Chapter Three (paperback pages 77 - 165) for "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao"

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or the trumpets from the Island of our eviction had even sounded A book of poetry by Puerto Rican/American poet Martin Espada "Trumpets from the Island of their Eviction" This is a poem in the book and also the book title.
Baní {Bani} 77
DoYos Dominican Yorks (discussed in earlier chapter) 77
página en blanco {pagina en blanco} "blank page" 78
Minas Tirith Minas Tirith, originally named Minas Anor, is a heavily fortified city in J. R. R. Tolkien's fictional Middle-earth writings, which was the capital of Gondor in the second half of the Third Age. It is often referred to as the White City and the City of Kings.
la pequeña {la pequena} the small one 78
Mordor In J. R. R. Tolkien's fictional universe of Middle-earth, Mordor is the dwelling place of Sauron (the bad guy).
parque "park" 78
chancletas cheap flip flop sandals 79
Oyá-souls {Oya-souls} Some relation to this, maybe? 79
tranquilidad "tranquility" 79
flash clothes showy, stylish, etc. 79
nathan someone writes in: "It means 'nothing'. It comes from the Notorious B.I.G. song 'One More Chance'. There is a line where he is referring to women '... dummies, those wantin' money. Those the kind I like cause they don't get NATHAN but penetration'" 79
Lost Childhood Someone writes in that this may be a reference to 80
Hypatía {Hypatia} Beli is probably named after Hypatia of Alexandria, a Greek scholar from Alexandria in Egypt, considered the first notable woman in mathematics, who also taught philosophy and astronomy. She lived in Roman Egypt, and was killed by a Christian mob who blamed her for religious turmoil.
ven acá {ven aca} "come here" 80
inchoate imperfectly formed or formulated
Alcatraz 80
Houdini holes 80
Tainos The Taínos were pre-Columbian inhabitants of the Bahamas, Greater Antilles, and the northern Lesser Antilles.
flacas something like "thin girls" 80
mon frère {frere} French for "my brother" 81
maldita ciguapa maldita = damn

A Ciguapa (pronounced see-GOOAH-pah) is a mythological creature of Dominican folklore. They are commonly described as having human female form with brown or dark blue skin, backward facing feet (to mislead those that would follow their tracks), and very long manes of smooth, glossy hair that covers their otherwise naked bodies. They supposedly inhabit the high mountains of the Dominican Republic, and are commonly assumed to derive from the Maboya of Taino mythology.
alizé {alize} trade winds
La chica de mi escuela "The girl from my school" 82
milieu the physical or social setting in which something occurs or develops
punctilious marked by or concerned about precise accordance with the details of codes or conventions
colmado superstar something like a "grocery store superstar" (a coarse person?) 82
media-campesina "half-peasant" or "half-hick" 82
ladronazos something like "huge thieves" 83
In the Time of the Butterflies 83
Salcedo Salcedo is the capital city of the Hermanas Mirabal Province in the Dominican Republic. It is famous for being the birthplace of the Dominican heroines, the Mirabal sisters who gave their lives in the struggle against the dictator Rafael Trujillo. There is a museum in the town, Ojo de Agua (meaning Water Eye) commemorating three of sisters who were killed in the struggle against dictatorship. It is tended to by the remaining sister, Bélgica (Dedé) Mirabal.,_Dominican_Republic
Miranda Someone said that Miranda was a character in "In the Time of the Butterflies" who protected a poor girl at school.
bonewalls of the macroverse Probably a comic book reference:
Ritual of Chüd {Ritual of Chud} From Stephen King's It - an enormous battle of wills
Sycorax Theory 1 (probable):
A race of evil intelligent humanoids who act as recurring antagonists in Dr. Who. The Sycorax are described as living in a distant part of the galaxy.

Theory 2:
Sycorax, an unseen character in William Shakespeare's play The Tempest (1611), is a powerful witch and the mother of Caliban, one of the few native inhabitants of the island on which Prospero, the hero of the play, is stranded.
dalit Dalit is a self-designation for a group of people of South Asian descent traditionally regarded as untouchables or of low caste.
pulpería {pulperia} small grocery store
Phantom Zone The Phantom Zone is a fictional prison dimension featured in the Superman comic books.
maestra teacher 85
barrio neighborhood 85
Immortals Not sure if this is referencing something specific, or just generic gods (like the Mount Olympus crew). 85
Apotheosis 85
Cervantes Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra was a Spanish novelist, poet, and playwright. His magnum opus, Don Quixote, considered the first modern novel by some, is considered a classic of Western literature and is regularly regarded among the best novels ever written.
