch were meetingwith potential mine stockholders, scaring the shit out of all but Enoch.("There's a famous novel -- L'Emmerdeur -- based on your Vagabond infamy...") Jackdisrupted the meeting but Eliza isn't angry. "Far from it...she'sradiant...You volunteered to be taken down into eternal torment in place ofher. This is the absolute minimum that any female requires from her man."
465 The Place [Amsterdam] Summer 1684
Headingwest from Leipzig to Amsterdam, passing though small cities and endlesscountryside, stopping at trade fairs, etc. • Jack & Enoch visit asilver mine, mercury is used to extract the silver. "With a hundred weightof quicksilver you can make eight pieces of eight and six royals..."(Eliza will ask.) • We need to go to Amsterdam to buy mercury so we can sell itto silver miners. • Sleeping in book depository • Eliza practices crypotgraphyusing fingers for binary digits; Layout of "Amstel Dam"; Jack noticesa massive ship battle; Jack and Eliza are swept along by a flowing mob who seemto communicate news via hand slaps; They settle in Amsterdam; Jack spends hisdays roaming, watching, learning, trying not to get arrested foridleness; Shipyard; Damrak; Weigh house; Stock exchange; Eliza enterslocal economic circles by flirting ruthlessly, all day. Drives Jack nuts. Asdoes the omnipresent water
484 The Dutch Republic
Jackviews the sea while talking to Turk, his "Turkish-by way-of-Vienna"horse. Hides his "Turkish-by way-of-Vienna" sword in a crutch. Jackrides south, past The Hague, visits the Bomb & Grapnel and its proprietor,Mr. Foot [seeCryptonomicon] inDunkirk; Jack crosses farmland into a village where he encounter Arlanc, aParisian, and they ride to Amiens together. Arlanc stops at an inn to see hissons, Jack rides on to Paris. • Jack's ride to Paris takes several days; InParis, trailed by police? Rue Vivienne; Jack delivers a letter to Signor Cozzi(from Eliza?) who pays him well • In Marais, Jack hooks up with a ratexterminator named St. -George, who makes sure not to kill ALL the rats; Jack:"Maybe they are breeding you.";The benefits of arduous coffee haggling with Christopher; Jack's Parislodgings; On the roof tops; Down at street-level; Jack hallucinates seeingcreatures trapped in a stone wall. (Eliza? The fossils Leibniz told him aboutback in April? The Pox begins its assault on his senses...)
Gettingon with his Armenian landlords; The Esphanian's drama, in four or five acts(maybe THEY can sell the ostrich plumes!) • Place Dauphine recruiting station;Place Royale horse market (Jack sneaks in); Albino horse coach team; Jackintroduces himself to angry fishwives; Takes Cozzi's message and horses to Lyon;Charles II isdead, long live James II.
512 The Hague, February 1685
Englishand French delegations freeze to the bone face to face while Eliza skates;d'Avaux flatters Eliza relentlessly • Eliza and Gomer Bolstrood discuss subparfurniture ("I could make better chairs in an
Jack,riding between Lyon and Paris, sees columns of Huguenot galley slaves shufflingtoward Marseille. Jack recognizes Arlanc in one of them. Jack sneaks Arlancsome food, Arlanc advises Jack about horse trading. Jack goes further mad,hallucinating grave diggers and singing Huguenots and fishwives (with lyricsand stage directions); Jack jousts (sort of...), knocks a rider
Elizahelps Monmouth eject his excess humours, as she helped Jack in the hot spring,for which Monmouth offers to make Eliza a duchess. • Eliza with Monmouth at theopera; she's there, seeky
558 Paris, Spring 1685
Jack,up to his neck in manure at Arcachon stables; Churchill explains why he savedJack, and later, didn't kill him; Jack devises an escape from d'Arcachon'sstable...collars a Scot with a red-hot chain...stable gypsy boy helps Jack;Jack rides Turk out in front of the house as party-goers arrive,
Jackcan't remember the Lyon to Paris ride, explains how he met Yvgeney; Jack's dealwith Foot & Yvgeney; Has Eliza outgrown Jack? No insurance. Cowrie shells.Slaves. Yes, Jack's going into the slave trade. Eliza will have none of it, andartfully harpoons him to the mast of the God's Wounds.
