History Literature / ThePaleKing

21st Sep '17 12:44:30 PM SeptimusHeap
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* HyperAwareness: Chris Fogle. It starts off with existential ponderings during his drug-induced highs, but he eventually gets a sober epiphany during a random viewing of AsTheWorldTurns.

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* HyperAwareness: Chris Fogle. It starts off with existential ponderings during his drug-induced highs, but he eventually gets a sober epiphany during a random viewing of AsTheWorldTurns.Series/AsTheWorldTurns.
6th Nov '16 1:50:47 PM nombretomado
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* ConspiracyTheorist: There's an old lady [[spoiler: later revealed to be Toni Ware's grandmother]] who believes JackBenny is attempting to achieve global thought control via radio waves. She covers her house with electrified hubcaps, which jams her neighbors' signals. She ends up getting cited for diverting her household's amperage, so she salvages a generator that runs on kerosene.

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* ConspiracyTheorist: There's an old lady [[spoiler: later revealed to be Toni Ware's grandmother]] who believes JackBenny Creator/JackBenny is attempting to achieve global thought control via radio waves. She covers her house with electrified hubcaps, which jams her neighbors' signals. She ends up getting cited for diverting her household's amperage, so she salvages a generator that runs on kerosene.
7th Sep '16 10:56:40 AM SorPepita
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* CreepyMonotone: On behalf of her superiors, Ms. Neti-Neti is 'extremely pleased' to invite Wallace to the Peoria REC…except that she shows no enthusiasm or interest whatsoever.

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* CreepyMonotone: On behalf of her superiors, Ms. Neti-Neti is 'extremely pleased' to invite Wallace to the Peoria REC…except REC… except that she shows no enthusiasm or interest whatsoever.
7th Sep '16 10:56:04 AM SorPepita
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-->''Now I'll know. If anything happens to these dogs. If they run off, or limp, or anything - I'll kill you, your family, burn your house down, and sow salt. I have nothing to live for but these dogs...But if anything gets done to these dogs I'll decide it was you and I'll sacrifice my life and freedom to destroy you and everyone you love.''

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-->''Now I'll know. If anything happens to these dogs. If they run off, or limp, or anything - I'll kill you, your family, burn your house down, and sow salt. I have nothing to live for but these dogs... But if anything gets done to these dogs I'll decide it was you and I'll sacrifice my life and freedom to destroy you and everyone you love.''
20th Aug '15 11:17:15 AM MasterNecromancer
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When Creator/DavidFosterWallace [[AuthorExistenceFailure died in 2008]], he left behind an unfinished manuscript for his latest novel, along with hundreds of other pages of notes and ideas. Through the combined efforts of his wife, agent, and editor, his final work has been released as The Pale King (2011). It is a jumbled narrative that combines a memoir with the various stories of a group of [[IntimidatingRevenueService IRS]] employees stationed in Peoria, Illinois in 1985. Despite being incomplete and [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible sometimes incomprehensible]], the novel's themes of depression, loneliness, self-awareness, and the tedium of daily life are expressed with a depth and poignancy that only Wallace could muster.

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When Creator/DavidFosterWallace [[AuthorExistenceFailure died in 2008]], he left behind an unfinished manuscript for his latest novel, along with hundreds of other pages of notes and ideas. Through the combined efforts of his wife, agent, and editor, his final work has been was released in 2011 as The Pale King (2011).King. It is a jumbled narrative that combines a memoir with the various stories of a group of [[IntimidatingRevenueService IRS]] employees stationed in Peoria, Illinois in 1985. Despite being incomplete and [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible sometimes incomprehensible]], the novel's themes of depression, loneliness, self-awareness, and the tedium of daily life are expressed with a depth and poignancy that only Wallace could muster.



* ADateWithRosiePalms: Two IRS employees are in the middle of a lengthy commute, and one decides to break up the monotony by awkwardly asking about what the other guy thinks about when he masturbates. The other guy is understandably incredulous.



* TheDandy: Leonard wears a stylish carpenter's apron for his high school wood shop class. [[spoiler: It keeps his clothes from getting covered in his teacher's blood during an accident with a machine. It also carries his metric-conversion ruler, which he uses to create a perfectly-tied tourniquet.]]



* ADateWithRosiePalms: Two IRS employees are in the middle of a lengthy commute, and one decides to break up the monotony by awkwardly asking about what the other guy thinks about when he masturbates. The other guy is understandably incredulous.



* ISeeDeadPeople: Thanks to his Random Fact Intuition, Claude is the only one who can glean any information about the ghosts that haunt Post 047.



* ISeeDeadPeople: Thanks to his Random Fact Intuition, Claude is the only one who can glean any information about the ghosts that haunt Post 047.



* ThePollyanna: Leonard, to the point where no one can stand being around him. He apparently survives his childhood and pleasantly gives out US Post Office National Zip Code Directories to his new neighbors. [[spoiler: He eventually [[CharacterDevelopment grows out it]] and ends up being the most [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure competent]] and [[BenevolentBoss stable]] of the higher-ups at Post 047.]]



