sceptre - an ornamental rod or wand (often of gold and jewelled) borne in the hand as a symbol of regal or imperial authority
niche - a place of retreat or retirement + nick.
MUCKROSS - One of the lakes of Killarney, County Kerry; aka Middle Lake. The ruins of Muckross Abbey (15th cent) are nearby.
abbey - a monastery of religious persons secluded from the world, and under vows of celibacy, consisting of monks governed by an abbot, or of nuns under an abbess.
creeper - a plant that creeps along the ground, or (more usually) one that ascends a supporting surface, as ivy and the Virginian Creeper + (snakes).
shee (Anglo-Irish) - fairy + Kitty O'Shea (married Parnell, 'Uncrowned King of Ireland').
tryst - to make an agreement to do something, with a person; esp. to fix or arrange time and place of meeting with some one
belle - a handsome woman, esp. one who dresses so as to set off her personal charms; the reigning 'beauty' of a place
La Chapelle (fr) - The Chapelle (the name of many places in France) + Isolde supposedly came from Chapelizod.
shapely - of good or elegant shape, well-formed
Peg O' My Heart (song)
teampall (toumpul) (gael) - temple, church
lave - to wash, bathe + lave (Irish Pronunciation) - leave.
semicupium - a bath in which only one's legs and hips are covered, a hip-bath + semicupidus (l) - half-desirious.
Jack and Gill = lad and lass + 'Jack and Jill went up the hill' (nursery rhyme).
jilt - a contemptuous term for a girl or young woman; a woman who gives her lover hopes, and deceives him; one who capriciously casts off a lover after giving him encouragement.
tilt - an encounter, combat, contest; a debate, public dispute or discussion. In 17-18th c. often applied to a duel.
Saint Patrick landed in Ireland in A.D. 432 + 4:32 p.m.
Waterbury - the name of a town in Connecticut, U.S.A., used attrib. or absol. to designate a low-priced watch or clock of a type manufactured there
MacAuliffe - Matt Gregory as the 1st letter of the Hebrew alphabet, 'aleph' (Glasheen, Adaline / Third census of Finnegans wake).
tick-a-tick - an imitation of the sound of a clock or watch
synchronism - coincidence or agreement in point of time; concurrence of two or more events in time
lauschen (ger) - to eavesdrop, to listen
centuries + sinecure - a benefice to which no spiritual or pastoral duties are attached.
johnny - a fellow, chap
William Shakespeare: Much Ado about Nothing
notary - someone legally empowered to witness signatures and certify a document's validity + (the donkey).
divine foresight - the foreknowing and beneficent care and government of God (or of nature, etc.); divine direction, control, or guidance
decretal - an authoritative order or decree; especially, a letter of the pope, determining some point or question in ecclesiastical law
judge + Doge (Italian Dialect) - leader, head of state.
puerille - of, pertaining or proper to a boy or child; youthful, boyish, juvenile
blond - a person with blond hair; esp. a woman, in which case spelt blonde
flexible - capable of being bent, admitting of change in figure without breaking + (Isolde Blanchemains's eavesdropping, which led to Tristan's death).
med (Danish) - with + mid.
daylight - the light of day
vantage - advantage or superiority in a contest; position or opportunity likely to give superiority
Blinken (ger) - sparkle + soap.
cuddle - a hug or embrace + bubblebath + on his first visit to Ireland, Tristan was cured of wounds by herbal baths prepared by Isolde.
mitt - a glove; sort of glove of lace or knitted work covering the forearm, wrist, and part of the hand, but not extending over the fingers; much worn by women at the beginning of the nineteenth century, and revived towards the end of it + mitts (Slang) - hands.
tunc (l) - then [.23]
seigneur - in French History, a feudal lord; a noble taking his designation from the name of his estate + seigneur (fr) - lord.
forefeel - to feel beforehand, have a presentiment of
lovenest - a secluded retreat for (esp. illicit) lovers
break out - to burst or spring out from restraint, confinement, or concealment. Said of persons and things material, also of fire, light, etc.
cold douche - a stream of cold water directed against some part of the body as a remedial treatment; also fig.
totterer - one who totters, or walks with tottering steps
charmer - one who uses spells and enchantments, or who has magic powers; one who possesses great attractiveness or powers of fascination; usually applied to a woman
double - to bend (the body, etc.) so as to bring distant parts into proximity + to double up (a person) - to make to bend or stoop, as by a blow; hence fig. to finish up, cause to 'collapse' + (second visit).
notime - a very short time
pomeroy - an old variety of apple; perh. = king-apple + Pomeroy, town, County Tyrone.
roche - a rock or cliff
Portobello - district of Dublin
ragamuffin - a ragged, dirty, disreputable man or boy
bymeby = reduced form of by and by - before long, presently, soon, shortly. (The usual current sense; in U.S. vulgarly by'm-by) + bymby (Beche-la-Mar) - Used to indicate future tense.
salt water - water impregnated with salt; sea-water; Applied to the sea. + salt water (Beche-la-Mar) - ocean.
wusch (ger) - washed + Wush - In Time and Western Man, Wyndham Lewis mocks Ernest Walsh under this name. Walsh was editor of This Quarter, in which appeared an early (1925-26) version of "Shem the Penman," also mocked by W. Lewis. Walsh is described in Hemingway's A Moveable Feast + wash
alors! (fr) - then! (expletive)
SLIEVE MISH - Mountain, County Antrim, where St Patrick tended swine as a boy slave of Milchu. Sliabh Mis, Ir. "mountain of Mis."
woods + 290.14-291.02 considers the second visits of both exemplars. Patrick, having heard the voices from the Wood of Foclut, landed at the mouth of the Vartry (290.18-19). Tristan returned to Isolde with the effect of a cold douche, for his object was 'to buy her... and other duel mavourneens in plurible numbers ... on behalf of an oldest ablished firma. . . of Saint Yves by Landsend cornwer' (Land's End, Cornwall). This must have been a terrible grief, comments 291.02-13, but to think of his subsequently marrying a second Isolde and to try to analyse her trying to embrace him - if that is what Tristan is circling towards, heaven help him (McHugh, Roland / The sigla of Finnegans wake).
