relay - to pass on (a message or information); to divide up mail into bundles to be placed in storage box

posthaste - to hasten with all speed + with post haste + with post-chaise.

primitive - having the quality or style of that which is early or ancient; Also, simple, rude, or rough like that of early times; old-fashioned. 

concordant - agreeing in sentiment or opinion; harmonious, unanimous

wisehead - one who has a wise head; always in ironical sense, One who fancies himself wise, a wiseacre + Weisheit (German) = wijsheid (Dutch) - wisdom.

messrs = messieurs - Used to supply the want of an English plural of Mr. (Commonly in the abbreviated form Messrs.)

alongside of - side by side with, in company with

dare say + orsa (l) - words, speech

fourpart - (Music), composed for four parts or voices + It is interesting how The Sisters and The Dead comprise this donkey. First legs are Eliza and Nannie (Joyce hasn't changed names of his great aunts Elizabeth and Annie) and last legs are Julia and Kate (Julia and Ellen). Dead priest from The Sisters is combined with Michael Furey from The Dead and so we get "poor father Michael". Maggie is, of course, Margaret (Gretta Conroy). The Letter is spell of necromancy, as the whole Wake. Of course, all persons in The Dead are spirits, or living persons who become lost in the world of spirits after they participated in dinner, except for miss Ivors who leaves earlier. Right thing for shaman to do at heavenly banket is to refuse food, and declare his determination to press forward along the axis of the world (see also Henaro's explanation to Castaneda in Journey to Ixtlan). Shaun is doing exactly the opposite (by the way, dreaming body is unable to eat).

tinkler - a person who tinkles, a rimester (a versifier or indifferent poet) + tinkler (Anglo-Irish) - tinker, itinerant metal-worker and mender (from Irish: tincléir).

donkey + FDV: Had I the concordant lore wiseheads of Messrs Gregory & Tarpey and Lyons along with Dr Tarpey's and the Rev. Mr MacDougall's but, poor ass, I I, poor ass, am but as their fourpart other ass yet methought Shaun

William Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream IV.1.205-206: 'Man is but an ass as if he go about to expound this dream. Methought I was - there is no man can tell what'.

messongere = messanger (obs.) + mensonge (fr) - falsehood + Messe (fr) - Mass + songe (fr) - dream.

winding - that follows a sinuous course, takes or has a curvilinear form, or is full of bends and turns + FDV: (holy angels direct him be uninterruptedly guiding him along the winding roads of random ever!)

blueblack - black or dark with a tinge of blue + Joyce's note: 'backsliding'

constellation - a number of fixed stars grouped together within the outline of an imaginary figure traced on the face of the sky

changeable - liable or subject to change; mutable, variable, inconstant + FDV: Shaun in proper person (may the constellations be his considering compass!) was before me and he spake.

timetable - a printed table or book of tables showing the times of arrival and departure of railway trains at and from the stations; also a similar table of times of arrival and departure of passenger boats or other public conveyances.

odd - dial. A small point of land.

rod - a measure of length, equal to 512 yards or 1612 feet; a measure of area: A square perch or pole.

BEAUX' WALK - 18th-century name for North side of Stephen's Green + Beau-Belle Walk, Phoenix Park + bel, beau (fr) - beautiful.

*V* a card (notebook 1924) + (prime card = ace).

pep - to fill or inspire with energy or vigour, to enliven, invigorate, cheer up

without deceit - without mistake, assuredly, certainly (obs.)

fired (Slang) - damned, infernally

smart - fashionable, elegant, esp. in a very high degree

beamish - shining brightly; beaming and bright with optimism, promise or achievement + Lewis Carroll: Through the Looking-Glass ch. I: 'Jabberwocky': 'my beamish boy!' + Beamish MacCoul - hero to whom note in kiss passed in Boucicault's Arrah-na-Pogue.

nunch (Dialect) - nuncheon, light refreshment + dine with Duke Humphrey - to go dinnerless.

aight - obs. form of ait (an islet or small isle) + eat

err - an error, fault; also, erroneous belief, heresy + Erin + (no oysters in months without an r).

hem (Archaic) - them

round - to whisper; to go around; to express in a briefer form

fourale - ale sold at four-pence a quart + farewell.

TRALEE - Town and port, County Kerry; song, "The Rose of Tralee" + Tragh Ruadh (trarue) (gael) - Red Strand (famous for oysters) + Tarot.

jovial - characterized by hearty mirth, humour, or good fellowship; merry, jolly + Jehovah or Yahweh - God of Israel. The name has been derived from hawah, "to sink down or fall." 

øye (Norwegian) - eye

rool = roll (obs.) - a piece of parchment, paper, or the like, which is written upon or intended to contain writing, etc., and is rolled up for convenience of handling or carrying; a scroll + the heart of the roll (Dublin Slang) - a fine fellow + The Heart of the Roll Is Dicey Riley (song).

hencoop - a coop or pen of basket-work, wire-work, or the like, in which poultry are kept + hit the jackpot - to have an extraordinary stroke of luck.

Joyce's note:  'Immense! (MFK)' (Matthew F. Kane, model for Martin Cunningham in 'Ulysses')

topping - very fine, excellent; tip-top, first-rate

swell - Of persons: Stylishly or handsomely dressed or equipped.

Mahlzeit (ger) - repast; conventional greeting before or after a meal

porterhouse - a house at which porter and other malt liquors are served

scotfree - free from payment of 'scot', tavern score, fine, etc.; exempt from injury, punishment, etc.

