Mary Lamb - sister and collaborator of Charles Lamb, killed her mother and suffered from mental illness throughout her life (*I*)

suffering + FDV: Sammy, call on. Bopeeps, she was shuffering all the diseasinesses of the unherd of. Mary Louisan Shousapinas!

diseasiness - morbid quality or elements

Marie Louise and Josephine (Napoleon's wives; *IJ*)

art + arx (l) - citadel + arcus (l) - bow, rainbow; arch.

salve - to heal (sin, sorrow, etc.) + save

angels + agnoli (Italian Obsolete) - angels + agnello (Italian ) = agno (Italian Archaic) - lamb.

wile - a crafty, cunning, or deceitful trick; a sly, insidious, or underhand artifice

willy - willing, eager; wily (crafty, cunning, sly)

woolf = wolf + FDV: If Arck could no more salve his agnols from the wiles of willy woolly woolf!

airish - rel. to air, aerial; cool, fresh + Irish.

signum (l) - mark, token, sign + FDV: If all the signelles signics of her dipandump helpabit could not that glugg to catch her by the calour of her brideness!

habit - fashion or mode of apparel, dress; bodily apparel or attire + deaf and dumb alphabet (signs in air).

an (Irish) - the

hogan - an earthen dwelling + Hogan, John (1770-1835) - Irish sculptor, who made an Eve, the DNB says, and the O'Connell statue at Dublin's City Hall. 

Mutter (ger) - mother + Douglas: London Street Games 53: (a skipping and shuttlecock chant) 'Old mother Mason -- broke a basin'.

Mason invented steel pen nibs + (Freemasons' secret signs).

colour + calor (l) - warmth, passion + {If only the Irish signs of the deaf and dumb alphabet might stop Glugg guessing the colour of her bride dress}

brightness + Joyce to HSW, 22 Nov 1930: "The scheme of the piece... is the game we used to call Angels and Devils or colours. The Angels, girls, are grouped behind the Angel, Shawn, and the Devil has to come over three times and ask for a colour. If the colour he asks for has been chosen by any girl she has to run and he tries to catch her... The piece is full of rhythms taken from English singing games..."

rose (light red)

Seville orange - the bitter orange, Citrus Bigaradia, used for making marmalade

citronelle - a fragrant Asian grass, Cymbopogon nardus, which yields an oil much used in perfumery + citron (fr) - lemon (yellow).

emerald (green)

pervinca (it) - periwinkle (blue flower) + pervenche - a shade of light blue, resembling the colour of the flowers of the periwinkle.


viola - the violet + Theun Mares: "All the dreamers of mankind are divided into seven groups, each having their own specific rate of vibration. These groups are known by many names, but in terms of the Toltec teachings, they are termed the Lions, the Elephants, the Tigers, the Bears, the Foxes, the Wolves, and the Dragons. The rate of vibration pertaining to each group is technically speaking not a single vibration, but rather a spectrum of allied frequencies grouped together into one overall band, which we loosely term the vibration of a group. This vibration, when seen by a seer, creates the visual impact of a specific colour, and hence we speak of the dreamer’s colour. Depending upon the individual, the actual shade of this colour will be determined by which frequency he or she may be using within the greater band. If, for example, a certain group has that band which is expressed through the colour red, one member of that group could have the colour of light pink, another could have plain red, whilst yet another could have dark crimson, or even a red which is so dark as to appear almost black. As expressed by the Toltec teachings, it is the rate of vibration, or the colour of the group, which determines both the intent and the purpose of a group of dreamers, and it is this intent and purpose that is responsible for the moulding of individual destiny."

montage - a paste-up made by sticking together pieces of paper or photographs + hage (Danish) - chin + month.

marmalade jar + speak in the ear - to whisper, speak privately + mel (l) - honey + melodia (gr) - song, music + Jahr (ger) - year.