Squadron Supreme The Squadron Supreme is a fictional superhero team that appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics.
novio "boyfriend" or "fiance" 86
chancletas cheap flip flop sandals 86
Jean-Pierre Aumont a French actor
caribeña {caribena} girl from the Carribbean 87
Anacaona Anacaona, also called the Golden Flower, was a Taíno queen. She was celebrated as a composer of ballads and narrative poems, called areytos.
pan de agua Dominican water bread, often served for breakfast
jiringonza Someone sent this in: "The word is jerigonza not jiri- is a language or communication hard to interpret as it is phrased in a somewhat modified vocabulary like lotsa slang or argot, often used to keep a conversation very private." 87
boleros slow sentimental Latin songs
canciones "songs" 88
versos "verses" 88
Listín Diario {Listin Diario} newspaper
Casanova Wave I'm guessing something like Beatlemania? 88
bravos bold, courageous guys 88
buenmosos good looking guys, hunks 88
Rubirosas Porfirio Rubirosa Ariza was a Dominican playboy (see footnote #4, page 12)
Jacob Jacob is the third Biblical patriarch. Jacob was the son of Isaac with Rebekah, the twin brother of Esau, and grandson of Abraham. Jacob played a major part in some of the later events in the Book of Genesis. See note further down this page about Jacob wrestling with the angel.
Kimota! This is what Micky Moran says to transform into Marvelman (phonetically, "atomic" backwards)
melnibonian Melniboné is an island featured in the writings of Michael Moorcock. It is the homeland of Elric, one of the incarnations of the Eternal Champion. Its people, the Melnibonéans, are not human, resembling instead the elves of legend — skilled with magic and beautiful, though psychologically similar to cats, with a callous nature.
salchicha a kind of sausage 89
socorro something like "relief worker" 89
Balaguer Joaquín Amparo Balaguer Ricardo was the President of the Dominican Republic from 1960 to 1962, from 1966 to 1978, and again from 1986 to 1996. An unlikely strongman, he had been a protégé of Rafael Trujillo and, though frequently accused of election fraud and of intimidating would-be opponents, he was considered one of the craftiest politicians.
ringwraiths In J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth legendarium, the Nazgûl (also called Ringwraiths, Ring-wraiths, Black Riders, Dark Riders, the Nine Riders, or simply the Nine) are nine undead human kings who have succumbed through greed to Sauron's power and attained immortality as wraiths bound to the power of the One Ring as servants of The Enemy.
homunculi something similar to a human being that is not actually human
Apollo In Greek and Roman mythology, Apollo is one of the most important and many-sided of the Olympian deities. The ideal of the kouros (a beardless youth), Apollo has been variously recognized as a god of light and the sun; truth and prophecy; archery; medicine and healing; music, poetry, and the arts; and more.
Mithra Mithra is an important deity or divine concept (Yazata) in Zoroastrianism and later Iranian history and culture.
caballero "gentleman" 91
Caramba a curse word,_caramba!
cerulean Cerulean may be applied to a range of colors from deep blue, sky-blue, bright blue or azure color through greenish blue colors.
Eyes of Atlantis I think this just means "blue" 91
a terrible beauty has been born Someone writes in that this is an allusion to Yeats' poem Easter, 1916.

He, too, has been changed in his turn,
Transformed utterly:
A terrible beauty is born.,_1916
ibis a long-legged bird
un mujerón total {un mujeron total} something like "a full grown attractive woman" 91
Roman Polanski Roman Raymond Polanski is an Academy Award-winning and four-time nominated Polish-French film director, writer, actor, producer, Holocaust survivor, and convicted child rapist.
caught a cuerpazo something like "got a sexy body" 91
tetúa / La Tetúa Suprema {tetua / La Tetua Suprema} probably a large-breasted woman 92
Breasts of Luba I'm guessing especially after seeing this picture. 92
A culo que jalaba m´s que una junta de buey {A culo que jalaba mas que una junta de buey} The literal translation is something like "An ass that's pulling more than a group of oxen". Someone writes in: "Has the literal translation, but incorrect intended meaning. What this saying means is that - Her ass (looks) pull more (men) than a group of oxen." 92
Jack Kirby Jacob Kurtzberg, better known by the pen name Jack Kirby, was an American comic book artist, writer and editor widely recognized as one of the most influential, recognizable, and prolific artists in comics.
Uatu the Watcher Uatu, often simply known as The Watcher, is a fictional character created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby, and first appeared in Fantastic Four Volume 1 #13 (April 1963). He is a member of the Watchers, an extraterrestrial species who in the distant past stationed themselves across space to monitor the activities of other species. Uatu is the Watcher assigned to observe Earth and its solar system.
DarkZoner Probably someone who lives on the "dark side" of the earth. 92
Glissant Edouard Glissant (born in Sainte-Marie, Martinique in 1928) is a French writer, poet and literary critic. He is widely recognised as being one of the most influential figures in Caribbean thought and cultural commentary.
