quark - quawk (the cry of a duck or night-heron); any of a group of sub-atomic particles conceived of as having a fractional electric charge and making up in different combinations the hadrons, but not detected in the free state + 'I employed the sound ''quork'' for several weeks in 1963 before noticing ''quark'' in ''Finnegans Wake'', which I had perused from time to time since it appeared in 1939. The allusion to three quarks seemed perfect. I needed an excuse for retaining the pronunciation quork despite the occurrence of ''Mark'', ''bark'', ''mark'', and so forth in Finnegans Wake. I found that excuse by supposing that one ingredient of the line ''Three quarks for Muster Mark'' was a cry of ''Three quarts for Mister...'' heard in H. C. Earwicker's pub.' (M. Gell-Mann, private let. to Ed., 27 June 1978.)
muster - a pattern, specimen, example + mister
King Mark. His ship is taking Tristan and Isolde from Ireland to Cornwall for her marriage to King Mark. Isolde's nurse provided love potion to both instead of poison to the despairing Isolde. Tristan is betraying Mark, with Isolde. The initials of Tristan, Isolde, and Mark spell Tim, Finnegan's name. Three triplets and a quatrain satirically announce the imminent eclipse of immanent old King Mark by his trusted young knight Tristan (Eric Rosenbloom / A word in your ear).
bark - a small ship; in earlier times, a general term for all sailing vessels of small size, e.g. fishing-smacks, xebecs, pinnaces; in modern use, applied poetically or rhetorically to any sailing vessel.
beside the mark - not directly related to the main point of a discussion.
lark - a frolicsome adventure, a spree; a small boat
buzzard - name for the genus Buteo of birds of the falcon family; fig. A worthless, stupid, or ignorant person.
whoop - to hoot, as an owl + whoop it up (colloq. (orig. U.S.)) - to create a disturbance; to keep up an excitement or revel; to act or work in a stirring or rousing way.
speckled - covered, dotted, or marked with (numerous) speckles or specks.
Palmerston, Henry John Temple, 3d viscount (1784-1865) - Irish peer, absentee landlord, British secretary for war. Palmerston Park is an environ of Dublin.
rum - good, fine, excellent; odd, strange, queer
rooster - a cock; transf. of persons
flop - Of a bird: To flap the wings heavily
Noah's Ark - the ark in which Noah and his family, with many animals, were saved from the Flood.
cock of the walk - the chief person of a circle, coterie, etc. + wark = work (obs. and dial.)
tristy - sad, sorrowful; trustful, confident, trustworthy, faithful + Tristan
spry - active, nimble, smart, brisk; full of health and spirits
spark - a young man of an elegant or foppish character; one who affects smartness or display in dress and manners.
tread - Of the male bird: To copulate with (the hen)
bed - to lay in bed, put to bed
red - to make red; to blush
wink - to shrink, wince
overhove - to hover or float over or above + overhoved (Danish) - chief, head.
shrill - Of voice, sound: Of a sharp high-pitched piercing tone
wing - to use one's wings, take flight, fly
seahawk - one of various gull-like birds, as one of the skuas, and the frigate-bird.
seagull = gull
curlew - a grallatorial bird of the genus Numenius, with a long slender curved bill.
plover - the common name of several gregarious grallatorial (limicoline) birds of the family Charadriidć.
kestrel - a species of small hawk (Falco tinnunculus, or Tinnunculus alaudarius), remarkable for its habit of sustaining itself in the same place in the air with its head to the wind.
capercailzie - the Wood-grouse (Tetrao urogallus), the largest of European gallinaceous birds.
Who Killed Cock Robin? (nursery rhyme): 'All the birds of the air'
troll - to sing (something) in the manner of a round or catch; to sing in a full, rolling voice; to chant merrily or jovially.
smack - to open or separate (the lips) in such a way as to produce a sharp sound; to kiss noisily or loudly (obs.); to perceive by the sense of taste; Also fig., to experience, to suspect.
Kuss (ger) - kiss + kus (Turkish) - bird.
whilest - obs. form of whilst + The earliest version of the "Mamalujo" sequence which Joyce combined with the "Tristan and Isolde" piece in 1938 + Thomas Moore, song: The Wine-Cup Is Circling.
Joyce's note: 'as slow their
ship' → Moore's Melodies: [Title]: 'As
slow our ship her foamy track' MS 47481-95, TM: ^+As slow their ship+^ [...] The
sunburnt ^+brineburnt+^+^ 6 footer | JJA 56:008 | Aug 1923 |
upborne = upbear - to bear up, support, sustain; fig. To support or sustain; to exalt + (notebook 1923): 'upon the water'.
by courtesy - by favour or indulgence; by common good will or allowance, as distinguished from inherent or legal right [(notebook 1923): 'the courtesy of God' → Bédier: The Romance of Tristram and Iseult 135: 'The Ordeal by Red-Hot Iron': 'My lady dreads the day of the ordeal; nevertheless, she trusts to the courtesy of God, who saved her from the hands of the lepers'.]
tableau (fr) - picture, painting, scene
Kelly, W. W. - manager of the Evergreen Touring Company of Liverpool, which toured the British Isles before 1914 with Wills's A Royal Divorce. Mr Atherton says a real white horse was brought on stage + kaemper (Danish) - giant.
listen in - to listen to a broadcast programme, etc.; to listen secretly to a telephone conversation.
Dorf (ger) - village
dubbel dorp (Dutch) - double hamlet → Doubleham = Dublin
donker (Dutch) - dark
vox (l) - voice
Hatta - Anglo-Saxon messenger in Through the Looking-Glass