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  1. I will be truthful again and mention that before the voyage, I had the opinion that Jewish people were having shit between their brains
    beginning when Alex talks about his family and says that his father works for a travel agency, called Heritage Touring, for Jews. He had never met a Jew before the voyage
  2. In the middle of the string and feathers, surrounded by candles and soaked matches, prawns, pawns, and silk tassels that curtsied like jellyfish, was a baby girl, still mucus-glazed, still pink as the inside of a plum
    THis occurs when Trachim's wagon "did or did not" pin him to the bottom of hte Brod. The wagon goes into the Brod, killing him. But several things come up, including a baby girl
  3. So they screamed, and had been screaming for the two hundred years since. And they screamed now, never allowing hte baby a moment of rest, and hung--with one and on prayer book and one on rope--from the pulleys that clipped to their belts, and kept the crowns of their black hats brushing against the ceiling
    This is when the baby turns up from the Brod and she is brought to the synagogue where the Uprighters are, who are always screaming
  4. The best decision is no decision
    This occurs right after they speak about the set up of the synagogue where the women were allowed to peek at Brod through only a little hole. They hated her because she wasn't in their reach. The decision refers to the ad that stated that any man who was willing to adopt her can have her. But there were 52 bnotes
  5. Safran moved through the neighboring villages, finding work as a teacher of harpsichord theory and performance, a perfume consultant (feigning deafness and blindness to grant himself some legitimacy in the absence of references), and even an ill-starred stint as the world's worst fortuneteller
    This appears in thecontext of Yankel's history. His wife left him, leaving a note that he tried his hardest to lose. His first name was Safran but he fled the shetl. He used to be the president of  a Committee. He was accused of unfit practice and had t move
  6. I know that you asked me not to alter the mistakes because they sound humorous, and humorous is the only truthful way to tell a sad story, but I think I will alter them.
    This is in a letter form Alex to Jonathan. He talks about a plane he will purchase to America and Little Igor's birthday where he got a bike. Alex went to the beach. He says that he fashioned all the corrections Jonathan made adn inserted particular parts. An example would be "He was severely short" to "Like me, he was not tall"
  7. I couldn't even tell her I was coming to the Ukraine. She thinks I'm stillin Prague
    Why is this
    Her memories of hte Ukraine aren't good. Her shtetl, Kolki, is only a few Km from Trachimbrod. I figure we'd go there too. But all of her family was killed, everyone, mother, father, sisters, grandparents
    Did a Ukrainian save her
    No, she fled before the war. She was young, and left her family behind.
    This is when he first meets the Jew. He sees the photograph and hears abotu Augustine. Jon tells her about Augustine and how he may have loved her, even though he thinks its improbable. He can't imagine his grandpa loving someone else. His grandma gave it to him
  8. I wrote this on my brain. "It suprises me that no one saved her family," I said
    :It shoudlnt' be surprising. The Ukrainians, back then, were terrible to the Jews. They wre almost as bad as the Nazis. It was a different world. At the beginning of the war, a lot of Jews wanted to go to the Nazis to be protected from the Ukrainians."
    This is not true.
    It is
    I cannot believe what you are saying
    This is when he first meets the Jew. He sees the photograph and hears abotu Augustine. Jon tells her about Augustine and how he may have loved her, even though he thinks its improbable. He can't imagine his grandpa loving someone else. His grandma gave it to him
  9. I told the hero not to leave any of his bags in the car. It is a bad and popular habit for people in Ukraine to take things without asking. I have read that NYC is very dangerous, but I must say that Ukraine is more dangerous. If you want to know who protects you from the people that take without asking, it is the police. If you want to know who protects you from the police, it is the people who take without asking. And very often they are the same people.
    This is after they check into the hotel and the hero gives a hard time because he wants to go into the hotel and he questions literally everything that is happening. They then decide to eat, where it is discovered that he does not like meat. He is a vegetarian.
