McTeague: A Story of San Francisco

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5steam beer: cheaper than regular beer because of a faster fermentation, producing a heavy carbonation, or 'steam'.
8cable line: the San Francisco cable cars, put in service in the late nineteenth century to provide transportation up and down the city's steeply graded streets.
10tamale men: street vendors selling a Mexican dish of seasoned meat wrapped in corn husks and steamed.
11flat: apartment building, not apartment.
12Cliff House: famous restaurant on the west side of the city.

B Street station: at the foot of what is now the San Francisco- Oakland Bay Bridge in Oakland, California; see Norris's description in Chapter V.

18 Lorenzo de' Medici: fifteenth-century ruler of Florence, who did much to beautify the city; he was a man of culture, a lyric poet, and the patron of Botticelli and Michelangelo.
34Schuetzen Park: an actual park, which was a few miles from the B Street Station.
43Presidio: military reservation at the foot of the San Francisco side of the Golden Gate Bridge.
56the heads: small islands near the Golden Gate.

Crystal Baths: Crystal Salt-Water Bath-House in San Francisco.

57Mission: business district.
67 Goat Island: Yerba Buena Island in San Francisco Bay.
72The Woman is awakened . . . eyes light upon: a reference to Shakespeare A Midsummer Night's Dream, where Titania awakes from a spell and falls in love with an ass.
77Prince Albert coat: a long double-breasted overcoat.
78Fauntleroy 'costume': sailor suit with Breton hat and high socks, a prissy outfit made famous in Frances Hodgson Burnett's Little Lord Fauntleroy ( 1886).
82Queen Charlottes: pastries filled with custard or marmalade.
84kinetoscope: an early form of moving picture invented in 1891.

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  • Title Page iii
  • Acknowledgements v
  • Contents vii
  • Introduction ix
  • Note on the Text xxix
  • Select Bibliography xxx
  • A Chronology of Frank Norris xxxii
  • I 5
  • II 15
  • III 30
  • IV 42
  • V 52
  • VI 71
  • VII 87
  • VIII 103
  • IX 119
  • X 142
  • XI 164
  • XII 185
  • XIII 198
  • XIV 208
  • XV 218
  • XVI 232
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  • XXII 327
  • Explanatory Notes 337
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