The pages are decoded using the Palefina code, named after Johnny’s mom, who would write secret messages using the first letter of every word. On page 514, he finds a band that had read house of leaves. They were talking about Johnny, wondering if he ever found a woman who would love his ironies. He references “some amazing back-on-page-117 close-reading.” On page 117, if you look hard, you’ll find the sentence “A wild ode metioned at a New West Hotel over wine infusions, light, lit, lofted on very entertaining moods, yawning in return, open nights, inviting everyone’s song…” Which, when you take the first letter of every word, comes out to “a woman who will love my ironies.” Spooky! And at the top, he talks about “the encoded appearance of Thamyris on pg. 387”. On 387, if you find the sentence “the house answers many yearnings answered in sorrow”. If you use the first-letter code, you get “thamyris”, the Greek bard who challenged the muses, saying he could play better, and lost, being stricken blind. Like Zampano.
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