Ande el diablo! Expletive, something like "go to the devil!" or "the devil, you say!" 92
Novi Orbis "New World", the kind of thing you'd seen written on ancient maps of North America, for example 92
Danger Room The Danger Room is a fictional training facility built for the X-Men of Marvel Comics as part of the various incarnations of the X-Mansion.
Dios mío asesina {Dios mio asesina} Someone writes in that this means "My god (you are a) killer. - refering to the fact that she could kill with her good looks." Someone else writes that it means "my god her looks can kill". You get the idea. 93
y ese tetatorio Something like "those're some tits!" 93
que pechonalidad "what a chest". Someone writes in: "It's a mix of personalidad/personality and pecho/breast."
tal-and-tal "such-and-such" 93
the One Ring The One Ring is an artifact that appears as the pivotal plot element in J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth fantasy fiction. It is described in an earlier story, The Hobbit (1937), as a magic ring of invisibility. The sequel The Lord of the Rings (1954-55) reveals that its powers are much more encompassing than mere invisibility, and concerns the quest to destroy the Ring, revealed to be malevolent — being created by the primary antagonist, Sauron.
Green Lantern Green Lantern is the name of several fictional characters, superheroes appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. Each Green Lantern possesses a power ring that gives the user great control over the physical world as long as the wielder has sufficient willpower and strength to wield it.
With great power comes great responsibility Quote from Spider-Man (among others) - see this page for more details: 94
Ahab Ahab is the tyrannical captain of the Pequod who is driven by a monomaniacal desire to kill Moby Dick, the whale that maimed him on his last whaling voyage.
"Wonder ye then at the fiery hunt?" Quote from Moby Dick
Ovid Publius Ovidius Naso (March 20, 43 BC – 17 or 18 AD) was a Roman poet known to the English-speaking world as Ovid who wrote on many topics, including love, seduction, and mythological transformations.
Fantastic Four The Fantastic Four is a fictional superhero team appearing in comic books published by Marvel Comics.
Galactus Galactus is a fictional character that appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics.
X-Men The X-Men are a team of fictional superhero characters in comic books published by Marvel Comics.
Brotherhood of Evil Mutants The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, also known as "The Brotherhood" and Brotherhood of Mutants, is a fictional character group, Marvel Comics supervillain team devoted to mutant superiority over normal humans. They are among the chief adversaries of the X-Men.
Teen Titans The Teen Titans, also known as The New Teen Titans, New Titans, or The Titans, is a DC Comics superhero team.
Deathstroke Deathstroke the Terminator (Slade Wilson), also called Deathstroke (and originally simply the Terminator) is a fictional character, a supervillain and sometime anti-hero in the DC Comics Universe. He is a mercenary and assassin who first appeared in The New Teen Titans (vol. 1) #2 (1980). Wizard Magazine rated him the 84th greatest villain of all time.
Foreman and Ali The Rumble in The Jungle was a historic boxing event that took place on 30 October 1974, in the Mai 20 Stadium in Kinshasa, Zaire (now Democratic Republic of the Congo). It pitted then world Heavyweight champion George Foreman against former world champion and challenger Muhammad Ali.
Morrison and Crouch Probably Toni Morrison and Stanley Crouch
Here's a quote from an article on Stanley Crouch: "...[Crouch] dared to eviscerate several African-American icons, notably Nobel Laureate novelist Toni Morrison, whom he fingered as a literary snake-oil saleswoman who 'perpetually interrupts her narrative with maudlin ideological commercials.'" and
Sammy and Sergio Possibly Sam Viviano and Sergio Aragonés, who both wrote for Mad Magazine andés
Rushdie Salman Rushdie is a British Indian novelist and essayist. He first achieved fame with his second novel, Midnight's Children (1981), which won the Booker Prize in 1981. Much of his early fiction is set on the Indian subcontinent. His style is often classified as magical realism mixed with historical fiction, and a dominant theme of his work is the story of the many connections, disruptions and migrations between the Eastern and Western world. His fourth novel, The Satanic Verses (1988), was at the center of protests from Muslims in several countries. Some of the protests were violent and Rushdie faced death threats and a fatwā (religious edict) issued by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, then Supreme Leader of Iran.
sepulchral funereal
tertulia kind of like a Latin American literary salon
Fidel 97
Batista 97
ladroncitos something like "little thieves"
Betances Ramón Emeterio Betances y Alacán (April 8, 1827 – September 16, 1898) was a Puerto Rican nationalist. He was the primary instigator of the Grito de Lares revolution, and as such, is considered to be the father of the Puerto Rican independence movement.
helados ice creams
Ramfis 99
Kim Novak Kim Novak (born February 13, 1933) is an American actress who was one of her nation's most popular movie stars in the late 1950s. She is best known for her performance in Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo (1958).
