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13th Jun '15 3:40:00 PM quackytrope
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* DownerEnding: The first chapter, which chronologically serves as an epilogue to the book, ends with Hal completely incapable of communicating with other people and being put in an institution.
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* DownerEnding: The first chapter, which chronologically serves as an epilogue to the book, ends with Hal completely incapable of forming coherent sentences and communicating with other people people, and as a result losing his chance at a tennis scholarship and being put in an institution.
5th Jun '15 2:51:18 PM quackytrope
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* DownerEnding: The first chapter, which chronologically is the very ''last'' chaper of the book, ends with Hal completely incapable of communicating with other people and being put in an institution.
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* DownerEnding: The first chapter, which chronologically is the very ''last'' chaper of serves as an epilogue to the book, ends with Hal completely incapable of communicating with other people and being put in an institution.
5th Jun '15 2:31:02 PM quackytrope
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* DownerEnding: The first chapter, which chronologically serves as an epilogue to the book, ends with Hal totally unable to communicate with other people and being put in an institution.
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* DownerEnding: The first chapter, which chronologically serves as an epilogue to is the very ''last'' chaper of the book, ends with Hal totally unable to communicate completely incapable of communicating with other people and being put in an institution.
5th Jun '15 2:25:22 PM quackytrope
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* DownerEnding: the first chapter, which chronologically serves as an epilogue to the book, ends with Hal totally unable to communicate with other people and being put in an institution.
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* DownerEnding: the The first chapter, which chronologically serves as an epilogue to the book, ends with Hal totally unable to communicate with other people and being put in an institution.
5th Jun '15 2:24:33 PM quackytrope
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* DoubleAgent: Remy Marathe is actually a "quadruple agent"...[[spoiler:possibly becoming a "quintuple agent" later on]].
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* DoubleAgent: Remy Marathe is actually a "quadruple agent"...[[spoiler:possibly becoming a "quintuple agent" later on]].on]]. * DownerEnding: the first chapter, which chronologically serves as an epilogue to the book, ends with Hal totally unable to communicate with other people and being put in an institution.
6th Apr '15 2:20:04 AM WillBGood
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* AnArmAndALeg: Burt Smith loses his hands and feet to frostbite after being savagely beaten and left out in a snowstorm. [[spoiler: [[DramaticIrony: He ends up staying in Ennet House with one of the perpetrators.]]]]
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* AnArmAndALeg: Burt Smith loses his hands and feet to frostbite after being savagely beaten and left out in a snowstorm. [[spoiler: [[DramaticIrony: [[DramaticIrony He ends up staying in Ennet House with one of the perpetrators.]]]]
5th Mar '15 12:05:37 PM cosmic_egg
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* StepfordSmiler: One aspect of Avril Incandenza. Someone tells a story about how when Orin accidentally (and horrifically) killed her dog, she went on calmly acting as though nothing had happened in order not to upset him.
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* StacysMom: Avril Incandenza is over 50 years of age, but this doesn't stop sundry young men from finding her "endocrinologically compelling". * StepfordSmiler: One aspect of Avril Incandenza. Someone tells a story about how when Orin accidentally (and horrifically) killed her dog, she went on calmly acting as though nothing had happened in order not to upset him.
5th Mar '15 11:59:48 AM cosmic_egg
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* ParentalIncest: Pemulis' older brother
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* ParentalIncest: Pemulis' older brotherbrother was raped by his father as a child. So was the comatose sister of one unnamed Boston AA speaker. [[spoiler: Avril Incandenza seemingly has John Wayne role-play as Orin while they have sex. Joelle's dad is in love with her, though we don't know if he ever tried to act on his feelings.]]
5th Mar '15 11:53:26 AM cosmic_egg
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* AnArmAndALeg: Burt Smith loses his hands and feet to frostbite after being savagely beaten and left out in a snowstorm. [[spoiler: [[DramaticIrony: He ends up staying in Ennet House with one of the perpetrators.]]]]

** Played with to go along with the theme of everyone being full of things that are impossible to communicate. Say, early on, when James Incandenza mentions a few hugely important plot points, but before you have the context to know why they're important, and in such dense, obscure words that your eyes slide right off.
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** Played with to go along with the theme of everyone being full of things that are impossible to communicate. Say, early on, when James Incandenza mentions a few hugely important plot points, but before you have the context to know why they're important, and in such dense, obscure words that your eyes slide right off.off. * AxCrazy: "C" insists on murdering everyone he and his junkie friends rob. The unnamed narrator of the chapter he appears in convinces him to settle for severe beatings.

** Played with * ButtMonkey: The aptly-nicknamed "Poor" Tony Krause. If he appears in a chapter, something nasty ''will'' happen to go along with the theme of everyone being full of things that are impossible to communicate. Say, early on, when James Incandenza mentions a few hugely important plot points, but before you have the context to know why they're important, and in such dense, obscure words that your eyes slide right off. him.

