me - my

Waterloo is of course in Belgium + General Blücher + Maurice Behan, Man Servant, *S* + bell chime, which comes to Erwicker's assistance when Cad addresses him + FDV: This is the Belchiam taking a phillipy out of his bottle of Tiltsiter.  

sneak - to move, go, walk, etc., in a stealthy or slinking manner + taking

philippy - love for or kindness to a horse or horses + Philip II of Macedon (reigned 359-336 B.C.) - father of Alexander the Great. For him the city of Philippi was named. When Philip was drunk, he condemned a woman unjustly. She said she would appeal from Philip Drunk to Philip Sober + Battle of Philippi, 42 B.C. + sneaking his filly

"This is me Belchum sneaking his phillippy out of his most / toocisive bottle of Tilsiter. This is the libel on the battle / Awful Grimmest Sun'shat Cromwelly, Looted." (The whole line was accidentally skipped by the FW-galley typesetter. It was there in transition (JJA 44:258) and already complete in Joyce's fair copy). Robbert-Jan Henkes, 16 May 2002 + Tilsiter is a Swiss-Prussian cheese, though S's Tilsiter is obviously an alcoholic drink like Pilsener lager.

grimmest - supperl. of grim + Arthur Guinness, Sons and Company, Ltd.

Cromwell, Oliver - English warlord who invaded Ireland in 1649 and ruthlessly suppressed the native Catholics + Aleister Crowley, occultist.

loot - to lurk, lie concealed; to make obeisance, to bow + routed - put to rout, compelled to flee in disorder + limited.

hastings - early fruit of vegetables, early peas + casting - the assigning of parts to suitable actors and actresses + hasting - that hastes, speeding + Battle of Hastings, 1066.

dispatch - to start promptly for a place, get away quickly; a written message sent off promptly or speedily

irrigate - to supply with moisture (pee) + irritate + FDV: This is the jinnies hasting dispatch fontannoy fortannoy the Willingdone.

The Thin Red Line - a nickname given to the 93rd (Sutherland Highlanders) Regiment of British infantry after their dogged defence in the face of overwhelming odds at Balaclava during the Crimean War.

shirt front - that part of man's shirt which covers the chest and is more or less displayed, a dicky

yaw - yawn + you

liberator + Lieber Arthur (ger) - Dear Arthur + FDV: Dear Liffer Leaveher Awthur, Owthur field gates gaze your the tiny frow? They The jinnies think to they cotch the Willingdone.

wir siegen (ger) - we conquer + versiegen (ger) - to dry up.

fieldglass + Wie geht's deiner Frau? (ger) - How's your wife?

frow - woman, wife

hug - to clasp or squeeze tightly in the arms: usually with affection = embrace + hoogachtend (Dutch) - yours faithfully, yours truly.

stop + Napoleon + nap (Slang) - catch veneral disease.


FONTENOY - Village, SW Belgium; scene of battle 11 May 1745, in which Marshal Saxe's French army including the Irish Brigade defeated an Anglo-Allied army under the Duke of Cumberland in the War of the Austrian Succession + fountain + FDV: They The jinnies think to they cotch the Willingdone.

shee - she + he he - a representation of laughter, usually affected or derisive + shee (Anglo-Irish Pronunciation) - see.

agin - again + courting again + AGINCOURT - Village, North France, where the English under Henry V defeated the French, 25 Oct 1415 + Joyce's note, Circe: 'agin courting, crecy'.

gonn - to begin + gone + Gunn - Michael Gunn, the manager of the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin.

boycrazy - (of a girl) eager to associate with boys + The boy Cotton - a twelve-year old boy who lived unobserved for twelve months (in 1838) in the kitchen quarters of Buckingham Palace + boycott - a punitive ban that forbids relations with other bodies, cooperation with a policy, or the handling of goods.

git - get + get it up (Slang) = bander (French Slang) - to have an erection + get the wind up - to become nervous, apprehensive, agitated.

bode - messenger, herald + bod (bud) (gael) - penis + FDV: This is the Belchiam [, bonnet & busby,] breaking the word to the Willingdone.

bonnet - a cap of mail, a kind of helmet

busby - a tall fur cap, with or without a plume, having a bag hanging out of the top, on the right side

break words with - to exchange words with

secred = secret + sacred.

ball up - to make a mess of, to confuse, muddle

herald - a messenger + Harold - English king who was defeated and killed at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 + FDV: This the Willingdone hurled dispatch dispatchback.  

dispatch - to send off post-haste or with expedition or promptitude (a messenger, message, etc. having an express destination)

display - to exhibit ostentatiously; to show off, make a show of + deployed.

rare - the back part of something, rear

salamander - a woman who (ostensibly) lives chastely in the midst of temptations (obs.), a soldier who exposes himself to fire in battle + SALAMANCA - Spanish province and city; site of Wellington's victory oven France in the Penin War, 22 Jul 1812.

cherry - cherry-coloured, red; a virgin + chère (fr) - dear (Jenny) + FDV: Cherry jinny, damn fairy ann, voutre, Willingdone. Pip Tip.  

victory! + fichtre! (French) (euphemism for 'foutre') - the deuce!; fuck you! + Victor Hugo, the French novelist who included a lengthy discussion of Waterloo in Les Miserables + Christ cursed the fig tree with barrenness (Matthew 21:19) + Joyce's note, Circe: 'banana stuck in her fig'.