John F. Kennedy (JFK) Presidential Library The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is the presidential library and museum of the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy. It is located on Columbia Point in the Dorchester section of Boston, Massachusetts, USA, next to the Boston campus of the University of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Archives. It was designed by the architect I. M. Pei.
dissolutely lacking restraint
Ripio / rípio Look, everyone knows this is really referring to his genitalia. "Ripio" can literally translate to "rubble" or "stone fragments", maybe referring to something used to fill in holes (ha ha), but colloquially it means "dick" or "prick". The author could also be making a Jack the Ripper pun. (Please stop sending me updated translations on this, ok? I think this is the note that has generated the most email... :-) 99
Shiva Shiva is a major Hindu god, and one of the Trimurtis. In some other Hindu denominations, Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva represent the three primary aspects of the divine in Hinduism and are collectively known as the Trimurti. In this school of religious thought, Brahma is the creator, Vishnu is the maintainer or preserver, and Shiva is the destroyer or transformer.
lingam a stylized phallic symbol that is worshipped in Hinduism as a sign of generative power and that represents the god Shiva
destroyer of worlds A reference to a line in the Bhagavad Gita, one of the most important Hindu scriptures: "I am Death [or Time, depending on translation], the great destroyer of worlds, and I have come here to destroy all people." Robert Oppenheimer claims to have thought of this quotation upon witnessing the first nuclear test in 1945.
4d10 Someone writes in: "4d10 is a reference to Dungeons and Dragons. Roll 4 d10s (ten sided dice), add them up, and take that much damage. It's a pretty high number; average people have something like 4 hit points." 100
scromfed To devour, as in food. To chow down.
una prieta a very dark-skinned girl
Someone writes in: "a black dominican girl, kinky hair, darker than mulata; similar to morena, a euphemistic reference to a negro"
do-lo Down-low (also "on the down low" or "on the DL") may refer to any activity or relationship kept discreet.
Strom Thurmond James Strom Thurmond was an American politician who served as governor of South Carolina and as a United States Senator. He also ran for the Presidency of the United States in 1948 as the segregationist States Rights Democratic Party (Dixiecrat) candidate. Shortly after Thurmond's death, Essie Mae Washington-Williams publicly revealed that she was Strom Thurmond's illegitimate (African-American) daughter.
turbidity deficient in clarity or purity
I will not serve. Non serviam is Latin for "I will not serve". The phrase is generally attributed to Lucifer, who is said to have spoken these words to express rejection to serve his God in the heavenly kingdom.

Today "Non serviam" is also used or referred to as motto by a number of political, cultural, and religious groups to express their wish not to conform; it may be used to express a radical view against established common beliefs and organisational structures accepted by the majority.
zángana {zangana} "drone" - someone suggests "lazy bones", someone else writes in "dumbass" 104
criada "maid" 104
esponja "sponge" 105
ciclón {ciclon} "cyclone" 106
venality open to corrupt influence and especially bribery
mendacity deception or falsehood or divergence from absolute truth
Jodido something like "fucked". 106
azuana someone from Azua 106
Gormenghast Gormenghast refers to a trilogy of books revolving around the Castle Gormenghast, written by Mervyn Peake.
cibaños / cibaeña / cibaeño {cibaeno} Someone from Cibao, a rich, prosperous valley located in the northern Dominican Republic. From a paper someone found online and sent in: "For at least the past two centuries, the categories sureno and cibaeno have been markers of cultural-ethnic culture, ideology, and identity (heavily influenced by racial prejudice) as well as signifiers of entitlement to the fruits of socio-economic progress." 107
cristiano Google says "Christian". Someone writes in that this could be used kind of like "fellow man". 107
bonhomie good-natured easy friendliness
princesa "princess" 107
mesera "waitress" 107
caracaracol Someone points out that there's a Taino mythical figure called "Deminan Caracaracol" who seems to be a bit of a trickster: 108
Noh Noh is a major form of classic Japanese musical drama that has been performed since the 14th century. Noh has been slow and stylised for several centuries.
raconteur a person who excels in telling anecdotes
palaver misleading or beguiling speech; someone suggests "idle talk or chatter"
dominicanos cultos "cultured Dominicans" 108
Oye, parigüayo, y qué pasó con esa esposa tuya? {Oye, pariguayo, y que paso con esa esposa tuya?} "Hey bystander, what happend to that wife of yours?" 108
Gordo, no me digas que tú todavía tienes hambre? {Gordo, no me digas que tu todavia tienes hambre?} "Fatty, don't tell me that you're still hungry?" 108
mi'ja contraction for "mi hija", an endearment 108
pendejada "bullshit" 108
taza "cup" 108
Penelope In Homer's Odyssey, Penelópē is the faithful wife of Odysseus, who keeps her suitors at bay in his long absence and so is eventually rejoined with him.
