selfdom - what constitutes a man's self

Milky Way - fig. A way brilliant in appearance, or leading to heaven; the region of a woman's breast (poet. obs.)

dimission - the action of giving up or relinquishing; resignation, abdication + dimensional

selfless - having no regard for or thought of self; not self-centred.

belated - overtaken by lateness of the night; detained beyond the usual time, coming or staying too late.

dishevelled - with disarranged or disordered dress; disordered, ruffled, disorderly, untidy; Of the hair: Unconfined by head-gear, hanging loose, flung about in disorder.

hack - to ride on horseback at ordinary pace, to ride on the road; to ride in a 'hack' or cab.

parchment - a colour resembling that of parchment

pied (fr) - foot

steamship - a ship propelled by steam

foursome - a company, party, or dance of four persons + (notebook 1922-23): 'ladies foursome tournament'.

ovenfor (Danish) - above

nedenfor (Danish) - below

"I hear a plunkety-plunk, plunkety-plunk, and says to myself, horses coming."

duk (Danish) - plunge, dive

Dunlop, Daniel - the Dunlop of Ulysses (183), president of the Dublin Theosophical Society when AE was vice-president, founder of the British Anthropological Society. In FW, based on a cyclical theory of history theosophical cycles can fit in almost anywhere. 

tandem - a two-wheeled vehicle drawn by two horses (or other beasts of draught) harnessed  one before the other + Quo usque tandem [abutere nostria patientia Catilina?] (l) - How long at length (i.e. How far, then) [will you abuse our patience, Catiline?] (opening of the Cicero's 1st oration against Catiline).

fortired - excessively wearied

schoolmaster - the leader of a 'school' of fishes, etc.; esp. a bull whale; the master of a school, or one of the masters in a school + schoon (Dutch) - beautiful, pure.

narcolept - a narcoleptic person + narcolepsy - a nervous disease characterized by short and frequently recurring attacks of somnolence.

commodore - Naval. An officer in command, ranking above captain and below rear-admiral; the commodore's ship.

fumadory (l+gr) - steamship + dory (gr) - ship + fumador (sp) - smoker.

chamber - a room

line - to form a (good) line with others, to fall into line; to cover the outside of; Naut. To add a layer of wood to.

cataract - Pathol. An opacity of the crystalline lens of the eye

qua - in so far as; in the capacity of

committee - a body of (two or more) persons appointed or elected (by a society, corporation, public meeting, etc.) for some special business or function.

Quaker - a member of the Religious Society of Friends, founded by George Fox in 1648-50, distinguished by its stress on the 'Inner Light' and rejection of sacraments, ordained ministry and set forms of worship.

'Open the Door' - air to song by Thomas Moore's She Is Far from the Land

dure (Irish Pronunciation) - door


fancy - to portray in the mind; to picture to oneself; to conceive, imagine. 

court - to show oneself desirous of, to seek to win or attract

en famille - in or with the family, as one of the family, at home + en famille (fr) - as a family.

shee (Irish, Pronunciation) - see

crumpler - one who crumples (to crush into irregular creases, to ruffle) + Joyce's note: 'rosecrumpler' Moore's Melodies: ['Lesbia hath a beaming eye'] Bed of peace! whose roughest part / Is but the crumpling of the roses. MS 47481-95, ILS: Nothing if not amorous he ^+he, the rosecrumpler,+^ then having dephlegmatised his guttur | JJA 56:009 | Aug 1923 |

thrill - a subtle nervous tremor caused by intense emotion or excitement (as pleasure, fear, etc.), producing a slight shudder or tingling through the body.

throb - a violent beat or pulsation of the heart or an artery

quote - a quotation; a quotation mark

tafel (Dutch) - table

suite - a set of jewellery, esp. one containing matching pieces

beautifully - in a beautiful manner, with beauty; charmingly, delightfully.

familiarity - the state of being very friendly or intimate, friendly intercourse; intimacy with (a person)

The Catholic Encyclopedia 'Pelagius and Pelagianism': 'In the East... as an offset to widespread fatalism, the moral power and freedom of the will were... strongly insisted on, assisting grace being spoken of more frequently than preventing grace' [(notebook 1924): 'preventing -' (dash dittoes 'grace')].

dory (gr) - ship

go to bad - to go to lie down to sleep; to have sexual intercourse (with).

verses + verge (fr. slang) - penis (literally 'rod').


"In order for the journey into light to begin, it was first necessary to free the body from the paralysis imposed upon it by the swathings, and by death itself. Most important, the jaws of the dead were freed, and the dead given a voice so that he could name, and thus control the various gods, demons and animated objects which would be encountered along the way. The words and names were provided by The Book of the Dead; the ceremony of the 'Opening of the Mouth' made their recitation possible" [Budge: The Book of the Dead ch. XXIII: 'The Chapter of Opening the Mouth of Osiris' (to give the deceased the power to eat, drink and talk)] + operare (it) - to work. 


quake - Of persons, or parts of the body: To shake, tremble

diversion - the turning aside (of anything) from its due or ordinary course or direction.

mayhap - perhaps, perchance

perchance - by any chance; as may be, as is possible

corage = courage (obs.)

poot - a dial. form of poult, applied not only to chickens and young game birds, but to the young of various other animals, e.g. a small haddock, a young trout + pot + poot (Dutch) - foot, leg, paw.

porridge - pottage or soup made by stewing vegetables, herbs, or meat, often thickened with pot-barley or other farinaceous addition.

Joyce's note (notebook 1923): 'Hoping that he / wd soon shut / his duckhouse'; (also notebook 1923): 'he wd in a short time shut his duckhouse'; ( 'Duckhouse' appears in a number of Australian idioms, such as 'one up against the duckhouse' for something that baffles or defeats; 'upset one's duckhouse', upset one's plan; 'mind your own duckhouse', mind your own business. Here it appears to mean 'mouth'. ^+When he had shut his duckhouse+^ She ^+the vivid girl+^ reunited | JJA 56:003 | Aug 1923 | + Henrik Ibsen: "Et Dukkehjem" (A Doll's House).

vivid - full of life; vigorous, active, or energetic on this account; lively or brisk.

dote - to be infatuatedly fond of, to bestow excessive love or fondness on or upon, to be foolishly in love. Const. + upon, on.

even unto death (Latin usque ad mortem)

cri (fr) - cry

crisis - a vitally important or decisive stage in the progress of anything; a turning-point; also, a state of affairs in which a decisive change for better or worse is imminent.

renule - to renew + reunited

disunite - to sever or separate oneself; to part; to fall or come asunder.

ripe - resembling ripe fruit; red and full


ropy - having the form or tenacity of a rope; suggestive of a rope.

lope - a long bounding stride + lips

importunity - an unsuitable time; troublesome pertinacity (resolute or stubborn adherence, as to an opinion, purpose, design, course of action, etc.; persistency) in solicitation + (notebook 1923): 'a golden opportunity'.

aloof - at a distance; distant; hence, detached, unsympathetic + lover's

as quick as greased lightning - used to denote extreme quickness of movement + pigskin - the skin of the pig or hog + pigskin (U.S. Slang) - football.

ouragan (fr) - hurricane + aragan (Armenian) - male.

thrust - a forcible push

missive - a written message, a letter

virile - manly, masculine + vigour - force, heartiness, energy.