  10. You are a schmuck, I informed the hero. "You're not using the word correctly," he said. "yes I am" I said
    This is when they are eating int he hotel and they find out he is a vegetarian
  11. We laughed with violence, and then more violence. I witnessed that each of us was manufacturing teras at his eyes. It was not until very much in the posterior that I understanded that each of us was laughing for a different reason, for out reason, that not one of those reasons had a thung to do with the potato
    This is when they are eating and Jonathan gets a potato because he is a vegetarian. He drops the potato and htey all just look at it for a bit until Grandpa picks it up and splits it between the dog and the three of them
  12. He would be exactly like me. And look at me, Little Igor, the bruises go away, and so does how you hate, and so does the feeling that everything you receive in life is something you have earned
    • Alex tells Jonathan this
    • He returns home one day from a nightclub and wants to watch tv; but the tv is already on adn somone is crying. It is Little Igor. He wanted to comfort him, but instead he laughed. He wanted to tell him that he had less than cried to
  13. After only ten years of life, she was already the most desired creature in the shtelt
    This occurs when Brod is getting older. They are talking baout Trachimbrod and say that the Uprighters still look down on the Slouchers. The women raise their noses to Brod, refuse to tell her of her origin, and make sure she has no friends her age
  14. The curious circumstances of her creation lit the men's intrugue, but it was her clever manipulations, her coy gestures and pivots of phrase, her refusal to acknowledge or ignore their existence that made them follow her through the streets, gaze at her from their windows, deram of her--not hteir wives, not even themselves-- at night
    this is when they talk baout how brod is getting older. she sews and makes her own clothes. She tells Yankel she is stubborn, but he does not listen and says she is not
  15. She was a genius of sandness, immersing herself in it, separating its numerous strands, appreciating its subtle nuancs. She was a prism through which sadness could be divided into its infinte spectrum
    This appears when they talk about Brod as being the most desired girl in the shtetl. She was the smartest and called upon to solve difficult problems. But also the most lonely
  16. Well, let me leave it at this: if GOd does exist, He would have a great deal to be sad about. And if He does't exist, then that too would make him quite sad, I imagine.
    Brod asks Yankel why he is a sad. She asks if alot of people are sad and then asks sif GOd is sad, but he he answers with tthat. Brod then discovers 613 sadnesses, like mirror sadness, humor sadness, etc.
  17. Brod's life was a slow realization that the world was not for her, and that for whatever reason, she would never be happy and honest at hte same time. She felt as if she were brimming, always producing and hoarding more lov einside her.
    This is when Brod is stated that she is the most beautiful girl in the shtetl. It also occurred in the context of Brod asking Yankel why and if a ton of people are sad. She then discovers many saadnesses. She wanted to justify her life. So, she occupied her life with everything.
  18. She was like a drowning person, flailing, reaching for anything that might save her. Her life was an urgent, desperate struggleto justify her life.
    This is when Brod is stated that she is the most beautiful girl in the shtetl. It also occurred in the context of Brod asking Yankel why and if a ton of people are sad. She then discovers many saadnesses. She wanted to justify her life. So, she occupied her life with everything.
  19. But there was no release...She addressed her world honestly, searching for something deserving of the volumes of love she knew she had within her, but to each she would have to say, I don ot love you.
    This is when Brod is stated that she is the most beautiful girl in the shtetl. It also occurred in the context of Brod asking Yankel why and if a ton of people are sad. She then discovers many saadnesses. She wanted to justify her life. So, she occupied her life with everything.
  20. So she had to satisfy herself with the idea of love--loving the love of thigns whose existence she didn't care at all about. Love itself became the object of her love. She loved herself in love, she loved loving love, as love loves loving,adn was able, in that way, to reconcile herself with a world that fell so short of what she would have hoped for.
    This is where Brod realizes the world is not for her and she tries to learn everything to try to find that love. But, she then has to say I don't love you to thoose things. She discovered tha tshe is not in love
  21. She needed them desperately, not only for hte favors, no t only for the things that they could get for Yankel and her that Yankel couldn't afford, but because they were a fw more fingers to plug the dike that held back what she knew to be true: she didn't love life.
    The boys and men would constantly ask Brod if she would need help with anything. She nevers aid no or yes, but would say something and they would run to get it. She never allowed the men to come too close though
  22. They made for themselves a sanctuary from Tranchimbrod, a habitat completely unlike the rest of hte world. No hateful words were ever spoken, and no hands raised. More than thhat, no angry words wre ever spoken, and nothing was denied. But more than that, no unloving words were eer spoken, and everything was held up as another small piece of proof that it can be this way, it doesn't have to be that way
    This is where they are talking about how Yankel tried to do everything for Brod, getting her books he couldn't afford. She'd have to give it back because they were short of money. She turned her library into a place to rent books. Yankel tried to prevent her form feeling like a stranger, due to age difference and genders
  23. By my very great and loney grandmother didn't love Yankel, not in the simple and impossible sense of the word. In reality she hardly knew him. And he hardley knew her. they were intimately the sapects of htemselves in the other, but never hte other. Coutl Yanekl have guessed what Brod dreamed of?Could Brod have guessed, could she have cared to guess, where Yankel traveled at night? They were strangers, like my grandmother and me.
