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Part 1, ''flying'' uses a detached, omniscient narrator to introduce the two protagonists as there respective paths cross over the North Pole.

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Part 1, ''flying'' uses a detached, omniscient narrator to introduce the two protagonists as there their respective paths cross over the North Pole.



Part 4, ''reading'' is a series of news items and other third-party documents .

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Part 4, ''reading'' is a series of news items and other third-party documents .
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* NoCommunitiesWereHarmed: Rummidge represents Birmingham (sounds like Bromwich[ham], a old name for Birmingham from which "Brummagem" and "Brummie" are derived, in the local). Plotinus (a Greek philosopher whose ideas were picked up by George Berkeley) is Berkeley. the city of Esseph, across the bay from Plotinus, is self-evidently San Francisco. Euphoria is not California, at least not most of it:

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* NoCommunitiesWereHarmed: Rummidge represents Birmingham (sounds like Bromwich[ham], a old name for Birmingham from which "Brummagem" and "Brummie" are derived, in the local). Plotinus (a Greek philosopher whose ideas were picked up by George Berkeley) is Berkeley. the The city of Esseph, across the bay from Plotinus, is self-evidently San Francisco. Euphoria is not California, at least not most of it:



* SoreLoser: In the game of Humiliation, to win which players have to admit in front of others that they haven't read some classic book, Howard Ringbaum can't reconcile his pathological need to succeed with his equally pathological need to show how clever and well-read he is. When he gets no points after naming some obscure eighteenth-century work he loses hos temper. Then when he gets the point he scores a knockout victory with ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}''. Several days later he fails his review and it's assumed that the faculty is unwilling to give tenure to somebody who had never read Hamlet. He blames Philip Swallow for this.

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* SoreLoser: In the game of Humiliation, to win which players have to admit in front of others that they haven't read some classic book, Howard Ringbaum can't reconcile his pathological need to succeed with his equally pathological need to show how clever and well-read he is. When he gets no points after naming some obscure eighteenth-century work he loses hos his temper. Then when he gets the point he scores a knockout victory with ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}''. Several days later he fails his review and it's assumed that the faculty is unwilling to give tenure to somebody who had never read Hamlet.''Hamlet''. He blames Philip Swallow for this.


* SoreLoser: In the game of Humiliation, to win which players have to admit in front of others that they haven't read some classic book, Howard Ringbaum can't reconcile his pathological need to succeed with his equally pathological need to show how clever and well-read he is. When he gets no points after naming some obscure eighteenth-century work he loses hos temper. Then when he gets the point he scores a knockout victory with ''{{Hamlet}}''. Several days later he fails his review and it's assumed that the faculty is unwilling to give tenure to somebody who had never read Hamlet. He blames Philip Swallow for this.

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* SoreLoser: In the game of Humiliation, to win which players have to admit in front of others that they haven't read some classic book, Howard Ringbaum can't reconcile his pathological need to succeed with his equally pathological need to show how clever and well-read he is. When he gets no points after naming some obscure eighteenth-century work he loses hos temper. Then when he gets the point he scores a knockout victory with ''{{Hamlet}}''.''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}''. Several days later he fails his review and it's assumed that the faculty is unwilling to give tenure to somebody who had never read Hamlet. He blames Philip Swallow for this.

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* PerilousOldFool: Gordon Masters, head of the English department. He compares the student occupation with Europe in 1940, and suggests to the local newspaper the university authorities should mount a military resistance operation from a bunker in the central heating system.


* ElevatorSnare: A variant. The elevator is a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paternoster Paternoster] in the Hexagon building at Rummidge. Gordon Masters chases Morris in and out of the paternoster cars and up and down the surrounding stairs.

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* ElevatorSnare: A variant. The elevator is a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paternoster Paternoster] Paternoster]] in the Hexagon building at Rummidge. Gordon Masters chases Morris in and out of the paternoster cars and up and down the surrounding stairs.

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* ElevatorSnare: A variant. The elevator is a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paternoster Paternoster] in the Hexagon building at Rummidge. Gordon Masters chases Morris in and out of the paternoster cars and up and down the surrounding stairs.


* SanitySlippage: Gordon Masters. He's eccentric enough already but the sit-in at Rummidge, and Morris Zapp's successful resolution, pushes him over the edge. He believes Zapp has conspired with the students to undermine his authority.

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* SanitySlippage: Gordon Masters. He's eccentric enough already but the sit-in at Rummidge, and Morris Zapp's successful resolution, resolution of it, pushes him over the edge. He believes Zapp has conspired with the students to undermine his authority.authority as head of department.

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* SanitySlippage: Gordon Masters. He's eccentric enough already but the sit-in at Rummidge, and Morris Zapp's successful resolution, pushes him over the edge. He believes Zapp has conspired with the students to undermine his authority.


* RippedFromTheHeadlines: The confrontation in Plotinus between students and State authorities is almost indistinguishable from the real-life events around the [[https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/ronald-reagan-and-uc-berkeley-peoples-park-riots-1969-w482300 People's Park]] in Berkeley in the spring of 1969. The student sit-in at Rummidge corresponds to a [[https://senatehouseoccupation.wordpress.com/1968/12/10/sit-in-supported/ sit-in]] at at Birmingham University, although this took place at the end of 1968 and not simultaneously with the People's Park.

