scaenitae (l) - actresses
Una - according to Mr O Hehir, Irish una = "famine," personified by a woman, typical mother of a family + Unamuno, Miguel de (1864-1936) - Spanish writer + una (l) - one; in one and the same place + mona (l) - alone, solitary + una mona (Triestine Italian Dialect) - a silly cunt; vulva; silly, stupid.
sylvia - any of warblers + Silence, Sylvia - Mr Painter says, a detective heroine in an English schoolgirl magazine of the 1920s. She suggests HCE be prosecuted under the act used against Oscar Wilde + Joyce's note: 'Sylvia Silence, the girl detective' → Sunday Pictorial 29 Oct 1922, 17/4: 'Advertisement for The Schoolgirls' Weekly': 'No. 2 Just Out... includes all these tip-top stories:... Sylvia Silence, the girl detective' + FDV: Sylvia Silence, the girl detective, said when told of all the facts: [Have you thought] Greatness was his tragedy but he should pay the full penalty. [The ends of justice must not be earwigged.]
Minerva - the Roman goddess of wisdom, anciently identified with the Greek Pallas Athene, 'the goddess of wisdom, warlike prowess, and skill in the arts of life' + memini (l) - remember.
turtling - the action or occupation of 'fishing' for or catching turtle
facet - sharply defined aspect that make up a subject or object of consideration.
cozy = cosy
dozy - sleepy, drowsy
flat - an apartment on one floor
overlook - to look over, peruse, inspect
John-a-dreams - stupid dreamy fellow, always half-asleep (Hamlet, II,ii, 595).
mew - a gull, esp. the common gull + news
easy chair - a chair adapted for sitting or half reclining in in an easy posture, often furnished with arms and padded back.
restfully - relaxedly, placidly
threaded - interlaced, twined; consisting of or ornamented with threads
syllable - a vocal sound or set of sounds uttered with a single effort of articulation and forming a word or an element of a word.
Joyce's note: 'J. Caesar, greatness his tragedy'
attitude - deliberately adopted, or habitual, mode of regarding the object of thought + (notebook 1924): 'a considered judgment'.
Joyce's note: 'ought not pay full penalty'
pending - through the period of, during, until the occurence of, while awaiting; not yet decided, in suspense.
pursuance - the action of executing, a carrying out into effect
notwithstanding - without prevention or obstruction from or by, in spite of
Charley + Dilke, Sir Charles (1848-1910) - Gladstonian M.P. who got into a sexual scandal (?three abed) but came back to politics, as Parnell did not. Mr Senn found a political song: "Master Dilke/Upset the Milk/When Taking it Home to Chelsea". It goes on: "He let the cat-the naughty cat-/Slip out of the Gladstone bag ... Won't it be a dainty dish! To set before the Queen?"
sulk - to indulge in sullen ill-humour; to be sulky + swilk - intr. To splash or dash about, as liquid.
to get the sack - to receive one's dismissal (from employment or office), to be dismissed from a situation.
gladsome - productive of gladness; cheering, pleasant + glad rags - one's best clothes, very smart or fancy clothes.
Meagher, Wally - seems to have inherited a pair of family trousers in bad condition and to have been involved in some kind of "troth" (Glasheen, Adaline / Third census of Finnegans wake).
rating - a naval enlisted man + FDV: A sailor, seated on the granit setts of the fish market, was encouraged to speak by his fiancee & said: he was to blame about the two slaveys as he had a perfect right, but I think there was someone else behind it about the 3 drummers.
cromlech - a structure of prehistoric age consisting of a large flat or flattish unhewn stone resting horizontally on three or more stones set upright.
sett - a rectangular block of granite + (notebook 1922-23): 'granite setts (market)'.
shamble - pl. A place where meat (or occas. fish) is sold, a flesh- or meat-market.
to eat the air - to be 'fed upon promises'
popular art - art whose forms are favoured by people generally
P/K split, questa e quella (Italian "this and that") and puella (Latin "girl") + 'Questa o quella' from Verdi's Rigoletto (Italian 'This woman or that' ('are the same to me')) + questa (fem. pp. of queror) (l) - complained, lamented, bewailed.
piquante - engagingly provocative
sink into one's stomach - said of something that makes a lasting (esp. painful) impressionon the mind.
wot = what; wit + twat (Slang) - vulva.
near vanished + Nirvana
affianced - promised in marriage; betrothed, engaged + (notebook 1922-23): 'a sailor in embankment was encouraged to speak by his fiancée & said I think he was more to blame but I think there was someone else behind it' → Daily Sketch 14 Dec 1922: 'Petition for Reprieve of Bywaters is Ready To-Day': 'A sailor, on the Embankment, was encouraged to speak by his fiancée, and said: I think the woman was more to blame than Bywaters, but I think there was someone else in it'.
walt - unsteady + Walton, Isaac (1593-1683) - author of The Compleat Angler + compleat - arch. spelling of complete.
gobbit = gobbet - to swallow mouthfuls of food
ther - there
chidden - reproved, rebuked, scolded
fastrer (Swedish) - aunts
sastra - the sacred scriptures in Hinduism + systrer (Swedish) - sisters + sastra (sp) - tailoress + sestra (Russian) - sister.
to saddle up - to get into the saddle
pance - a thought
cor (Portuguese) - colour + cor (Cornish) - manner, way, sort.
