whistle - to utter a clear, more or less shrill sound esp. as an expression of derision, contempt, etc.; to call, summon, bring, or get by or as by whistling, to entice

doom - final fate, destruction, ruin, death

oh fie - an exclamation of disapprobation + ei fu (it) - 'it was'; 'he was' (i.e. He's Dead) + "Oh fy!" said the king REFERENCE + Joyce's note: 'they have lived / = sono crepati' Note: It. colloquialism. Sono crepati. They are dead. (MS 47472-227, 228, ILA: Ei fu. [...] Booil. [...] He was. [...] Han var. [...] Bhi she. [...] Fuitfuit. | JJA 44:0223-4 | Mar-Apr 1927 | ) + (notebook 1924): 'qui fuit' Sullivan: The Book of Kells 20: 'Five pages are then occupied with the Genealogy of Christ, each line beginning with "Qui fuit"... The initials are all through interlaced with birds, dragons, beasts and snakes'.

a chara (Irish) - my friend (vocative) + "O'Mara, an exprivate secretary of no fixed abode (locally known as Mildew Lisa)" [FW 40.16-.17]

crestfallen - cast down in confidence, spirits, or courage; humbled, disheartened, dispirited + FDV: O'Donnell somewhat depressed by things, is said to have enlisted at the time of the Crimen war under the name of Buckley. 

down at the heels - having the heels of one's boots or shoes quite worn down (taken as a symptom of destitution)

squeak - to emit a short or slight sound of a thin high-pitched character; slang. To confess; to turn informer + speak

Sasanachs (Irish) - English people + Sasanach (Irish) - Englishman + das noch! (ger) - that too! + zasnut (Russian) - to fall sleep + noc (Serbian) - night.

ardri - the high king in ancient Ireland + take the (king's) shilling - to enlist as a soldier by accepting a shilling from a recruiting officer + Later draft version (LDV):  O'Donnell, somewhat depressed by things, is said to have accepted the (Saxon) king's shilling on the outbreak of the Crimean war, enlisting under the name of Blanco Buckley.

wild goose - an expatriate Irishman + sown his wild oats - had a youthful fling at reckless and indiscreet behavior, esp. being promiscuous before marriage + Wild Geese - Irish Jacobite soldiers who left Ireland for the continent after the Treaty of Limerick in 1691.

"Shule Aroon" - air to which T. Moore's 'Alone in Crowds to Wander On' is sung + Suil a run (shul arun) (gael) - Go, my dear.

enlisted - enrolled for military service

Tyrone - county in Northern Ireland (Ulster province). Tir-Eoghain, Ir. "land of Eoghan (Owen)" (ancestor of the O'Neills) + After 1607, the Earls of Tyrone led Irish volunteers in Spanish military service.

soldiered a while (Joyce's note)

Wolseley, Garnet Joseph, Viscount (1833-1913) - British field marshal, born in Co. Dublin, fought in the Indian Mutiny, Crimea, etc. 

assumed - taken to or upon oneself, pretended, appropriated, usurped

Blanco Buckley is the wild goose (notebook 1923)

spurious - not true or genuine, false, sham, counterfeit

tower + (notebook 1924): 'cawer'.

columbarium - a structure of vaults lined with recesses for cinerary urns + columbarium (l) - dovecote; sepulchral chamber + columba (l) - dove + Pigeon House - electric power station at the end of a pier in Sandymount Strand. It is called the Pigeon House because an eighteenth-century caretaker was named John Pigeon. (It had originally been a departure building for sailing to England and then a barracks.) This is one of Joyce's earliest and most pervasive symbols, as he connected the word pigeon to the dove of the Holy Ghost, and thus an electric power station becomes for him the Holy Ghost. (It is noteworthy that no one in Joyce's works ever succeeds in getting out to the Pigeon House, as Joyce considers Dubliners to be lost souls. In the Proteus episode in Ulysses, when Stephen is walking along Sandymount Strand and comes close to the area of the pier, he stops abruptly: "He stood suddenly, his feet beginning to sink slowly in the quaking soil. Turn back" (3.268-9). In "The Encounter" the boys originally planned to "walk out to see the Pigeon House" but they do not get there. A few lines further Joyce manages to strike one of his anti-clerical notes when he has one of the boys fearfully say that they might run into one of the teachers from their school, and another boy replies "what would Father Butler be doing out at the Pigeon House." This is Joyce suggesting that there is little connection between a cleric and the Holy Ghost. (Wallace Gray's Notes for James Joyce's "The Dead").

