chair - a light vehicle drawn by one horse; a chaise + (notebook 1924): 'Sedan chair Hume St disappears 1841' Freeman's Journal 21 Feb 1924, 8/5: 'By the Way... The Sedan Chair': 'on the question of the introduction of taxis for hire on Dublin streets... as late as ninety years ago Sedan chairs were to be seen in the city. Of the last two to be exposed for hire, one was located at the Rotunda, and the other at the corner of Hume street. The first-mentioned did not disappear until 1841'.

bearer - a carrier, a porter; one who brings a letter, a verbal message, tidings, rumours, etc.

bait - to make a brief halt, to stop for food and drink

homeling - a home-born inhabitant; a native + amalog (omalog) (gael) - simpleton + Hammel (ger) - mutton.

Mosse, Bartholomew - 18th-century Dublin doctor, built the Rotunda Hospital

oblate - one who has devoted himself and his property to the service of a monastery in which he lives as a lay brother + oblate father - a member of a congregation of secular priests.

skinner - one that deals in skins; one that swindles or cheats + Skinner's Alley, Dublin.

bricklayer - one who lays the bricks in building

Fleming - a native or inhabitant of Flanders

tabinet - a silk fabric similar to poplin

fumant - emmiting vapour or smoke

hammersmith - a smith who works with a hammer

chiseller - one that chisels; child, boy

bout - a contest or match

cudgel play - a fighting or sporting contest with cudgels + Hughes: The Pre-Victorian Drama in Dublin 2: 'The impression left by Shirley's prologues is that bear-baiting and cudgel-playing were more to the taste of our ancestors than plays'.

braxy - a malignant sheep disease, foot and mouth disease

bluecoat scholars, from King's Hospital, Dublin

broke - broken, peniless

gent - man, fellow, guy

Simpson's - hospital for decayed citizens' children, commonly called the Blue Coat Hospital, founded in 1670 (Thom's, 1907, Dublin Annals) + Ulysses.17.1945: 'Simpson's Hospital for reduced but respectable men permanently disabled by gout or want of sight'.   

on the rocks - quite destitute of means + Simpson's-on-the-Strand - London restaurant.

portly - large and bulky in person; stout, corpulent

pert - lively; brisk, sprightly; in good spirits, cheerful

tass - a cup or small goblet, esp. one of silver or the like; the contents of this; a small draught of liquor + tasting.

shrub - a prepared drink made with the juice of orange or lemon (or other acid fruit), sugar, and rum (or other spirit) + Peter: Dublin Fragments, Social and Historic 155: (quoting an old advertisement) 'all kinds of sugar, teas, the very best and freshest, for sale, and also Turkey coffee and right good Orange shrub'.

tickey - threepence

Peter Pan - used allusively for an immature adult (usu. a man); one who is emotionally (occas. physically) retarded

Paul Pry - meddlesome hero of the comedy Paul Pry, an excessively inquisitive person + Paul/Peter (motif) + Joyce's note, Lestrygonians: 'Joseph Fry made cocoa 1728'.

RICHARD ATKINSON AND CO - 31 College Green; tabinet and poplin manufacturers. There were four major established Dublin poplin manufacturers: Messrs Pim Bros, Elliott and Son, Messrs Fry and Company, and Richard Atkinson and Company. 

hell's delights - pandemonium

blain - an inflamed swelling, a blister, pustule

annuitant - one who holds, or is in receipt of, an annuity (a fixed sum of money paid to someone each year, typically for the rest of their life; income from capital investment paid in a series of regular payments) [Joyce's note: 'annuitant'].

acorn - fruit generally + corns

deuce - the two at dice or cards; bad luck, plague, mischief

Diana - an ancient Italian female divinity, the moon-goddess, patroness of virginity and of hunting; virgin, unsullied + (*IJ*).

ready + riding.

particularist - an adherant of a theological doctrine that redemption through Christ is provided only for the elect

prebendary - a post connected to an Anglican or Catholic cathedral or collegiate church. Prebendaries have a role in the administration of the cathedral. A prebend is a type of benefice, which was usually drawn from specific sources in the income from the cathedral estates. When attending cathedral services, prebendaries sit in particular seats, usually at the back of the choir stalls. These are known as prebendal stalls.

tonsure - the shaving of the head or part of it as a religious practice or rite, esp. as a preparation to entering the priesthood or a monastic order

