pelt - Applied to the human skin (humorous or dial.) + in one's birthday suit - naked + FDV: May you never see me in my figure when I'm asleep in my birthday dress pelts

tutu - a ballet skirt made up of layers of stiff frills + senza tutti (Italian) - without everything + tutti i sensi (it) - in full sense.

blancmange - a dessert made from gelatinous substances + blanches mains (fr) - white hands + Isolde Blanchemains of Brittany, wife of Tristan.

rot off - to undergo natural decomposition, to decay, putrefy + (when Isolde's adultery was discovered, she was given by Mark to lepers instead of being burnt, and was rescued by Tristan).

winking - dosing, slumbering, the shutting of the eyes

cut - design characterizing a garment, appearence

flirting + fleur (French) - flower.

flirting + fleur (fr) - flower.

glass = gloss - a deceptively attractive external appearence + glass - a mirror + (glass jewellery).

somewhere + stomach + stoma (gr) - mouth + FDV: and that her two hands blanc manges blanche mainges may rot off her leprously the other little winking bitch I know by your cut, sweetest, you'll be going chasing chasting afte with the jumps in her stomach stomewhere

sink - to degrade; to penetrate into, to press on one + (drown her).

fire - to set on fire

barren - incapable of producing offspring (said of women and female animals); unproductive, fruitless

ewe - the female of the sheep + bare eye - 'naked eye' + rachel (Hebrew) - ewe Dante, Purgatorio XXVII.104: (Leah speaking of Rachel, both being Jacob's wives) 'my sister Rachel never stirs, But sits before her mirror all the day... Action is my delight, reflection hers'.

tay (Anglo-Irish Pronunciation) - tea + 'Tea for Two' is a song from the 1925 musical 'No, No, Nanette'. It is a duet sung by Nanette and Tom in Act II as they imagine their future: "Picture me upon your knee Just tea for two and two for tea Just you for me and me for you Alone! / Nobody near us to see us or hear us, No friends or relations on weekend vacations, We won't have it known, dear, that we own A telephone! / Day will break and you'll awake And I will bake a sugar cake For you to take and all the boys to see. / We will raise a family, A girl for you, a boy for me, Can't you see how happy we would be?"

angst - anguish + Angst (German) = angst (Dutch) - fear, anxiety + thanks so much.

take (a thing) amiss - orig. to miss its meaning, mistake (i.e. miss-take); now, to misinterpret its motive or to interpret it in a bad sense, to take offence at

esteem - to estimate generally; to deem, think

odd - different from what is usual or common, peculiar, strange + buttend - a buttock + {I hoped she wouldn’t take it badly if I thought her odd}

mushy - weakly sentimental + mish mash - a disorderly mixture + mishe/tauf (motif).

fond + FDV: because of course I know, pettet, you're so learnedful & considerate in yourself you long cold cat you

acquister - one who acquires, or obtains for himself + acquiescence - a silent or passive assent or submission, or a submission with apparent content.

make my acquaintance

codling - a young or small cod; a raw youth (obs.); a variety of apple, any immature apple (Genesis)

snakelet - a young or small snake


diaper - a fabric (usually cotton or linen) with a distinctive woven pattern of small repeated figures; garment consisting of a folded cloth drawn up between the legs and fastened at the waist (worn by infants to catch excrement) + FDV: [Codling snakelet, icicle, [my diaper has more life to it!]  

drear - sadness, gloom + tears

pale + pelele (sp) - man of straw, insignificant fellow + {someone drowned him in 'drears', or he is sick from all the ink he uses [Shem]}

weep - weeping, lamentation

buttercup - a name popularly applied to species of Ranunculus bearing yellow cup-shaped flowers

peachest - sup. of peachy (unusually fine, dandy)

meddler - one who meddles (to mix or join in company; to have sexual intercourse (with); to interpose, take part in. Now always expressive of disapprobation, to concern oneself or take part interferingly) + medlar - A tree of the genus Mespilus or the fruit of the tree. The fruit is something like a small apple, and it is not eaten until it has begun to decay, or more properly, blet.