Ça ne fait rien (French) - that doesn't matter + George Bernard Shaw, Mrs Warren’s Profession: "The old Iron Duke didnt throw away fifty pounds: not he. He just wrote: ‘Dear Jenny: publish and be damned! Yours affectionately, Wellington'." Harriette (or Henriette) Wilson (1786-1846) was one of the most sought after courtesans in London. She settled down for a time with the Duke of Argyle, but when he went to Scotland she became the mistress of the Duke of Wellington until she turned 35 (1821). She then retired from the business, moved to Paris, married a Monsieur Dubochet, and settled down to a literary career. Her first work was her Memoirs (1825), in which she named names and provided details of her liaisons. In 1824, before publication, her publisher, Stockdale, sent letters to her former beaux, demanding £200 in exchange for their exclusion from the memoirs; Wellington is alleged to have returned the letter with the words "Write, and be damned!" scrawled on it. In her memoirs, Harriette says that Wellington looked like a ratcatcher! After her memoirs, she wrote and published novels (very bad ones, say her critics). She eventually returned to London, and died in 1846.

vôtre (French) - yours (i.e. yours faithfully) + foutre (French) - to fuck fuck you! + outré (French) - enraged.

Arthur Wellesley, the victor of Waterloo, became the 1st Duke of Wellington on 11 May 1814.

tic - obsession, fixation + tit for tat - an equivalent given in return.

hee - he + hee-hee - an interjection expressing laughter.

caoutchouc - a tenacious, elastic, gummy substance obtained from the milky sap of several plants of tropical South America, Asia, and Africa. Also called India rubber (because it was first brought from India) + bottes de caoutchouc (fr) - Wellingtons, rubber boots which Irish farmers wear while working in their fields.

weet - to know; wet

tweet - a chirping note, chirp + (creaking of rubber boots).

STAMFORD BRIDGE - Village, East Riding, Yorks, England; site of battle in 1066 in which Harold II defeated his brother and Harold Haardraade of Norway just before the Battle of Hastings.  

foot - to go on foot, walk, run + foutre le camp (French, Slang) - to go, leave + fous le camp! - fuck off! clear off! bugger off! 

camp - the place where an army or body of troops is lodged in tents or other temporary means of shelter + FDV: This is the Belchiam [in his cowashoes] footing the camp to for the jinnies. Tip.

stale (Anglo-Irish Pronunciation) - steal

store - to dose with (drugs or medicines) (obs.) + store stale stout + steal stale stout.

Rooshian - Russian + FDV: This is Prooshing rooshing balls. This the ffrinch! Tip.  

ball - a missile (from canon, musket, pistol, etc.)

trinch - trench + French

missile - a missile object or weapon + troop - a body of soldiers + Ulysses.15.4606: 'Irish missile troops... Royal Dublin Fusiliers' + tropes (gr) - changes, turns + mistletoe - shrub of central and southeastern Europe; partially parasitic on beeches, chestnuts and oaks; it was sacred to the Celtic Druids.

Futter (ger) - fodder + futter (Slang) - to fuck + cannon-fodder - soldiers regarded merely as material to be expended on the battlefield.

poppy - characterized by popping or exploding (rare.) + A Portrait I: 'There's a tasty bit here we call the pope's nose... He held a piece of fowl up on the prong of the carving fork'.

indulgence - the practice or habit of indulging or giving way to one's inclinations; in the Catholic Church, a papal indulgence is the remission granted by the Church of the temporal punishment due to sins already forgiven by God, thus reducing the amount of time a deceased person's soul must suffer in Purgatory + One hundred days passed between Napoleon's escape from Elba and the battle of Waterloo.

blessés (fr) - wounded

TORRES VEDRAS - Town, West Portugal, noted for 28-mile stretch of fortifications begun in 1809 and extending to the Tagus River, from which Wellington hindered the French march against Lisbon in 1810 + terra (l) - earth + widders (Engliah Dialect) - widows.

bonny - having a pleasing appearence

bawn = boon - advantageous, fortunate, prosperous + bawn (Anglo-Irish) - white, fair, pretty (from Irish : bán).

Blücher (1742-1819) - Prussian marshal who came to Wellington's aid at Waterloo. Bluchers are shoes.  

rowdy - marked by disorderly roughness or noise + ruddy - reddish.

howse - house + FDV: Guns Gunz, harses, this is jinnies in their ____ yalla bawn blootchers blooches, this is the frinches lipoleums in the redditches rody rowdy hoses. Tip!

splinter - fragment + FDV: This is the Willingdone order, fire! Tonerre!

