aim - to calculate one's course with a view to arriving (at a point) + William Shakespeare: All's Well That Ends Well.
stirrup cup - a cup of wine or other drink handed to a man when already on horseback setting out for a journey; a parting glass + Arditi: song The Stirrup Cup.
We slept at the Village of Simplon, in a very fair and wellwarmed inn.
leaba (lyaba) (gael) - bed
housing - house accomodation, lodging
abide - to remain in residence; to sojourn, reside, dwell; an abode or stay + song Abide with Me.
block - a compact or connected mass of houses or buildings, with no intervening spaces.
back - to support one's opinions, judgements, etc., as to an undecided issue, by a wager or bet; to back a horse: to bet or stake money upon his winning a race.
PUMP COURT - Not a Dublin place-name, but old maps of Dublin mark the location of communal pumps in the inner courts of buildings in The Liberties.
THE LIBERTIES - Roughly the area of Old Dublin South of the Liffey bounded East and West by the Castle and St James's Gate, North and South by the Quays and Blackpitts. Originally, the Liberties were jurisdictions, civil and ecclesiastical, independent of the city of Dublin and for the most part outside the walls.
what with - because of
molto pi¨ (it) - much more + una volta di pi¨ (it) - once more + motapŘk (VolapŘk) - mother-tongue.
Volta, Alessandro (1745-1827) - Italian physicist for whom the volt is named. The cinema Joyce set up in Dublin, 1909, was called The Volta.
snore - to make harsh or noisy sounds in sleep by breathing through the open mouth or through the mouth and nose.
burden - the bass, 'undersong', or accompaniment
delay - to linger, loiter, tarry + The Lily of Killarney: song The Moon Hath Raised Her Lamp Above: '...I come, I come, my heart's delight'.
nom - used in expressions denoting a pseudonym, a false or assumed name + (onomat.)
num - name + (onomat.)
busybody - one who is improperly busy in other people's affairs [(notebook 1924): 'evangelical busybody'] + bussy - sweetheart.
rus in urbe - the creating of an illusion of the countryside in a city; an urban building, garden, prospect, etc., which suggests the countryside; country in city.
collarette - small or tight collar, necklace
sunbonnet - a light bonnet with a projection in front and a cape behind to protect the head and neck from the sun.
eyot - small island + Marta (marte) (gael) - March + eight of march
otherwiles - at another time + otherwise
katya (Sanskrit) - widow + Katya (Russian) - nickname for Catherine.
Lavinia - heroine of Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus who suffered the same fate as Philomela. Lavinia is also the wife of Aeneas and heroine of Shaw's Androcles; and, as Mr Senn has shown, lavina means "avalanche" in Rhaeto-Romanic.
mens (l) - mind, disposition, intellect
to pump ship - to urinate
deadly + dood (Dutch) - dead.
whereat - for what cause or reason, wherefore
nigger - a Negro
oft - often + Thomas Moore: National Airs: song Oft, in the Stilly Night.
metagnostic + metagnostikos (gr) - fit to be translated + met 'ag˘na (gr) - with struggle
epikos (gr) - epic, poetic + thalamos (g)r - bride chamber + epithalamios (gr) - nuptial, bridal (hence, epithalamium: a nuptial poem honouring the wedded couple).
hearing - the extent within which sound may be heard
stony broke - completely broke, ruined
Welshdraper - a maker of, or dealer in, 'Welsh cotton'; a woollen draper + (notebook 1923): 'Cash draper'.
executive - a business man
Mac Labhrain (moklouran) (gael) - son of Labhran ("spokesman").
discharged - freed from a charge, load, obligation, etc.; dismissed
O'Mara, Joseph - Irish tenor, sang Tristan + O' Meadhra (o myare) - descendant of Meadhair ("mirth").
abode - an abiding-place, a dwelling-place, house or home
Mona Lisa - the name of a portrait painted by Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), used allusively and attrib. of an enigmatic smile or expression such as that of the woman in this painting + mildew - a morbid destructive growth upon plants, consisting of minute fungi, and having usually the appearance of a thin whitish coating + The Liebestod in Wagner's Tristan und Isolde begins Mild unde leise ("gentle and soft").
doorway - the space in wall occupied by a door
bunk - a box or recess in a ship's cabin, railway-carriage, lodging-house, etc., serving for a bed; a sleeping-berth. Freq. one of two or more beds arranged in a tier.
iceland - a country covered with ice; the realm of perpetual ice
pillow - to lay down on a pillow, to rest (a head) on a pillow
hostis (l) - stranger, enemy
no slouch of (something) - a poor, indifferent, or inefficient thing, place, person, etc. + Mark Twain: Huckleberry Finn 17: 'no slouch of a name'.
illstarred - ill fated, doomed to failure or disaster
busker - an itinerant entertainer or musician + (notebook 1923): 'busker (beach & town)'.
sans - without
rootie (Slang) - bread
scrapie - a virus disease of sheep + scrap - pl. The remains of a meal, fragments (of food) + scrape (Slang) - butter.