Uniate - a Russian, Polish, or other member of that part of the Greek Church which, while retaining its own liturgy, acknowledges the supremacy of the Pope and is in communion with the Roman Catholic Church + (notebook 1922-23): 'Greek uniates'.

plunk - to plump, to drop down abruptly

lappet head - a head dress provided with lappets (streamers attached to a lady's headdress) + Peter: Dublin Fragments, Social and Historic 156: 'Under "The Lace Lappet", in Cappel Street, could be inspected the newest style in "Lace Lappet Heads", and every kind of Point, Mechlin, and Brussels lace "that can be desired".' + The Lace Lappet - a head-dress shop in 18th century Dublin.

juiced - drunk

take the pledge - to promise to drink no more alcohol

uncle's (Slang) - pawnshop

tarry - spending or loss of time; delay, procrastination + The Wake of Teddy the Tiler (song).  

flagon - a large vessel containing a supply of drink for use at table; now esp. one with a handle and spout, and usually a lid

commodore - Naval. An officer in command, ranking above captain and below rear-admiral; 'the senior captain, when three or more ships of war are cruising in company' + plumo (Provençal) - pen + drole (Provençal) - young boy + (Shem the Penman).

weaver - a workman or workwoman whose occupation is weaving + WEAVERS' ALMSHOUSE - Recte Townsend Street Asylum, founded by weavers from the Liberties; it was in the center of the Coombe + Weaver, Harriet Shaw (1876-1961) - Englishwoman, Joyce's literary executor, publisher of Portrait of the Artist. Miss Weaver was also Joyce's patron, his mother hen in fact and in FW. She wrote on Time, was strongly teetotal, suffragette, and a member of the Communist Party. Her money came from a hard-driving forebea - a Lancashire cottonspinner; I fancy it seemed to her "dirty" money like the slum landlord's money in Shaw's Widower's Houses. In FW Joyce mocks himself as a man kept by women - Harriet Weaver and Penelope-Molly Bloom, the clou of Ulysses - see 43.18; but he also dreamt of himself (Letters I, 261) in an oriental bazaar, a "carpetweaver" who ravels up the many-colored strands of Work in Progress (Glasheen, Adaline / Third census of Finnegans wake).

almshouse - a house founded by private charity, for the reception and support of the (usually aged) poor


petticoat - a skirt as distinguished from a bodice, worn either externally, or beneath the gown or frock as part of the costume, and trimmed or ornamented + Ross, Betsy (1752-1836) - a note in Buffalo Workbook #17 indicates that the U.S. flag was made (?by her) from her petticoat + Joyce's parody of song 'Pretty Molly Brannigan' (after having a dream in which Molly Bloom rejects Leopold and Joyce): 'But if I cling like a child to the clouds that are your petticoats' (Gorman: James Joyce 283).

curate - any ecclesiastic (including a bishop, etc.) who has the spiritual charge of a body of laymen + curio (l) - priest.

Caoch O'Leary - subject of a poem, "Caoch the Piper," by John Keegan (1809-49). Caoch is a blind old piper who outlives his friends + caoch (Irish) - blind, purblind (as Joyce was at times)

wararrow - an arrow split into segments which are sent out by a chief as a call to arms + (notebook 1924): 'wararrow sent round' Lawless: The Story of Ireland 67: (of the Battle of Clontarf) 'The War-arrow had been industriously sent round to all the neighbouring shores, peopled largely at that time with men of Norse blood'.

Thomas Osbourne Davis: A Nation Once Again (song)

Félibrian - relating to the Félibres (Provençal literary brotherhood or school of poets founded by Frédéric Mistral in 1854), or to the Provençal literature produced by them.

trankope (l+g) - (modeled on synkope) a cutting accross, cutting up into small pieces, cutting short

metre - any specific form of poetic rhythm

affectioned - inclined (in any way), well affected

taiocebo (Provençal) - earwig

casudo (Provençal) - fall + Poulichinello (Provençal) - Punchinello + atahut (Provençal) - bier, coffin.

stampede - Of a herd of cattle: To become panic-stricken and take to flight.

