Castletown House was the residence of William Connolly, an 18th century speaker in the Irish Parliament
horn of twenty (notebook 1924) → horn of plenty - a goat's horn filled with grain and flowers and fruit symbolizing prosperity.
S. Collopy (notebook 1924) → Freeman's Journal 21 May 1924, 7/3: 'LATE MR. J. T. MAGEE': 'The funeral took place yesterday to Glasnevin Cemetery, following Mass at Haddington road Church, of Mr. J. T. Magee, the well-known journalist and athlete... The general public included... George S. Collopy'. + two Collopy brothers played for Ireland in a Rugby International seen by Joyce + Collop Monday - Shrove Monday, named after the traditional dish of the day, consisting of slices of leftover meat (collops of bacon).
black mail (Joyce's note)
in arrears - backward, behindhand as to state or condition
penitent - that repents, with serious purpose to amend the sin or wrongdoing; repentant + (notebook 1924): 'or my name's not Ferdinand'.
hourly - occurring or performed every hour
nurse - to wait upon, attend to (a person who is ill)
fee - an occasional gift, a gratuity, given in recognition of services rendered
biddy - a young chicken; maidservant; a woman, usu. with derogatory implication
stave - the system of five horizontal lines on which the musical notes are written (music); one of several thin slats of wood forming the sides of a barrel or bucket + (erection).
bar - vertical line drawn across the stave to divide a musical composition into portions of equal duration, and to indicate the periodical recurrence of the accent (music)
Passion Fathers - discalced missionary order
weigh - to have a greater or less degree of heaviness, as measured by the scales + The Anchor's Weighed (song).
suage = sewage - to irrigate or fertilize with sewage
lay - common, ordinary
grame - angry, vexed, furious + Gram (ger) - grief, affliction.
reaper - one who reaps + Great (Grim, Old) Reaper - death personified + (notebook 1924): 'the grim reaper' (Death).
draw nigh - to come (gradually) near, approach
sickle - an edge tool for cutting grass or crops (has a curved blade and a short handle) + aux siécles des siécles (fr) - for ever and ever + in saecula saeculorum (l) - for ever and ever.
blessing in disguise (Joyce's note)
lightfoot - having a light foot; treading lightly, nimble + Lightfoot, Claude - hero of boys' books by Father Finn.
devil + Duval, Claude (1643-70) - highwayman, hanged at Tyburn.
disturbing + Turpin, Dick (1706-39) - English 18th century highwayman, hanged at York (in song Turpin Hero, he cuts off cape of a lawyer whose gold is stitched in the back of it).
maraud - to plunder
onus - 'the burden of responsibility' + anus + (mailbag).
yan = one (north. dial.) + Lancashire sheep tally (modified Welsh cardinal numbers used by shepherds): 'yan, tyan, tethera, methera, pimp'.
galloper - one who gallops on horseback, esp. of hunters
dish - to 'do for', defeat completely, ruin; to cheat, circumvent (slang.)
console - to comfort in mental distress or depression; to alleviate the sorrow of (any one) + control.
dreithiur (Irish) - sister + Hure (ger) - prostitute + dílis (Irish) - dearest + (notebook 1924): 'drawhire sister'.
excise - a tax that is measured by the amount of business done + Refund of Excise (Tax).
do my duty by - (Joyce's note) → Key: John McCormack, His Own Life Story 40: 'Afterward, having done my duty by certain potato-cakes'.
bruise - to damage by abrasion of pressure + (notebook 1931): '*I* bruises herself to be reminded of *T*' → Young: Trial of Frederick Bywaters and Edith Thompson 167: (letter from Edith Thompson to Bywaters, trial exhibit 27) 'I want bucking up today Ive made a bruise on each side of my left wrist, with my right thumb and finger, but it doesnt do any good, it doesnt feel like you' (as suggested by Bywaters).
bulge - a wallet or bag (obs.) + (masturbation).
black and blue
narrowing - that narrows or contracts
duly - to the extent or degree that is due; adequately, sufficiently, fully
West, Mae - American actress (fl. 1930s) + Leslie Stuart: The Shade of the Palm (song): 'Look to the west for me' + 'Drink to me only with thine eyes and I will pledge with mine' (song from John McCormack's Repertoire).