fig - the least bit, the merest trifle

contempt - the condition of being contemned or despised, dishonour, disgrace

courting - the paying of courteous attention (in order to win favour or love), wooing

chide - to give loud or impassioned utterance to anger, displeasure, disapprobation, reproof + cheat.

dazzling - that dazzles the eyes (esp. with brightness); brilliant or splendid to a degree that dazzles + {can't you see through me with your dazzling eyes?} + FDV: O read my [dazzled] eyes, count all [your] quick my rhythmic ticks,

pore - to look intently or fixedly, to gaze; to look at something (usu. a book) with fixed attention, in the way of study

volume - a collection of written or printed sheets bound together so as to form a book + {speak volumes with your eyes}

spell - recite the letters of or give the spelling of + FDV: [pore into my me volumes, spell me story stark [& spill me often [transname my loveliness & now [here we &] me for all times!]]]]

stark - blunt, devoid of any qualifications or disguise or adornment + {cast a spell over me}

spill - to pour out in drops or small quantities or as if in drops or small quantities; to reveal information

swooning - faint, weak and likely to lose consciousnes + {send me swooning}

thwarter - someone who systematically obstructs some action that others want to take; an opponent, adversary + daughters + waters.

transnomino (l) - to change the name of a person or thing + {call me 'Loveliness'}


avoice from afire = mishe mishe + FDV: I'd risk a policeman pullooseman pulloosemen passing by the flame that is what in the I beg O pardon pardone that is what O ah did you speak, stuck stuckup!

poetry + pastries - any of various unleavened doughs, the basics of which include butter (or other fat), flour and water.

Shakespeare + Stoker, Bram (1847-1912) - Irish author of Dracula. FW 145.24-32 becomes more comprehensible if you know that Stoker wrote a jesting piece, claiming Elizabeth I was really a man. The piece was taken seriously by a Mr Titterton, who claimed in New Witness, 1913, that Elizabeth-the-man wrote Shakespeare's plays. 

choreal - rel. to chorea (St. Vitus's dance, a name given to the dancing madness) + choral - of or pertaining to a choir or chorus; a hymn tune; a simple sacred tune, sung in unison by the congregation + Gregorian.

jaculation - the act of tossing, throwing, or hurling, as spears + ejaculation

Garden of the Soul - a prayer book

of (Dutch) - whether, if, or

Leib (ger) - stomach; body + believe in immortality.

struggle for life and the survival of the fittest

yep - yes

hap - happening, chance, fortune + often have.

causerie - informal talk or discussion, esp. on literary topics

improve on - to improve or make useful additions or amendments to

keen - Of persons: Eager, ardent, fervid; full of, or manifesting, intense desire, interest, etc.

NEW FREE WOMAN - Journal founded by Dora Marsden in 1913; title was changed to Egoist in 1914, and Harriet Weaver shortly afterward became editor. Joyce's A Portrait was published in installments, 1914-15. 

tickle - to provide with pleasure or enjoyment, stimulate, provoke

surplus - that is in excess of what is taken, used, or needed + surplice

gentleman who pays the rent (Anglo-Irish) - pig

pie - pious; moralizing, preaching

root out - to discover and bring to light

Bram Stoker + brimstone (hell).

thrall - the state of being under the control of another person + thrill

Dracula - king of the vampires, invented by Bram Stoker

flush - a sudden flood or rush of feeling, a thrill of excitement; a suffusion of the face with blood, as from fear, or intensity of feeling of any kind; rush + fuss.

draw - to represent in words, describe; to pull (a curtain, veil, cloth, etc.) over something so as to cover or conceal it

shade - a window-blind + the shades - the darkness of the nether world; the abode of the dead, Hades.

curfew + curse you.

Solomon + Sonne (ger) - sun + son-of-a-monk.

halve - to divide into two halves or equal parts + have a banana (Slang) - have sexual intercourse + FDV: how I'd like enjoy just love to make you flame up your half a banana too when I'd run the my torchlight through your the your hairymejig if even you had one

torchlight - the light of a torch