FDV: The other twin, you see, has been crying in his sleep, the little devil what a wretch. There are tears on his pillowcase. That is Jerry You will know his name but you cannot see what he had in his hand because I have not told you. He is quite one to be of the blake blakes tribe big already. Blake? Whatever do you mean with blake? With blake I mean ink. O, I see now. [You will never know [perhaps] all that you did not see know that you saw. [Perhaps saw?]] They But are two very nice little porters porterines, in as for my opinion, indeed. Both D. . . . were born so. Adieu, for the these present presents, kerryjevin.
twine - to wind or twist (about, over, or round something)
Liver in cod is mostly on the left side of the body, while in humans it is normally on the right side.
incisor - a narrow-edged tooth at the front of the mouth, adapted for cutting
sweet - something sweet, dessert, candy
muck - dirt, rubbish, or waste matter
stake - a stout stick or post, usually of wood, with a pointed end for driving into the ground + a stick in the mud - a person with fixed unadventurous habits or ideas + snake in our midst.
teethe - to develop teeth
wretch - a vile, sorry, or despicable person; a mean or contemptible creature
craven - defeated, vanquished; cowardly, weak-hearted + Exodus 20:4: 'Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image' + William Thomas Horton: A Book of Images (drawn by Horton and introduced by Yeats; published 1898, in Joyce's library from 1901 to 1920).
posthumous - Of a child: Born after the death of its father + Posthumus Leonatus - Imogen's husband in Cymbehine + FDV: There are tears on his pillowcase.
pettishly - in a pettish manner, peevishly, petulantly + pipette - instrument for transferring liquids + Ppt (motif).
bespill - intensive of spill + (wet his bed with urine or semen).
fountainpen - a pen furnished with an ink-reservoir + (notebook 1924): 'fountain pen' → Crépieux-Jamin: Les Éléments de l'Écriture des Canailles 220: 'The study of flat and indistinct writing has become delicate with the widespread use of fountain pens'.
inkhorn - a small portable vessel (originally made of a horn) for holding writing-ink
sobrat (Russian) - fellow, brother
jerry - a German; spec. a German soldier; a chamber-pot + Diairmin (d'irmin) (gael) - diminutive of Diarmaid ("freeman").
jehu - a driver, a coachman + Joyce's note: 'jehu' → Jespersen: The Growth and Structure of the English Language 244 (sec. 243): 'when a driver is called a jehu in slang, the allusion is to 2 Kings IX. 20, where Jehu's furious driving is mentioned'.
caper - a shrub (Capparis spinosa) in habit of growth like the common bramble, abundant on walls and rocky places in the South of Europe + caper (l) - goat + papers
sheepfold - a pen or enclosure for sheep + Genesis 25:26: 'his hand took hold on Esau's heel; and his name was called Jacob'.
wrought - created, shaped, moulded + right + FDV: That is Jerry You will know his name but you cannot see what he had in his hand because I have not told you.
foetal - of or pertaining to or of the nature of a fetus
lease - to grant the possession or use of (lands, etc.) by a lease + lost + (Tristan was a foreigner).
The Pale - the English-controlled part of late medieval Ireland (around Dublin) + within the pale - inside the limits normally allowed for one's behavior among other people.
Lorbeeren (ger) - laurels + Lord Byron + Brian Boru.
tosset (Danish) - mad
blake - pale, pallid + Blake - one of the tribes of Galway + Blake, William (1757-1827) - English poet and painter + FDV: He is quite one to be of the blake blakes tribe big already.
unblest - not blessed in fortune or lot; unfortunate, wretched; unholy; wicked, evil
rode - Of wild-fowl: To fly landward in the evening + rides
banners + Thomas Moore, Irish Melodies: song: On Music: 'When thro' life unblest we rove' [air: Banks of Banna].
Bulgar - any member of an ancient Finnish tribe who conquered the Slavs of Moesia in the seventh century a.d. and settled what is now Bulgaria, becoming Slavonic in language; a native or inhabitant of Bulgaria + 'bugger' derived from Bulgarus, a Bulgarian heretic accused of sexual perversions + vulgar with your vowels.
blæk (Danish) - ink + FDV: Blake? Whatever do you mean with blake? With blake I mean ink. O, I see now.
Tintenfass (ger) - inkpot
hyacinth + have sent (scent).
anemone - Bot. A genus of plants (N.O. Ranunculaceæ) with handsome flowers, widely diffused over the temperate regions of the world + (Joyce's note): 'Mark gets anon letter' → King Mark supposedly got anonymous letter.
brightest + Mark decided to marry Isolde after seeing one of her golden hairs, which a swallow dropped.
betie - to tie round, bind fast (obs.)
