aunt (Slang) - whore + (Isolde, as Mark's wife, was technically Tristan's aunt) + FDV: Turn round till we see you are you [still] full of poetry? This is my aunt Julia Bride.

Julia Bride - title heroine of a Henry James story. Julia has been too often engaged. A former fiancé, cruel, hypocritical, condescending, sets out to wreck her present engagement to a young man, Basil French, of whom she is "proud" + (*I*) + Morkan - the three ladies who give the musical party in "The Dead" (Dubliners). The scene in which Aunt Julia sings "Arrayed for the Bridal" is echoed at FW 465.1-5 (Glasheen, Adaline / Third census of Finnegans wake)

languish - to become feeble

scandal - to disgrace, bring into ill repute or obloquy; to spread scandal concerning (a person), to defame

bosky - consisting of or covered with bushes or underwood; full of thickets, bushy

dell (Slang) - whore + delta + triangle + (pubic hair).

reckoneyes (Irish Pronunciation) - recognise.

jacquot (fr. slang) - penis

horner - one who blows a horn; one who cuckolds another man

box - to fight with fists + box (Slang) - vulva + box his corner - stand up for himself.

corner (Slang) - vulva

jilt - to deceive after holding out hopes in love, to cast off (a lover) capriciously

brides + 'Little Jack Horner, Sat in the corner, Eating a Christmas pie' (nursery rhyme).

penal servitude - imprisonment with hard labor + penis.

servorum (l) - of servants, of slaves


sister + sinister + spinster (Slang) - whore.

do one's stuff - to do what is required or expected of one, to perform one's role

husbandman - a man who is the head of a household; the 'goodman' of the house + vir - force, vigour, energy + vir (l) - man.

weih = wy - man + Weih (ger) - a European bird of prey, Circus cyaneus, also called Blue Hawk, Blue Kite + Weihrauch (ger) - incense + why?

Seumas Beg (Seumas is Irish "James," beg is "little") - "The Adventures of Seumas Beg (1915) is a book of poems (I guess them to be childlike) by James Stephens. Seumas Beg is also a little boy in Stephens's Crock of Gold (1912). In the poem-book, was "Stephen's Green" (550.6), later called "The Wind"; in 1932, Joyce translated the poem into French, German, Latin, Norwegian, Italian. (Letters, I, 317-319). To me, Joyce's manner in this letter is (or plays at being) hostile, blustering, browbeating like the wind in Stephens's little poem, like Jaun bullying the Ass in III,i,ii. Joyce urged Stephens to add an Irish translation, and Stephens could not. In the same way, Jaun urges his twin to finishing writing "Work in Progress" (wip) and his twin cannot (see 461-468, especially see 465.8)" (Glasheen, Adaline / Third census of Finnegans wake).

seamrog (shamerog) (gael) - shamrock, trefoil, clover

room + womb.

smallclothes - small articles of clothing (as underclothing); breeches; knee-breeches

Bosphorus + both of us.

hatch - to bring forth from the egg either by natural or artificial heat

thura (gr) - door + thuris (l) - INCENSE + enjoy yourselves thoroughly.

biss (ger) - bite + bis (ger) - until.

bud - fig. To spring forth, as a bud, to develop.

bashfully - in a shy or shamefaced manner

by all means - in every way possible

incensive - something that arouses feeling, or incites to action; an incitement, provocation, 'spur'

semiological - pertaining to semiology (sign language (obs.); the branch of science concerned with the study of linguistic signs and symbols)

agglutinative - that fastens as glue, that adhers or cements

yez - you + yes + eyes.

idos - international artifical language + Ides - 13th of most months, 15th of four months + idos (gr) - INCENSE [469.29].

ask after - to look for, search for

holly and ivy


tripartite - divided into or composed of three parts or kinds; threefold, triple + Tripartite Life of Saint Patrick - a medieval manuscript describing Saint Patrick's life.