D'Avauxand two valets escort Eliza to canal where she boards a
599 Coast of Europe and of Northern Africa
Book Three: Odalisque
[pagination is from the 2004 HarperPerennialpaperback edition of Quicksilver,Baroque Cycle Vol. 1]
Daniel Waterhouse watched King Charles II die atWhitehall Palace; Parliament moved to Oxford (Whigs); The worm has turned:"Papists in power, Protestants in the Tower" • Daniel on Whitehall'sprivy stairs; Pun not intended, but court physicians essentially"treat" Charles II to death (via excessive bloodletting, etc.);Daniel to Roger Comstock: "Some men really are irreplaceable"; Otherdoctors arrive via river boat; Wending through Whitehall with doctors •Syphilis poem; A short bio of James II • Elizabeth, the Winter Queen has manybabies • Daniel goes to St. James trepidatiously, for he must tell the Duke ofYork (James II) that Charles II is at death's door; Another run-in withJeffries as Daniel makes his way back through St James private chambers; Danielis surprisingly and refreshingly direct with James II.
Letterfrom Eliza to d'Avaux:"William of Orange found the letters you hid in my luggage...it gotunpleasant. But I understand why you did it. You knew they'd make me agoverness, where I'd be pursued by Persons of Quality." •
Roger persistently asks Daniel who is taking careof Isaac; Flamsteed founds the Royal Observatory to research St. Pierre'slongitude claim; Roger asks about Newton's interest in astronomy, alchemy, theapocalypse; Billiard ball elucidation or parabolic orbits • Roger Comstockloathes his golden cousin John; Daniel must travel north and release religiousprisoners. • Daniel travels from London to Ipswitch, chats with ExaltationGather regarding science, the Bible. • Daniel tours the country freeing"Quakers, Barkers, Ranters, Congregationalists, Presbyterians, and the oddJew..."; Daniel speaks to Edmund Palling about James II • Daniel'shyperbolic path around England; CONIC SECTIONS SECTION • Trinity College...it'sgone downhill since Daniel attended. Daniels baits the Trinity Fellows for infoon Newton and hears that "...lately he's been scratching in his gardenlike a peckish hen." • Daniel enters Isaac's chamber; Isaac defendsscriptural revelation. • Isaac shows Daniel some ellipse proofs; Isaac has discoveredthe System of the World.
688 Beach North of Scheveningen
Eliza watches William of Orange sand sail; Williamtells Eliza who reads her letters. • Eliza rides off, and is accosted andde-mounted (pulled off her horse...is there a word for that?) by a stranger whothrows back his hood and reveals the face of Jack Shaftoe. • But it's BobShaftoe, not Jack. Bob wants to discuss a private matter as they walk to TheHague.
[The first section of thischapter is written in 2nd person: Bob addressing Eliza, presumably as theywalk. I inadvertently converted these notes to 3rd. -smr-.]
Jack told me of your aversion to slavery (recallthe harpooning incident in King of the Vagabonds); Monmouth arrives at LymeRegis, Bob joins, meets Abigail Frome at Taunton, deserts. While deserting,attracts a framer's dog's attention, then the farmer's. Farmer pitchforks Bobin the back, Bob threatens the feisty dog, then the farmer recognizes Bob froman earlier, friendlier conversation in Lyme Regis; King putsFeversham—demolitions specialist or enthusiast—in command (not Churchill) whopromptly takes a piece of flying debris in the head (and had to be trepanned torelieve pressure from brain swelling); Monmouth deserts his men; Abigail issold to Earl of Upnor by Jeffreys; Bob asks Eliza to buy Abigail. • Eliza andBob enter Hyugens's house; Eliza does her trick with the sausage-casing, afterwhich Bob and Eliza "kill some time" during which Eliza lectures Bobon honor; Huygens walks in on them in flagrante. • Eliza helps Huygens callnoon and set his clocks; Regarding Eliza's (& Bob's) exertions on thekitchen table, Huygens advocates recognizing and correcting a misjudgmentrather than "posturing defiantly."
