lighting up time - the time when lights are switched on

until further notice - until next order or instruction

Phoenix + Feen (ger) - fairies + nichts (ger) - nothing.

playhouse - a theatre

convenience - a water closet, a (public) lavatory

diddle - to cheat or swindle + diddlem club (Slang) - lottery.

entrancing - capturing interest as if by a spell + (entrance fees).

gad - the point of a spear, or an arrowhead; an anxiety disorder characterized by chronic free-floating anxiety, tension or sweating or trembling; Substituted for God, in various phrases, chiefly asseverative or exclamatory; the action of gadding or rambling about.

scrab (Bearlagair Na Saer - secret language of Ireland) - shilling + In ancient Egypt, scarab was linked to Khepri ("he who has come into being"), the god of the rising sun.

quality - nobility, people of good social position

large shilling - brass coin minted in James II's Gunmoney Coinage of 1689-91

billed - announced or advertised by a bill

weekday - a day of the week other than Saturday or Sunday (formerly, other than Sunday)

somnus (l) - dream + Sunday


arraignment - a legal document calling someone to court to answer an indictment + arrangement

children's hour - an hour of recreation in the evening, spent in former times by children with their parents; (with capital initials) a B.B.C. radio programme thus entitled (first broadcast 1922, discontinued 1961).

jampot - a jar for holding jellies or preserves + in some early Irish cinemas returnable jampots were accepted from children for admission.

rinse - to wash down with liquor + (rinsed porter bottles).

in token of - as a sign, symbol or evidence of

nightly - coming, happening, or occuring during the night; happening or occuring every night

redistribution - a fresh distribution

puppetry - mimic action or representation as of puppets; masquerade, mummery; puppet-play, debased dramatic action

dub - to name, style, nickname; to dress, clothe, adorn

ghoster - a sail similar to a genoa but made of very light material for use in light airs

Genesius, St - The legend (Acta SS., Aug., V, 119) relates: Genesius, the leader of a theatrical troupe in Rome, performing one day before the Emperor Diocletian, and wishing to expose Christian rites to the ridicule of his audience, pretended to receive the Sacrament of Baptism. When the water had been poured upon him he proclaimed himself a Christian. Diocletian at first enjoyed the realistic play, but, finding Genesius to be in earnest (Genesius proclaimed seeing visions of angels and announced his new found allegiance to Jesus), ordered him to be tortured and when under torture he did not recant, he was beheaded. 

archimime - a chief buffoon, or jester; the chief mimic, who in Roman funeral processions imitated the gait and gestures of the deceased + archimimos (gr) - chief comedian, chief actor.

patronage - the act of providing approval and support

eldership - seniority, the position of being elder or senior

olden - belonging to a bygone age or time; ancient, old + REFERENCE

four corners (of the earth, heavens or world) - the remotest parts + coroner - a public official who investigates by inquest any death not due to natural causes.

FINIAS, MURIAS, FAILIAS, GORIAS - According to Keating's history of Ireland, the Tuatha De Danann migrated originally from Greece to Norway (Lochlann), where they dwelt a while in the 4 cities of Finias, Murias, Failias, and Gorias; thence they sailed for Ireland, taking with them their 4 talismans: the sword (from Gorias) and spear (from Finias) of Lugh Lamhfada, the cauldron of the Daghda (from Murias), and the Lia Fail (from Failias). The actual location of these legendary cities is unknown.  

Coarb - In medieval Ireland and Scotland, the president of a collegiate church (i.e. Celtic monastery following the Rule of St. Columba), who had the privilege of clerical orders and said mass ('serveth the cure'). Although the Co-arb was in clerical orders, he was usually married, and if one of his sons was qualified by learning he would be chosen in time by the Dean and Chapter to be Co-arb. Thus the co-arbship was in a manner hereditary. After the Reformation and the Dissolution of the Monasteries the role of co-arb became subsumed in that of the parish vicar

Sollis, Clive - Irish Claidheamh Solais (pron. "kliv sulish") or "Sword of Light." Here Matt Gregory (Glasheen, Adaline / Third census of Finnegans wake)

Kettle, Galorious - Mark Lyons as the magic cauldron of Dagda, one of the four magic objects, brought to the battle of Mag-Tured.

Lancey, Pobiedo - Luke Tarpey as the spear of Lug, which was one of the four magic objects brought to the battle of Mag-Tured + pobeda (Russian) - victory.

“Pierre du sort” is French for “stone of destiny”  

Caesar - an absolute monarch, an autocrat, emperor

in chief - in the chief or highest place or position (Commander-in-chief, etc.)

sennet - a signal call on a trumpet or cornet for entrance or exit on the stage

Adelphi - the name of a group of buildings in London between the Strand and the Thames, laid out by the four brothers, James, John, Robert, and William Adam and hence called Adelphi (Gr. brothers); the name of the theatre in the vicinity of these buildings, at which a certain type of melodrama was prevalent c 1882-1900.

brat i slava (Serbian) - brother and glory, brother and praise + Bratislava - capital of Slovakia.

