blackmail - any payment extorted by intimidation or pressure, or levied by unprincipled officials, critics, journalists, etc. upon those whom they have it in their power to help or injure. Now usu. a payment extorted by threats or pressure, esp. by threatening to reveal a discreditable secret.
in it (Anglo-Irish) - alive, existing
fain - gladness, joy (obs.); to take to gladly, show preference for (rare.)
wilde = wild
blossoms + song Lilly Dale: 'O the wild rose blossoms'.
Joyce's note (notebook 1923): 'a whispered reputation' / for strange sins' > Oscar Wilde 34: Willie Wilde came over to London and got employment as a journalist and was soon given almost a free hand by the editor of the society paper "The World". With rare unselfishness, or, if you will, with Celtic clannishness, he did a good deal to make Oscar's name known. Every clever thing that Oscar said or that could be attributed to him, Willie reported in "The World". This puffing and Oscar's own uncommon power as a talker; but chiefly perhaps a whispered reputation for strange sins, had thus early begun to form a sort of myth around him. He was already on the way to becoming a personage; there was a certain curiosity about him, a flutter of interest in whatever he did; (MS 47471b-20, ILA: followed ^+a whispered reputation+^ unwordlywise ^+sins+^ | JJA 45:163 | probably Nov 1923 | ).
inspired - infused or communicated by divine or supernatural power, prompted by, or emanating from, an influential (but unavowed) source + song By Memory Inspired.
hole in the wall - any small, obscure place; spec. in the U.S., a place where alcoholic drinks are sold illegally + HOLE IN THE WALL - Public house, aka Blackhorse Tavern, halfway between Cabra Gate and Ashtown Gate in Blackhorse Lane, which runs along North wall of Phoenix Park.
blyant (Danish) - "pencil".
Peannlueamoore = peann-luaidhe môr (Ir.) - "big lead-pencil"
Once upon a time and a very good time it was... ('A Portrait of the Artist as the Young Man') + hoog (Dutch) - high.
VALHALLA - In Scandinavian myth, the hall in Gladsheim (Odin's home) destined for the reception of dead heroes. Finnegans Wake associates it particularly with Phoenix Park, esp the Hollow and the Hole in the Wall.
there + before metal or anger in Ireland
ôre ôr (Armenian) - day by day + ĺr (Danish) - year.
here + Orr, William - United Irishman, alluded to in the street ballad "By Memory Inspired" which is quoted here.
dair (der) (gael) - oak tree; letter D + phrase: there's hair!: there's a girl with a lot of hair! (catch-phrase of the early 20th century) + der (Armenian) - Mr, sir (form of address to secular clergy).
hayr (Armenian) - father (form of address to regular clergy).
digin (Armenian) - Mrs
horde - a great company, esp. of the savage, uncivilized, or uncultivated; a gang, troop.
ort - a morsel left at a meal, leaving, refuse, scrap, bit [James Joyce: Ulysses.9.1094: 'Ay. I will serve you your orts and offals'] + ortus (l) - a rising, beginning, origin + Ort (ger) - place, village + orti (Armenian) - son; young man.
orior (l) - to rise, appear; to spring from, to originate + ôriort (Armenian) - young lass.
garble - to select or sort out the best in (any thing or set of things); to take the pick of.
garthen - garden + the garden of Eden - the abode of Adam and Eve at their creation, Paradise.
Odin - called the All-father, the chief deity of Norse mythology
Paradise + John Milton: "Paradise Lost" + Pleiades or Seven Sisters - in Greek myth, they were hunted by Orion and his dog on earth, in the sky. The lost Pleiad is Merope, who hides her light for sorrow at the fall of Troy, or for shame at having had sex with Sisyphus, a mortal.
Eve + ave (l) - hail!
Armen (ger) - poor people + Amen
dun (dun) (gael) - fort + dun - dark, dusky (from absence of light); murky, gloomy + doun (Armenian) - house.
menag (Armenian) - solitary, alone
Lousavorich (Armenian) - Illuminator (title given to Saint Gregory, first patriarch of Armenia) + gained retarded access to the kitchen through the subadjacent scullery, ignited a lucifer match by friction... (Ulysses, 546).
barekeadz (Armenian) - living a good life
shoeshine - a polish given to shoes + shoushan (Armenian) - lily; feminine name.
shoudov (Armenian) - hastily, quickly
ogg - a shilling + eggs + ogi (Armenian) - spirit + oog (Dutch) - eye.
gaggle - cackle; a flock of geese, bunch, a number of related things; a company of women.
Ishtar - Babylonian fertility goddess, the planet Venus.
aster (gr) - a star
Saorstat Eireann - the "Free State" or "Republic" of Ireland
Stonehenge - name of
a celebrated stone circle on Salisbury Plain; hence applied allusively to
similar structures elsewhere + FDV: First, there was a gateway for the
suroptimist had bought and enlarged that shack under fair rental of 1
yearling sheep, value of 6d & 1 small pig, value 8d, to grow old & happy in
for the remaining years and when everything was got up for the purpose he
put a gate on the place and the gate was locked to keep HCE in, in case he felt
like sticking out his chest too far and tempting providence.