slip - a piece of paper or parchment, esp. one which is narrow in proportion to its length + FDV: This on a slip of blue paper headed by a woodcut soon fluttered on highway & byway to the rose of the winds from lane to lattice and from mouth to ear, throughout the 5 corners of the land of Ireland, and round the land his rann it ran and this is the rann that Hosty made:  

blanco - a white preparation for whitening accoutrements + vide (fr) - empty + black and white + LDV: Word went round and the ballad printed on a strip of blue paper headed by a rough woodcut soon fluttered on highway and byway to the rose of the winds

headed - furnished with a heading, written or printed

rough and ready - not elaborately or carefully contrived or finished, just good enough to serve the purpose

woodcut - a design cut in relief on a block of wood, for printing from; a print or impression obtained from this

Delville - Glasnevin estate owned by Dr Patrick Delaney, where Swift's 'The Legion Club' (1735) was privately printed, as no publisher would undertake it + (notebook 1924): 'Swift - Delville' Irish Statesman 2 Feb 1924, 664/1: 'Gossip of an Irish Book Lover': 'the persistent tale that a secret press existed at Dean Delaney's, Delville, Glasnevin, for the printing of the numerous pamphlets issued by Swift when at war with the government of his day'.

byway - side road

rose of the winds - a diagram indicating the frequency, force, etc. of the winds at some given place

archway - an arched or vaulted passage

lattice - framework consisting of an ornamental design made of strips of wood or metal; small opening (like a window in a door) through which business can be transacted. Also, lattice window.

black hand - a lawless secret society practicing terrorism, extortion, etc.

village cries to village (Joyce's note) → Chateaubriand: Œuvres Choisies Illustrées II.82, Les Martyrs: 'a centurion came to tell me that one could hear, echoing from village to village, the cries that the Gauls give when they want to spread a piece of news'.

cuige (kuige) (gael) - one-fifth, province (anciently there were five provinces, now only four) + Puss in the Corner - children's game in which four individuals occupying the four corners of a room try to run from one corner to another while the fifth, the 'puss', on the alert in the centre, tries to rush in to claim a vacated space, so leaving the dispossessed person in the middle as a new 'puss'.

scotia - a hollow moulding; darkeness (so called from the dark shadow within the cavity) + Scotia Picta (l) - Painted Scotia (Ireland, later Scotland) + Scotia Pictorum (l) - Scotia of the Picts (Scotland) + skôtia pikta (gr) - a stew of livers in thick sauce (a Greek dish) + (notebook 1923): 'United States of Asia'.

Pict - one of an ancient people of disputed origin and ethnological affinities, who formerly inhabited parts of north Britain. According to the chroniclers the Pictish kingdom was united with the Scottish under Kenneth MacAlpine in 843, and the name of the Picts as a distinct people gradually disappeared. In Scottish folk-lore, the Pechts are often represented as a dark pygmy race, or an underground people; and sometimes identified with elves, brownies, or fairies.

Mohammed: 'May your hands be rubbed in dirt'  

strain - a musical sequence of sounds, a melody, tune

peaceful + Wagner: Parsifal [.35] + silent flute (Slang) - penis.

He thought of the ancient legends of Ultimate Chaos, at whose centre sprawls the blind idiot god Azathoth, Lord of All Things, encircled by his flopping horde of mindless and amorphous dancers, and lulled by the thin monotonous piping of a demoniac flute held in nameless paws. (H. P. Lovecraft: The Haunter Of The Dark).

uncrowned king - a man exerting autocratic influence over a specified sphere; a dominant man + Parnell was called 'the uncrowned king of Ireland'.

instruments + screw (Slang) - to fuck.

PIGOTT AND CO. - Music and Pianoforte Warehouse, 112 Grafton Street, around the turn of the century + Pigott's forgery of letters incriminating Parnell.  

cielo (it) - sky

liuto (it) - lute

Delaney, Patrick - the Phoenix Park assassin who was released from life imprisonment after his evidence against Parnell at the Parnell Commission

downpour - a pouring down; esp. a heavy, continuous fall (of rain, etc.)

plaudit - an act of applauding; a round of applause

rapsodist - a collector of literary pieces (obs.); Ancient Greek reciter of epic (especially Homeric) poems

pipe - to play (a tune, music) upon a pipe

soort (Dutch) - sort, kind + decent sort [042.02] [042.05]

Percival, Parsifal - Grail knight, subject of a Wagnerian opera + (notebook 1924): 'namesakes are like'.

sput - to urge, incite; p. of spit + sputen (ger) - to hurry, to make haste + sputare (Italian) - to spit.