Whore of Babylon The Whore of Babylon is one of several Christian allegorical figures of supreme evil mentioned in the Book of Revelation in the Bible. The Whore is associated with the Antichrist and the Beast of Revelation by connection with an equally allegorical kingdom.
chooch [maybe] The term is derived from the Italian ciuccio and means dummy, idiot, or moron.
Someone writes in: could be shortened slang for mutt or dog -
Elysium In Greek mythology, Elysium was a section of the Underworld. The Elysian Fields, or the Elysian Plains, were the final resting place of the souls of the heroic and the virtuous.
sapos "toads" 109
abrazo "hug" 109
Hipólito Mejía {Hipolito Mejia} Rafael Hipólito Mejía Domínguez (born 22 February 1941, in Gurabo, Santiago Province), was President of the Dominican Republic from 16 August 2000 to 16 August 2004.
Mantle Mickey Mantle
Maris Roger Maris
Marichal Juan Marichal, a Dominican baseball player
reconquista "reconquest" 110
jueguito "game"
Someone writes in: "jueguito" is literally "little game"; "juego" is game and "ito" is the diminutive suffix. It shows a dismissive tone by Lola about baseball.
Arbenz Colonel Jacobo Árbenz Guzmán (September 14, 1913 – January 27, 1971) was the President of Guatemala from 1951 to 1954, when he was ousted in a coup d'état organized by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, known as Operation PBSUCCESS, and was replaced by a military junta, headed by Colonel Carlos Castillo, plunging the country into chaos and long-lasting political turbulence.
Nixon Richard Milhous Nixon (January 9, 1913 – April 22, 1994) was the thirty-seventh President of the United States (1969–1974), and the only president to ever resign the office. He was also the thirty-sixth Vice President of the United States (1953–1961).
Guerrillas of the Sierra Maestra Sierra Maestra is a mountain range that runs westward across the south of the old Oriente Province from what is now Guantánamo Province to Niquero in southeast Cuba, rising abruptly from the coast. The Sierra Maestra has a long history of guerrilla warfare. Starting with the resistance of the Tainos under Guamá, the Cimarrón Neo-Taíno nations escaped slave cultures, and the Ten Years' War and the Cuban War of Independence. After Fidel Castro returned to Cuba from exile in Mexico, he and the few other survivors from the failed attack on Moncada Barracks hid out in Sierra Maestra. They were able to expand the 26th of July Movement, starting a revolution throughout the region. They built up guerrilla columns, and in collaboration with other groups in the central provinces, Escopeteros on the foot hills and plains, and the urban resistance, eventually overthrew Fulgencio Batista.
Arquimedes is probably named after Archimedes Archimedes of Syracuse (c. 287 BC – c. 212 BC) was a Greek mathematician, physicist, engineer, inventor, and astronomer. Although few details of his life are known, he is regarded as one of the leading scientists in classical antiquity.
zapatero "cobbler" or "shoemaker" - a person who repairs shoes 110
tirapiedra "rock throwers" 110
quemagoma "tire burner" (someone writes that this means guerilla) 110
Johnny Abbes García Johnny Abbes García was the feared chief of the governmental intelligence office during the Rafael Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republic. He is mostly regarded as a ruthless murderer and as the real mastermind behind most of the human rights violations during Trujillo's regime.
Morgul Lords Minas Morgul, also known by its earlier name of Minas Ithil, is a fictional fortified city in J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth. Its full name is Minas Ithil in the Morgul Vale, since the city is located in a deep valley of the same name. At the time of the War of the Ring, the Witch-king of Angmar and most of the Nazgûl dwelled in Minas Morgul.
François Duvalier {Francois Duvalier} Dr. François Duvalier, known as "Papa Doc" (April 14, 1907 – April 21, 1971[1]), was the President of Haiti from 1957 to 1971. In 1964 he made himself President for Life. He ruled until his death in 1971, in a regime marked by autocracy, corruption, and state-sponsored terrorism through his private militia known as Tonton Macoutes. He was estimated to have caused the deaths of 30,000 and exile of thousands more.
Guacanagarí {Guacanagari} Guacanagari or Guacanagarix, was one of the five caciques of Hispaniola in the western part of the island which is now present day Haiti. He received Christopher Columbus after the Santa Maria was wrecked during Columbus' first voyage to the New World. When Columbus left, neighbouring caciques attacked the Spanish settlement La Navidad which is Caracol Bay in present day Haiti. The Spanish were massacred and both La Navidad and the town of Guacanagari were burnt down.
Fielder's choice In baseball, fielder's choice (abbreviated FC) is a term used to refer to a variety of plays involving an offensive player reaching a base due to the defense's attempt to put out another baserunner, or the defensive team's indifference to his advance. Fielder's choice is not called by the umpires on the field of play; rather, it is recorded by the official scorer to account for the offensive player's advance without crediting him with an offensive statistic such as a hit or stolen base.