Donatus, Aelius - Roman grammarian. His Ars grammatica was so popular in the Middle Ages that Donet came to mean a rudimentary treatise of any sort.
CAT AND CAGE - Tavern in Drumcondra, then and now, on East side of Drumcondra Road across from St Patrick's College.
Genesis 3:19: 'In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread'.
Devereux, Gipsy - Bryonic soldier in LeFanu's House by the Churchyard. He loves pure Lilias Walsingham, courts her beside the Liffey, makes an extended comparison of girl and river; but his was a tarnished life and Lilias dies of grief instead of marrying him.
preterite - of or pertaining to bygone time; occurring or existing previously; Gram. Expressing past action or state.
to be about to (do something) - intending to or on the point of (doing something) + FDV: [You will never know [perhaps] all that you did not see know that you saw. [Perhaps saw?]]
Blitz (ger) - lightning + blízky (Czech) = blizko (Russian) - close, intimate + bliznets (Russian) - twin.
-in (in), dim. suffix (gael) - little, darling + -een (Irish) - (diminutive) + FDV: They But are two very nice little porters porterines, in as for my opinion, indeed.
scrum - abbreviated form of scrummage (a noisy contention or tussle; also, a confused struggle between persons, often with exchange of blows) + breadcrumbs.
jerkoff - someone of little or no account; a fool, a stupid person + Jacob + jerk off (Slang) - to masturbate.
Esau - name of the elder of the twin sons of the patriarch Isaac, who sold his birthright to his brother Jacob for 'a mess of pottage'
costar - to appear in a production as a costar; a leading actor or actress appearing in a movie, on stage, etc., with another or others of equal importance
puck - one given to mischievous tricks, esp. a mischievous child or youngster
prig - a spruce fellow, a dandy, a fop; thief (Slang)
hoy - a cry used to call attention + Swift born in Hoey's Court + high court - a supreme court.
frilled - having decorative ruffles or frills + thrilled.
Romeo and Juliet + fouringo (Provençal) - ant + cigalo (Provençal) - cicada + La Fontaine: La cigale and la fourmi + formio (it) - New Zealand flax.
folly - foolish; also, lewd, unchaste + holy.
sweet + what.
pep - brisk energy, high spirits, liveliness
puppyhood - the state of being a puppy; the early period of a dog's life
bairghean breac (baryen brak) (gael) - "speckled loaf": currant cake eaten at Halloween; anglic. barmbrack + barmherzig (ger) - charitable, compassionate.
yeastcake - a cake of compressed yeast
rosen - formed or consisting of roses; rose-coloured, rosy, roseate + Rosengorge, Greenafang - Shaun and Shem, England and Ireland, Red and Greene (Glasheen, Adaline / Third census of Finnegans wake).
Ulysses.3.226: (referring to absinthe) 'the green fairy's fang' + The shaft in the north side of the Queens Chamber is the same. The corridor ends in front of a white limestone block bearing the traces of two copper fittings. Quarry marks are still visible, along with the sign of the work-gang "wadi" ("the green ones"). and a sign thought to be the hieroglyph "prjj" ("to come out" of the tomb).
Blech (ger) - tin + Black and Tans - English recruits in Royal Irish Constabulary, 1920-1.
soldi (it) - money + soldiers.
tako (Serbian) - so
weal - wealth, riches, possessions (obs.); welfare, well-being, happiness, prosperity
snuffbox - a box for holding snuff, usually small enough to be carried in the pocket
Sam + som (Danish) - sold + *V*.
als (Danish) - parted + *C*.
whole - to become whole; to recover from sickness; to make into a whole, to assemble or unite
shouldst - arhaic past of shall
scheming - the action of the vb. scheme; planning, contrivance
neither man nor mouse - not a creature + (notebook 1924): '*V* either man or mouse (e *C* neither fish nor flesh (n' ('*V*' replaces a cancelled '*C*'; '*C*' replaces a cancelled '*V*').
neither fish nor flesh - neither one thing nor another; without the particular qualities (or merits) of either
vellicate - Of things: To act upon or affect so as to irritate; Of persons: To tickle or titillate + Velika noc (Slovenian) = Velikonoce (Czech) - Easter (literally 'great night').
niche - a small vaulted recess or chamber made in the thickness of a wall, or in the ground; a place of retreat or retirement
vergeefs (Dutch) - in vain + forgives.
semble - to bring together (things) into one place or mass, to collect; to imitate, to make a representation or likeness
quick - pl. (Without article or -s.) Living persons + II Timothy 4:1: 'the quick and the dead'.
quell - to kill, slay, put to death, destroy (a person or animal)
adieu - good-bye! farewell! + FDV: Both D. . . . were born so. Adieu, for the these present presents, kerryjevin.