PATERSON AND CO. - Match manufacturers of Belfast; its Dublin works were and are in Hammond Lane.  

promise land + Luke 23:46: 'Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit' (seventh of seven last words of Christ).

blow up - to destroy, put an end to; to ruin; to go to pieces

lemma - a proven statement used as a stepping-stone toward the proof of another statement; the head of an annotation or gloss + lemons + Lammas day - August 1.

unclaimed - not called by an owner or consignee

edile = aedile - a magistrate in Rome, who had the superintendence of public buildings, shows, police, and other municipal functions; hence, by extension, a municipal officer + exiles

closed for repairs

SHELBOURNE ROAD - In South-East Dublin. When James Joyce left his father's house at 7 St Peter's Terrace, Phibsborough, in March 1904, he lived until September in a furnished room at 60 Shelbourne Road. 

Isaac Butt - Nationalist leader ousted by Parnell


justice - to try in a court of law; to bring to trial; to punish judicially

Cain + kindly forward.

Sir Abraham Bradley King - Lord Mayor of Dublin

salve - to save (a ship, its cargo) from loss at sea; to save (property) from destruction by fire + salve (l) - be well! + solved.

reddy - reddish + already.

berried - having or bearing berries + buried

holly and ivy


overway - the upper or higher way + overweight.

Strumpf (ger) - stocking + understamped.

P.O. - postal order

kær (Danish) - dear (Pronunciation 'care') + kaer (Breton) - beautiful + care.

M.O. - money order Ulysses.3.185: 'money order... Encore deux minutes'.

toilet + too late.

soiled - defiled; stained, dirtied + Ulysses.15.1070: 'He implored me to soil his letter' + sold.

cohabit - to dwell or live together (with) (arch.); to live together as husband and wife: often said distinctively of persons not legally married

unfortunate - a fallen woman; a prostitute

licence - a formal, usually a printed or written permission from a constituted authority to do something, e.g. to marry, to print or publish a book, to preach, to carry on some trade, etc.

bouf = beef (obs.) + bouffi (fr) - bloated + Ulysses.15.3851: 'Mamma, the beeftea is fizzing over!'

destiny - to destine, foreordain, predetermine + destinataire (fr) - addressee.   

A.B. - Bachelor of Arts

ab (l) - away from, away

sender - one who or something which sends (in the various senses of the verb) + Absender (ger) - sender, shipper + (notebook 1924): '(ab)sender' + Senders (*S*).

31 January (The Letter: 'the last of the first')

P.D. - Postage Due

raze - to erase or obliterate (writing, etc.) + erased + raised, lowered.

mined - that has been excavated + vacant mind

leaf - one of a number of folds (each containing two pages) which compose a book or manuscript, a folio; hence, the matter printed or written thereon + bay leaves + bailiffs.

pistol + bristol (OE) - bridge.

bang - a sudden, violent or explosive noise; e.g. the report of fire-arms

General Cambronne (said to have shouted 'merde' at the battle of Waterloo) [009.27]

back + Come Back to Erin (song).

-een (Irish) - (diminutive)

much as we hate (notebook 1924) → Key: John McCormack, His Own Life Story 70: 'much as I yearned' + (notebook 1924): 'we hate to have to say it *V*'.

slanguage - slangy speech; a form of slang (jocular) + (notebook 1924): 'you have millions of times used worse language?...'.

Tristan died at cliff of Penmarks

Sanscrit - the ancient and sacred language of India, the oldest known member of the Indo-European family + FDV: — Dear Shaun, I said, since you came to the use of language have you millions of times used worse language than that used by your [twin] brother Shem.

hesitancy - the quality or condition of hesitating; indecision, vacillation + (one of two places where it is spelled correctly [483.12]).

cerebrate - to subject to brain-action; to cogitate + celebrated

mentioning him, ahem

broguish - inclined or tending to a brogue (a strong dialectal accent, especially Irish) + brows + FDV: I wd not like to swear but I doubt it, Shaun replied. She was put up to it by him.

magic lantern - an optical instrument by means of which a magnified image of a picture on glass is thrown upon a white screen or wall in a darkened room + Aladdin rubs his magic lantern to make a genie emerge in pantomime Aladdin.

Ares (gr) - god of war, identified with Mars + ears + get on one's nerves - to (begin to) affect one with irritation, impatience, fear, or the like.

