party wall - a wall which divides two adjoining properties having half of its thickness on each property + Joyce's note: 'party wall'.
quill - the feather of a large bird (usually a goose) formed into a pen by pointing and slitting the lower end of the barrel
style - Antiq. An instrument made of metal, bone, etc., having one end sharp-pointed for incising letters on a wax tablet, and the other flat and broad for smoothing the tablet and erasing what is written.
turbid - mentally confused, perplexed, muddled; disturbed, troubled + FDV: against a partywall, below zero, by the use of quill or style, with perturbed or pellucid mind,
pellucid - perceiving clearly, mentally clear; able to be seen through with clarity
mastication - biting and grinding food in mouth so it becomes soft enough to swallow
seer - a magician; one to whom divine revelations are made in visions
scribe - a copyist, transcriber of manuscripts + Joyce's note: 'scribe' → Flood: Ireland, Its Saints and Scholars 106: 'The position which the artist and the craftsman held in society, is an indication of how the arts were loved and esteemed in Ireland. The title of scribe is frequently used in our ancient literature to enhance the dignity of a bishop'.
site - the situation or position of a place, town, building, etc., esp. with reference to the surrounding district or locality; Archæol. A place containing the remains of former human habitation; an excavation + FDV: accompanied or the reverse by mastication interrupted by visit of person to scriptor or of scriptor to place,
atwixt - between
trike - tricycle, tricyclist + *IJ* and *VYC*
rightdown - complete, thorough + Gilbert and Sullivan: The Gondoliers (song): A Right Down Regular Royal Queen.
racer - one who races or takes part in a race; a scalpel, razor; a race-horse + racy of the soil (phrase) - characteristic of Irish.
pained - affected with pain (physical or mental), hurt, distressed + two-paned - spectacled.
whittle - to cut thin slices or shavings from the surface of (a stick, etc.); to cut or shape wood with a knife
laden - loaded, burdened
loot - goods (esp. articles of considerable value) taken from an enemy, a captured city, etc. in time of war; also, in wider sense, something taken by force or with violence; booty, plunder, spoil + FDV: rained upon or blown around, by a regular racer from the soil or a whittlewit laden with the loot of learning?
FDV: Now, patience, And remember patience is the great thing. And above all things we must neither be nor become impatient. Think of all the patience possessed by both Bruce Brothers & the their Scotch spider. If after years and years of research a sage solemnly tells us that the great one is 3 syllables less than a name his own surname, that the ear of Earwicker was the trademark of a broadcaster and his wicker the local cant for an aeronaut patent then as to this radio-oscillating epistle epiepistle to which we must ceaselessly return what where exactly at present is he who is the man the bright soandso who is able to give us the dinkum oil?
"And thus with an awareness
of his death, with his detachment, and with the power of his decisions a warrior
sets his life in a strategical manner. The knowledge of his death guides him and
makes him detached and silently lusty; the power of his final decisions makes
him able to choose without regrets and what he chooses is always strategically
the best; and so he performs everything he has to with gusto and lusty
efficiency. When a man behaves in such a manner one may rightfully say that he
is a warrior and has acquired patience!" (Carlos Castaneda: A Separate
momentum - impetus gained by movement + moments
Confucius [master Kung] repeatedly inculcates the need of patience and thoroughness: "Do not be desirous of having things done quickly; do not look at small advantages! Desire to have things done quickly prevents their being done thoroughly. Looking at small advantages prevents great things being accomplished." (Analects, bk. xiii., c. xvii.) And the slow but solid achievement which attends this course is thus portrayed: "The way of the superior man may be compared with what takes place in travelling, when to go to a distance we must first traverse the space that is near and when in ascending a height we must first begin from the lower ground." (Doctrine of the Mean, C. xv., v. 1.)
codex - a manuscript volume: e.g. one of the ancient manuscripts of the Scriptures (as the Codex Sinaiticus, Alexandrinus, Vaticanus, etc.), or of the ancient classics + Crow: The Story of Confucius, Master Kung 156: (ancient China's) 'strict puritanical rules of propriety'.
kapros (gr) - fruit, corn; profit + Carp Primus - son of Confucius (anticipating other sons, Carp Secundus, etc.)
sinking fund - a fund formed by periodically setting aside revenue to accumulate at interest, usually for the purpose of reducing the principal of a national, municipal, or company's debt. Sinking funds were established by the British Government in 1716, 1786, and 1875 for reducing the National Debt.
conjoint - united, combined
The eighth Robert de Bruce (1274-1329) revived his grandfather's claim and became king of Scotland in 1306. His brother Edward (d. 1318) was killed while fighting to make himself effective king of Ireland + Robert Bruce learned to be patient after watching spider climb wall.
incorporated - included as part of a whole
Scotch - of, belonging to, or native to, Scotland + FDV: Think of all the patience possessed by both Bruce Brothers & the their Scotch spider.