    This is where they are talking about how Yankel tried to do everything for Brod, getting her books he couldn't afford. She'd have to give it back because they were short of money. She turned her library into a place to rent books. Yankel tried to prevent her form feeling like a stranger, due to age difference and genders
  24. They reciprocated the great and saving lie--that our love for things is reater than our love for out love of things
    This is when it is said that Brod does not love Yanekl. They were strangers. But they were the only thing they had. So, htey did things for each other.
  25. From space, astronauts can see people making love as a tiny speck of light. Not light, exactly, but a glow that could be mistaken for lights--a coital radiance that takes generations to pour like honey through the darkness to the astronauts eyes
    IT was Trachimday and there were parades adn floats. Brod was on a float. Men would dive for gold in the Brod. It began to rain and people made love
  26. In about one and a half centuries-- after the lovers who made hte glow will have long since been laid permanently on their backs--metropolises will be seen from space. They will glow all year. Smaller cities will also be seen, but with great difficulty. Shtetls will be virtually impossible to spot. Individual couples, invisible
    IT was Trachimday and there were parades adn floats. Brod was on a float. Men would dive for gold in the Brod. It began to rain and people made love
  27. He was embrrased when his legs gave out beneath him, ashamed when he realized he would die ont eh floor, alone in the magnitude of his grieef when he understood that he would die before he could tell Brod how beautiful she was tat day, and that she had a good heart (which was worth more than a good brain), and that he was not her real father but wished with every blessing,e very day and night of his life, that he was before he could tell her of his dreams of eternal life with her, of dying with her, or never dying.
    This is after the parade. Brod returns home (after being raped, but we discover the details later). However, Yankel has died on the floor with paper in his hand that said Everything for Brod. The Kolker was in the window and she said that she would go with him if he did somethign for her.
  28. Yankel jerked in rigor mortis, knocking over hte oil lamp, which blew itself out on its way to the floor, leaving the room completely dark. His cheeks pulled into a tight smile, revealing, to teh banished shadow, a contentedness.
    This is after the parade. Brod returns home (after being raped, but we discover the details later). However, Yankel has died on the floor with paper in his hand that said Everything for Brod. The Kolker was in the window and said he won't leave without her. she said that she would go with him if he did somethign for her.
  29. But, in truth, I was also afraid of the men in the field. I had never talked to people like that, poor farming people, and similar to most people from Odessa, I speak a fusion of Russian and Ukrainian, and they spoke only Ukrainian, and while Russia and Ukrainina sound os so similar, people who speak only Ukrainian sometimes hate people who speak a fusion of Russian andUkrainina, becuase very often people who speak a fusion come from cities adn think they are superior t people who speak only Ukrainian, who often comes from the fields. We think this because we are superior, but htat is for another story.
    It appears when Grandfather talks about his parents for the first time. Alex wants to know more. Grandfather then says it'd be a good time to ask about Trachimbrod. So, he moves to the side of hte road and the hero and Alex go searching for someone to tell them. But people are no help
  30. As with father, there are only so many times that you cna utter "It does not hurt" before it begins to hurt even more than the hurt. You become enlightened of hte feeling of feeling hurt, which is worse, I am certain, than the existent hurt
    This appears when they stumble upon the woman they believe to be Augustine. He asked if she heard of Trachimbrod; she says no. He commences to walk away, sad to tell Gpa that they didnt find it. But, he goes back and asked the woman about hte pic at which point she replies no, but then later yes
  31. I have to tellyou something
    Its ok
    He pressed his lips to the hole. Yankel was not your real father

    The minutes were unstrung. They fell to the floor and rolled through the house, losing themselves.
    I love you, she said, and for the first time in her life, the words had meaning
    THis occurs in the Dial, when Brod marries the Kolker, who suffers a misfortune and has a blade stuck in his head, where he winds up beating Brod. It gets so bad they have to ocmmunicate through a hole, where they have way more connection and conversation. This is before the Kolker dies and tells her that
  32. His dimensions changed slightly with each rebronzing. OVer time, his arms lifted,inch by inch, from down at his sides to high above his head. THe sickly forearms of the end of his life became thick and virile. His face had been polished down so many times by so many beseeching hands, and rebuilt as many times by as many others, that it no longer resembled that of the god to whom those first few prayed.