29 (*Q*) + pantomime.

uptight - Of a peson: in a state of nervous tension or anxiety, worried, angry; characteristically formal in manner or style + tightly - securely fixed or fastened; in a tight or constricted manner + Sound-description of 'heliotrope' based on Sir Richard Paget's gestural articulation theory on the nature of human speech (e.g. in Paget's 'Babel').

in the front - on the side that meets the eye, in a postition facing the spectator

on the loose - (behaving) in unrestrained or dissolute fashion, 'on the spree'; not tied down; Of women: living by prostitution.

drum - to beat or play on a drum; to beat or thump upon anything with a more or less rhythmical or regular noise + druim, drom (Irish) - back.

heliotroper - one who manages a heliotrope (an apparatus with a movable mirror for reflecting the rays of the sun, used for signalling and other purposes, esp. in geodesic operations) + heliotrope - a pink-purple tint that is a representation of the color of the heliotrope flower. Another name for this color is 'vivid lavender'.

Isotta (it) - Isolde + FDV: Not Rose, Sevilla nor Citronelle; no Esmeralde, Pervenche nor Indra; not Viola even nor all of them four themes over. But up tighty in the front, down again in the loose, drim and drumming on her back and a pop from her whistle what's that. O holytroopers?

stulp = stoop (a post, pillar) + stolp- (ger) - to stumble + stepped

gee (Dublin Slang) - vulva + GLUGG

such a thing did I ne'er see

beamy - emitting beams of light, radiant


calmy - tranquil, peaceful + FDV: Up he stulpled glee you gee with search a mug did die near sea, beamy owen and calmy hugh and if you think of a jink for me I will thingofajig for you.

Marengo - village in northern Italy, the scene of Napoleon's victory over the Austrians in 1800, used in the name of the dish chicken, fowl, poulet à la Marengo, said to have been served to Napoleon after the battle of Marengo; "Marengo" was a favorite (white) horse of Napoleon; he rode it at Waterloo, as Wellington rode "Copenhagen."

head for a fall - to be on a course of action that is likely to lead to failure

Glenasmole (Ir. "Glen of the Thrushes")- Finn's hunting ground in the Dublin mountains, where Ossian, Finn's son, after three-hundred years in the Land of the Young (Irish: Tír na nÓg), fell from his white horse while lifting a heavy stone, touched ground and instantly became old.

Patch (Anglo-Irish) - diminutive for Patrick + (notebook 1930): '*C* Patch (Patrick)'.

whyte = white + Proverbial Phrase: black or dark as pitch (cf. pitch black, pitch dark)

Ossian - His name literally means "young deer", and the story is told that his mother, Sadbh, was turned into a deer by a druid, Fear Doirche + (notebook 1930): 'SP meets Ossian Glenasmole (of Thrushes)' Saint Patrick (Christian Ireland) met with Ossian (pagan Ireland) after the latter became old (Ulysses.9.578: 'Oisin with Patrick').

acrawl - crawling + scowl - to look with louring brows and a malignant or threatening expression; to look angry or sullen.

arrest - the act of stopping anything in its course + arrête-toi! (fr) - stop!

soul brother - a spiritual brother + scald - affected with the scab, scabby; a burn caused by hot liquid or steam + SCALDBROTHER'S HOLE - A subterranean building once in Oxmantown, named after a thief who lived there until he was caught and hanged. 

evangelium (l) - christianity + evangelion (gr) - good news + scald (Ossian) meets evangelist (Patrick).

sabre - a cavalry sword having a curved blade specially adapted for cutting

accusant - one who accuses, an accuser

All Saints - the saints in heaven collectively, = All-Hallows. Hence a frequent dedication of churches. 

