tell a story - to lie
atrox (l) - cruel + House of Atreus.
lay in the dust - to be overthrown or fallen
TROY - Ancient Troia, Ilion, on Ilium
maeror (l) - mourning, sadness + mear mor (mer mor) (gael) - big finger + Ilya Muromets - popular hero-warrior of Russian folklore + Miramar - castle near Trieste.
mourounomatÍs (Modern Greek) - having cod's eyes
verge - to incline or tend, to approach or draw near, towards or to some state or condition + Thomas Moore: song: Avenging and Bright [air: Crooghan a Venee; or, The Fenian Mount].
blight - any malignant influence of obscure or mysterious origin; anything which withers hopes or prospects
muddy - of the nature of mud + Mund (ger) - mouth.
fenny - muddy, dirty; boggy + Finn McCool, according to the legend, is not dead at all, rather, he sleeps in a cave below Dublin, surrounded by the rest of the Fianna. One day they will awake and defend Ireland in the hour of her greatest need. In one account, it is said they will arise when the Dord Fiann (his hunting horn) is sounded three times, and they will be as strong and as well as they ever were.
These Bones Gwine to Rise Again (song)
biographer - a writer of biographies + (notebook 1924): 'his biographer kills him' → Irish Rivers, The Tolka 395/2: (of Parnell, a poet and vicar of the parish of Finglas) 'Goldsmith and Johnson, his biographers, kill the poet in the following July, 1717; but he lived for at least one year longer than they allow him, for there is an entry in the parish vestry book, dated April 12, 1718, and signed with Parnell's name, in his own handwriting'.
"not yet, though venissoon after, had a kidscad buttended a bland old isaac" [003.10-11]
bunk - a narrow bed built like a shelf into or against a wall, as in a ship's cabin + Directly related to the "springing up" of the mummy was the ability of Osiris, as god of germinating grain, to spring into renewed life. The specific link between Osiris, spirit of grain, and the body in the tomb is developed in FW with the phrase "on the bunk of our breadwinning lies the cropse of our seedfather" (55.07). This strongly suggests one of the small grain Osirises placed within tombs. A mold, formed in the silhouetted shape of the reborn (mummiform) god was filled with Nile mud and sown with seed, so that it would soon spring up within the tomb just as would, it was hoped, the dead, who were assured that "thy material body doth germinate" ("Book of Breathing", BD, p. 668). In photoplates such as that found in Moret's Rois et Dieux d'Egypte, p. 104 (reproduced here), the figure seems to be resting on a cot or bunk, which is in fact referred to as "the bed of Osiris" (Mummy, p. 462).
breadwinner - one who supports himself and those dependent upon him by his earnings
A legend tells that when Confucius was born, the phrase 'established the world by law' was found written on his chest.
pertinately - resolutely, persistently, stubbornly + praetinus (l) - very thin + prenatally + pretty neatly.
bean (ban) (gael) - woman + to the manner born - destined to be suited to something, by virtue of birth or custom and practise + man or woman born.
FDV: The scene was never forgotten for later in the same century one of that little band of factferreters, then an ex civil servant retired under the sixtyfive act, rehearsed it to a cousin of the late archdeacon Coppinger in a pullman of the transhibernian with one still sadder circumstance which is a heartskewer if ever was.
refresh - to impart fresh vigour to, to renew, revive + Joyce's note: 're-freshed'.
rouse - to stir up, excite to vigorous action or thought, to provoke to activity
crusader - one who engages in a crusade + pen and paper
puisne - younger; junior (in appointment, etc.)
ferreter - one who searches minutely, a rummager
"O'Mara, an exprivate secretary of no fixed abode (locally known as Mildew Lisa)," [040.16-17] + FDV: then an ex civil servant retired under the sixtyfive act,
customhouse - a house or office at which custom is collected; esp. a government office situated at a place of import or export, as a seaport, at which customs are levied on goods imported or exported + Custom House, Dublin.
hwt or hyt (Ancient Egyptian) = - 'castle', 'mansion', 'temple', 'tomb'. The full reading 'hwt', possibly later 'hyt' is suggested by the personal name 'Hwti' and the isolated variant of 'Nbt-hyt' of the name of the goddess Nephthys, i.e. last of the following three ideograms representing the goddess:. Peter Cloran = Aset, O'Mara = Nbthyt.