716 The Exchange [Between Threadneedle andCornhill],September 1686
[Writtenas a play.]Daniel visits Apthorp in the Exchange; A Jew from Amsterdam enters & exits;Ravenscar (Roger Comstock) enters with Leibniz's book...Daniel producesNewton's Principia
Elizato d'Avaux:Eliza runs finances in Amsterdam by proxy from Versailles •
739 Bank of
Daniel jumps into William Penn's carriage(discussion features oblique reference to Mason-Dixon); they go to Orange'sEstate in Haagse Bos forest. • Daniel recognizes girl (Abigail); Daniel asksPenn to add a letter to his sheaf. • Eliza visits William of Orange anddiscusses Daniel and Penn • At a dinner party at Huygens's, first Eliza thenDaniel size up Fatio; Fatio, Eliza, Daniel and Huygens discuss Leibniz; Fationotes how vulnerable William is when he land-sails on the beach; Rooftoptelescope session; Fatio announces that Fenil wants to capture William; Fatioknows Eliza's spying for William; Enoch appears (yet again!) down in the yard,and suggests they turn the telescope west; which they do, and see not a planetor star, but a ship arriving from France... • Eliza wants to watch(William of) Orange land-sailing • Eliza steals a horse, she and Fatio alertOrange's guards, then commandeer a land-sailer of their own; Their sailer goesmuch faster than Orange's guards on horseback, and the guards toss themfirearms as they whizz past... the beach rescue begins, Eliza expertly leansway out to keep the land-sailer upright, enabling more speed; William kills afew of the attackers; Eliza commandeers one of the attackers' long boats, therescue continues, Orange's guards arrive • Orange vows to reward both Fatio andEliza, and to "make Britain mine... what you have just witnessed is thespark that ignites the pan, that fires the musket, that ejects the ball, thatfells the king;" Orange asks Eliza to "get close" to Liselotte(Louis XIV's sister-in-law) to get info about Louis's troop movements.
Elizato Leibniz:Eliza is now Countess de la Zeur (Sghr) of Qwghlm; Qwghlmian Church
774 The Star Chamber, Westminster Palace
Jeffreystortures Daniel with an iron collar but doesn't kill him • Daniel isdumped in a field • Daniel has it bad for Eliza; Porter helps Daniel; Danielreceives (and decrypts) a letter from Eliza (discussion of her cypher); Elizatells Daniel she's coming to Whitehall • She's using Daniel to get intoWhitehall to see if the Queen bears Louis XIV a legitimate heir and adjust herinvestments accordingly.
Elizato d'Avaux:"Long time, no mail; the market has been too volatile of late; "Ihave seduced an Englishman close to the King" (Daniel.); Liselotte acceptsEliza at Versailles, and flirts with her.
793 Tower of London
Danieldoes some high-watt soul searching in the Tower prison; The tower has a new setof guards...the King's Black Torrent guards; Daniel gets better food, and somevisitors • England doubts the heir; Erudite guard (Bob) explains why the King'sguards are in the tower (this keeps John Churchill, their CO, at arm's length);Guard has a letter for Daniel from Leibniz; Guard is instructed by Jeffreysonly to allow two specific "friends" to visit Daniel. Daniel knowsthey are Jeffreys's assassins. ; Leibniz to Daniel: Newton is not interested in understanding
[The following six chapters comprise a lengthy, one-sidedcorrespondence from Bonaventure Rossignol—Louis XIV's cryptanalyst—to the Kinghimself, including the text of Eliza's journal.]
