Pages 280-316 of the Dell Edition; Pocket Books pages 231-261 (e.g., end of Part Four of both editions); about 90 percent of an ebook.
Isn't this a beautiful resolution of Robert Anton Wilson's mystery plot?
As I mentioned earlier, Wilson explained in an interview, "I can't write a formula book. I tried once, that was Masks of the Illuminati. I started out to write an ordinary detective story, and then my imagination ran away with me and out came Masks Of The Illuminati which is a detective novel but hardly an ordinary one."
It's hardly ordinary, as RAW writes, but he conforms to the requirements of the detective novel by explaining what has happened and he even follow the convention of the detective who solves the case explaining his reasoning to an assembled group of all of the participants. In this case, Crowley is supposedly absent, but Joyce suggests that he "has been hiding in the garden listening to us all evening." (One of my favorite mystery writers, Lawrence Block, always parodies this plot device in his popular "Burglar" series.)
Page 281, "The Rites of Eleusis." The Eleusinian Mysteries were an important feature on ancient Greek paganism and required initiation. From Wikipedia: "some scholars believe that the power and longevity of the Eleusinian Mysteries came from psychedelic agents." Wikipedia article is here. In Illuminatus!, it is stated (Page 123) that participants were given a magic mushroom and then told the secret of the mysteries, "Osiris is a black god!" The Rosicrucian Digest discussion of Eleusis is here.
Page 284, Mansour-el-Hallaj, Sufi mystic who traveled to India and China.
Page 292, "the tale is this," the archetypal tale of returning to a magic place that has vanished is something I've encountered in fantasy novels, but where? I think I saw it in Jack Vance's Lyonesse trilogy. In his memoir, This Is Me, Jack Vance! Vance recalls a wonderful time with an exotic Latin American girl who he never saw again, perhaps offering a psychological key to the archetype.
Page 298, "a puzzle-book," Wilson uses Joyce to state RAW's own artistic philosophy. In Masks, perhaps to reward more conventional readers, Wilson explains much of the puzzle.
Page 314, "I have trained myself not to judge but to understand." Good journalists have to learn to understand rather than judge, as I've noticed in my career in the business. This also relates to paying close attention, so that you can be fascinated by other human beings and what's happening around you.
Page 316, "The worship of sex is, to an objective observer, no more absurd than any other form of worship." Bloomsday, June 16, commemorates a memorable sex act (a handjob) that Nora Barnacle performed upon James Joyce. Wilson worked for Playboy magazine, a publication which arguably worshiped sex.
I am grateful to each and every one of you who have contributed comments to the Masks discussion, and I mean each of you, but I would feel remiss if I did not particularly thank Oz Fritz for sharing his knowledge of Aleister Crowley and related matters. Oz's blog is here. And don't miss the time Oz gave a book to Sting.