History Literature / ThePaleKing

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.
22nd Dec '13 9:55:22 PM nombretomado
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* AsYouKnow: DavidFosterWallace mentions this trope in a footnote, calling it an irksome and graceless dramatic contrivance.

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* AsYouKnow: DavidFosterWallace Creator/DavidFosterWallace mentions this trope in a footnote, calling it an irksome and graceless dramatic contrivance.



* CueTheSun: DavidFosterWallace says that a rural Midwest sunrise is as soft and romantic as someone’s abruptly hitting the lights in a darkened room.

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* CueTheSun: DavidFosterWallace Creator/DavidFosterWallace says that a rural Midwest sunrise is as soft and romantic as someone’s abruptly hitting the lights in a darkened room.



* FootnoteFever: Any time DavidFosterWallace provides a direct narration.

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* FootnoteFever: Any time DavidFosterWallace Creator/DavidFosterWallace provides a direct narration.



* HarsherInHindsight: [[DrivenToSuicide Suicide]] comes up a ''lot'', which is especially tragic [[AuthorExistenceFailure considering what happened]] to DavidFosterWallace.

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* HarsherInHindsight: [[DrivenToSuicide Suicide]] comes up a ''lot'', which is especially tragic [[AuthorExistenceFailure considering what happened]] to DavidFosterWallace.Creator/DavidFosterWallace.



* HilarityEnsues: Thanks to a screw-up with the IRS's records, DavidFosterWallace gets [[MistakenForSpecialGuest mistaken for David F. Wallace]] and has to spend his first few days in the Peoria REC [[FeigningIntelligence attending meetings he knows nothing about.]] The ''other'' David gets stuck in a bureaucratic nightmare because the IRS already has records of him arriving and won't allow him to register.

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* HilarityEnsues: Thanks to a screw-up with the IRS's records, DavidFosterWallace Creator/DavidFosterWallace gets [[MistakenForSpecialGuest mistaken for David F. Wallace]] and has to spend his first few days in the Peoria REC [[FeigningIntelligence attending meetings he knows nothing about.]] The ''other'' David gets stuck in a bureaucratic nightmare because the IRS already has records of him arriving and won't allow him to register.



** His exceptional memory allows him to explain things with several minute details. DavidFosterWallace later [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this: ''Rest assured that I am not Chris Fogle, and that I have no intention of inflicting on you a regurgitation of every last sensation and passing thought I happen to recall.''

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** His exceptional memory allows him to explain things with several minute details. DavidFosterWallace Creator/DavidFosterWallace later [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this: ''Rest assured that I am not Chris Fogle, and that I have no intention of inflicting on you a regurgitation of every last sensation and passing thought I happen to recall.''



* MistakenIdentity: DavidFosterWallace is mistaken for ''another'' David F. Wallace who was scheduled to show up at the same time. He gets an expedited entry into the Peoria REC, a promotion, and a consultation with the Iranian Crisis. It takes a few days for the IRS to figure it out, and he faces impersonation charges for months.

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* MistakenIdentity: DavidFosterWallace Creator/DavidFosterWallace is mistaken for ''another'' David F. Wallace who was scheduled to show up at the same time. He gets an expedited entry into the Peoria REC, a promotion, and a consultation with the Iranian Crisis. It takes a few days for the IRS to figure it out, and he faces impersonation charges for months.



* NoFourthWall: Whenever DavidFosterWallace is narrating, he addresses the reader directly.

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* NoFourthWall: Whenever DavidFosterWallace Creator/DavidFosterWallace is narrating, he addresses the reader directly.



* OurLawyersAdvisedThisTrope: The Author's Foreword is rife with this. DavidFosterWallace even uses his footnotes to apologize for the abundance of apparently necessary legal writing.

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* OurLawyersAdvisedThisTrope: The Author's Foreword is rife with this. DavidFosterWallace Creator/DavidFosterWallace even uses his footnotes to apologize for the abundance of apparently necessary legal writing.



** The legal proceedings once DavidFosterWallace is accused of impersonating David F. Wallace.

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** The legal proceedings once DavidFosterWallace Creator/DavidFosterWallace is accused of impersonating David F. Wallace.



* ThisIsAWorkOfFiction: DavidFosterWallace points out the paradox of the book being both a memoir and literary fiction in The Author's Foreword.

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* ThisIsAWorkOfFiction: DavidFosterWallace Creator/DavidFosterWallace points out the paradox of the book being both a memoir and literary fiction in The Author's Foreword.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The last few pages are a quick rundown of ideas that DavidFosterWallace was musing over.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The last few pages are a quick rundown of ideas that DavidFosterWallace Creator/DavidFosterWallace was musing over.
22nd Dec '13 9:54:02 PM nombretomado
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When 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 DavidFosterWallace 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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