'she set still' (i.e. sat) (Mark Twain: Huckleberry Finn 11)
toadstool - mushroom
selfabuse - abuse
or revilement of oneself, masturbation + Joyce's note: 'on the verge of suicide'
^+as how he was on the verge of selfabyss+^ had been tossing | JJA 45:059
| Dec 1923 |
'you must be most starved' (Mark Twain: Huckleberry Finn 8)
Birman - Burman + barman - a man who serves at the bar of a public-house.
nano (it) - dwarf
towhead - a head with flaxen hair, a person having flaxen hair + Mark Twain: Huckleberry Finn 12: 'towhead' (a river sand-bar).
toss - to lift, jerk, or throw up (the head, etc.) with a sudden, impatient, or spirited movement.
shakedown - a bed made upon straw loosely disposed upon the floor or ground; hence, any makeshift bed, esp. one made up on the floor.
by any manner of means - in any way whatever + Mark 4:41: 'What manner of man is this?'
'how in the nation' (Mark Twain: Huckleberry Finn 13)
parabellum - automatic pistol or machine gun + (notebook 1922-23): 'parabellum (rev)'.
take wing - to develop rapidly, to take on greater power + wing (Slang) - penny.
sociable - companionable, friendly, inclined to community; an open 4-wheel carriage.
light - to descend from a horse or vehicle, to dismount
sidewheel - of steamers, having paddle-wheels at the sides + Mark Twain: Huckleberry Finn 19: 'side-wheel' (paddle steamboat).
Dun Laoghaire (dun liri) (gael) - Laoghaire's ("calf-keeper") Fort; harbor just South of Dublin; anglic. Dun Laoghaire. Laoghaire was High King at Patrick's coming.
BLACKROCK - Town on Dublin Bay between Dublin and Dun Laoghaire; Since the 18th century a place of resort for Dubliners, reached by the "Rock Road", later by the Dalkey, Kingstown, and Blackrock tram.
tramline - a tramway; also, a tram-rail
to throw true - to prouduce offspring true to the parent type, to produce + Mark Twain: Huckleberry Finn 11: 'throw true'.
napper - head; one that naps
'worth two bits' (Mark Twain: Huckleberry Finn 9)
beatitude - supreme blessedness or happiness + Mark Twain: Huckleberry Finn 19: 'balditude' (i.e. state of baldness).
quietness + quietibus (l) - to the dead + (notebook 1923): 'peace and quietness' + FDV: ...in peace & quietness. He having been trying for over a year to get into Jervis street hospital without having been able to wangle it anyway
STEEVENS' HOSPITAL - At South Lane and St John's Road. Often called "Madame Steevens'." Dr Richard Steevens died in 1701, the day after bequeathing his estate to his sister Griselda for her lifetime, then to build a hospital. She turned over the estate to trustees to build the hospital at once, keeping 150 pounds a year and an apartment in the hospital. She always went veiled and was thought to have a snout like a pig.
Sir Patrick Dun's Hospital
JERVIS STREET HOSPITAL - Founded 1721 as Inns Quay Charitable Infirmary; removed to Jervis Street 1728, rebulit 1803 and 1887. The street is named for Sir Humphrey Jervis, 17th-cent Sheriff of Dublin + (notebook 1923): 'I am trying to get into Jervis Street'.
Kevin, St (d.618) - eremite who lived 7 years alone in Glendalough, County Wicklow, spending his nights in a cave-Kevin's Bed, a popular tourist attraction-and his days in a hollow tree by the lake's shore. Thither came beautiful young Cathleen, who had previously tempted him at Luggelaw, and when Kevin again spurned her love, she drowned herself.
ADELAIDE - A Hospital, in Peter Street; founded 1839 "for Protestants only".