A Confederacy of Dunces – quotes and extracts – 1

For no particular reason save for the idea that it amuses me (and might amuse you) each week I will post a quote or an extract from JK Toole’s masterpiece A Confederacy of Dunces. But if you haven’t read the book, I urge you to do so. And if you do, you will be impelled to follow up on the tragic backdrop to the novel’s existence. The version I’m working from is the 1981 Penguin edition. I’ll try and use a different graphic each time from the many translations and editions and other renderings of the novel’s characters (pardon the phrase). I’ll be going sequentially, so here goes:

Possession of anything new or expensive only reflected a person’s lack of theology and geometry; it could even cast doubts upon one’s soul (p. 1).