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switchman

[′swich·mən]
(mining engineering)
A laborer who throws switches of mine tracks in a coal mine.
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Herman and Weisenburger also locate the nonnormative sexual practices of Franz Pokier, Ned Pointsman, and General Pudding within what they identify as Pynchon's commentary on the failure of 1960s leftist politics.
Pointsman acts in accordance with the remark: "You will want cause and effect" (663), which is why he tries hard to make a connection between Slothrop's erections and the distribution patterns of the V-2s that have hit London: "What sickness to events--to History itself--can create symmetrical opposites like these robot weapons?
It should be behind the pointsman in the foreground, going round the roundabout if it was to go straight ahead or turn left after rounding the cop.
Pointsman, Katje, Gottfried; Grigori the Octopus, Byron the Bulb, and the Argentine anarchists.
7 Pointsman (1957) Carrying 12st 1lb, he made all the running and beat that season's champion, Linwell (received 5lb), by six lengths
Padilla's first novel to be translated into English starts off simply enough: pointsman Viktor Kretzschmar is being charged with causing a terrible train crash.
An instance of the disnarrated occurs late in the novel when Roger Mexico creates a scene at a meeting of power brokers in order to embarrass Ned Pointsman.
John watched Pointsman Slim limp through the CPR gates, paper lunchbag swinging from his fist, heavy with cold, sweat, with all of labour's weight.
95), which again features Pointsman Nicolas Rathe, is a departure of sorts for Scott, who is well-known as the Lambda Literary Award-winning author of several lesbian-themed science-fiction titles.
In this allegorical story line, what draws Pointsman is Slothrop's strange secret connection to the Rocket.
As Pointsman himself, that arch-determinist, will come to admit in near-exasperation, the Slothropian map flouts representational conventions in its very representationality.