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Here's a good discussion of this phrase.
a Christian doctrine that says everyone is born sinful .
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.
Next morning the fire bell went off,
Morning, Friday, May 8, 1970.
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.
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.
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).