* TheQuietOne: Shane Drinion. When he ''does'' speak, he has a lengthy, thought-provoking conversation with [[TheTease Meredith Rand]] and completely throws her off her game.
* TheRealHeroes: The IRS employees are likened to policeman, firefighters, and other emergency service members in a few places.
** Chapter 17 is a single paragraph that explains the idea.
** The IRS seal depicts the mythical hero Bellerophon slaying the Chimera.
* TheReveal: Only a few, and even then they're only explained in passing or subtly hinted.
** The owner of the [[CompanionCube Doberman Hand Puppet]] is [[spoiler: Dr Lehrl.]]
** The identity of drifter girl and the fate of her mother.
** The identity of Mr. X. It makes the UncomfortableElevatorMoment chapter read completely different the second time through.
** The fate of Lane Dean's girlfriend and their unborn child.
** The true purpose of Claude's investigation.
** Chris Fogle's role.
** Dr. Lehrl's intentions for Post 047.



* TheDandy: Leonard wears a stylish carpenter's apron for his high school wood shop class. [[spoiler: It keeps his clothes from getting covered in his teacher's blood during an accident with a machine. It also carries his metric-conversion ruler, which he uses to create a perfectly-tied tourniquet.]]
* ThePollyanna: Leonard, to the point where no one can stand being around him. He apparently survives his childhood and pleasantly gives out US Post Office National Zip Code Directories to his new neighbors. [[spoiler: He eventually [[CharacterDevelopment grows out it]] and ends up being the most [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure competent]] and [[BenevolentBoss stable]] of the higher-ups at Post 047.]]
* TheQuietOne: Shane Drinion. When he ''does'' speak, he has a lengthy, thought-provoking conversation with [[TheTease Meredith Rand]] and completely throws her off her game.
* TheRealHeroes: The IRS employees are likened to policeman, firefighters, and other emergency service members in a few places.
** Chapter 17 is a single paragraph that explains the idea.
** The IRS seal depicts the mythical hero Bellerophon slaying the Chimera.
* TheReveal: Only a few, and even then they're only explained in passing or subtly hinted.
** The owner of the [[CompanionCube Doberman Hand Puppet]] is [[spoiler: Dr Lehrl.]]
** The identity of drifter girl and the fate of her mother.
** The identity of Mr. X. It makes the UncomfortableElevatorMoment chapter read completely different the second time through.
** The fate of Lane Dean's girlfriend and their unborn child.
** The true purpose of Claude's investigation.
** Chris Fogle's role.
** Dr. Lehrl's intentions for Post 047.



* ThereAreNoTherapists: Averted. [[spoiler: David Cusk]] eventually goes to a psychiatrist. The book also ends with a second-person narrative that describes the start of a therapy session.
* ThisIsAWorkOfFiction: Creator/DavidFosterWallace points out the paradox of the book being both a memoir and literary fiction in The Author's Foreword.
* TitleDrop: Mentioned offhand in Chapter 18.
* UncomfortableElevatorMoment: There's a whole chapter devoted to three IRS employees that are stuck in an elevator. Their resulting debates include the future of American society, presidential politics, democracy, tax law, psychology, film, and existential dread.



* ThereAreNoTherapists: Averted. [[spoiler: David Cusk]] eventually goes to a psychiatrist. The book also ends with a second-person narrative that describes the start of a therapy session.
* ThisIsAWorkOfFiction: Creator/DavidFosterWallace points out the paradox of the book being both a memoir and literary fiction in The Author's Foreword.
* TitleDrop: Mentioned offhand in Chapter 18.
* UncomfortableElevatorMoment: There's a whole chapter devoted to three IRS employees that are stuck in an elevator. Their resulting debates include the future of American society, presidential politics, democracy, tax law, psychology, film, and existential dread.
21st Jun '15 10:16:14 PM nombretomado
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[[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] TheKingInYellow.

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[[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] TheKingInYellow.Literature/TheKingInYellow.
27th Feb '14 11:22:25 AM Ecclytennysmithylove
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* UncannyValley: There is something very, very off about Shane Drinion. His [[SpockSpeak odd speech patterns]], [[TheStoic lack of emotions, facial reactions]], or [[DoesNotUnderstandSarcasm sense of humor]] make him seem inhuman. There's also the fact that [[spoiler: he can levitate if he concentrates hard enough on something, he keeps a perfect record of his conversations, and that he can't leave the room without Keith Sabusawa. None of it is explained.]]
27th Feb '14 11:21:45 AM Ecclytennysmithylove
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* MagnificentBastard: [[spoiler: Dr. Lehrl, though it may be the child in his office running the show.]]
** Claude, as implied by the events of the annual corporate picnic.
27th Feb '14 11:21:10 AM Ecclytennysmithylove
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* IronWoobie: Toni's backstory is horrifying, but she's easily the toughest and most dangerous of the main characters.
27th Feb '14 11:20:36 AM Ecclytennysmithylove
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* HarsherInHindsight: [[DrivenToSuicide Suicide]] comes up a ''lot'', which is especially tragic [[AuthorExistenceFailure considering what happened]] to Creator/DavidFosterWallace.
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