    This is after the kolker dies. The people waant to have his body bronzed.  and they stood the statue in the sthtetl square. Everyone goes to it to ask it for things, to kiss it, etc. causeing it wear and tear
  33. For each recasting, the craftsmen modeled the Bial's face after the faces of his male descendants--reverse heredity. (So when my grandfather thought he saw that he was growing to look like his great x3 grandfather, what he really saw was that his great great great great grandfather was growing to look like him. His reelation wasjut how much like himsel he looked)
    This is after the kolker dies. The people waant to have his body bronzed.  and they stood the statue in the sthtetl square. Everyone goes to it to ask it for things, to kiss it, etc. causeing it wear and tear
  34. Those who prayed came to believe less and less in the god of their creation and more and more in their belief. The unmarried women kissed the Dial's battered lips, althoguh they were not faithful to their god, but to the kiss: they were kissing themselves. And when the bridegroom knelt, it was not the god they believed in, it was the kneel; not hte god's bronzed knees, but their own bruised ones
    This is after the kolker dies. The people waant to have his body bronzed.  and they stood the statue in the sthtetl square. Everyone goes to it to ask it for things, to kiss it, etc. causeing it wear and tear
  35. If i could utter a proposal, please allow Brod to be happy. Please, Is this such an impossible thing? Perhaps she could still exist, and be proximal with your grandfather Safran. Or, here is a mmajestic idea: perhaps Brod could be Augustine. Do you comprehend what I signify? You would have to alter your story very much, and she would be very aged, of course, but might it be wonderful in this manner?
    This is Alex. It appears after the Dial in the letter when he says that he could not understand the story of hte wedding. He was confused as to who was marrying. He also asks why the story didn't continue. He isn't happy about who the Kolker became.  He did like Jon's reference of his Gpa
  36. But it was me, not you, who was born to be the writer
    • Alex writes this to Jonathan
    • In this letter, after saying why can't Brod be happy, he admits that his shindigs with girls were not true. He jsut wanted to feel premium and make Little Igor feel like he had a cool brother. He says with writing there are second chances. And says this in reply to Jon's idea that you have to be born a writer.
  37. Everything is the way it is because everything was the way it was.
    • In this letter, Alex says this. 
    • He asks Jonathan if he forgives Gpa for telling him about Herscl and the war. He says he is not a bad person and cries every night because of this.He says that he wants things to happen for Little Igor.
  38. But I had already secured into my heart what Grandfather would not allow in.
    This is after they find the "so called Augustine"  and she cooks for them. They go into her house and she has tons of boxes with things inside of them for safekeeping. She has never heard of America. She then asks who Augustine is after being called it. But grandfather refuses to believe it. He tries to force her to say it but she wont.
  39. Many people try so rigidly to forget after the war that they can no longer remember.
    This is after they find the "so called Augustine"  and she cooks for them. They go into her house and she has tons of boxes with things inside of them for safekeeping. She has never heard of America. She then asks who Augustine is after being called it. But grandfather refuses to believe it. He tries to force her to say it but she wont.
  40. Everyone had his own family, but it was something like we were all one big family. People whould fight, yes, but it was nothing.
    "Augustine" finally talks. She doesn't want to take him to Trachimbrod because she says there is no Trachimbrod. She has Alex translate to the Jew that she thinks baout it everyday about Trachimbrod when they would run in the street. Safran kissed her behind the synagogue
  41. Humor is a way of shrinking from that wonderful and terrible world
    This is when Grandfather and the woman talk and Jon and Alex leave them to talk amongst themselves. They are in the field picking corn adn he says this to him. Alex asks Jon to tell him when he was young and how he is very funny.
  42. Wasn't everything that had happened, from his first kiss to this, his first marital infidelity, te inevitable result of circumstances over which he had no control? How guilty could he be, really, when he never had any real choice? Could he have been with Zosha upstairs? Was that a possibility?
    This is at Safran's wedding. He goes downstairs and makes love to Zosha's sister and wonders if he could have been anywhre else. He then talks about his grandfather's teeth and how they basically resulted in him having a limp hand
  43. So it wasbecause of his teeth, I imagine, that he got no mik, and it was because he got no milk that his right arm died. It was because his arm died that he never worked in menacing flour mill, but in the tannery just outside the shteltl, and that he was exempted from the draft that sent his schoolmates off to be killed in hopeless battles against the Nazis. His arm would save him again when it kept him from swimming back to Tranchimbrod to save his only love and again when it kept him from drowning himself
    This is after he makes love to his wifes sister. He asks could it have been any different or was it the result of the teeth, which caused one thing which caused another... He attributes his arm to having slept with numerous women. The first being a widow.