WHEEL OF FORTUNE - Public house on West side of Stephen's Green, late 17th century (Gilbert, I, 190). The "Wheel of Fortune" is a card in the Tarot pack.  

club - a staff or baton used as an official and restrictive 'pass'; a heavy stick or staff for use as a weapon, thin enough at one end to be grasped with the hand, and increasing in thickness and weight towards the other end + card suits: clubs, spades, hearts, diamonds + a fanatic, preoccupied with murder of Becket, attacked Saint Laurence O'Toole on the altar steps of Canterbury Cathedral and beat him with a club [.25], while he was preparing to celebrate Mass.

chuck - chicken, fowl; the act of taking food; a meal, meal-time + check = cheque.

walnut - nut of any of various walnut trees having a wrinkled two-lobed seed with a hard shell

ketchup - a sauce made from the juice of mushrooms, walnuts, tomatoes, etc., and used as a condiment with meat, fish, or the like. Often with qualification, as mushroom ketchup, etc.

Lazenby's pickles + pickle - vegetables (especially cucumbers) preserved in brine or vinegar.

chutney - a strong hot relish or condiment compounded of ripe fruits, acids, or sour herbs, and flavoured with chillies, spices, etc.

gratis + graspi (it) - grape stalks.

Bristol - a city of England upon the Wiltshire or Lower Avon, famous since early times for its maritime trade and manufactures, and giving its name to various commercial and natural products + Henry II granted Dublin to the citizens of Bristol.

BALROTHERY - Village, North County Dublin, South-West of Balbriggan. Baile an Ridire, Ir. "Town of the Knight." 

On Northumberland and Landsdowne roads His Excellency acknowledged punctually salutes from rare male walkers, the salute of two small schoolboys at the garden gate of the house said to have been admired by the late queen when visiting the Irish capital with her husband, the prince consort, in 1849 and the salute of Almidano Artifoni's sturdy trousers swallowed by a closing door. (Ulysses, p. 209)

frump - to sulk, be in a bad temper + front + trump.

dacent = decent

knave - In playing-cards: The lowest court card of each suit, bearing the representation of a soldier or servant.

havoc - devastation, destruction; esp. in phr. to make havoc

recruit - to increase or restore the vigour or health of (a person or animal)

Strength - eleventh (or eighth) trump card in the Tarot pack + The Tarocco Piemontese consists of the four suits of swords, batons, clubs and coins, each headed by a king, queen, cavalier and jack, followed by numerals 10 down to 1. The trumps rank as follows: The Angel (20—although it only bears the second-highest number, it is nonetheless the highest), the World (21), the Sun (19), the Moon (18), the Star (17), the Tower (16), the Devil (15), Temperance (14), death (13), the Hanged Man (12), Strength (11), the Wheel of Fortune (10), the Hermit (9), Justice (8), the Chariot (7), the Lovers (6), the Pope (5), the Emperor (4), the Empress (3), the Popess (2) and the Bagatto (1). There is also the Fool (Matto).

spadeful - a quantity that fills a spade; as much as a spade can hold or take up at one time + spade - one or other of the black spade-shaped marks by which one of the four suits in a pack of playing-cards is distinguished.

mounded - heaped up into a mound + (notebook 1924): 'mound of food' + Slattery's Mounted Foot (song).

faste (Irish Pronunciation) - feast

table napkin - a napkin used at meals to protect the clothes from being soiled, to wipe the fingers, etc. + REFERENCE

constitute - to frame, form, make (by combination of elements)

tripartite - divided into or composed of three parts or kinds + Tripartite Life of Saint Patrick - a medieval manuscript describing Saint Patrick's life + (Vico's three ages plus a ricorso).

principal + pranzo (it) - dinner.

collation - a light meal or repast

Blood Thursday - in Ireland, Innocents' Day or Childermas The Encyclopædia Britannica vol. XIV, 'Innocents' Day', 583b: 'Innocents' Day, or Childermas, a festival celebrated in the Latin church on the 28th of December... in memory of the massacre of the children by Herod... The Irish call the day... Diar dasin darg, "blood Thursday"' + bloodthirsty + John 19:28: 'I thirst' (fifth of seven last words of Christ).

blood orange - a red-pulped variety of orange + 'Bless us O Lord and these Thy gifts' (grace).

pint - a measure of capacity for liquids (also for corn and other dry substances of powdery or granular nature), equal to half a quart or 18 of a gallon; a vessel containing a pint + pound of bacon.


goog - egg + (notebook 1924): 'goog'.

plummy - fig. Of the nature of a 'plum', rich, good, desirable.

padding - stuffing, wadding + rice pudding + plum pudding.

met - a quantity measured out; esp. a quantity of anything as measured out according to a certain unit of measurement

sunder - apart or separate from another or from one another + met of zonder suiker (Dutch) - with or without sugar.

forsaken - deserted, left solitary or desolate + godforsaken + Matthew 27:46: 'My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?' (fourth of seven last words of Christ).

steak - a thick slice or strip of meat cut for roasting by grilling or frying, sometimes used in a pie or pudding; esp. a piece cut from the hind quarters of the animal

pertified - changed into stone or stony substance + peat-fired + Saint Peter.

Alfred Lord Tennyson: Maud, XXII.I: 'Come into the garden, Maud, For the black bat, night, has flown'.

without prejudice - without detriment to any existing right or claim; esp. in Law, without damage to one's own right, without detracting from one's own rights or claims.

eventual - of the nature of an event or result + victuals.