toot - coalesced form of to it + toute (fr) - all (feminine).
tick of clock (notebook 1924) → Crawford: Back to the Long Grass 9: 'But not even for one tick of the clock did Livingstone blink the fact that the truest evil in all the wide world is cold, creeping egotism, heartless selfishness'.
pop - to come on or upon abruptly, suddenly, unexpectedly, or by chance
cigarettes + (female sinner).
silkette - a fabric made of silk and cotton, chiefly used for lining dresses
diligence - a public stage-coach
long distance - over a relatively great distance; between distant places
laird - a landed proprietor. In ancient times limited to those who held immediately from the king.
whoosh - an exclamation evocative of or accompanying a sudden explosive rushing sound or movement; to cause to move rapidly with a rushing sound
mise (mishi) (gael) - I, me (emphatic) + mishe/tauf [doff] + FDV: — Brother dear, Izzy said, accept this instead of a handkerchief handkerchiefduster and bear it with you ever & always and when you use it think of the one absent one. Teach how to tumble dear, & teach me whom to love lure.
Joyce's note: 'Écoute, said I, écoute écoute' + Joyce's note: '*L* listen!'
dearbhrathair (draher) (gael) - brother + (notebook 1924): 'drawher brother' ('er' of 'brother' not clear) + brother dearest.
tizzy - a highly excited or distracted state of mind + Issy.
intercept - to seize on its way + Joyce's note: 'intercepted' → Gallois: La Poste et les Moyens de Communication 246: (of Annamite couriers sometimes captured and killed by rebels) 'his dispatches are intercepted'.
flushes (Joyce's note)
half-trans. Dart-shuile (dort hule) (gael) - Heifer-eyes
tactfully - showing tact or tactfulness, considerate and discreet + tactilis (l) - that may be touched, tangable.
grabbed + (notebook 1924): 'Izzy 'grabbing''.
correspondent - a person who holds communication with another, esp. secret communication + spondee - a metrical foot (long-long) + (notebook 1924): 'correspond' → Gallois: La Poste et les Moyens de Communication 118: 'the transport service for correspondence and travellers'.
flusther (Irish Pronunciation) - fluster (to utter in confused manner) + fluster (ger) - whisper + (notebook 1924): '*L* speaks in *V*'s ear' → Commelin: Nouvelle Mythologie, Grecque et Romaine 60: (of the cult of Mercury) 'After many rites, one spoke into the god's ear, to ask what one desired. Afterwards one went out of the temple, one's ears stopped with one's hands, and the first words one heard would be the response of the god'.
nothings + nonsense.
Benjamin - patriarch Jacob's youngest son. Hence allusively, the youngest (and, consequently, favourite) son of a family.
permising = permitting + plamausing (Anglo-Irish) = plámás (Irish) - soft talking, flattery.
whispered a gentle wish (Joyce's note) → Key: John McCormack, His Own Life Story 2: 'the interpretative soul of the man... whispered a gentle wish to be tended'.
thought + (she'd thought he'd never be able to stop her speaking).
lithe - Of persons, their actions, dispositions and utterances: Gentle, meek, mild.
tacitum tempus (l) - time not spoken of, secret time, time passed over in silence
angel + engineer.
throttle - the throat
memento - a reminder of past events + Joyce's note: 'memento' → Key: John McCormack, His Own Life Story 123: (of a chalice given by McCormack to Bishop Clancy) 'that same chalice (which Bishop Clancy left in his will to Summerhill College, McCormack's alma mater) is used each day in the mass and a special memento always is said for the donor'.
newspaper + notepaper (letter) + (notebook 1922-23): 'I'm ashamed of the bit of butter' → Leader 11 Nov 1922, 328/1: 'Our Ladies' Letter': 'I'm ashamed of the little bit of butter, but the post wouldn't take any more and there's no use sending it by train' + (notebook 1922-23): 'nosepaper'.
at home - at one's ease, as if in one's own home; in one's element + The Letter: "all at home's health".
that I can call my own (Joyce's note) → The Heart Bowed Down (song): 'mem'ry is the only friend That grief can call its own'.
Witwe (ger) - widow + Mark 12:42: 'And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing'.
mite - a very small object; a tiny fragment + Isaac Funk: The Widow's Mite (spiritualist book).