  44. "But," Grandfather said, "you would not help somebody if it signified that you would be murdered and your family would be murdered."
    This is when Augustine (not hte real Augustine) tells the story of Trachimbrod when htey are at Trachimbrod. She tells them that they were all lined up and how they told each one to spit on the Torah and everyone spit on the Torah except for her father. He did not so they shot her mom and her sister, who survived and dragged herself away to survive. She said she can't forgive them becuase they would not help and Dad said that
  45. Touch, taste, sight, smell, hearing...memory. While Gentiles experience and process the world through the traditional senses, and use memory only as a second order means of interpreting events, for Jews memory is no less primary than the prick of a pin, or its silver glimmer, or the taste of teh blood it pulls from the finger.
    • This appears in the Book of Antecedents, which included EVERYTHING even the most pointless of things, such as eating breakfast. It was continually updated.
    • This appeared in Jews have six senses where they say when things hurt it reminds them of the past
  46. The Jew is pricked by a pin and remembers other pins. It is only by tracing the pinprick back to other pinpricks--when his mother tried to fix his sleeve while his arm was still in it, when his grandfather's fingers fell asleep from strokinghis great-grandfather's damp forehead, when Abraham tested the knife point to be sure Isaac would feel no pain--that the Jew is able to know why it hurts
    • This appears in the Book of Antecedents, which included EVERYTHING even the most pointless of things, such as eating breakfast. It was continually updated.
    • This appeared in Jews have six senses where they say when things hurt it reminds them of the past
  47. The end of the world has come often, and continues to often come. Unforgiving, unrelenting, bringing darkness upon darkness, the end of the world is something we have become well acquainted with, habitualized, made into a ritual. It is our religion to try to forget it in its absence, make peace with it when it is undeniable, and return its embrace when it finally comes for us, as it always does.
    This is in the Book of Antecedents Subsection The Book of Revelations. It appears after the many divorces of that one couple's stories. They say there has yet to be a human which has survived a span of history without an end of the world
  48. Everything I did, I did because I thought it was the correct thing to do
    This is when they are sifting through the box titled In Case. Grandpa pulls out a picture, but doesn't look at it. Jon and Alex do and he's in hte picture. HE then proceeds to tell them that he killed his best friend, Herschel.
  49. Memory was supposed to fill the time, but it made time a hole to be filled. Each second was two hundred yards away, to be walked, crawled. You couldn't see the next hour, it was so far in the distance. Tomorrow was over the horizon and would take an entire day to reach.
    This appears after grandfather has his real sexual experience, which wasn't intended for, but occurred with Zosha; as well as the bombing. Everyone is confused. Activity is replaced with thought. Memory. Everything reminded everyone of something. And men coped by making flow chats. Women couldn't cope beacuase they were forced to work. And children had it worst because they had less memories to haunt them
  50. But children had it worst of all, for although it would seem that they had fewer memories to haunt them, they still had the itch of memory as strong as the elders of the shtetl. Their strings were not even their own, but tied aroudn them by parents adn grandparents--strings not fastened to anoything, but hanging loosely from the darkness.
    This appears after grandfather has his real sexual experience, which wasn't intended for, but occurred with Zosha; as well as the bombing. Everyone is confused. Activity is replaced with thought. Memory. Everything reminded everyone of something. And men coped by making flow chats. Women couldn't cope beacuase they were forced to work. And children had it worst because they had less memories to haunt them
  51. The only thing more painful than being an active forgetter is to be an inert rememberer
    This appears after grandfather has his real sexual experience, which wasn't intended for, but occurred with Zosha; as well as the bombing. Everyone is confused. Activity is replaced with memory. And men coped by making flow chats. Women couldn't cope beacuase they were forced to work. And children had it worst because they had less memories to haunt them. Safran himself is overtaken by love causing him to become old. Everyone in Trachimbrod did nothing but wait to die. He later goes to talk to the dial
  52. Oh, you love the baby in Zosha's belly. The others are being pulled back, and you're being pulled forward.
    Said by the Dial when Safran goes to talk to him about the baby. He asks if the Dial can make the baby healthy.

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