began to say to me (Joyce's note)

tetrahedrally - in a tetrahedral manner, having four faces

what way are you (notebook 1924)

give - to put forth, emit (a cry, a sound, a sigh, etc.) + (notebook 1922-23): 'he is giving (dying)' Leader 11 Nov 1922, 326/2: 'Our Ladies' Letter': 'even father... except that he stays in bed a day now and then, you wouldn't notice he was giving'.

bairn - a child + FDV: He is giving, the wee lad (Mw). Y. has lived. (The letters in parenthesis here and in later dialogues identify the speaker: e.g. Matthew).

yun (Chinese French Romanisation) - a circuit of time

yerra - an asseverative oath or exclamation

dat - Repr. dial. (esp. Ir.), W.I., and U.S. Black pronunc. of that + FDV: Why so? (Luke)

wisha - an exclamation indicating dismay, emphasis, or surprise

boose - to drink deeply, or for the sake of enjoyment or goodfellowship + boozed - intoxicated, drunk + FDV: Is he sick or what the burly youngster. (Mk)  

alanna - My child! Used as a form of address or as a term of endearment.

wind from wrong cut (Joyce's note)

Ned of the Hill - Edmond O'Ryan, 18th century outlaw of Tipperary, subject of a poem of Lover's + FDV: The wind's from the wrong cut, so it is says Ned of the hill. (Jy)

lesten = listen (obs.) + FDV: Yes. Listen. (Mw)

FDV: Why so? Speak up, some of ye, (Lu).

rehearse - to practice (a part in a play, for example) in preparation for a public performance + (either he's boosed or he's practicing role of a corpse).

wan (Dublin Pronunciation) - one + someone's + wan (Chinese) - ten thousand; a large number.

whisht - an exclamation enjoining silence: Hush! + FDV: Whisht ye all! Herring is up!

hubba-hubba - Used to express approval, excitement, or enthusiasm + hubba - the call raised when sighting a school of fish (a Cornish term) + (notebook 1924): 'hubba's up'.

octopus - a genus of cephalopod molluscs, characterized by eight 'arms' surrounding the mouth and provided with suckers

"I spred abrode a towel on the grene grasse"; "The morning light was scarce fully spread abroad".

drifter - a fishing boat equipped with a drift net (a large kind of net used in the herring, pilchard, and mackerel fishery, extended by weights at the bottom and floats at the top, and allowed to drift with the tide) + Joyce's note: 'drifter nets'.

chromous - of or containing chromium in the divalent state + chrôma (gr) - colour + FDV: And around they cooched, curchy curchy. They spread their night drifter net to mesh the notes quavers of scaly silver, the golden tones the clutches of the full gleamy chromes of orangetawny spanishing gold. Get busy, Kid. Hip! Chirpey, now. The present is a good time.

gleamy - darting beams of light, casting light in rays, flashing + Joyce's note: 'gleamy'.

seiner - a fisherman who uses a seine, or one employed to haul in a seine (a fishing net designed to hang vertically in the water, the ends being drawn together to inclose the fish) + (notebook 1924): 'master, seiner (net)'.

assonance - resemblance of sound, especially of the vowel sounds in words, as in: "that dolphin-torn, that gong-tormented sea" (William Butler Yeats)

softspoken - Of words: Spoken softly, gently, or affably.

quartermaster - a petty officer responsible for the steering of a ship + (notebook 1924): '*X* quartermaster'.

Joyce's note: 'Yes, get busy 'sweety' kid'

chirpy - given to chirping; cheerful, hilarious

come - As a call or appeal to a person to bethink himself, implying impatience, remonstrance, or, more usually, mild protest or deprecation on the speaker's part. Often emphasized by repetition, or by the addition of such words as now, then, but

hospice - a lodging for travelers, esp. one run by a religious order; a nursing-home for the care of the dying or the incurably ill + auspices (pl.) (l) - bird-inspectors, diviners from bird-flight + (notebook 1924): 'the present is a good time'.

take on - to engage (someone) in a fight, contest, argument, etc.

mind's eye - mental view or vision, remembrance

temptive - tending to tempt, tempting

lissom - supple, limber + attentive listener.

quadrilibral - containing four pounds + quadriliteral - consisting of four letters + quadrilateral - four-sided.

azure - coloured like the unclouded sky; orig. of a deep intense blue, now usually of a soft clear bright blue, as is the sky of our more northern latitudes

attractable - capable of being attracted

Nansen, Fridtjof (1861-1930) - Norwegian statesman, arctic explorer

thurrible (Irish Pronunciation) - terrible

mystagogue - In Ancient Greece: One who gave preparatory instruction to candidates for initiation into the Eleusinian or other mysteries. Hence gen., one who introduces to religious mysteries, a hierophant + (notebook 1924): 'mystagogue' Langdon: The Babylonian Epic of Creation 29: 'the occult tablets on which the mystagogues of Babylon wrote their curious interpretations of the festival'.