to lay one's finger upon - to indicate with precision + Joyce's note: 'I lay' + pressing two fingers upon the deceased's lips is an important part of the ceremony of Opening of the Mouth in Egyptian myth (Budge: The Book of the Dead).
hook and eye - a metallic fastening, esp. for a dress, consisting of a hook, usually of flattened wire, and an eye or wire loop on which the hook catches, one of the two being fixed to each of the parts to be held together. fig. to connect, link + you and I + hook and eye (Slang) - arm in arm.
piscis (l) - fish + pis (pish) (gael) - vulva.
parallelly + half trans. toth bhall (tuwol) - "female-place"; female genitals + puella (l) - girl.
siege - the action, on the part of an army, of investing a town, castle, etc., in order to cut off all outside communication and in the end to reduce or take it + siège (fr) - seat, chair.
you can bet your bottom dollar - you can be completely certain
drummer - one who beats a drum for public or military purposes; traveling salesman; a thief, vagrant + drummer (Slang) - trousers-maker.
keysar = kaiser - the emperor (Roman), the German emperor
trite - devoid of freshness or novelty, hackneyed, commonplace
meer - mere
merchant taylors - company of tailors
fabling - the telling of fictitious stories, fabulous narration
referend - that to which reference is made, that which is signified by a particular sense of a word.
oddman - the third (fifth, etc.) man in a body of arbitrators, a committee, etc., who, in case of a division of opinion, may give the casting vote.
rex = reaks - pranks, wanton or riotous tricks or practices + rex (l) - king + (notebook 1924): 'odd man King = referendum' → Irish Statesman 2 Feb 1924, 662/2: 'The Referendum': 'the Referendum is liable in an extreme case to make the odd man king'.
fain - disposed, inclined
or willing, eager +
Joyce's note: 'one
leaden - inert, spiritless, depressing + (notebook 1923): 'leaden age of letters' + leaden age - pun [invented by Alexander Pope?] on Saturnia regna (l): "the reign of Saturn," i.e. the golden age. But Saturn in alchemy = lead (whence "Saturnian days of Lead and Gold" Dunciad IV. 16) (O Hehir, Brendan; Dillon, John M. / A classical lexicon for Finnegans wake) + Fitzpatrick: Ireland and the Making of Britain 70: 'a Constantinopolitan age of darkness paralleling the age of iron, of lead and of gloom (saeculum . . . . ferreum . . . . plumbeum . . . . obscurum) in the West'.
wit - to know, to find out
diversified - varied in form, features, or character; variegated
FDV: Can it be that so diversified outrages were planned and partly carried out against him the (a) staunch covenanter if it is true that those recorded took place for many are recorded by some who handle the truth carelessly & we ought to be sorry for them for that? The city of refuge whither he had fled to forget & expiate manslaughter, the land in which by the commandment of with promise his apostolic days were to be long, murmured, wd rise against him with all that as it were [with all good things,] do him hurt ghostly & bodily, poor jink, as were he more a curse for them, the corruptible lay quick, the saints of incorruption of an unholy holy nation, the castaway in resurrection of damnation to convince him of their proper sins. Business bred to the stiff upper lip, Humphrey took no only good fighting chances. Yet he was subject to terror. When A tall man carrying a suspicious parcel returning late to the old spot had a barking revolver was put to his face by an unknown assailant [[(masked)] not a Lucalizodite] against whom he had been jealous? Yes and when the waylayer aggravated assaulter [mentioning that he had a loaded pistol, [there being just two alternatives [as either he would shoot him or, failing that, bash in his face beyond recognition,]] pointedly] asked him where he got the fender he was answered [by the aggravated assaulted] in a disguised voice that that was for him to find out? But how correctly untrue. Six feet is not tall. Was it to explode & to force entrance that the man in a butcher blue blouse [from a men's wear store,] with a bottle of stout in his possession seized by the town guard in his very gateway was in the gateway. How true at first time of hearing his statement that he had had a lot too much to drink and was falling against the gate yet how lame proceeds his then excuse that he was merely trying to open the bottle of stout by hammering it against the gate for the boots, Maurice Behan, who threw on a pair of pants and came down in his socks without a coat attracted by noise of gunplay was in bed wakened up out of the land of byelo in bed by loud hearing hammering at emanating from the gate. This battering all over the door & sidepanels was not in the least remotest like a bottle of stout which would not rouse him out of sleep but much more like the overture to the last day if anything.
outrage - violence affecting others, violent injury or harm; a gross or wanton offence or indignity; gross or wanton wrong or injury done to feelings, principles, or the like.
to carry out - to carry into practice or to logical consequences or inferences
staunch - standing firm and true to one's principles or purpose, determined, unwavering.
covenanter - one that makes covenant (a contract, bargain, pledge)
trow - to believe (a statement, etc.); to give credence to, accept as true or trustworthy.
prick - to be in position of attention
James Joyce: A Portrait IV: 'seventh city of christendom' (Dublin; the other six being: London, Paris, Constantinople, Vienna, Moscow and Naples, according to Warburton, Whitelaw & Walsh: 'A History of the City of Dublin').
URUVELA - Buddha spent 6 ascetic years in the jungle of Uruvela, on the Northernmost spur of the Vindhya mountains, during his quest for enlightenment + Ourobybla (gr) - Urine-papyroi, sacred urine-writing on papyrus + viv (Danish) - wife.