** Played with to go along with * CruelAndUnusualDeath: Standard procedure for the theme A.F.R. They seem to be particularly fond of everyone being full of things that are impossible to communicate. Say, early on, when using railroad spikes. ** ''Self-inflicted'' by James Incandenza mentions Incandenza, who puts his head in a few hugely important plot points, but before you microwave oven, which apparently caused said head to [[LudicrousGibs "pop like an uncut spud"]]. [[spoiler: He may have been trying to destroy the context to know why they're important, and cartridge implanted in such dense, obscure words that your eyes slide right off. his brain.]]

** Played with * DeadlyPrank: Pemulis tries to go along with the theme of everyone being full of things that are impossible to communicate. Say, early on, when James Incandenza mentions play an electric-buzzer-type prank on Dolores Rusk. He ends up almost killing a few hugely important plot points, but before you have the context to know why they're important, and in such dense, obscure words that your eyes slide right off. cleaning lady.

** Played with to go along with the theme * {{Gorn}}: The deaths of everyone being full of things that are impossible to communicate. Say, early on, when [[spoiler: Lucien Antitoi and Eugene Fackelmann]]. James Incandenza mentions gets a few hugely important plot points, but before you have the context to know why they're important, and in such dense, obscure words that your eyes slide right off. GoryDiscretionShot. Mostly.

** Played with to go along with * [[GrossoutShow Grossout Novel]]: There's really quite a lot of disgusting (and [[GrossUpCloseUp meticulously described]]) bodily stuff going on in this book. Some of it is played for drama, some of it for laughs. Sometimes both at the theme of everyone being full of things that are impossible to communicate. Say, early on, when James Incandenza mentions a few hugely important plot points, but before you have the context to know why they're important, same time, like [[spoiler: Gately and Fackelmann lying around in such dense, obscure words that your eyes slide right off. their own urine]].

* MindRape: The last time we see [[spoiler:Orin Incandenza]]. * Military Time: Wallace seems to have preferred it, and all the characters use it without a second thought.
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* MindRape: The last time we see [[spoiler:Orin Incandenza]]. * Military Time: MilitaryTime: Wallace seems to have preferred it, and all the characters use it without a second thought.

* MindRape: The last time we see [[spoiler:Orin Incandenza]]. ParentalIncest: Pemulis' older brother * Military Time: Wallace seems to have preferred it, and all the characters use it without a second thought.PsychoForHire: Bobby C for Whitey Sorkin.

* MindRape: The last time we see [[spoiler:Orin Incandenza]]. * Military Time: Wallace seems to have preferred it, and all the characters use it without a second thought.{{PostModernism}}

* SoBeautifulItsACurse: It's hinted that this is the real reason Joelle wears a veil.
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* SoBeautifulItsACurse: It's hinted that this Joelle van Dyne is so beautiful people have serious trouble interacting with her face-to-face. [[spoiler: It may or may not be the real ''real'' reason Joelle she wears a the veil.]] * TheShrink: Dolores Rusk and the unnamed grief counselor Hal is sent to after his dad's suicide are the well-meaning-but-useless kind. The narrative makes it somewhat murky whether they're genuinely incompetent or their patients are just refusing help, especially in the latter's case.

* TitleDrop: ZigZagged. "Infinite Jest" is the title of James Incandenza's brain-destroying cartridge, but said title only appears in endnote 24, his filmography. In the narration, it's only ever called the [[CapitalImportance Entertainment]] or "the ''samizdat''".
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* TitleDrop: ZigZagged. "Infinite Jest" is the title of James Incandenza's brain-destroying cartridge, but said title only appears in endnote 24, his filmography. In the narration, it's only ever called the [[CapitalImportance Entertainment]] "the Entertainment" or "the ''samizdat''".

* TitleDrop: ZigZagged. "Infinite Jest" WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Orin is the title terrified of James Incandenza's brain-destroying cartridge, but said title only appears in endnote 24, his filmography. In the narration, it's only ever called the [[CapitalImportance Entertainment]] or "the ''samizdat''". roaches. [[spoiler: The A.F.R. uses this against him]].

* WorldsMostBeautifulWoman: Or rather the [[FunWithAcronyms Prettiest Girl Of All Time]]. Meaning Joelle. This is important. * WriteWhatYouKnow: As mentioned above, Wallace was an accomplished tennis player.
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* WhoWouldBeStupidEnough: No one seems willing to believe that the death of Guillaume DuPlessis was just a bungled robbery. Which it was. * WorldsMostBeautifulWoman: Or rather the [[FunWithAcronyms Prettiest Girl Of All Time]]. Meaning Joelle. This is important.\n* WriteWhatYouKnow: As mentioned above, Wallace was an accomplished tennis player.
5th Mar '15 11:15:21 AM cosmic_egg
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* AllThereInTheManual: The book's extensive end notes. * AlternativeCalendar: In DFW's alternate future, even the names of years have been sold for ad space, leading to such confusing chronological reference points as the Year of the Depend Adult Undergarment and the Year of the Purdue Wonderchicken
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* AllThereInTheManual: The book's extensive end notes. notes. Some of them play with the trope by being so long and complex as to effectively constitute additional book chapters. Given the novel's AnachronicOrder, you could stick them almost anywhere in the narrative proper and it wouldn't change a thing. * AlternativeCalendar: In DFW's alternate future, even the names of years have been sold for ad space, leading to such confusing chronological reference points as the Year of the Depend Adult Undergarment and the Year of the Purdue Wonderchicken Perdue Wonderchicken.

