Chapter 20

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inherent vice
Here's a good discussion of this phrase.

original sin
a Christian doctrine that says everyone is born sinful [1].

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Hawaii Five-o was still on.
Late evening Thursday, May 7, 1970. Ordinarily, the show was on Wednesdays from 10 to 11 P.M. If anyone has access to TV listings for April and May of 1970 for Los Angeles and Las Vegas, I'd appreciate the help.

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that Ada whom I have never trusted since A Summer Place
Not exactly the most meaningful reference, but the same actress - Constance Ford - played both Ada in the soap opera Another World and the unsympathetic character Helen in the movie A Summer Place.

For those inclined to possibilities that require a bit of a stretch, it could also conceivably be construed to be an oblique reference to the Nabakov novel, which was published in 1969. As is fairly well known, Pynchon once took a course from Nabakov, and there are some similarities in their work, though that's a whole 'nother subject.

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Next morning the fire bell went off,
Morning, Friday, May 8, 1970.

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like Easter Island in reverse
A beautiful way to describe the surfers. Easter Island is a Pacific island famous for its human stone figures who were placed in a line on land, looking out over the ocean, as seen here.

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Or what if they want Mildred to strangle Veda at the end, like she does in the book?
Refers to the film Mildred Pierce, set in Southern California and much changed from the novel by James M. Cain.

what, helpfully, wasn't yet a quitting time crowd.
Late afternoon, Friday, May 8, 1970.

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You know what the Indians say. You saved my life, now you've got to-
Recalls the bit in AtD between Scarsdale Vibe and Foley Walker: "You know what the Indians out west believe? That if you save the life of another, he becomes your responsibility forever" (p. 101).

Chapter 1
pp. 1-18
Chapter 2
pp. 19-45
Chapter 3
pp. 46-49
Chapter 4
pp. 50-54
Chapter 5
pp. 55-67
Chapter 6
pp. 68-88
Chapter 7
pp. 89-110
Chapter 8
pp. 111-123
Chapter 9
pp. 124-153
Chapter 10
pp. 154-162
Chapter 11
pp. 163-185
Chapter 12
pp. 186-206
Chapter 13
pp. 207-234
Chapter 14
pp. 235-255
Chapter 15
pp. 256-274
Chapter 16
pp. 275-295
Chapter 17
pp. 296-314
Chapter 18
pp. 315-342
Chapter 19
pp. 343-350
Chapter 20
pp. 351-363
Chapter 21
pp. 364-369
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