to tell a story - to lie
to 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.
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 (Anglo-Irish)
song These Bones Gwine to Rise Again
biographer - a writer of biographies + 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' [(notebook 1924): 'his biographer kills him'].
bunk - a box or recess in a ship's cabin, railway-carriage, lodging-house, etc., serving for a bed + 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.
pertinately - resolutely, persistently, stubbornly + praetinus (l) - very thin.
bean (ban) (gael) - woman
refresh - to impart fresh vigour to, to renew, revive + Joyce's note: 're-freshed' + 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. For when whenever as often as the archdeacon spoke of it by request all, hearing his cousin's description of that fellowtraveller'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 ghost of resignation unveiled diffused a spectral appealingness similar in origin and effect to a beam of sunlight upon a coffinplate.
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
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.
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.
quid pro quo - one thing in place of another, something for something
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
hot - violent, raging, vehement, zealous, eager
"Was Fichte's work accepted in his day?"
mouther - a declamatory speaker + mother
mastic - a gum or resin which exudes from the bark of Pistacia Lentiscus and some other trees, Formerly much used in Medicine + mercy
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.
Hibernian - of or belonging to Ireland; Irish
brimmer - a thing that fills to the brim + tears + Joyce's note: 'bonceye tears, marbles'.
marbled - portrayed in marble; variegated in colour like certain 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 - the male of several animals; a gay, dashing fellow; a dandy
bucker - a workman who cuts felled trees into shorter lengths; a horse given to bucking.
jaunting car - a light two wheeled vehicle with four persons seated two on each side back to back + chaunt = chant + song The Irish Jaunting Car.
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
blomster (Danish) - flowers + Baum (ger) = boom (Dutch) - tree.
cacuminal (l) - pointed
erubescent - reddening, blushing
Asche (ger) - ash
lustre - luminosity, brilliancy, bright light; a chandelier
pein = pain + Pein (ger) - pain, torture.
Cadenus - anagram of Decanus (Dean), used by Swift in "Cadenus and Vanessa" + 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.
crave - to crave to do; to ask, request (a person) of, after, for a thing, to do something.
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.
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 + dyas - a name for the permian system (paleozoic series of strata) + Dyas - Jupiter in the Vedas + dyas (gr) - the number two + Dia (die) (gael) - God.
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'].
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 - foundation, essence, principle; sediment, deposit.
substantiation - embodiment; the making good or proving a statement
axiomatic - self evident, indisputably true
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).