811 Chateau Juvisy
Rossignolto Louis XIV:"I suspect Eliza's letters to Leibniz are in code; Here's a letter Elizasent to Leibniz:"
815 St. Cloud
Elizato d'Avaux:Phillipe has many male lovers; Liselotte, sick of endless costume work, has hadall layers of her enmanteau dresssewn into one garment, saving her much time and effort getting dressed; Phobosand Deimos allegory.
819 Rossignol to Louis XIV Continued
Phobos/Deimos story referred to the Savoysupression—some of this was for Orange's eyes as much as d'Avaux's; Here's aletter I got from d'Avaux a few weeks later:
820 French Embassy, The Hague
d'Avauxto Rossignol:"Eliza is NOT in a nunnery as we have been led to believe, but at Williamof Orange's place in the Hague."
821 Rossignol to Louis XIV Continued
Rossignolgoes to the Hague; Eliza visits Orange in the woods, Orange invades England;Rossignol expends inordinate effort and time decrypting Eliza's encodedembroidery.
[Inordinate to say the least. Observe thelengths to which Rossignol goes to please his king:
1. ...enlists an eagle-eyed Embassy clerkto transcribe 1s & 0s from the embroidery (in all four orientations? Whichway is up on a square?) then returns it to Eliza's chamber before she returnsfrom her journey -- she won't know it's been missing.
2. ...used a book at the "King'sLibrary" (Rue Vivienne?) to translate the binary into 30,000 Qwghlmianrunes.
3. ...asked Father de Gex about Qwghlmian,who referred him to Father Mxnghr in Dublin, who translated the Qwghlmian intoLatin.
3. ...translated the Latin into "amore elevated style...redacting it into a coherent, if episodic,narrative."]
ELIZA'S ENCRYPTED JOURNAL ENTRIES, August -September 1688
07Aug. - Eliza's boat ride starts at St. Cloud,on the Seine.
20Aug. - Eliza dresses like a boy; chalandboats
25Aug. - Wooden shoe buoyancy experiment
28Aug. - Disembarks at St. Dizier; In the eyesof an ambitious man, this place demands to be invaded.
30Aug. - Convent, but they're so
02Sep. - Befriended letter recipient. Writer isd'Adour.
05Sep. - (Left St. Dizier, now on a carriage inAragonne.) "The cargo being shipped through Lorraine, on to Alsace.Chevalier of Lorraine (Louis XIV's brother's lover, and Liselotte's tormentor)exploits a vulnerability in ruling dynasty; King sent brother, Liselotte andChevalier to St Cloud to foment a war in Palatinate; Dr von Pfung called for meat the convent. We dispensed with secrecy and began sharing information. Isuggested we head for the Meuse and Pfung agreed. After a few hours we overtooka train of ox carts led by a French officer. I changed into my dress perhaps todistract the officer into sharing some info; when this officer mentionedd'Adour, Dr Pfung knew it meant the Palatinate was to be invaded."
07Sep. - I'm on the run. Carriage and Dr Pfungare lost. We're now near Verdun...
08Sep. - Pfung suffered a stroke. When weblundered into a cavalry regiment and were in some hot water so I just told thetruth..."Elizabeth Charlotte sent me here to look into youroperations..." Etienne d'Arcachon will receive me.
10Sep. - Etienne amputated his own arm,supposedly out of politeness, accounts vary as to exactly what happened. Hehires the best wood carvers and blacksmiths to make his prosthetics; one isivory with mother of pearl fingernails...and one....is carved of jade with anoversized, penis-shaped middle finger...which he used expertly, I might add,(And then used his real one.) (I'm not talking about his other middle finger,either.)
12Sep. - Etienne wrote me a love poemabout the perfect children I would bear him; I need to tell Orange how theFrench are quitting his southern flank; The carriage was on the ferry acrossthe Meuse and they saw the German coat of arms on the carriage door. They shotthe carriage to splinters killing Pfung and his faithful driver. I stole northimmediately.