(retired at age of sixty-five)
dressy - having more or less fancy details
style - a particular mode or fashion of costume
wellington - a waterproof boot reaching the knee
tam - a soft woollen bonnet with flat circular crown, the circumference of which is about twice that of the head, formerly worn by Scottish ploughmen, etc.
Hemd (ger) - shirt
dicky - a detached shirt-front; a shirt collar; a covering worn to protect the dress or upper part of it during work, etc., variously applied (according to time and place) to: a 'slop' or loose over-jacket of coarse linen coming down to the waist, worn by workmen in the north, or an oil-skin suit + Tom, Dick, and Harry.
quid pro quo - one thing in place of another, something for something, something in return
pea jacket - a stout short overcoat of coarse woollen cloth, now commonly worn by sailors
rehearse - to recite or repeat aloud in a formal manner; to say over, or read aloud, from beginning to end
poppa - papa + pipa (it) - pipe (i.e. pointing with his pipe).
dignified - marked by dignity of manner, style, or appearance
archdeacon - the chief deacon
Francis Xavier - Catholic Saint, was a pioneering Christian missionary and co-founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuit Order)
Majesty = JFX Reserved Coppinger (Joyce's list of characters in I.3) + (Joyce's note): 'Preserved ?Smith'.
hot - marked by intensity or vehemence especially of passion or enthusiasm; sexually excited or exciting; characterized by violent and forceful activity or movement
"Was Fichte's work accepted in his day?"
mouther - a declamatory speaker + Mother of God have mercy.
mastic - a gum or resin which exudes from the bark of Pistacia Lentiscus and some other trees, Formerly much used in Medicine + mastix (gr) - a scourge, whip.
pullman - in full, Pullman car (saloon): a railway carriage constructed and arranged as a saloon, and (usually) with special arrangements for use as a sleeping-car + FDV: rehearsed it to a cousin of the late archdeacon Coppinger in a pullman of the transhibernian with one still sadder circumstance which is a heartskewer if ever was.
Hibernian - of or belonging to Ireland; Irish + Trans-Siberian Railway.
durch und durch (ger) - through and through
brimmer - a thing that fills to the brim + tears
marbled - portrayed in marble; variegated in colour like certain marbles + Joyce's note: 'bonceye tears, marbles' → Douglas: London Street Games 63: 'In Bounce Eye each player gave a certain number of marbles which were polled in a ring. Then one of them held a marble to his eye and dropped it among them; if any others were knocked out of the ring he kept them; if none, his own marble went into the pool'.
synoptically - so as to present a general view + Cyclops - One of a race of one-eyed giants in ancient Greek mythology, who forged thunderbolts for Zeus + Polyphemus - One of Homer's cyclops, one-eyed giant, outwitted by Ulysses or Noman, who got him drunk and blinded him.
eddying - moving in circles, whirling
awe - the feeling of solemn and reverential wonder, tinged with latent fear, inspired by what is terribly sublime and majestic in nature, e.g. thunder, a storm at sea
Rundreise (ger) - tour + rund (ger) - around + Reise (ger) - travel.
buck - an impetuous, dashing, or spirited man or youth; a dandy
bucker - a person employed to carry, shovel, lift, or load coal, farm produce, etc.; (in lumbering) a person who saws felled trees into shorter, more easily hauled lengths
jaunting car - a light two wheeled vehicle with four persons seated two on each side back to back + chaunt = chant + The Irish Jaunting Car (song).
Intourist - Russian travel agency
interestedness - the quality or condition of being interested; esp. of being moved by interested motives
clad - covered as with clothing, clothed
frore - frosty, frozen
abound - to be present in large numbers or in great quantity + around, about
life tree = tree of life - white cedar + Yggdrasil - world-tree in Norse myth.
blomster (Danish) - flowers + Baum (ger) = boom (Dutch) - tree.
cacuminal (l) - pointed + Joyce's note: 'cacuminal (superadvental) sing mass'.
erubescent - reddening, blushing
Asche (ger) - ash
lustre - luminosity, brilliancy, bright light; a chandelier + clusters.
pein = pain + Pein (ger) - pain, torture + aches and pains.