Ese ladrón no va' pa' ningú la'o. {Ese ladron no va' pa' ningu la'o.} Someone writes in that this translates to "That thief is going nowhere." Someone else writes: "short for ese ladrón no vale para ningún lado - that thief isn't good on any side". 112
campo "countryside" 112
cuerpo "body" 112
pipa probably "belly"
mujer alegre Google says "cheerful woman" but from context it's more like "party girl" 112
el lío en que me metí anoche {el lio en que me meti anoche} "the mess that I got into last night" 112
hermanita "sister" 112
hijo de la porra something like "son of sperm"? Maybe bastard child? Or maybe closer to English's "sonofabitch"?
Porra can also mean stupid:
comehuevo something like "egg eater"? Someone wrote in that this refers to testicle swallowers, or homosexuals 113
desgraciado "bastard" 113
maldito "damn" 113
burbuja "bubble" 113
candela something like "hot" 113
esto "this" 113
Alexander from context, a club 114
Café Atlantico from context, a club 114
Jet Set from context, a club 114
La negra está encendida! {La negra esta encendida!} Something like "The (dark girl) is on fire!" 114
bailarina cubana "Cuban dancer" 114
no lo pareces "not what you look like" or "not what you seem" 114
pasos "steps" 114
Rat Pack The Rat Pack was a group of popular entertainers most active between the mid-1950s and mid-1960s. Its most famous line-up featured Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop, who appeared together on stage in films in the early-1960s, including the movie Ocean's Eleven.
louche not reputable or decent
Atahualpa Atahualpa, Atahuallpa, Atabalipa, or Atawallpa (b. Quito – d. Cajamarca, August 29, 1533), was the last sovereign emperor of the Tahuantinsuyu, or the Inca Empire. During the Spanish Invasion, the Spaniard Francisco Pizarro crossed his path, captured Atahualpa, and used him to control the Inca empire. Eventually, the Spanish executed Atahualpa by garrote, ending the Inca Empire.
como una ruda something like "roughly" 115
a Beli le salío el lobo {a Beli le salio el lobo} something like "the wolf in Beli came out" 115
No. Me. Toques. "Don't. Touch. Me." 115
Street Fighter Street Fighter is a popular series of fighting games in which the players pit competitive fighters from around the world, each with his or her own special moves, against one another.
gordo azaroso something like "dangerous fat man". Someone writes in that "azar" means chance, so that makes it something like "fat gambler" or "fat daredevil". 116
ese poco hombre, ese mamahuevo! "that little man, that cocksucker!" 116
arroz con habichuelas "rice with beans" 118
que te dío una pela {que te dio una pela} Someone wrote in: "who gave you a beating" 118
pista dance floor 118
Samaná {Samana} Samaná is located on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean in the northeastern part of the Dominican Republic.
sindicatos union members, I'm guessing 119
Witchking of Angmar The Witch-king of Angmar, also known as the Lord of the Nazgûl and The Black Captain among other names, is a fictional character in J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth fantasy writings. In Tolkien's novel The Lord of the Rings, he is the chief of the Nazgûl (Ringwraiths), the chief servants of the Dark Lord Sauron.
Have Gun – Will Travel Have Gun — Will Travel is an American Western television series that aired on CBS from 1957 through 1963. The show followed the adventures of Paladin, a gentleman/gunfighter (played by Richard Boone on television, and by John Dehner on radio), who preferred to settle problems without violence, yet, when forced to fight, excelled.
popóla {popola} pussyóla
capaz "able" or "capable" 121
alguien "Someone" 121
the Great Eye Sauron
Rosario Rosario is the largest city in the province of Santa Fe, Argentina. It is the third largest city in Argentina in terms of area and population.
sureño {sureno} "southerner" 121
gank something like "gang killing". 122
gully Something from the streets, gutter, and/or gangsta
Max Gómez / Máximo Gómez {Max Gomez / Maximo Gomez} Máximo Gómez y Báez (November 18, 1836 in the Dominican Republic - June 17, 1905 in Havana, Cuba) was a Major General in the Ten Years' War (1868-1878) and Cuba's military commander in that country's War of Independence (1895-1898).
sacó piés {saco pies} something like "took to his feet" - basically, took off 122
moncadistas Moncadista is the name given to Fidel Castro’s comrades of arms in the assault to Moncada Garrison in July 26, 1953
yolas A small wooden boat in the Dominican Republic used in fishing and, increasingly, illegal migration and narco-trafficking.
clavo saca clavo "One nail drives out another."
Caliban Caliban is one of the primary antagonists in William Shakespeare's play The Tempest. He is referred to as a calvaluna/mooncalf, a freckled monster. In some traditions he is depicted as a wild man, or a deformed man, or a beast man, or sometimes a mix of fish and man.