Sir John - a familiar or contemptuous appellation for a priest + Wood, Mrs John - her company played She Stoops to Conquer and La Belle Sauvage at the opening of the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin + Joan of Arc.

maim - to injure or wound seriously and leave permanent disfiguration or mutilation

bedamn + dumm (ger) - stupid + FDV: Arrest thee! came the evangelion and be dumb dumm but ill s'arrested.

il s'arretait (fr) - he stopped

proffer - to offer, present, tender


trifle - a small article of little intrinsic value + Thomas Moore: Oh the Shamrock (song): 'A triple grass'.

who is she - - the cat's mother? - catch phr. said to one (esp. a child) who uses the pronoun of the third person singular impolitely or with inadequate reference.

what do you lack? - a salesman's cry; hence as an appellation for an itinerant vendor or pedlar + {Chuff: ‘Who are you?’ ‘The cat’s mother,’ said Glugg. Chuff: ‘And what do you lack?’ Glugg: ‘A queen [i.e. Izod]’}

prehend - to seize or take hold of

puzzle one's brains - to exert oneself in thought or contrivance + FDV: But what is that which one is going to prehend? Seeks buzzling is brains the feinder.

Feind (ger) - enemy + fender.

worden (Dutch) - to become + woorden (Dutch) - words.

Schall (ger) - sound, echo + [ge]worden Schall (ger) - become echo (sound).

kunning = cunning - crafty, artful, sly + cunnus (l) - cunt + 'The Secret Languages of Ireland' by Macalister mentions 'a dark tongue' (Ogham) used by two poets to argue without being understood by bystanders, which gave rise to a 10th century story where disputants 'confound each other with obscure allusive kennings'.


Ethiop (Archaic) - Ethiopian + heliotrope + "What is Ethiopian folklore? Wikipedia: "Aesop (also spelled Æsop or Esop) (620-560 BC), known only for the genre of fables ascribed to him, was by tradition a slave in mid-sixth century BC in ancient Greece. The place of Aesop's birth is disputed: Amorium, Phrygia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Samos, Athens, Sardis, Thrace and many others have been suggested. Richard Lobban, Professor of African Studies, has argued that his name is likely derived from "Aethiopian," a word used by the Greeks to refer mostly to dark-skinned people of the African interior. He continues by pointing out that the stories are populated by animals present in Africa, many of the animals being quite foreign to Greece and Europe." (Karl Reisman).

heated fireshield, i.e. fender + FDV: He askit of the hoothed fireshield but he it was untergone into the matthued heaven.

undergo - to go or pass under (obs.), to subject or submit oneself to + untergehen (ger) - submerge, fail.

matt-hued - dull-coloured + Matthew (THE EVANGELIST), Saint - one of the Twelve Apostles, traditional author of the first Synoptic Gospel + matt - Of colours, surfaces: without lustre, dull, 'dead'.

sought - past of seek

luft = left + Luft (ger) - air + 4 elements (fire, air, earth, water).

Mark, (THE EVANGELIST) Saint - traditional author of the second Synoptic Gospel + FDV: He soughed it from the luft but that bore ne mark ne message.

ne - never; not; nor + ne... ne (Archaic) - neither... nor.

luke = look + Luke, Saint - the author of the third Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles, a companion of the Apostle Paul, and the most literary of the New Testament writers.

blooming - that blooms, or is in flower + Blumen (ger) - flowers + Grund (ger) - ground.

only + ongle (fr) - nail, claw + FDV: He luked upon the fore floregrund where barely his corns were growning.

corn - a hard thickening of the skin (especially on the top or sides of the toes) caused by the pressure of ill-fitting shoes

prank - to caper, dance; to play pranks or tricks, formerly sometimes wicked or mischievous, now usually in frolic + Prankquean + FDV: At last he listed back to beckline how she pranks pranked alone so johntily.  

jointly - together, in union + jauntily - in a jaunty fashionable manner + John (THE EVANGELIST), Saint

skand - disgrace, shame

schooling - the action of teaching, or the state or fact of being taught, in a school + Richard Brinsley Sheridan: School for Scandal.

without + with not a word from the wireless either + FDV: With nought a wired from the wordless either.

item - used to introduce a new fact or statement, an intimation, a hint

hardset - in a hard or difficult position; set so as to be hard or firm

weet = to know; wet + waiting

grieve - to cause pain, anxiety or vexation to, to annoy