13Sep. - At Liege. We shall ride north toMaastricht.
15Sep. - Finally get a bath.
16Sep. - "In a canal ship heading westacross the Dutch republic. I've met two supposed princesses on the run, Eleanorand Caroline. Eleanor claims to be the daughter of the Duke of Saxe-Eisenach;She married the Margrave of Brandenberg-Ansbach. At Rotterdam we'll head forthe Hague where I'll report to Orange."
853 Rossignol to Louis XIV Continued
"D'Avaux tells me his sources in the Hagueconfirm that the Countess is pregnant with d'Arcachon's bastard."
855 Sheerness, England
Daniel,searching for James II, finds him in a tavern getting his ass kicked by two fishermen; (AfterOrange invaded and began his march on London, James II made a run to Sheernessfor a boat, but it was low tide (the "boat-strewn mudflat") so whatelse could James do? Why not visit the nearest tavern?) • A stable hand bringsDaniel a horse...he summons a few nearby POQs to look in on the fight. • Danielobserves and considers Castle Upnor. Upnor was not there, but would be soon.Daniel wanders toward London, arrives in Greenwich at the Royal Observatory. Ina small copse below Flamsteed's windows, Daniel squats in an effort to get anyurine at all past his kidney stone...as he does he notices London goingbananas. Daniel puts the tavern scene with this one and concludes: the GloriousRevolution: Orange is now the King of England. Daniel leaves the horse withFlamsteed ; Mr Bhnh ferries Daniel "home" to the Tower; Danielnotices larger glass windows on shops ("People went 'shopping' now. Thenoun 'shop' had been verbed.") [As has the noun "verb." Very nice Mr.Stephenson!] Danielconks out on the ferry and Mr Bhnh covers him with blankets. • Daniel wakes onthe ferry disoriented • Ferry enters Tower via Traitor's Gate. • Bob appearsand he and Daniel leave the Tower, (perhaps to finish the plans hatched back onp 809?) They run into John Churchill who waves Bob along. Daniel: "Me andBob over there have a bad thing to do, but it's to a bad person who dearlydeserves it, so cut me some slack?" Churchill: "I scratch your backnow, you scratch mine later on?" They shake.) • Jeffreys has bugged out;LeFebure's Alchemy shop is raided and looted; Daniel enters LeFebure's, seesJohn Locke, tells him of James II; Down the hall: Newton, Upnor & Fatio(and what each is wearing...) Daniel tells them also about James II atSheerness; Upnor's heading to his castle tomorrow; Newton comments on Daniel's"incendiary behavior" in the presence of alchemical writings
Leibnizto Eliza, Countess de la Zeur and Duchess of Qwghlm
892 The Hague
[Thischapter starts off with deliberately misleading info, after which it becomesone long decrypted sequence that ties up many loose ends, essentially wrappingup Eliza's story for Volume One.]
Elizato Leibniz: "Icannot bear to write about my poor baby...have mercy on his littlesoul..." [Encrypted: I love him (yes, love
"Whichbrings us to the unanswered questions: Why is the baby flawless if a d'Arcachonis the father? Why am I telling you all this if the code has been cracked? Andperhaps most obviously, why would I boink Etienne when I had my pick often million horny Frenchmen? All three questions can be answered at once:
Danielpacks for journey to Boston; Pepys collects all Daniel's books that are notmaking the trip with him; Pepys wants to give Daniel a send-off; Sedan chair tothe nuthouse, Bedlam? But wait...Hooke's office is there; Sure enough, fullRoyal Society membership greets Daniel, now in a wheelchair from kidney stone pain; They give Daniel a warm reception: speeches are made and toasts are raised; Hooke has laid out surgical tools, indeed he plans on giving Daniel a send-offhe'll never forget. They strap Daniel down, and Hooke turns his attention toremoving Daniel's stone...."I shall not insult your intelligence bysuggesting that you relax. Please do not go insane. I'll see you on the otherside of the Styx..."