Elberfeld horses (including 'Clever Hans') tapped out the answers to simple sums with their hooves, and were exhibited in the years before WW I; (Elberfeld: City in NW Germany).
delve - to dig; to make laborious search for facts, information, etc., as one who digs deep for treasure
tubthumper - a violent or declamatory preacher or orator; parson (Slang)
kinedoun (Armenian) - tavern + kini (Armenian) - wine.
k'ahana (Armenian) - priest
giardiniere (it) - gardener
méar (Irish) - finger
mesanger - messenger + meas (Irish) - act of measuring + maison (fr) - house + misen (Armenian) - the meat + manoug (Armenian) - child + meatmonger + manager.
darn - damn + darnal (Armenian) - to return.
barbar - barbarian + barbar (gr) - sound, to Greeks, of all languages other than Greek. The word 'barbarian' supposedly derived from Greek, expressing the 'stammering' sound of foreign languages ('ba-ba') + barbar (Armenian) - language, dialect, speech.
carriage house - a coach house + karejour (Armenian) - beer + Carrageen - a type of edible seaweed, also known as Irish moss.
ascendant - ancestor + FDV: If after years and years of research a sage solemnly tells us that the great one is 3 syllables less than a name his own surname,
Yes - and less (Joyce's note) → Corkery: The Hounds of Banba 214: 'The Price': '"Could you have a place ready in an hour's time?" "Yes, certainly, in less"'.
fionn (Irish) - fair
aforetime - formerly
broadcaster - an apparatus for broadcasting radio or TV programs; a device for cowing seeds by scattering it over the ground
wicker - a pliant twig or small rod, usually of willow, esp. as used for making baskets and various other objects + ('Earwicker' has three syllables).
jargon - a barbarous, rude, or debased language or variety of speech; a 'lingo'
ace - As the ace at dice was the lowest or worst number, ace was frequently used for bad luck. But in some games at cards, the ace is the most valuable, and hence the 'ace of men' the perfection or highest + FDV: that the ear of Earwicker was the trademark of a broadcaster and his wicker the local cant for an aeronaut patent
patent - a licence to manufacture, sell, or deal in an article or commodity, to the exclusion of other persons
as to - as it regards, so far as it concerns, with respect or reference to
epistle - a communication made to an absent person in writing; a letter + epi- - Used in prepositional and advb. senses, 'upon, at, or close upon (a point of space or time), on the ground or occasion of, in addition' + epi epistoles (gr) - about a message, upon a letter + REFERENCE + FDV: then as to this radio-oscillating epistle epiepistle
samite - a rich silk fabric worn in the Middle Ages, sometimes interwoven with gold
Kohle (ger.) - coal + Kohl - black colouring agent.
gallnut - a swelling that forms on the bark of an oak tree after it has been stung by an insect laying its eggs. Tannic and gallic acids contained in gallnuts can be soaked out in water, the gall solution forming the basis of ink.
brickdust - powdered brick; a tint or colour resembling that of brickdust + ancient Chinese wrote on silk with mixture of brick dust and water as substitute for ink.
ceaselessly - without ceasing, incessantly
whereabouts - interrog. About where? In or near what place, part, situation, or position? + where in Sam Hill (U.S. phrase) - where in the world (19th century).
Tophet - the place of punishment for the wicked after death; the place of eternal fire; hell (heb.) + Shem, Ham and Japhet.
glor (Armenian) - round + sokh (Armenian) - onion + sol (l) - sun.
tooraloo - goodbye
Aladdin + abaodan (Armenian) - refuge, sanctuary + Wyndham Lewis called Ulysses 'an Aladdin's cave of incredible bric-à-brac'.
sagacity - acuteness of mental discernment; aptitude for investigation or discovery; keenness and soundness of judgement in the estimation of persons and conditions, and in the adaptation of means to ends + k'aghak' (Armenian) - city, town.
slip - to give quietly or slyly
dinkum oil - the truth + slip us the dinkum oil (Australian) - tell us what it all means, tell us the truth + Joyce's note: 'give me the dinkum oil'.
naysayer - one who refuses or oposes + FDV: To conclude purely negatively from the positive absence of political allusions hatred and its _____ that it cannot ever have been the work pen product of a man or woman of that period & those parts is as unjust as it would be to conclude from the nonpresence of inverted commas on any page that its compiler was constitutionally incapable of misappropriating the actual words of others.
odia (l) - hatreds, grudges (pl.)
unlooked for - unexpected, unanticipated
leap at - to exhibit eagerness for, to jump at + Look before you leap (proverb).
tantamount - equivalent
infer - to draw a conclusion or inference; to reason from one thing to another
constitutionally - by virtue of one's constitution (of mind or body); by constitution, naturally + Joyce rarely used inverted commas (quotation marks).
misappropriate - to appropriate to wrong uses; chiefly, to apply dishonestly to one's own use