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* RippedFromTheHeadlines: The confrontation in Plotinus between students and State authorities is almost indistinguishable from the real-life events around the [[https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/ronald-reagan-and-uc-berkeley-peoples-park-riots-1969-w482300 People's Park]] in Berkeley in the spring of 1969. The student sit-in at Rummidge corresponds to a [[https://senatehouseoccupation.wordpress.com/1968/12/10/sit-in-supported/ sit-in]] at at Birmingham University, although this took place at the end of 1968 and not simultaneously with the People's Park.Park.
* SoreLoser: In the game of Humiliation, to win which players have to admit in front of others that they haven't read some classic book, Howard Ringbaum can't reconcile his pathological need to succeed with his equally pathological need to show how clever and well-read he is. When he gets no points after naming some obscure eighteenth-century work he loses hos temper. Then when he gets the point he scores a knockout victory with ''{{Hamlet}}''. Several days later he fails his review and it's assumed that the faculty is unwilling to give tenure to somebody who had never read Hamlet. He blames Philip Swallow for this.

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* {{Jerkass}}: Quite a few but most notably Howard Ringbaum.
* MysteriousNote: Somebody in Plotinus, assumed to have been Howard Ringbaum, sends an anonymous letter to Hilary Swallow accusing Philip of sleeping with Morris Zapp's daughter. Philip is genuinely outraged when she tells him [[spoiler:but it turns to be true]].


* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Ronald Duck, Governor of Euphoria, who sent state troopers against Plotinus student demonstrators. Not to be confused with UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan, Governor of California in 1969, who sent state troopers against Berkeley student demonstrationr. Oh no.

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Ronald Duck, Governor of Euphoria, who sent state troopers against Plotinus student demonstrators. Not to be confused with UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan, Governor of California in 1969, who sent state troopers against Berkeley student demonstrationr.demonstrators. Oh no.


* NoCommunitiesWereHarmed: Rummidge represents Birmingham (sounds like Bromwich[ham], a old name for Birmingham from which "Brummagem" and "Brummie" are derived, in the local). Plotinus (a Greek philosopher whose ideas were picked up by George Berkeley) is Berkeley. the city of Esseph, across the bay from Plotinus, is self-evidently San Francisco. Euphoria is not California, at least not most of it...

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* NoCommunitiesWereHarmed: Rummidge represents Birmingham (sounds like Bromwich[ham], a old name for Birmingham from which "Brummagem" and "Brummie" are derived, in the local). Plotinus (a Greek philosopher whose ideas were picked up by George Berkeley) is Berkeley. the city of Esseph, across the bay from Plotinus, is self-evidently San Francisco. Euphoria is not California, at least not most of it...it:

--> ''"Euphoria, that small but populous state on the Western seaboard of America, situated between Northern and Southern California..."''


Part 3 ''corresponding'' is written in [[Main/EpistolaryNovel epistolary]] form.

Part 4 ''reading'' is a series of news items and other third-party documents .

Part 5 ''changing'' reverts to the conventional narrative of Part 2.

Part 6 ''ending'' is in the form of a screenplay.

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Part 3 3, ''corresponding'' is written in [[Main/EpistolaryNovel epistolary]] form.

Part 4 4, ''reading'' is a series of news items and other third-party documents .

Part 5 5, ''changing'' reverts to the conventional narrative of Part 2.

Part 6 6, ''ending'' is in the form of a screenplay.

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* NoCommunitiesWereHarmed: Rummidge represents Birmingham (sounds like Bromwich[ham], a old name for Birmingham from which "Brummagem" and "Brummie" are derived, in the local). Plotinus (a Greek philosopher whose ideas were picked up by George Berkeley) is Berkeley. the city of Esseph, across the bay from Plotinus, is self-evidently San Francisco. Euphoria is not California, at least not most of it...


* RippedFromTheHeadlines: The confrontation in Plotinus between students and State authorities is almost indistinguishable from the real-life events around the [[https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/ronald-reagan-and-uc-berkeley-peoples-park-riots-1969-w482300 People's Park]] in Berkeley in the spring of 1969. The student sit-in at Rummidge corresponds to a [[https://senatehouseoccupation.wordpress.com/1968/12/10/sit-in-supported/ sit-in]] at at Birmingham University, although this took place earlier in the year and not simultaneously with the People's Park.

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* RippedFromTheHeadlines: The confrontation in Plotinus between students and State authorities is almost indistinguishable from the real-life events around the [[https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/ronald-reagan-and-uc-berkeley-peoples-park-riots-1969-w482300 People's Park]] in Berkeley in the spring of 1969. The student sit-in at Rummidge corresponds to a [[https://senatehouseoccupation.wordpress.com/1968/12/10/sit-in-supported/ sit-in]] at at Birmingham University, although this took place earlier in at the year end of 1968 and not simultaneously with the People's Park.

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