There's also a character from The X-Men called Caliban who is named after the Shakespeare character:
assiduity "persistent personal attention"
lana money (literally 'wool')
cursí-ness {cursi-ness} something like "vulgar-ness"
Someone wrote in: "Cursiness is when one pretends or asserts to be elegant when in fact he is shabby."
Azua Azua de Compostela is a city in the south of the Dominican Republic.
the Hamaca from context, a club 124
the Tropicalia from context, a club 124
the Country Club from context, a club 124
Cyranos Someone writes in: "Cyrano de Bergerac is a French play by Edmond Rostand that takes place in the 18th century. The title character, Cyrano, is a soldier who is in love with the beautiful lady Roxanne. But he is ashamed of his uncommon appearance (he has a very large nose) and only admires her from afar, until he meets pretty-boy Christian, another soldier in his company who is also in love with Roxanne. But Christian does not have Cyrano's skills in words and wit, so the two strike a deal: Cyrano will write letters and poems to Roxanne but Christian will sign and deliver them in order to win Roxanne's heart with both physical and intellectual beauty.

"Thus the book is describing the grad students as good love letter writers who are never seen or appreciated."
muelas Something like "pick-up lines" 124
un hombre bien social Different opinions on this - people have written in that it means a range of things, from "a sociable man" to "benefactor of society" 125
prendas can mean jewelry or treasures
diabluras pranks, nasty deeds
katana A katana is a type of Japanese sword, and is often called a "samurai sword."
chulo The word in Spanish directly translates to "pimp". In Spain the word means "cool". It is synonymous with "bad ass" or "bad guy".
una tormenta en la madrugada "a storm in the morning" or "a storm at dawn" 127
comparona Someone that thinks she is better than everyone else.
infierno "hell" 128
brutos "gross" or "crude" 128
cochinos "pigs" 128
hija de la gran puta "daughter of the great whore" 130
jodiéndome {jodiendome} something like "fucking with me" or "messing with me" 130
mona I think "idiot", but maybe "monkey" (so perhaps "ugly")? Someone writes in that this means "cute" or "cutie".
capitaleños {capitalenos} Probably "people from the capital city of Santo Domingo" 132
27 de Febrero The national highway
Güaley {Gualey} a Sector of the Distrito Nacional
chulería {chuleria} "something charming" 132
primavera "Spring" 132
pescado frito "fried fish" 133
río {rio} "river" 133
hamaca "hammock" 133
achiote Achiote [ah-chee-OH-tay] The slightly musky-flavored seed of the annatto tree is available whole or ground in East Indian, Spanish and Latin markets. Buy whole seeds when they're a rusty red color. Brown seeds are old and flavorless. Achiote seed is also called annatto which, in its paste and powdered form, is used in the United States to color butter, margarine, cheese and smoked fish.
colmado "grocer" 135
campesinos "peasants" 135
dulces "sweets" 135
Abelard Beli's father - more on him later 137
no me jodas "Don't fuck with me!"
tacaña {tacana} Google says "mean girl"; someone writes in that this "means cheap, does not want to part with money" 138
calumny the act of uttering false charges or misrepresentations maliciously calculated to harm another's reputation
baká {baka} something like "idiotic" (Japanese)
una mujer bien fuerte y bien cruel something like "a very strong and very cruel woman" 139
yuan Chinese currency - 1 yuan is worth about US $0.14 right now.
mota speck
shelob Shelob is a fictional character from J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth legendarium. She appears at the end of the second volume of The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers. Shelob was an "evil thing in spider form".
jacaranda a flowering tree
mi monita "little blonde" or "little monkey", an endearment
toto podrido "rotten pussy" 141
cara de culo "ass face" 141
Cómeme el culo {Comeme el culo} something like "bite my ass" (probably equivalent sentiment to "kiss my ass" in English) 141
Déjame {Dejame} Someone writes in that this means "let me (do) or leave me (alone)" 141
mass driver A mass driver is essentially a coilgun that magnetically accelerates a package consisting of a magnetisable holder containing a payload.
funtoosh someone writes in: "Funtoosh is SE Asian for finished or beat up" 143
atavistic recurrence of or reversion to a past style, manner, outlook, approach, or activity
Todopoderoso "The Almighty", eg God 145
kaiju Kaiju is a Japanese word that means "strange beast," but often translated in English as "monster." The most famous kaiju is Godzilla.
Corbusian Of, pertaining to, of characteristic of the French architect Le Corbusier
entiendes "understand" 146
plepla something like "silliness" 148
Dark Knight Returns Batman: The Dark Knight Returns is a Batman comic book mini-series written and drawn by Frank Miller and published by DC Comics from February to June 1986.