*V* famous notorious I rather wd feel more inclined to describe him as (Joyce's note)

Mr Shem *V* (notebook 1924)

draper - Orig., One who made (woollen) cloth. Subsequently, A dealer in cloth, and now by extension, in other articles of textile manufacture + 'the Drapier' - Swift.

accentually - in an accentual manner; with due attention to accent + accentual - formed by accent, as in accentual iambics, etc., verses in which the ancient alternation of long and short syllables, is replaced by an alternation of strong and weak syllables, as in the versification of English, and other modern languages + actually 

diagnosis - Med. Determination of the nature of a diseased condition + Diogenes - Greek philosopher and one of the founders of Cynic philosophy + Guinness.

pass an opinion (notebook 1924) → Key: John McCormack, His Own Life Story 175: 'the acting manager... consented to hear me sing... while I was in the midst of the aria... I saw that he was utterly unable to make anything out of it. Nevertheless, he was not unwilling, at that, to pass an opinion and offer me a position in the chorus'.

spew - to bring up (food or drink) from the stomach and eject through the mouth, to vomit + speaking

impulsory - that tends to impel or force onward

Berlitz School (where Joyce worked) + compulsory Irish.

unfruitful - fig. Not productive of good results + (notebook 1923): 'unfruitful servant' Flood: Ireland, Its Saints and Scholars 62: (of Riquier, a nobleman and later a saint, and missionaries whom he protected) 'He learned from them to love God above all things, and was filled with sorrow for his past life which he had spent as an unfruitful servant'.

Q: Did you? A: I wd not like to swear (notebook 1924) Freeman's Journal 10 Mar 1924, 9/3: 'Prisoner's Levity': 'His Worship - Did you threaten him? Witness - I would not like to swear that I threatened him'.

positively (Joyce's note) Connacht Tribune 12 Apr 1924, 4/1: 'Derby Ballot of the Meath Hospital, Dublin... Not A Long Drawn Out Ballot. Positively Closing June 2'.

sah - colloq. and (U.S.) dial. var. sir

gee - horse; "G"; man + high G (musical note).

...I doubt it (Joyce's note)

fag - a young public school boy who performs menial chores for an older boy or prefect + roster - a list, especially of names.

hourly - occurring or performed every hour; done, reckoned, etc. hour by hour + early

rooter - one who supports or encourages another; a warm advocate, a partisan + Reuters and Havas - news agencies.

haver - one who has or possesses; a possessor, owner; Sc. Law. One who has possession of a deed or writing which is called for by a court of justice.

maypole - a high pole, painted with spiral stripes of different colours and decked with flowers, set up on a green or other open space, for the merrymakers to dance round on May-day + Gilligan's maypole - wireless aerial.

pathetic - producing an effect upon the emotions; exciting the passions or affections

notice - an announcement containing information about a future event

pixillated - mentally unbalanced, confused, bewitched; intoxicated, drunk

doodler - one who doodles (to draw or scrawl aimlessly)

on (one's) last legs - at the end of one's strength or resources; ready to collapse, fail, or die

illegible - not legible, that cannot be read; esp. of written characters: Undecipherable.

arguments + clergymen.

boast - to speak vaingloriously, extol oneself; to vaunt, brag

ruddy - Of the face, complexion, etc.: Naturally suffused with a fresh or healthy redness.

complexion + complexus - an interwoven structure; an involved or complicated system.

mammy - a child's word for mother

fear (far) (gael) - man

put up - to stir up, instigate, incite (to some action, etc., or to do something) + (notebook 1924): 'somebody prompts *A*'.

iniquity - morally objectionable behavior + Joyce's note: 'the iniquity' Chiniquy: The Priest, the Woman and the Confessional 28: 'Everywhere woman feels that there are things which ought never to be told, as there are things which ought never to be done, in the presence of the God of holiness. She understands that, to recite the history of certain sins, even of thought, is not less shameful and criminal than to do them; she hears the voice of God whispering into her ears, "Is it not enough that thou hast been guilty once, when alone in My presence, without adding to thine iniquity by allowing that man to know what should never have been revealed to him? Do you not feel that you make that man your accomplice, the very moment that you throw into his heart and soul the mire of your iniquities? He is as weak as you are, he is not less a sinner than yourself; what has tempted you will tempt him; what has made you weak will make him weak; what has polluted you will pollute him; what has thrown you down into the dust, will throw him into the dust.'

depraved - rendered morally bad; corrupt, wicked + deprave - to make morally bad or corrupt; to defame or slander + deprive - to take away possessions from someone.

libertine - a man who is not restrained by moral law, esp. in his relations with the female sex; one who leads a dissolute, licentious life + liberties

silenced - (of a priest) no longer permitted to say Mass

sackclothed - clad in sackcloth; also fig. (as the material of mourning or penitential garb)