A tench is a kind of fish as well, and in fact there's a bit of a fish theme at Prufrock--the fish-shaped lamps and blue curtains in the library. This could be foreshadowing for TEE, in which ocean decorating is "in" and a fish statue plays an important part.
Because, of course, a group of fish is called a "school."
Ugh, pun!! Do you really think that's why the fish theme is there, because of that definition? I just thought it was an odd little quirky hidden theme Handler decided to incorporate.
"Hello, Darkness, my old friend, I've come to talk to you again, Because a vision softly creeping, Left its seeds while I was sleeping. And the vision that was planted in my brain, Still remains, Within the Sound of Silence..." -Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel
The "school" idea had occurred to me, but it's so prosaic...
I was envisaging something more along the lines of a massive, baroque, fanfiction-worthy conspiracy involving Prufock Prep's real Principal and the waiters at Cafe Salmonella, all entangled in the story of the Snicket Snickersnee...
"There's daggers in men's smiles; the near in blood, the nearer bloody."
I didn't notice that either. I didn't know that Remora meant anything at all.
Cool of you to catch that!
Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it. - C.S. Lewis
"...Everything written on them was unrepeatable since time immemorial and forever more, because races condemned to one hundred years of solitude did not have a second opportunity on earth". Gabriel Garcia Marquez, One Hundred Years Of Solitude