Infinite Jest

Infinite Jest


David Foster Wallace

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P.G.O.A.T. Term Analysis

“Prettiest Girl Of All Time” — Orin and his doubles partner’s nickname for Joelle, who is so beautiful that no one talks to her.
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P.G.O.A.T. Term Timeline in Infinite Jest

The timeline below shows where the term P.G.O.A.T. appears in Infinite Jest. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 37
Addiction, Mental Illness, and Suicide Theme Icon
...age of 13. Orin mentions that the journalist’s name is Helen. Orin asks about the P.G.O.A.T.—Joelle—and Hal explains that she hasn’t been around E.T.A. since she and Orin broke up. (full context)
Chapter 38
Talent, Precociousness, and Fame Theme Icon
Institutional Control vs. Rebellion Theme Icon
Orin and his doubles partner nicknamed this girl P.G.O.A.T., or Prettiest Girl Of All Time. She was so beautiful that she was “almost universally... (full context)