sea king - a Norse pirate chief + Piri Reis Map of 1513 is the first surviving map that shows the Americas (the Vinland map may be older but only shows a part of North America). The Piri Reis map shows North America, South America, Greenland and Antarctica which had not yet been discovered. It used 10 Arabian sources, 4 Indian maps sourced from Portuguese and one map of Columbus. Charles Hapgood began studying the map in the middle of the 20th century and published the book Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings in 1966. Hapgood claims this and other maps support a theory of global exploration by a pre-classical undiscovered civilization.

quit - to give up, let go, renounce

haven - a place of shelter, safety, or retreat; a refuge, an asylum

evermore - for all future time + Edgar Allan Poe: The Raven: 'Quoth the raven, "nevermore"' + Joyce's note: 'saw him no more'

transpire - to become known, esp. by obscure channels, or in spite of secrecy being intended

cornix (l) - rook, crow + Motif: dove/raven (*I*/*J*)

inauspiciously - in an inauspicious (unlucky) manner

perish - to come to a violent, sudden, or untimely end; to suffer destruction; to lose its life

papal - of or pertaining to a pope, or to the pope, his dignity or office

leafless - without a leaf; destitute of leaves or foliage + leaflet - a small-sized leaf of paper or a sheet folded into two or more leaves but not stitched, and containing printed matter, chiefly for gratuitous distribution.

old chap - a person's father esp. when old

mouther - a declamatory speaker + mother in law

Louth - county in Ireland + loath - something hateful or harmful; evil.

buail (buil) (gael) - beat, defeat + byl (Russian) - he was (i.e. he's dead) + "Pooh!" said the king.

"Peter Cloran, a small and stonybroke cashdraper's executive (discharged)" [FW 40.15-.16] + FDV: Peter Cloran, at the suggestion of the Master in Lunacy, became an inmate of an aslym.

aspiration - steadfast desire or longing for something above one

throw out - to give utterance or expression to; now esp. to put forward tentatively, give (a hint or suggestion)

doomster - one invested with authority as a judge, a judge

loquacity - talkativeness

lunacy - intermittent insanity such as was formerly supposed to be brought about by the changes of the moon; now applied gen. to any form of insanity + Thom's Directory of Ireland/Dublin: (of the lunacy department at Four Courts) 'Registrar in Lunacy... Chief Clerk in Lunacy'.

intelligence - the agency for obtaining secret information; the staff of persons so employed, secret service + Dublin Intelligencer - 18th century Dublin newspaper.

RIDLEY'S - A popular name for a mental institution (e.g. the Richmond Lunatic Asylum in Grangegorman) + (notebook 1924): 'shoved him into asylum' Connacht Tribune 19 Jul 1924, 3/4: 'Dunmore District Court': (of a marital dispute trial) 'His wife took every copper he had, and then shoved him into the asylum'.

inmate - a resident of a dwelling that houses a number of occupants, especially a person confined to an institution, such as a prison or hospital

utility man - a man available for service in various positions; an actor who performs minor parts and does odd jobs in a theater Levey & O'Rorke: Annals of the Theatre Royal, Dublin 211: 'Casaboni, the most useful of "utility men"'.

troupe - a company, band, troop; esp. a company of players, dancers, or the like

sustain - to support (a part or character); to play the part of

at short notice - with little time for action or preparation Levey & O'Rorke: Annals of the Theatre Royal, Dublin 219: 'the young soprano, at a short notice, sustained the part of "Lucia".'

sordid - inclined to what is low, mean, or ignoble; esp. moved by selfish or mercenary motives; dirty or sluttish in habits or appearance (obs.) + Treacle Tom as was just out of pop following the theft of a leg [FW 39.16-.17] + Treacle Tom = Magrath Bros (Joyce's list of characters in I.3).

dour - relentlessly severe, stern, or gloomy in manner or appearance + dear

Dubliner + disbalancer.

unwashed - not washed; the 'lower orders' (those who are not usually in a clean state)

haunted - frequented or much visited by spirits, imaginary beings, apparitions, spectres, etc.

