lay up - to be (taken) ill, to keep one's bed. In recent colloquial use also intr., to take to one's bed + Leda - wife of Tyndareus, she was layed by Zeus-disguised-as-aswan; Leda laid the egg or eggs from which all (or some) of her children were hatched; Castor and Pollux, twins, Helen and Clytemnestra. This brood, engendered by divine and human fathers (variously reported), led to the Trojan war.   

Castor - one of the Dioskouroi; In the myth the twins shared the same mother but had different fathers which meant that Pollux was immortal and Castor was mortal. When Castor died, Pollux asked Zeus to let him share his own immortality with his twin to keep them together and they were transformed into the Gemini constellation.

Paris - Helen's lover

the time we well remember (Joyce's note)

suite - the group following and attending to some important person

assemblage - a group of persons together in one place + (erection).

commingo (l) - to pollute, defile + comintio (l) - to begin with + incomincio (it) - I begin.

now then - Used to introduce an important or noteworthy point in an argument or proof, or in a series of statements

introit - the action, or an act, of going in; fig. Introduction (obs.) + parts of Mass: INTROIT.

exordium - the beginning of anything; esp. the introductory part of a discourse, treatise, etc.

galaxy - fig.; now chiefly applied to a brilliant assemblage or crowd of beautiful women + Gaiety (Theatre, Dublin).

quid pro quo - one thing (or action) in return or exchange for another, tit for tat + quiproquo (French) = qui pro quo (Italian) - a misunderstanding + (notebook 1924): 'apropos' → Key: John McCormack, His Own Life Story 10: (of McCormack's christening) 'it was a christening apropos of an occasion - that particular Tuesday being the feast of the nativity of St. John the Baptist'.

manservant - a male servant + Swift: Directions to Menservants.

T.T. = teetotal - of or pertaining to total abstinence from alcoholic drinks + On the Strict Q.T. (song)

P.P. - parish priest

orational - of or pertaining to prayer in religious worship + orationes Dominicae (l) - Sunday prayers.

Dominican - of or pertaining to St. Dominic or to the order of friars (and nuns) founded by him; a friar of the order founded by St. Dominic: a Black friar.

confessor - a priest who hears confession of sin, prescribes penance, and grants absolution

doctor - a teacher, instructor

C.C. - Catholic clergyman + D.D. - doctor of divinity.

by the by

yerk - to pull, push, or throw with a sudden movement, to jerk

offrand - offering + offhand - without preliminary deliberation or preparation, extempore.

pals + alike as two peas in a pod (phrase).

concupiscent - lustful + concupiscence - sexual desire, a desire for sexual intimacy + nunc cupiscens (l) - now desiring + non capisco (it) - I don't understand.

confarreation - the highest and most solemn form of marriage among the ancient Romans, made in the presence of the Pontifex Maximus or the Flamen Dialis and ten witnesses, and marked by the offering of a cake made of spelt + confariation - speaking together, conversation, intercourse. 

tete a tete - together without the presence of a third person; in private (of two persons); face to face + tête-à-tête (fr) - private conversation.

virgo intacta - a woman of inviolate chastity; one who has never had sexual intercourse, a virgin + virago - a bold, impudent (or wicked) woman; a man-like, vigorous, and heroic woman + viragos (Hungarian) - beflowered.

poorish - somewhat poor, rather poor + parish

priced - having the price fixed or stated + priest

couple + capall (kopel) (gael) - horse.

gelding - a gelded person, a eunuch + Guilder is the English translation of the Dutch gulden — from Old Dutch for 'golden'.

lawful day - one in which it is lawful to transact business, or some particular kind of business

consummation - the completion of marriage by sexual intercourse + consomme - to make complete + consommation (fr) - drinks.

effusion - a pouring out, a spilling (of liquid, e.g. of tea) + consummation with an emission (sexual).

manny - obs. f. many + nanny (goats).

larry - confusion, excitement + Di Manes, Lares et Penates [Pignates] - the Ancestral Ghosts, the Hearth-Gods and the Larder-Gods [Mortgage-Gods]: protectors of the home; the home.

pignatti (it) - cooking-pots + pignut - any of various types of hickory or their fruits.

any old - any...whatever

buckle - to unite in marriage (humorous or dial.) + bucklig (ger) - humpbacked + Buckling (ger) - kipper + buckling (Slang) - marrying.

by way of ---- - A prepositional phrase used in various senses; Also by the way of.

offertory - that part of the Mass or Communion Service at which offerings are made; the offering of these, or the gifts offered (parts of Mass: OFFERTORY) + offertorium (l) - place to which offerings were brought.

