on the green - on the stage + The Wearing of the Green (song).

girlie - girl

Gretna Green, Scotland is famous for being the place to which English youths, too young to marry according to English law, eloped in order to get married according to the more lenient Scottish law.

joyboy (Slang) - homosexual

Tom Malone - Thomas Malone Chandler is the protagonist of A Little Cloud. In one recension of Finnegan's Wake, Tim Malone is the mourner at whose head the bucket of whisky is thrown.

slapstick - knockabout comedy or humour, farce, horseplay

MOATE - Village, County Westmeath. Its name derives from the nearby Mote of Grania.

Muldoon, William (1852-1933) - Irish-American wrestler. His biography (1929) is Muldoon, the Solid Man of Sport. Mr Sultan (JJQ, 5,4) holds Pat Mullen, Tom Mallon, Dan Meldon, Don Maldon to be identical with Muldoon, and all identical with the ancient Irish hero Maelduin. A Muldoon's Picnic is a chaotic mess.  

solid - of sound mind, sane, sober minded + W.J. Ashcroft, Dublin music hall performer, 'The Solid Man' (because of his famous rendering of song Muldoon the Solid Man), appeared in Dan Lowrey's Music Hall.

silly - to make silly, to be silly + sullied.

crackajack - a thing of highest exellence + cracking jokes.

go like house on fire - (of an event, meeting etc.) to go very well + get along like a house on fire - (of two or more people) to enjoy each other's companionship very much, often just after meeting.

whimper - to utter a feeble, whining, broken cry, as a child about to burst into tears

moan - to make a low mournful sound indicative of physical or mental suffering + Lia Fail - a stone at Tara that supposedly shrieked at coronations of rightful high king.

syce - a groom or attendant esp. in India + (postman) + children's song: "A was an apple pie; B bought it; C caught it;... What was it?"

trouver (French) - to find + retrieved.

plight - a dangerous, difficult, or otherwise unfortunate situation

pledge - to offer or guarantee by a solemn binding promise

cunning - skilful deceit, craft, artifice

uptie - to enclose or confine, to tie up

hunks - a term of obloquy for a surly, crusty, cross-grained old person, a miser + Old Hunks - baited, blind bear, contemporary of Shakespeare's.

perlection - the action of reading through [Joyce's note: 'perlection'] + perfection.

ma - mother

sissy - sister

rub off - to remove by rubbing

Una - according to Mr O Hehir, Irish una = "famine," personified by a woman, typical mother of a family + Una (l) - one + *I*. 

de - Irish "thirst" + ita (l) - thus, so, in this way + *J*

spill - to let out; to perish + still

famine - to suffer or die of hunger, to starve

drought - thirst

Agrippa, Heinrich Cornelius (1486-1535) - German magician, occult writer, theologian, astrologer, and alchemist + *E*.

pro- - earlier than, prior to + pastor - to serve as pastor + propastor (l) - substitute shepherd.

tribulation - a condition of great affliction, oppression, or misery + triple.

threne - a song of lamentation + on his throne.

furcht (ger) - fear + Frucht (ger) - fruit + furchte Fruchte (ger) - fear fruits.

Danaids - 50 daughters of Danaus. Danaus commanded each daughter to slay her husband on the marriage night. They all obeyed except Hypermestra, who spared Lynceus. They were punished with thirst in Hades, i.e. with endless task of filling with water a vessel that had no bottom + Vergil, Aeneid II. 49.: timeo Danaos [et dona ferentes] (l) - "I fear the Greeks [when they bear gifts]".

mila (Serbian) - beloved, sweet + 'ena mlo, mlo mou' (Greek nursery rhyme) - 'one apple, my apple'.

frei (ger) - free

Frau (ger) - woman + William Shakespeare: Macbeth I.1.11: 'Fair is foul, and foul is fair / Hover through the fog and filthy air.'


three + Tea for Two (song): "Just tea for two / And two for tea / Just me for you".

Ana, Anu - earth goddess of the Tuatha D Danaan, identical, Standish O'Grady says, with Dana, called in Cormack's glossary 'mater deorum hibernensium'. In Gaelic ana means "riches," in Greek ana means, among other things, "back again, anew" + ana (one) (gael) - plenty, prosperity.

mala (male) (gael) - bag, sack + mala (Serbian) - little; missy + malum (l) - bad; apple.


sycophant - informer + sykophantes (gr) - "fig-informer", [from Greek syko: fig (also means vulva)], one who informed against illegal exporters of figs from Attica + fig-leaf panties + *IJ*.

amygdaline - resembling an almond

lobster + Obst (ger) - fruit.

lucky + lumpy + Humpty Dumpty.

pumpkin - a stupid self important person + *E*

meddler - an officious annoying person who interferes with others + *VYC*

on the sly - secretly

Sin - Babylonian moon-god + sin (Serbian) - son + zinzin (motif).

fromm (ger) - pious + fra sin fromme sn (Danish) - from his pious son.

-acity + a city.