Hyrcan and Aristobulus - warring brothers + REFERENCE

humpty dumpty - a short, dumpy, hump-shouldered person. In nursery rhyme: "All the king's horses and all the king's men, / Cannot put Humpty together again." 

revival - the act of restoring an old play to the stage

King's Men - Shakespeare's acting company, under the patronage of James I. The Queen's Men were a rival company.

wireless - to send a message by wireless

seven seas - the Arctic, Antarctic, North and South Pacific, North and South Atlantic, and Indian Oceans. 

crowd - an ancient Celtic musical instrument of the viol class + cloudburst + broadcast.

[H]ellene (gr) - Greek + Ardill: St. Patrick, A.D. 180 122: 'The seven sister tongues, which sprang from the same source and from the same era, are Sanskrit, Zend (Persian), Celtic, Latin, Greek, Teutonic and Slavonic' + Celtic, Hellenic, Teutonic, Slavic, Zend (Avestan, Old East Iranian), Latin, Sanskrit.

tabloid - a newspaper having pages half the dimensions of the standard format, especially one that favours stories of a sensational nature over more serious news + {Four Books [i.e. FW]}

fern (Bearlagair Na Saer) - man + Finn MacCool.

cald = cold; p. of call (obs.) + caldo (it) - hot.

firn (Ger. firn, firne, lit. 'last year's' (snow)) - snow above the glaciers which is partly consolidated by alternate thawing and freezing + Firn (ger) - mountain top + Finn

mime - a kind of simple farcical drama among the Greeks and Romans, characterized by mimicry and the ludicrous representation of familiar types of character; (The art of) gesture, movement, etc. (as distinct from words) used to express emotion and dramatic action or character; dumb show.

Mick - Michael (short.); a Roman Catholic

Nick - Nicholas (short.); the devil + Mick and Nick - St Michael, the Archangel, and the Devil, Old Nick. 

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu: The House by the Churchyard: CHAPTER LXXXIX. IN WHICH A CERTAIN SONGSTER TREATS THE COMPANY TO A DOLOROUS BALLAD WHEREBY MR. IRONS IS SOMEWHAT MOVED... 'There was a man near Ballymooney, / Was guilty of a deed o' blood: / For thravelling alongside wiv ould Tim Rooney / He kilt him in a lonesome wood'.

ridden - oppressed by (Usually used as combining form: guilt-ridden, bed-ridden, etc.)

murther - murderer + murther (Irish Pronunciation) - murder + Dangerfield talking about Sturk: 'Then he might come home in a coach. But he was a close-fisted fellow and loved a shilling; so it was probable he would walk. His usual path was by the Star Fort, and through the thorn woods between that and the Magazine. So I met him. I said I was for town, and asked him how he had fared in his business; and turned with him, walking slowly as though to hear. I had that loaded whalebone in my pocket, and my sword, but no pistol. It was not the place for firearms; the noise would have made an alarm. So I turned sharp upon him and felled him. He knew by an intuition what was about to happen, for as the blow fell he yelled "murder." (Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu: The House by the Churchyard)

bluechin (Slang) - an actor + Zekiel Irons was a lean, reserved fellow, with a black wig and blue chin, and something shy and sinister in his phiz. (Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu: The House by the Churchyard).

villain - the principle bad character in a film or work of fiction + Black Dillon - doctor who revives Sturk in 'The House by the Churchyard'. Sturk dictates a deathbed account of Dangerfield's attack on him and the murder of Beauclerc; Irons, discovering that the game is up, adds his own story to the record. Dangerfield is apprehended after a violent scuffle with the authorities, and in the subsequent trial is found guilty. He contrives to avoid hanging by a strange strategem: he seals off the ventilation in his cell and uses the charcoal brazier that is his bed-warmer to suffocate himself. Before his death he gives a full confession of his deeds to Mervyn (now acknowledged as Lord Dunoran).


clock + glogar (gloger) (gael) = glugger (Anglo-Irish) - empty rattle; empty foolish boaster; egg that fails to hatch [220.29] + (*C*).

Seumas Mac Cuill (shemus mok kwil) (gael) - James son of Coll ("hazel tree"); anglic. James McQuill.

robot - a mechanism that can move automatically

dress circle - In a theatre, the lowest and most expensive tier of seats + (barrel).

gagster - one who makes 'gags' or jokes; a gag-writer or comedian

rogue's gallery - a collection of the portraits of criminals; also transf. and fig. + gallery - the highest and least expensive platform of seats in a theatre.

bleak - pale, pallid; fig. Cheerless, dreary + FDV: Glug: the bad black boy of storybook who has been sent into disgrace by Mr Shemus Pannem (The list of dramatis personae was among the last additions to this chapter. It was written when Joyce was well advanced in his revising of II, ii.)

story book - a book containing stories, esp. children's stories; also occas. a novel or romance; freq. fig. with allusion to the conventionally happy ending of children's stories. 

tabs = tableau curtain - any front curtain, curtain settings on the stage