It ought to be always remembered that there was a
commercial stopping in the hotel before that and he missed six pounds
fifteen and he found his overcoat disturbed. The gate business was all threats &
abuse. Humphrey's unsolicited visitor said through the gate first that he would
break his head next that he would then break the gate over his head and finally
give him his (Humphrey's) blood to drink. He demanded drink and kept
abusing him from ten thirty till one in the afternoon without a lunch interval.
Earwicker, longsuffering, under restraint in the sitting-out corner of his
conservatory, [though it was as easy as kisshand for him to call up
Crumlin Exchange,] with only his thermos flask by him compiled a long
list to be kept on file (now feared lost) of all the abusive names
he was called (informer, old fruit, funnyface, yellow whig, Bogsides, muddle,
plander) but did not other wise reply beyond such sedentarity
because, as he afterwards explained, touching his wounded feelings, the
dominican mission was on at the time & he thought that might reform him. The
more considerably unpleasant bullocky
finally before he rang off
pegged a few stones, all of a size, [and
then, possibly but
seeing the seriousness of what he had not
done, made him leave the stones & having sobered up somewhat,]
left the scene after exhorting him to come out outside so that he cd burst him up, proceeding in the direction of the deaf & dumb institute.
for another thing - as another point to be noted
sur - - above
rental - an amount paid as rent
yearling - a year old; in its second year
hogg = hog - pig, sow, boar; to take or grasp selfishly + Hogg, James (1770-1835) - "The Ettrick Shepherd," Scottish writer whose Confessions of a Justified Sinner is used in FW, as Mr Atherton has pointed out.
kidd - to make known, to exhibit, display
get up - to make preparations for, to organize, finnish
on the place - on the spot, than and there, immediately
by no means - in no possible way, in no degree
pretext - that which is put forward to cover the real purpose or object; the ostensible reason or motive of action; an excuse, pretence, specious plea.
bedstead - strictly, the place occupied by a bed; but long ago transferred to the wooden or metal stand on which a bed is raised; the framework of a bed.
in lieu of = in the stead of - to take the place of, represent, do duty for + loo - a place of shelter.
thereof - of that, of it; from that cause; at the place, there
keep out - to cause to remain without, to prevent from getting in
donkey - ass; a stupid or silly person
jag - a sharp projection or tooth on an edge or surface; a sharp or rugged point of rock, etc. + (notebook 1924): 'pigdirt hanging from the jags'.
thenabouts - near that time, about then
gape - a rent or opening of any kind + gate + (notebook 1924): 'iron gape'.
Connacht Tribune 16 Feb 1924, 5/3: 'House Burning': 'The door of witness's sister's house had been hasped. -"Why was it?" inquired the Recorder. -Witeness: We had killed a goat, and the door was hasped in order to prevent the cat getting at the goat (laughter)' [(notebook 1924): 'door has pen to prevent the cat getting at goat'].
pat - reduplicated, to express repetition
on purpose - indicating the ground or reason of action
poort (Dutch) - gate + poorters (Dutch) - citizens.
enauter - lest, in case that
providence - the foreknowing and beneficent care and government of God (or of nature, etc.)
unused - unaccustomed
clod - to throw clods of earth at
by the by - incidentally + FDV: It ought to be always remembered that there was a commercial stopping in the hotel before that and he missed six pounds fifteen and he found his overcoat disturbed. The gate business was all threats & abuse.
we + Stanford: Complete Collection of Irish Music as Noted by George Petrie no. 607: 'The wee bag of Praties'.
brag - to vaunt, talk boastfully, boast oneself
pratie - potato
(notebook 1923): 'what has gone before (story)'
betreffen (ger) - to take place, to happen + Betreffender (ger) - "beforementioned","the person under consideration".
summer holidays + Zimmer (ger) - room.
dig - to lodge, dwell (colloq.)
puncheon - a short piercing weapon, a dagger; a large cask for liquids, fish, etc.
dick - fellow, man, penis, ditch
free house - a British inn not commited to the purchase of supplies from a particular brewery.
LEIXLIP - Lax-hlaup, old Dan "salmon leap." Leixlip marked the West boundary of Dublin's occupation by the Scandinavians who according to their custom claimed territory "as far as the salmon swims upstream."
sockeye salmon - a small Pacific salmon (Amer. Indian sukai 'fish of fishes') [(notebook 1924): 'where the salmon were stopping'].
fasting - a season of abstinence from food, a fast
commercial - a man
engaged in commerce +
Kommerzial (ger) - commercial + Joyce's note:
'what has gone / before (story)'
corpo di Bacco (it) - by Jove! (confusion between voiced and unvoiced consonants, typical of German pronunciation of Italian).
wreak - to take vengeance, to avenge or revenge + working
Zentral (ger) - central
oil rubber - in Engraving, a roll of woollen cloth moistened with oil, used for cleaning plates, etc.