A/O motif (alpha/omega) + (Joyce's note): 'What is it? Chorus of females -- Love!'.

upon - in + FDV: So there you are now they were, the four of them, sitting in their judge's chambers around their old traditional tables of the law under the auspices of Lolly to talk it all over & over again. Festy and hyacinth and gentian and & not to forget a'duna o'darnel. That was four of them and thank Court now there were no more of them. So pass the push for port sake. Be it now soon. Ah ho! And I knew do you remember his father the same [in his monapoleums] behind the war of the two roses, old Minster York before he got his [paper] dispensation from the poke. I mind the smell of him like the vitriol vetriol works of a windy day & The O'Brine O'Briny rossies, the O'Moyly gracies chaffing his him redface bluchface & playing him pranks. How do you do, North Mister? Get into my way! till they had him the mon timed to the hifork pitch of fit to be tried. Ah, dearo me forsale forsailorshe! Yerra, why'd she heed that old gasometer & his hooping coffin [& his dying boosy cough] & all the boys birds of the south side after her, [[Minxy Cunningham,] jimmies & johnnies to be her jo]? Sure, I well remember him H2CE3, that'd take your breath away. Gob, I knew him well as meself too. Coming heaving up the east-end Kay Wall by the 32 to 11 with his limelooking horses bags, Old Whitehorse the Whiteside Kaffir with his painted voice puffing [out] brown cabbage. [Thaw him a gull, me pawsdeen fiunn!] Gomorro, says ses he, Lankyshy Lankyshies! Bugger ye! ses I, O breezes west! When I had her first when I was in my grandfather & that was up Sycomore Lane. Arrah Nick, ses she, you have the nock, ses she, with your poyhn, ses she, yerynn & I'd sooner sip to yr. mountain dew to kiss me than that old brewer's belch.

chamber - a room to which a judge retires for consultation

muniment room - a storage room for preservation of family or sometimes official or parochial records, papers, notebooks + The Muniment Room of City Hall, Dublin contains municipal archives going back to the 12th century.

marshalsea - name of 2 Dublin jails, the City Marshalsea (dating from 1704) and the Four Courts Marshalsea (dating from 1580), both for petty debtors

auspices - patronage and kindly guidance, protection + suspicio (l) - to mistrust.

lalia (gr) - talk, speech, voice + *S* [067.11] → "Lily, the caretaker's daughter, was literally run off her feet. Hardly had she brought one gentleman into the little pantry behind the office on the ground floor and helped him off with his overcoat, than the wheezy hall-door bell clanged again and she had to scamper along the bare hallway to let in another guest. It was well for her she had not to attend to the ladies also. But Miss Kate and Miss Julia had thought of that and had converted the bathroom upstairs into a ladies' dressing-room. Miss Kate and Miss Julia were there, gossiping and laughing and fussing, walking after each other to the head of the stairs, peering down over the banisters and calling down to Lily to ask her who had come." (James Joyce: The Dead).

Solon (638-558 B.C) - Athenian statesman, lawmaker, and poet. He is remembered particularly for his efforts to legislate against political, economic and moral decline in archaic Athens. Plutarch writes: "His [Solon's] first voyage was to Egypt... [where he] spent some time in study with Psenophis of Heliopolis and Sonchis the Saite, the most learned of all the priests; from whom, as Plato says, getting knowledge of the Atlantic story, he put it into a poem, and proposed to bring it to the knowledge of the Greeks." But a little further on: "Now Solon having begun his great work in verse, the history or fable of the Atlantic Island, which he had learned from the wise men of Sas, and thought it convenient for the Athenians to know, abandoned it... because of his age, and being discouraged at the greatness of the task." (Life of Solon, 90 A.D.)  + Solanus (l) - the east wind + Solomon.

the same again - another drink of the same kind as the last


dry - impassive, unemotional, having clear impartial judgement; (of liquor) having a low residual sugar content because of decomposition of sugar during fermentation

on the drink - a time or occasion of drinking + dring- (ger) - press, penetrate + sovereign lord, the king.

accourt - to court + according

Eveline, Dubliners + king's evidence - evidence for the crown given by an accused person against his or her alleged accomplices + (notebook 1924): 'King's evidence'.

kiss the book - i.e. the Bible, New Testament, or Gospels, in taking an oath + bouc (fr) - goat.

festive - rel. to feast, joyous, merry + Festy.

highjinks - boisterous sport, horseplay + Hyacinth.

Typically, blue-flowered species of Gentiana predominate in the Northern Hemisphere, with red-flowered species dominant in the Andes + Gentia + Jaunty Jaun.

beetroot or garden beet - red or purple root vegetable (widely grown for human consumption) + rosy - rose-colored + rossy (Anglo-Irish) - brazen woman.


darnel - a deleterious grass usually growing among corn + Dan O'Connel + O'Donnell + (ass) + FDV: Festy and hyacinth and gentian and & not to forget a'duna o'darnel.

One More Drink for the Four of Us (song): 'Glory be to God that there are no more of us / For one of us could drink it all alone'.


Sinbad (the Sailor)

Methusalem - the oldest person whose age is mentioned in the Hebrew Bible, given as 969 years. Extra-biblical tradition records that he died on the 11th of Cheshvan of the year 1656 (Anno Mundi, after Creation), 7 days before the beginning of the Great Flood. According to Rashi on Gen. 7:4, The Holy One delayed the Flood specially because of the 7 days of mourning for the righteous Methuselah in his honour.

pantaloons - trousers + pantaloon - the Venetian character in Italian comedy, represented as a lean and foolish old man, wearing spectacles, pantaloons, and slippers.

mono- (gr) - one-, single- + polemos (gr) - war + monopoly + "half of the hat of lipoleums" + FDV: And I knew do you remember his father the same [in his monapoleums] behind the war of the two roses, old Minster York before he got his [paper] dispensation from the poke.

poor Father Michael (The Letter)

shaman - a priest or priest-doctor among various northern peoples of Asia

Priester (German) = priester (Dutch) - priest