Ham - son of Noah + (Frisky Shorty).

unwished - not wished, undesired

Israfel - Mohammedan angel of music who will sound the trumpet on the Day of Judgment

summoner - one who summons another to a place. Often fig. of immaterial or inanimate agents.

Hallowe'en - the eve of All Hallows' or All Saints'; the last night of October

Epsom Downs (famous for its horse racecourse) + ups and downs.

ebbro (it) - drunk + (notebook 1923): 'passed away to the Beyond by means of poison' ('to' not clear).

propel - to drive forward or onward + FDV: Treacle Tom passed away painlessly in a state of nature propelled into a great beyond by footblows of his last bedfellows, 3 Norwegian sailors of the seafaring class.  

Colin Clouts Come Home Againe is an allegorical pastoral poem based on the subject of Spenser's visit to London in 1591 and is written as a lightly veiled account of the trip. He wrote it after his return home to Ireland later that year. Spenser, English poet who, for services to his government, was given 3,000 acres in Munster and Kilcolman Castle in Cork, wrote not only 'Colin Clout' and 'The Faerie Queene', but also 'View of the State of Ireland' (1596), in which he advocates hunting the Irish like wild beasts in winter: "if they be well followed one winter, ye shall have little work to do with them the next summer," for famine will complete the sword's work. Spenser was called a Poet's Poet and was admired by William Wordsworth, John Keats, Lord Byron and Alfred Lord Tennyson, among others.

the world is my oyster - the world offers opportunities for profit, etc.

atlas - a chief supporter, mainstay; first cervical vertebra  

behang - to hang (a thing) about with (bells, hangings, drapery, etc.) + on behalf of -  in the name of, as the agent or representative of, on account of, for, instead of (with the notion of official agency).

behoove - to have need of, require, to be fitting or proper for

flash and blood - corporeal nature with its infirmities and proclivities; near kindred

sea wolves - pirates + Katharine O'Shea - Parnell's lover and later his wife + Parnell: 'Do not throw me to the wolves'.

straw - made of straw; of little or no value + star glint - a meteorite + the last straw (phrase).

glimt (Danish) - gleam; glimpse + Thomas Moore: Irish Melodies: Tho' the Last Glimpse of Erin with Sorrow I See (song).

baring - the action of laying bare or uncovering; the removal of something so as to leave a bare place

thunk = think + drunkard

pitfall - pit bridged by a cover of flimsy material, a hidden danger; to entrap, ensnare

gag - to introduce 'gag' into a piece (theatr.) + gag - expressions, remarks etc. not occuring in the written piece but interpolated by the actor + (dubbed him).

prompt box - a low box projecting above the floor of a stage with its openings toward the actors + Levey & O'Rorke: Annals of the Theatre Royal, Dublin 83: 'principal second violin, Mr. Robert Barton... held for years the post of repetiteur or deputy-leader at the Theatre Royal... In addition to music he cultivated what was then entitled the "noble art of self-defence"... He therefore obtained the sobriquet of "Boxing Bob," by which title he was frequently greeted when he made his appearance in the orchestra'.

thot - thought

bass - Bass's ale or beer (manufactured by messers Bass&Co. of Burton-on-Trent), a bottle of Bass

dropt - arhaic past of drop + bankrupt.

fust - first  

till - to

bung - dead, out of commission + dung

crate - a large case, basket, or hamper of wicker-work, for carrying crockery, glass, or other goods

cogged - fraudulently palmed off; feigned in order to cheat; pretended

me - my

drame (fr) - drama, play + dreams

O Lochlainn (o'lokhlin) (gael) - descendant of Lochlainn ("Scandinavian") + Lochlann (Anglo-Irish) - Scandinavian.

come through - to succeed, attain an end

centuple - a hundred-fold

selves - pl. of self + cells

egoourgos (gr) - worker for the self + ego urge

Nicolaus Cusanus (1401-1464) - cardinal, mathematician, scholar, experimental scientist, and philosopher (REFERENCE) + Cusack, Michael (1847-1907) - founder of the Gaelic Athletic Association in 1884, the "Citizen" of Ulysses.

hereinafter - after this, in the following part of this writing or document

recourse - a periodical recurrence of something, repeated visiting + ricorso (Vico).

demission - the act of resigning or giving up, dismissal, abasement

amalgamate - to unite together (classes, races, societies, ideas, etc.) so as to form a homogeneous or harmonious whole + reamalgamate & merge.