TONNERRE - Town, in North Burgundy, France. Not associated with any historic battle + tonnerre (French) - thunder (also expletive).

bullsear (Anglo-Irish) - a clown (from Irish: ballséir)

plee (Dutch) - privy (Pronunciation 'play')

camelry - troops mounted on camels + cavalry + Battle of Camel, 656, in which Muhammad’s widow Ayesha rode a camel.

footer - one who goes on foot + Battle of Flodden Field, 1513 + Noah's Flood.

sulfairin (sulfirin) (gael) - sulphur + -een (Anglo-Irish) - (diminutive) + smithereens + submarines + Battle of Solferino, 1859 (Napoleon III defeated Franz Josef).

Thermopilae - Scene of battle between the Greeks and the Persians in 480 BC.   

BANNOCKBURN - Town, central Scotland, 2½ miles South-East of Stirling; site of battle 23 June 1314 in which Robert Bruce routed the English under Edward II and took Stirling Castle + FDV: This is the smokings & bannockburns froodenfihls & panicburns.   

ALMEIDA - Town, North-East Portugal, formerly fortress guarding North approach from Spain. Wellington captured it from the French, 10 May 1811 + Almighty God! 

ORTHEZ - Town, South-West France, where in 1814 Wellington defeated the French under Soult + Arthur is to lose (Wellington)

brum - to murmur, hum + (onomat. of thunder) + Sainéan: La Langue de Rabelais II.205: 'Brum, à brum! to recover from a mistake' + FDV: This is the Willingdone, he cry, Brom Bromme Bromme, Cambromme!

General Cambronne was said to have shouted 'merde' when ordered to retreat at the Battle of Waterloo (he then held out in isolation until the battle was lost).

Donnerwetter (ger) - thunderweather + Unwetter (ger) - storm (the Battle of Waterloo was delayed due to torrential rain in the early morning).

Gott strafe England! (ger) - "May God punish England!", a World War I slogan of the German army  

rin - run + rinnen (ger) - to flow + FDV: This is rinny jinny jinnies her away runaway [down dowan a bunkershill bunkersheels] cry: Dunderwetter Underwetter. Goat strap strip Finnland Finnlambs!  

AUSTERLITZ - Town, Czech, scene of battle 12 Dec 1805, in which Napoleon defeated Russians and Austrians + lists - medieval jousting-ground, field of combat. In Arthurian romances, to oust an enemy from the lists, or dive him out of the lists meant to defeat him in single combat.

BUNKER HILL - Hill, Charlestown area, Boston, Mass, US. American Revolutionary battle, 17 June 1775, known as "Bunker Hill," was actually on the adjacent Breed's Hill. The Royal Irish Regiment was part of British force. No one is sure whether Israel Putnam actually said, "Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes." + down at heel - in poor or decayed circumstances; having the heels of one's shoes trodden down.

nip - to move rapidly or nimbly

nippy - marked by tendency to nip; brisk, quick

trip - the action of moving lightly and quickly

airy - light in movement or manner + Tipperary (song): 'It's a long long way to Tipperary, But my heart's right there' (World War I marching song).

silver plate - used as a jocular representation of Fr. s'il vous plaît (please)

crape - a thin transparent gauze-like fabric + cool crape (Slang) - a shroud + catching the drops (or grapes).

canister - a small case or box, usually of metal, for holding tea, coffee, shot, etc.

pour le pays (fr) - for the country + pour la paix (fr) - for the peace + (for the money).

Otto von Bismarck (1815 – 1898) - European statesman of the 19th century. As Minister-President of Prussia from 1862 to 1890, he engineered the Unification of Germany. When the German Empire was declared in 1871, he served as its first Chancellor + Biss (ger) - bite. 

marathon - Applied to long-distance races or competitions calling for endurance.

The Girl I Left Behind Me (song)

brandish - to wave or flourish (something, esp. a weapon) as a threat or in anger + branlish (fr) - masturbate + se branler (French Slang) - to masturbate + FDV: This is the Willingdone he branlish his tallowscoop on the rinning jinnies rinnyaway.

Marmor (ger) - marble + memorial.

sophy - a wise man, sage + sauve-qui-peut (fr) - save himself who can (probably the cry of the fleeing French at Waterloo) + key (Slang) - penis + po - chamberpot.

divorsion - divorce + diversion + William Gorman Wills: A Royal Divorce (a play about Napoleon's divorce from Josephine; the play was actually written by an unknown author, and only slightly modified by Wills).

gamba (it) - leg + bariste (it) - barmaids.

pòrca (it) - sow, she-pig + Della Porta, Giovanni Battista (1538 - 1615) - Italian natural philosopher (wrote about the telescope) and playwright. His works include I'Due Fratelli rivali ('The Two Rival Brothers').

TALAVERA DE LA REINA - Town, cenral Spain, 65 miles South-West of Madrid. Site of one of Wellington's great victories against the French, commanded by King Joseph Bonaparte, 27-28 July 1809 + da vere femmine (it) - just like women.

VIMEIRO - Village, Western Portugal, 32 miles North-West of Lisbon; site of victory of Wellington over the French, 21 Aug 1808 + fur immer (ger) - for ever + deliver us from errors.

petty - small, of small importance, minor, inferior + prettiest.