Lyonesse - Tristan's home country in Malory's account + Charles Reade: The Lyons Mail (a play given at Theatre Royal, Dublin, 1877).

stablelad = stable-boy - a boy or man employed in a stable

Corsican Brothers - Louis and Fabian Franchi in Dumas's novel, Boucicault's play. The brothers are identical twins, one good, one bad, who share each other's passions and pains.  

Hungry Hill, County Cork (Irish name means 'Angry Hill')

Cavaliers and Roundheads - nicknames for Royalists and Parliamentarians, respectively, in the English Civil War

*C* incest Byron & sister (notebook 1924) → Byron's incestuous relationship with his half-sister Augusta Leigh, which led to his exile + brother to sister.

Shinner - colloq. abbrev. of Sinn Feiner 

tertium quid - something (indefinite or left undefined) related in some way to two (definite or known) things, but distinct from both + *VYC*.

rave - to utter in a frenzied or enthusiastic manner + (notebook 1924): 'raving *C*'.

wrinkles (Slang) - cunning tricks

snakecharmer + snail charm - divination of lover's name by initial formed by slug's trail.

sniffer - the nose (slang.)

fall foul - fig. To clash, come into conflict (with); to get into disputes; to quarrel (''A mans companions are (like ships) to be kept in distance, for falling foule one of another''). 

Luna, Conte de - destroyer of his brother, Il Trovatore, in Verdi's opera

to be there for the asking - to be obtainable if one wishes it + Daily Sketch 14 Dec 1922: 'Petition for Reprieve of Bywaters is Ready To-Day': 'Large bills with the words, "Bywaters' reprieve, sign here", will draw attention to the petition and can be had for the asking'.

tuppenny - twopenny

go off - to depart (often implying suddenness or haste); to deteriorate; to lose brightness, quality, or vigour

pullet - a young (domestic) fowl, between the ages of chicken and mature fowl

canon - a rule, law, or decree of the Church

conjugation - the action of joining together or uniting; union in wedlock (humorous.)

shadow - to conceal from view

liberally - abundantly, amply, plentifully + leber (l) - free, unrestrained + Leber (ger) - liver + lęber (Danish) - lips.

bilabial - two-lipped

earring - a ring worn in the lobe of the ear for ornament

chink - an imitation of the short, sharp sound produced by pieces of metal or glass striking one another

curly - having or adorned with curls; having curled hair

bard - a tribal poet singer; a poet

kitchin = kinchin - a child, a 'kid' + The early bird catches the worm (proverb).


Little Tich - stage name of the dwarfish music-hall comedian Harry Relph (1868-1928)

twist the tail (of a person) - to annoy, to coerce (someone)

race is + Ecclesiastes 9:11: 'the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong'.

racy - Of persons: Having a distinctive quality or vigour of character or intellect; lively, spirited, full of 'go'.  

rossy - rubbishy; rosy (obs.) (rose-coloured, rose-red) + rossy (Irish) - impudent girl.


kith and kin - orig. Country and kinsfolk; in later use, acquaintance and kinsfolk, one's friends and relatives. 

(blood brothers)

inis (inish) (gael) - island

Ophelia + County Offaly.

property plot - a list of the properties required for a play

York - pertaining to the royal house of York + Yorick - Hamlet's old friend, a jester + York and Lancaster (Wars of Roses).

Mackinaw - a thick blanket, such as used to be distributed to the Indians of the North-west by the U.S. government + muc (Irish) - pig + Finn...Mac...Cool (backwards).


preacher + creature + pleasure.

'Mid pleasures and palaces / There's no place like home' (song)

give up - to divulge, reveal

gripe - the 'clutch' or 'pinch' of something painful; Formerly often in pl.: Spasms of pain, pangs of grief or affliction + Gripes [.33] + to give (one) the creeps - to cause (someone) to have feeling of dislike, fear, nervousness, etc.

swan's way (Old English) - sea + Proust: Ą la Recherche du Temps Perdu: Swann's Way.

take (one's) time - to allow oneself sufficient time (to do something)

leady - resembling lead, usually in colour + lady of the lake - the designation of a personage in the Arthurian legends, Nimue or Vivien; a nymph; a kept mistress.

convict - a condemned criminal serving a sentence of penal servitude