thence - from that place, from there (now chiefly literary.)

puisne - one who is younger, or of inferior rank; adjective legally applied to a junior judge

donkeyman - a man in charge of a donkey

crucifer - Eccl. An attendant who carries a cross in a procession, a cross-bearer.

cauda - a tail-like appendage + cauda (l) - tail + SDV: And as they the quartermasters spread their [azure] drifter net from Matt to Mark from him to the next mystagogue [beyond him] and so on to the donkeyman to mesh the quavers of scaly silver, clutches of chromes of spanishing gold oped he his blurbeous lips whence whilst as hour gave way to hour [and he kept time with his tongue] mist of the fields and molten moonset melded into song in his mouth.


ex libris (l) - from the books


mesh - to catch in the meshes of a net; fig. To entangle, involve inextricably.

rise - Of a fish: To come to the surface of the water to take a fly, bait, etc. 

plankton + Max Planck (quantum theory).

at play - engaged in playing

quiver - an act of quivering, a tremble + quaver - a tremulous sound + FDV: They spread their night drifter net to mesh the notes quavers of scaly silver,

scaly - abounding in, covered with, or consisting of scales; having a surface that peels off in thin plates or layers

silver - a silvery colour or lustre

clutch - the claw of a beast or bird of prey, or of a fiend: mostly in pl. claws, talons, paws; Also contemptuously of a human hand.

chrome (gr) - colour + FDV: the golden tones the clutches of the full gleamy chromes of orangetawny spanishing gold.

lucid - translucent, pellucid, clear

Spanish gold (notebook 1924) → Spanish gold (from wrecked Armada off west coast of Ireland).

whilst - while

give way - to make room for, be superseded by. Const. to + (notebook 1924): 'hour gave way to hour' Key: John McCormack, His Own Life Story 48: 'one month gave way to another'.

mazing - causing confusion, bewilderment, or perplexity

thrip - short for threepence + triphthong (Irish) - a combination of three vowel sounds in one syllable (fairly common in Irish) + thrip-thongue (Irish Pronunciation) - trip-tongue + (notebook 1924): 'tripthongue thriptongue thripthongue' + 'keeping time with his tongue'.

ope = open

blurb (notebook 1924) + {underwater sound as when releasing bubbles from the mouth}

classy - of high or superior class, stylish, smart

myrrh - a gum-resin produced by several species of Commiphora: used for perfumery and as an ingredient in incense

molten - dissolved (in a liquid); also, loosely, reduced to a partially liquid condition, e.g. by putrefaction

meld - to merge, blend; to combine, incorporate + (notebook 1924): 'melt in my mouth' Key: John McCormack, His Own Life Story 40: 'potato-cakes which literally melted in my mouth'.

melliform - resembling honey + mellifons (l) - honey-fountain + Mellifont Lane, Dublin (became Lower Sackville Street) + SDV: oped he his blurbeous lips whence whilst as hour gave way to hour [and he kept time with his tongue] mist of the fields and molten moonset melded into song in his mouth.

ecko - obs. form of echo + ecce - Latin for 'lo!' or 'behold!' + ecco (it) - behold + Thomas Moore, Irish Melodiessong: Echo: 'How sweet the answer Echo makes'.

odor - scent, smell; sometimes spec. sweet or pleasing scent; fragrance + Au Lion d'Or - the name of numerous inns and hotels in France (literally, French 'At the Golden Lion').

you + yu (Chinese) - friend + Joyce's note: '- first, if you don't mind' Key: John McCormack, His Own Life Story 16: '"Ah," observed McCormack, "prying into the extent of my education?" "The early part, first, if you don't mind"'.

yur - obs. form of your + SDV: — First if you don't mind. Name your ground.

groun - obs. f. grown + ground - Preceded by a descriptive or limiting adj., or an attributive n.: Area or space having a specified extent or character, or adapted for a specified purpose (lit. and fig.) "On historical grounds, the names sabadine and sabine (for the ester and alkamine respectively) deserve preference."

barrow - a mound of earth or stones erected in early times over a grave + SDV: It is this same historic place, this same orangery barrow.

orangery - a place appropriated to the cultivation of orange-trees + "observed a cold fowl behaviourising strangely on that fatal midden or chip factory or comicalbottomed copsjute (dump for short) afterwards changed into the orangery" [110.25-27]