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The workings of his pyloric valve play an important role in his life, reacting strongly to incidents in a fashion that he likens to Cassandra in terms of prophetic significance.

He continually refers to the goddess Fortuna as having spun him downwards on her wheel of fortune. Ignatius loves to eat, and his masturbatory fantasies lead in strange directions.


His mockery of obscene images is portrayed as a defensive posture to hide their titillating effect on him. Although considering himself to have an expansive and learned worldview, Ignatius has an aversion to ever leaving the town of his birth, and frequently bores friends and strangers with the story of his sole, abortive journey out of New Orleans, a trip to Baton Rouge on a Greyhound Scenicruiser bus, which Ignatius recounts as a traumatic ordeal of extreme horror.

The novel repeatedly refers to Myrna and Ignatius having engaged in tag-team attacks on the teachings of their college professors. For most of the novel, she is seen only in the regular correspondence which the two sustain since her return to New York, a correspondence heavily weighted with sexual analysis on the part of Myrna and contempt for her apparent sacrilegious activity by Ignatius.

Officially, they both deplore everything the other stands for. Though neither of them will admit it, their correspondence indicates that, separated though they are by half a continent, many of their actions are meant to impress one another.

Irene Reilly[ edit ] Mrs. Irene Reilly is the mother of Ignatius. She has been widowed for 21 years. At first, she allows Ignatius his space and drives him where he needs to go, but throughout the course of the novel she learns to stand up for herself. She also has a drinking problem, most frequently indulging in muscatel , although Ignatius exaggerates that she is a raving, abusive drunk.

At the end of the novel, she decides she will marry Claude. But first, she agrees with Santa Battaglia who has not only recently become Mrs. Reilly's new best friend, but also harbors an intense dislike for Ignatius that Ignatius is insane and arranges to have him sent to a mental hospital.

Others[ edit ] Santa Battaglia, a "grammaw" who is friends with Mrs.

Reilly, and has a marked disdain for Ignatius Claude Robichaux, an old man constantly on the lookout for any " communiss " who might infiltrate America; he takes an interest in protecting Irene Angelo Mancuso, an inept police officer, the nephew of Santa Battaglia Lana Lee, a pornographic model who runs the "Night Of Joy", a downscale French Quarter strip club George, Lana's distributor who sells photographs of her to high-school children of his age Darlene, a goodhearted but none-too-bright girl, who aspires to be a "Night Of Joy" stripper, with a pet cockatoo Burma Jones, black janitor for the "Night Of Joy" who holds on to his below- minimum wage job only to avoid being arrested for vagrancy Mr.

Clyde, the frustrated owner of Paradise Vendors, a hot dog vendor business Gus Levy, the owner of Levy Pants, a family business in the Bywater neighborhood Mrs. Levy, Gus's wife, who attempts to psychoanalyze her husband and Miss Trixie despite being completely unqualified to do so Miss Trixie, an aged clerk at Levy Pants who suffers from dementia and compulsive hoarding Mr.

Talc, a mediocre professor at Tulane who had the misfortune of teaching Myrna and Ignatius Miss Annie, the disgruntled neighbor of the Reillys who professes an addiction to headache medicine Ignatius at the movies[ edit ] Toole provides comical descriptions of two of the films Ignatius watches without naming them; they can be recognized as Billy Rose's Jumbo and That Touch of Mink , both Doris Day features released in This is most likely Ingmar Bergman 's Winter Light , also released in In another passage, Irene Reilly recalls the night Ignatius was conceived: after she and her husband viewed Red Dust , released in October Holmes store at right A "Lucky Dogs" cart from the era of the novel The book is famous for its rich depiction of New Orleans and the city's dialects, including Yat.

The first chapter mentions the sun setting over the Mississippi River at the foot of Canal Street. As this direction is to the south-east, this is impossible in reality. Possibly this is a joke by Toole related to the fact that the area across the river is known as the "West Bank", despite the fact that because of the twists of the river it is actually to the south or east from parts of central New Orleans.

Such details are not likely to be noticed by people who are not familiar with New Orleans. A bronze statue of Ignatius J.

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Reilly can be found under the clock on the down-river side of the block of Canal Street, New Orleans , the former site of the D. The statue mimics the opening scene: Ignatius waits for his mother under the D.

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