Note: A possible reference to O'Casey's Juno and the Paycock?
Was it better then – measuring the loss – not to know happiness at all? Better to go through life waiting for what never came, because that way you had less to mourn?
Note: #Booker Jacobson echoes Tennyson's "better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all"
Finkler always asked for more hot water no matter how much hot water had already been brought. It was his way of asserting power, Treslove thought. No doubt Nietzsche, too, ordered more hot water than he needed.
Note: Our ubermensch is already in enough hot water.
He had no choice but to name her Judith. Something to do with  the Canadian security man threatening to saw the Jewish student’s head off. It was Judith who beheaded Holofernes.
Note: Caravaggio's Judith beheading Holofernes: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judith_Beheading_Holofernes