FOCLUT (FOCHLAD) - Ancient forest in vicinity of Killala Bay, North County Mayo, possibly extending considerably to South. St Patrick dreamed of "The Voice of the Irish" prior to beginning his mission in Ireland: "I imagined that I heard in my mind the voice of those who were near the wood of Foclut, which is near the western sea, and thus they cried, 'We pray thee, holy youth, to come and walk again amongst us as before'."
chemise - originally (as still in French and other Romanic languages) the under-garment, usually of linen, both of men and women, a shirt; but now restricted to that worn by females, formerly called 'smock' and 'shift' + chemise de fer (fr) - suit of armour.
waterproof - impervious to water + (notebook 1924): 'P lands at mouth of Vartry' → Kinane: St. Patrick 86: 'St. Patrick and his companions, landed at the mouth of the river Vartry in Wicklow, in the year 432'.
multa lusi (l) - I have played much
Siddons, Sarah (1755-1831) - English actress (who could say to a cloth salesman in her most tragic voice, "Will it wash?")
wen - repr. a pronunc. of when adv. (conj., n.) in dialect or in uneducated speech
proffesed - self-acknowledged; openly declared or avowed by oneself; sometimes with an implication of 'not real', and so = Alleged, ostensible, pretended.
claire - a pond or basin (usu. artificial) of sea water for the cultivation of oysters + Ulysses.12.1685: 'daughters of Clara' (Franciscan nuns).
take to - to betake oneself to, have recourse to; to adopt or take up as a practice, habit etc.
take the veil - to become a nun, to enter a convent or nunnery
descend from - to come of, spring from (an ancestor or ancestral stock)
obloquy - abuse or detraction as it affects the person spoken against; the condition of being spoken against; evil fame, bad repute + oblako (Russian) - cloud + oblohy (Czech ) - firmament.
Diogenes (gr) (412-323 B.C.) - "Born of Zeus": Cynic philosopher, ascetic, lived like a dog in a tub; fabled to have carried a lantern looking for an honest man + diagon (Cornish ) = diacono (Italian) - deacon.
lampblack - a pigment consisting of almost pure carbon in a state of fine division; made by collecting the soot produced by burning oil or (now usually) gas + Blick (ger) - look, view.
pure - to make pure; to cleanse, purify, refine + pore - to gaze, study.
horny - sexually excited; lecherous. (Chiefly used of a man) + She Was Poor but She Was Honest (song).
parjure (fr) - false oath + jure (l) - from or by justice, with justice + par jour (fr) - by day.
s'il vous plaît (fr) - you're welcome, please
nunc (l) - now
tunc (l) - than
simper - an affected and self-conscious smile; an affectation, a pose + semper (l) - ever, always + Kathleen Mavourneen (song): 'It may be for years and it may be forever'.
duel - a regular fight between two persons; a single combat
mavourneen - my darling
pluribilis (l) - multipliable + plorabilis (l) - lamentable, deplorable.
ARKLOW - Seaside town, 16 miles South of Wicklow, County Wicklow. The lighthouse at Arklow was fitted out by German firm of Siemens Schuckert. Loe, Dan. "fire"; the Danes had navigational beacons at Wicklow and Arklow.
Louth - County north of Dublin + Dubliners: 'Grace': 'Lux upon Lux'.
Come, Lasses and Lads (song)
Spottpreis (ger) - a ridiculously low price
suborner - someone who pays (or otherwise incites) you to commit a wrongful act
Firma (ger) = firma (Dutch) - firm, company
wijnbekers (Dutch) - wine-cups
lacrima (l) - tear + lagrima (sp) - tear.
gemitus (l) - a sigh, groan
craft - intellectual power; skill; art; ability in planning or performing, ingenuity in constructing, dexterity; In a bad sense: Skill or art applied to deceive or overreach, deceit, guile, fraud.
ebb - to decay, decline; to fade or waste away + Krafft-Ebing, Baron Richard von (1840-1902) - German neurologist who wrote on sexual perversion.
invoke - to summon (a spirit) by charms or incantation, to conjure; to call upon, or call to (a person) to come or to do something
nash - dial. variant of 'nesh' (soft) + Nash, Thomas (1567-1601) - English poet, playwright, pamphleteer. Wyndham Lewis, meaning to be uncomplimentary, compared the opening of "Shem the Penman" to Nash and said Joyce and Nash met on the common ground of Rabelais + nahash (Hebrew) - serpent + grinding and gnashing of teeth.
rusin (Bulgarian) - Russian
Potemkin (1739-91) - Russian statesman, lover of Catherine the Great
blowed - occasional pa. tense and pple. of blow