The structure of A Confederacy of Dunces reflects the structure of Ignatius's favorite book, Boethius' Consolation of Philosophy.Like Boethius' book, A Confederacy of Dunces is divided into chapters that are further divided into a varying number of subchapters.
Nut, to be fictitious, but it was an actual local soft drink brand of the era.
The "Paradise Hot Dogs" vending carts are an easily recognized satire of those actually branded "Lucky Dogs".
As this direction is to the south-east, this is impossible in reality.
Possibly this is a joke by Toole related to the fact that the area across the river is known as the "West Bank", despite the fact that because of the twists of the river it is actually to the south or east from parts of central New Orleans.
Toole provides comical descriptions of two of the films Ignatius watches without naming them; they can be recognized as Billy Rose's Jumbo and That Touch of Mink, both Doris Day features released in 1962.
In another passage, Ignatius declines to see another film, a "widely praised Swedish drama about a man who was losing his soul".Though neither of them will admit it, their correspondence indicates that, separated though they are by half a continent, many of their actions are meant to impress one another. She falls for Claude Robichaux, a fairly well-off man with a railroad pension and rental properties.At the end of the novel, she decides she will marry Claude.Although considering himself to have an expansive and learned worldview, Ignatius has an aversion to ever leaving the town of his birth, and frequently bores friends and strangers with the story of his sole, abortive journey out of New Orleans, a trip to Baton Rouge on a Greyhound Scenicruiser bus, which Ignatius recounts as a traumatic ordeal of extreme horror.Myrna Minkoff, referred to by Ignatius as "that minx", is a Jewish beatnik from New York City, whom Ignatius met while she was in college in New Orleans.Such details are not likely to be noticed by people who are not familiar with New Orleans. Reilly can be found under the clock on the down-river side of the 800 block of Canal Street, New Orleans, the former site of the D. Holmes Department Store, now the Hyatt French Quarter Hotel.The statue mimics the opening scene: Ignatius waits for his mother under the D. Holmes clock, clutching a Werlein's shopping bag, dressed in a hunting cap, flannel shirt, baggy pants and scarf, 'studying the crowd of people for signs of bad taste.' The statue is modeled on New Orleans actor John "Spud" Mc Connell, who portrayed Ignatius in a stage version of the novel.Though their political, social, religious, and personal orientations could hardly be more different, Myrna and Ignatius fascinate one another.The novel repeatedly refers to Myrna and Ignatius having engaged in tag-team attacks on the teachings of their college professors.Ignatius is of the mindset that he does not belong in the world and that his numerous failings are the work of some higher power.He continually refers to the goddess Fortuna as having spun him downwards on her wheel of fortune.