his and my advice

an (Archaic) - if

retake - to take again, to take back

cure - a parish or other sphere of spiritual ministration

verba (pl.) (l) - words

titular - a cleric who bears a title whether he performs the duties or not; esp. short for 'titular bishop' (one deriving his title from an ancient see lost to the Roman Pontificate)

purty - repr. Irish and U.S. local pronunc. of pretty + episcopus titulus ... in partibus [infidelium] (l) - bishop titled [of X] in the parts of the unbelievers: nominal bishopric of a former diocese (usually in the now-Islamic parts of the Roman empire) + petit bourse (fr. slang) - penis and testicles.

Dublin + bella bellina (Italian Slang) - vulva + dell (Slang) - whore.

siddle - to slope downward, to dip + saddle - a seat for the rider of a horse or camel + settle + sit down and listen.

parts of Mass: MISERERE

soeur (French) - sister + practical purposes.

Practice what you preach (proverb)

freer - obs. and Sc. dial. form of friar

duster - a light cloak or wrap worn to keep off dust + Gentleman with a Duster - pseudonym used by Harold Begbie, author of Painted Windows (1922). According to Evelyn Waugh, the book is "a superficial and vulgar survey of various leading churchmen."

parlourmaid - a female domestic servant who waits at table in houses where indoor men-servants are not kept + Parliament.

stitch - a loop of thread or yarn as an ultimate constituent of a sewn or woven fabric; hence, any the least piece of fabric or clothing + speech.

furtive - exhibiting guilty or evasive secrecy

fugtig (Danish) - damp

adhere - to stick fast or cleave, as a glutinous substance does + (notebook 1924): 'adhere to' → Gallois: La Poste et les Moyens de Communication 97: 'In 1874, the law that recorded the adherence of almost all the great world powers to the Universal Postal Union').

purgation - moral or spiritual cleansing; purification by the destruction or removal of sin, guilt, or any evil

indulgence - an inability to resist the gratification of whims and desires

guidance proved for our good (Joyce's note) → Key: John McCormack, His Own Life Story 8: 'Ours was a Catholic Christian hearth, and the guidance my brother and sisters and I received proved for our best good'.

pathway of right (Joyce's note) → Key: John McCormack, His Own Life Story 9: 'I knew, well enough, the pathway of right and duty'.

liseuse (fr) - reader + Saint Theresa of Lisieux + {Shaun as priest preparing for Mass, checking for date, saint's day, vestment colour, prayers, hymn, etc.}

(hymn) + thing to be done.

rubric - directions for the conduct of Christian church services (often printed in red in a prayer book) + (7 colours of rainbow).

mandamus - an extraordinary writ commanding an official to perform a ministerial act that the law recognizes as an absolute duty and not a matter for the official's discretion (used only when all other judicial remedies fail) + mandaremus (l) - we might command + mandarin - a somewhat flat reddish-orange loose skinned citrus of China.

pasquil or pasquinade - a composition that imitates or misrepresents somebody's style, usually in a humorous way + pascua (pl.) (l) - pastures + Pasqua (it) - Easter.

veritas - honesty and truthfulness, a Roman virtue + verde (sp) - green + verdad (sp) - truth.

is in it (Irish) - that exists, is alive

bruise - an injury that doesn't break the skin but results in some discoloration + livid - bluishly discoloured as by a bruise (blue).

indecoris (l) - unbecoming, disgraceful, shameful + intercourse + indigo.

violence + violet + voyou (fr) - hooligan.

liturgy - a form of public worship, esp. in the Christian Church; a collection of formularies for the conduct of Divine service (parts of the Mass: LITURGY) + lithourgia (gr) - sculpture in marble, working in stone.

bekannt (ger) - known, famous

Besant, Annie - theosophist


Whitsuntide (seven Sundays after Easter)

sack - to dismiss or discharge (a person) from his employment or office; to expel from school

server - Eccl. An assistant at Mass who arranges the altar and makes the responses.


axe (Irish Pronunciation) - ask + as I said + x, y, z + (notebook 1922-23): 'economy of movement priest on altar'.

Hobson's choice - a choice between one thing offered and nothing at all; take it or leave it

chouse - to dupe, cheat, swindle + choose

sixths + saints

colander - a vessel, usually of metal, closely perforated at the bottom with small holes, and used as a sieve or strainer in cookery + calendar

common - Eccl. A service common to any feast of a specific type, i.e. common to a class of festivals; opposite of proper (parts of the Mass: COMMON).