* AndIMustScream: The fate of Hal Incandenza. That's not a spoiler; it's the first chapter.
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* AndIMustScream: The fate of Hal Incandenza. That's not a spoiler; it's in the first chapter.

** Played with to go along with the theme of everyone being full of things that are impossible to communicate. Say, early on, when James Incandenza straight out says a few huge keys to the plot, but before you have the context to know why they're important, and in such dense, obscure words that your eyes slide right off. * BestServedCold: Pemulis' philosophy when it comes to revenge. * TheBigGuy: Don Gately, Lucien Antitoi, Roy Tony.
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** Played with to go along with the theme of everyone being full of things that are impossible to communicate. Say, early on, when James Incandenza straight out says mentions a few huge keys to the plot, hugely important plot points, but before you have the context to know why they're important, and in such dense, obscure words that your eyes slide right off. * BestServedCold: Pemulis' philosophy when it comes to revenge. revenge, as Miles Penn can attest. * TheBigGuy: Don Gately, Lucien Antitoi, Roy Tony. Teddy Schacht is a teenage version.

* BrownNote: The eponymous "Entertainment" is a short film apparently so captivating that anyone unfortunate enough to see it will become hopelessly and irreversibly addicted to it, wanting to do nothing but continue watching it again and again, even at the cost of physical harm to themselves. [[spoiler:According to a source that may or may not be reliable, it features the WorldsMostBeautifulWoman apologizing to her baby/the viewer, probably for killing him/her in his/her previous life.]]
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* BrownNote: The eponymous "Entertainment" is a short film apparently so captivating that anyone unfortunate enough to see it will become hopelessly and irreversibly addicted to it, wanting to do nothing but continue watching it again and again, even at the cost of physical harm to themselves. [[spoiler:According to a source that may or may not be reliable, it features the WorldsMostBeautifulWoman apologizing to her baby/the viewer, probably for killing him/her them in his/her their previous life.]]

* CanadaEh: Inverted with the A.F.R. They're Canadian, quirky, and ''scary as hell''.
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* CanadaEh: Inverted with the A.F.R. They're Canadian, quirky, and ''scary as hell''. The traditional U.S.A.\CanadaEh relationship is also PlayedForDrama, with the American administration inflicting grave abuses on Canada. * ChildProdigy: Hal Incandenza was one. He retains his prodigious photographic memory and total recall of multiple dictionary, but nowadays the focus is more on him being a ''tennis'' prodigy, having suddenly gone from a good to an incredible player at age 17 - something that almost never happens in tennis. The weight of talent and potential and the effect they have on people (Hal and his dad in particular) is one of the themes of the novel.

* CollegeRadio: Joelle Van Dyne/Madame Psychosis has a program at WYYY called 60 Minutes, More or Less that consists of her reading various things aloud to the audience against a background of dark ambiance. * CrypticBackgroundReference: Characters' internal narration often references events from their past without explaining what they are. Many significant ones get an explanation as the book progresses. * DeadPersonConversation: The wraith of James Incandenza may be visiting one or more of the other characters.
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* CollegeRadio: Joelle Van Dyne/Madame Psychosis has a program at WYYY called 60 Minutes, More or Less that consists of her reading various things aloud to the audience against a background of dark ambiance. ambient music. * CrypticBackgroundReference: Characters' internal narration often references events from their past without explaining what they are. Many significant ones Most of these get an explanation as the book progresses. * DeadPersonConversation: [[spoiler: The wraith of James Incandenza may be visiting one or more of the other characters.characters]].

* ElaborateUniversityHigh: Enfield Tennis Academy
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* TheEeyore: Kate Gompert. Played for laughs and for drama at different points. * ElaborateUniversityHigh: Enfield Tennis AcademyAcademy. It's got ''underground tunnels''.

* HypocriticalHumor: Randy Lenz blames his continuing cocaine use on how insufferable everyone around him is.
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* HypocriticalHumor: {{Hypocrite}}: Randy Lenz blames his continuing cocaine use on how insufferable everyone around him is. * InexplicablyAwesome: We never do find out who the hell [[spoiler: E.T.A. "guru" Lyle]] really is.

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* HypocriticalHumor: Randy Lenz blames OedipusComplex: Orin's relationship with his continuing cocaine use on how insufferable everyone around him is.mother is... not good.
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