Cadenus - anagram of Decanus (Dean), used by Swift in "Cadenus and Vanessa" + cad + FDV: For when whenever as often as the archdeacon spoke of it by request all, hearing his cousin's description of that fellowtraveler's features play of countenance, could really see imagine themselves as listening to the cockshy shooter's evensong evocation of the doomed liberator, his hand extended protended towards the monumental leadpencil which as the molyvdokondolin Molyvdokondylon was to be his mausoleum, while over his exculpatory features the gost of a resignation unveiled diffused a spectral appealingness similar in origin and effect to a beam of sunlight upon a coffinplate.
Irish Field and Gentleman's Gazette, Dublin + LDV: The scene was never forgotten for later in the same century one of that little band of factferreters, then an ex civil servant retired under the sixtyfive act, rehearsed it to a cousin of the late archdeacon Coppinger in a pullman of the transhibernian with one still sadder circumstance which is a heartskewer if ever was. For when the archdeacon spoke of it by request all hearing the cousin's description of that fellow-traveller's features could really imagine themselves as listening to the cockshy shooter's evensong evocation of the doomed liberator, his hand protended towards the monumental leadpencil which as the Molyvdokondylon was to be his mausoleum while over his exculpatory features the ghost of a resignation diffused a spectral appealingness similar in origin and in effect to a beam of sunshine upon a coffinplate.
crave - to ask earnestly for (something), to beg or plead for
auricular - an auricular organ or part
receptacle - that which receives and holds a thing; something into which another thing may be put
particular - items or details of statement or information
bump - a blow somewhat heavy, but rather dull in sound; a protuberance such as is caused by a blow or collision, a swelling
CASTLEBAR - Town, County Mayo. On 27 Aug 1798 a French and Irish army defeated the English garrison, who fled so fast and far that the event is known as the "Castlebar Races."
Levey & O'Rorke: Annals of the Theatre Royal, Dublin 194: (of Balfe's opera) '"The secret of my birth," was a wonderful success - the great tenor adding to the effect by, now and then, a judicious "new reading," without marring the intention of the composer'.
whereby - from which (as a source of information); according to which, in the matter of which
Dyas - Jupiter in the Vedas + dyas (gr) - the number two + Dia (die) (gael) - God + dyas - a name for the permian system (paleozoic series of strata) + deus ex machina - a power, event, person, or thing that comes in the nick of time to solve a difficulty; providential interposition, esp. in a novel or play + "You are flesh, and that is what you will remain. Elevate this state, rejoice, mix with godlike Spirit who is guest in you. Then you will attain divine confluence and stars will swerve from their path to accept you between them up there in highest heavens.'' (Necronomicon)
Garrick, David (1717-79) - English actor [Hughes: The Pre-Victorian Drama in Dublin 4: (of David Garrick, a famous 18th century Dublin actor) 'Garrick's school of grimace'] + garrison.
grimacing - that grimaces (to distort the countenance; to make a wry face)
Grimaldi - the name of the caves in Liguria, Italy, where the skeletons of a type of Upper Palśolithic man were found + Grimaldi, Joseph (1779-1837) - English clown. Because of him, clowns are called "Joey."
hypostasize - to assume as concrete + hypostasis - In metaphysics, substance, essence, foundation; In theology, one of the three persons of the Trinity, the union of Christ's human and divine natures.
substantiation - embodiment; the making good or proving a statement + substitution
axiomatic - self evident, indisputably true + axiomatikos (gr) - officer.
orerotundity - well turned speech + ore rotundo (l) - with rounded mouth.
Hughes: The Pre-Victorian Drama in Dublin 4: 'Thomas Elrington' (18th century Dublin actor, mentioned in Swift's Billet to the Company of Playactors).