whisping - slight blast or a low rustling sound + lisping

misi (l) - I sent + mise (mishi) (gael) - I, me (emphatic).

seal - a token or symbol of a covenant; that which 'seals a person's lips', an obligation to silence, a vow of secrecy; esp. the seal of confession or the confessional. 


shsh - an extended sh!

longeared bat or owl

ennoy - to do harm, annoy

Duvetyn - a smooth lustruous velvety fabric with napped surface, used for women's dresses.

golded - made of gold, golden

princess dress - a lady's robe of which the lengths of the bodice and skirt are cut in one piece; also applied to modifications of this shape; so princess cut, frock, line, etc.

Rutland - county in Ireland + Molloy: The Romance of the Irish Stage II.230: (in the late 18th century, when Charles Manners, fourth Duke of Rutland, was Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland) 'A newly-built square was given the name of Rutland; a new dye was spoken of as the Rutland blue; the carriage his Grace had introduced was known as the Rutland gig'.


chare - an occasional turn of work, an odd job, esp. of household work + charis (gr) - grace, beauty; kindness, gratitude + chère (fr) - dear (both senses).

conversation lozenge - a lozenage with an inscribed motto

Juliett = Juliet (heroine from "Romeo and Juliet")

twinkly - twinkling, beaming + milky

snap - to bring down by a quick shot; to catch, or seize quickly, suddenly, or by surprise.

intended - an intended husband or wife

shshsh - an extended sh!

actor + auctor (l) - creator, maker, author + author

explike - to unfold in words, to narrate at length + expliquer (fr) - explain.


nieu (Provençal) - cloud + nieuw (Dutch) - new.

niveus (l) - snowy + nivoulan (Provençal) - cloudy sky.

lead - graphite, or plumbago (only with reference to its use as a material for pencils).

Brian Boru - high king of Ireland from 1002 to 1014 + brinbrou (Provençal) - a commotion.

troucho (Provençal) - trout + treacherous + Joyce's note: 'damned old devil'.

to give (som.) a rest - to stop thinking or talking about + gibo (Provençal) - a hump + gibous (Provençal) - hunchbacked.

bosso (Provençal) - a hump

swearing - the use of profane language

seraphin - one of six-winged angels who guard god's throne + shorrashim (Hebrew) - roots.

tron (Provençal) - thunderclap + tron (Swedish) - throne.

uiau (Provençal) - lightning

alpin (Provençal) - Alpine

armlet - an ornament or band worn round the arm

canntal (kontel) (gael) - sorrow

chambermaid - a female servant in a house or inn, who attends to the bedrooms + charmer - one who uses spells and enchantments; one who possesses great attractiveness.


doting - foolishly or extravagantly fond

liss - tranquility, peace, rest, joy, delight + list

muss - to make untidy, disarrange; to mutter or murmur indistinctly + must

whiss - to make a sibilant sound of some kind, to whistle, hiss; wish + muss wissen (ger) - must know.

go through - to examine and discuss seriatim, to scrutinize thoroughly

matchless - that are not a match or pair (obs.); peerless


Frucht (ger) - fruit + forbidden fruit (Genesis).


bound - to enclose, confine, contain

Blaine, Amory - hero of Scott Fitzgerald's This Side of Paradise (1920). He has a girl named Isabelle, but it is Rosalind to whom he mutters these erotic nothings: "I love you, Amory, with all my heart."/"Always, will you?"/"All my life"-"Oh Amory" + Sir Amory Tristram from Armorica (Brittany), one of Ireland's Norman conquerors, founder of the St Lawrence family of Howth (Joyce: "Sir Amory Tristram 1st earl of Howth changed his name to Saint Lawrence, in Brittany (North Armorica)".

so long as - often nearly equivalent to 'provided that', 'if only'

locksmith - an artificer whose occupation is to make or mend locks

binge - a social gathering, party, orgy, rampage, uninhibited indulgence in alcoholic beverages; a servile bow or obeisance, to make a low obeisance, to curtsey, cringe + (to the rhythm of Thomas Campbell: song 'The Exile of Erin': 'Then came down to the beach a poor exile of Erin, The dew on his robes was heavy and chill; For his country he sighed when at twilight repairing, To wander alone by the wind-beaten hill. But the day-star attracted his eye's sad devotion, For it rose on his own native isle of the ocean, Where once, in the flow of his youthful emotion, He sang the bold anthem of Erin go bragh').

exile + FDV: If you met on the binge a poor acheseyed from Ailing when the tune of his tremble shook shimming shimmy and shin while his contrary soughed to in the squeak weak of his wailing like a rugilant pugilant Lyon O'Lynn, if he maundered in misery plaining his plight, or, picking up lousies or dropping his teeth or wringing his handcuffs for peace, the poor blighter, & praying the Allfight Allarmies for thomething to eath, if he wept while he leapt and guffalled with a whimper quimper made bad cold bloud above of black mund mundy & no bones without flesh flech and taking kiss kak kake or kick with a suck sigh sucksigh of or simper, a diffle to larn and a dibble to lech, if he begged, the vain shinner the vain shinner begged you to save his immartial _____ sore skillmustered soul from the with a hoo Hoo! hoodoodoo Hoodoodoo! breaking boasts boast that of to wile woe woem & sin he was partial, we don't think we should, Johm, we care to this evening, would you?

ailing - the fact of ailing; bodily or mental indisposition; disorder, sickness + Ireland

to shake a shimmy - to perform a lively modern dance resembling a foxtrot + FDV: shook shimming shimmy

shin - the front part of the human leg between the knee and the ankle; to borrow money.

contrary - absol. the contrary: the exact opposite or reverse of what has previously been mentioned + country + FDV: while his contrary soughed to in the squeak weak of his wailing

rutilant - glowing, shining, glittering with either a ruddy or golden light + rugio (l) - to roar + rugir (fr) - to roar.

pugilant - boxing, fighting + pugilor (l) - to fight with a fists, to box.

Brian O'Linn - Irish ballad hero, first to wear clothes, make them of simple materials like sheepskin, shells, etc. + Lion and the Fox - Wyndham Lewis' book about "the role of the hero in the plays of Shakespeare", 1927. Like most of Lewis' books it arouses expectations of interest that it does not fulfill and is surely named at 148.36-149.1, a part of FW(I,vi, #11), which is a portrait of W. Lewis and names most of his books. The Lion and the Fox sets out to be a study of Shakespeare's use of Machiavelli, whose ideal prince (modeled on Cesare Borgia), is to model himself on the lion (strength) and the fox (cunning) (Glasheen, Adaline / Third census of Finnegans wake.

maunder - to beg, to ramble in speech

misline - to print with lines omitted or arranged in the wrong order + FDV: if he maundered in misery

plain - complain, to make a doleful sound, mourn