Coldbringer a soviet nuclear warhead
coraje "nerve" or "anger"
Source Wall The Source Wall is a fictional structure in the DC Comics universe. The wall lies on the edge of the known universe, in the Promethean Galaxy. Beyond the wall lies what is known as The Source, a cosmic essence or being that is the "source" of all that exists. The wall is theoretically passable. However, all those who try have been inevitably trapped in it. Over time it has been made up of the bodies of would-be conquerors and curiosity seekers from all across the universe.
sueño, sueño, sueño, como tú te llamas {sueno, sueno, sueno, como tu te llamas} Something like: "sleep, sleep, sleep, what is your name". Someone writes in that it means "I dream and dream and dream of you calling my name" 150
chabine someone writes in: mixed race person with light, freckled skin, crinkly fairish hair, sometimes with green eyes
Yo me llamo sueño de la madrugada {Yo me llamo sueno de la madrugada} "Yes, we can sleep until the morning", maybe more literally something like "I call myself the dream of the dawn." 150
lucha "fight" 150
perico ripiao conjunto band
chacabanas kind of shirt
klerín {klerin} cane alcohol
Ashurbanipal Ashurbanipal (b. 685 – ca. 627 BC, reigned 668 – ca. 627 BC), the son of Esarhaddon, was the last great king of the Neo-Assyrian Empire.
House Atreus In Greek mythology, Atreidae or Atreidai (meaning literally "those of Atreus") refers to Agamemnon and Menelaus, sons of Atreus — in English, the Atreides. The term is also used for their children and (less often) for their further descendants.
puntos "stitches" 153
rabia anger or fury 153
Mamá, me mataron a mi hijo. Estoy sola, estoy sola. "Mother, I killed my son. I am alone, I am alone." (Someone writes in that it's actually "they killed my son") 154
escopeta "shotgun" 155
Coño, me hirieron! {Cono, me hirieron!} "Damn, I got shot!" 155
Vamos a pelear "We will fight" or "let's fight" 155
Tony Montana Antonio "Tony" Montana is a fictional character in the remake of the 1932 film Scarface portrayed by Al Pacino.
John Woo John Woo Yu-Sen is a critically acclaimed international Chinese film director and producer. Recognized for his stylized films of highly choreographed action sequences, Mexican standoffs, and use of slow-motion.
hit points Hit points, also known as life points, HP, damage points, or just health (among other synonyms), is a finite value used to determine how much damage (usually in terms of physical injury) a character can withstand.
ajustamiento someone writes in that this means "settlement, payment of a debt" 155
Este guaraguao ya no comerá más pollito. {Este guaraguao ya no comera mas pollito.} something like "This hawk will not eat any more chicken." Someone writes in that "Pollito was the name for communist resistance groups active in DR at the time" so maybe that has something to do with this? 155
guagua small bus
Galadriel Galadriel is a fictional character created by J. R. R. Tolkien, appearing in his Middle-earth legendarium.
bien pegao dirty dancing, grinding
Lothlórien In J. R. R. Tolkien's fiction, Lothlorien is the fairest forest realm of the Elves remaining in Middle-earth.
Mother Abigail Abagail Freemantle, known universally as Mother Abagail, is a character from Stephen King's novel The Stand. She is the personification of good, the leader of the 'good' survivors of the Captain Trips plague, and a prophet of God.
país {pais} "country" 158
sinvergüencería {sinverguenceria} "shamelessness"
Jacob and the Angel Jacob Wrestling with the Angel is a biblical story commonly depicted in art. The story appears in chapter 32 of Genesis and chapter 12 of the Book of Hosea. Several sources credit the angel as being the Archangel Michael.
ciguas The cigua palmera is the national bird of the DR
Por supuesto "Of course" 159
like nata over café {cafe} "like cream over coffee" 160
a terrible beauty is etc. Someone writes in that this is an allusion to Yeats' poem Easter, 1916.

He, too, has been changed in his turn,
Transformed utterly:
A terrible beauty is born.,_1916
Gondolin In J. R. R. Tolkien's legendarium, Gondolin was a hidden city of Elves founded by Turgon in the First Age. "The Fall of Gondolin" tells of the founding of the Elven city of Gondolin (built in secret by Turgon and his people), of the arrival of Tuor, a prince of the Edain, of the betrayal of the city to Morgoth by Turgon's nephew Maeglin, and of its subsequent destruction by Morgoth's armies.
Idlewild John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City, which was known as Idlewild Airport until 1963
La pobrecita something like "the poor little thing" 162
ojas de mamón {ojas de mamon} "papaya leaves" 162
Toma "Take this" 163
Dulce de coco Someone writes in that this is coconut candy, which is popular in the Dominican Republic. It seems to be something along the lines of coconut caramel.
Here's a recipe:
Diaspora The term diaspora (in Greek, διασπορά – "a scattering [of seeds]") refers to the movement of any population sharing common ethnic identity who were either forced to leave or voluntarily left their settled territory, and became residents in areas often far removed from the former.
ciegos "blind men" 165