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labyrinth
used in The Crying of Lot 49

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Definition
a maze (a complex system of paths or tunnels in which it is easy to get lost)

or:  anything so complicated that it is extremely confusing

or:  a complex anatomical system of interconnecting cavities — especially the inner ear
  • ...possibly some dim hope that Senator McCarthy, and others of his persuasion, in those days having achieved a certain ascendancy over the rich cretins from across the sea, would somehow refocus attention on the fallen of WWII, especially ones whose corpses had never been found; out of some such labyrinth of assumed motives Tony Jaguar decided he could surely unload his harvest of bones on some American someplace, through his contacts in the "family," ' known these days as Cosa Nostra.
    Chapter 3 (50% in)
  • Perhaps—she felt briefly penetrated, as if the bright winged thing had actually made it to the sanctuary of her heart—perhaps, springing from the same slick labyrinth, adding those two lines had even, in a way never to be explained, served him as a rehearsal for his night's walk away into that vast sink of the primal blood the Pacific.
    Chapter 6 (42% in)

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