vituperate - to blame, speak ill of, find fault with, in strong or violent language + VITERBO - City, 55 miles North-West of Rome, Italy. Viterbo became a papal residence in the 13th century. In the mid-16th century the "circle of Viterbo" around Cardinal Reginald Pole was denounced to the Inquisition for heresy + verberare (l) - to beat.
canis et coluber (l) - dog and serpent + The Prophecies of St. Malachy no. 98: 'Canis et coluber': 'Dog and serpent' (Leo XII).
lash - to flog, scourge; to break out into violent language, rebuke, vituperate.
pissasphalt - a semi-liquid variety of bitumen, mentioned by ancient writers.
unicorn's horn - a horn regarded as or alleged to be obtained from the legendary unicorn, but in reality that of the rhinoceros, narwhal, or other animal, freq. mounted or made into a drinking cup and employed as a preventive of or charm against poison + unicornuus (l) - the unicorn + un corno! (it) - fuck you!
ungulatus (l) - having claws or hoofs + ungula (l) - hoof, claw
ovaloid - resembling an oval, imperfectly oval + uvula (l) - grape
volleyball - a game in which a ball is struck from alternate sides of a high net without touching the ground [Joyce's note: 'Volley ball'].
novelette - a brief novel, romantic novel + Nuvoletta - the Dubliners story "A Little Cloud" was translated into Italian as Una Nuvoletta (1935) + nouvelles lettres (fr) - new literature + nuvoletta (it) - little cloud + FDV: There was a little cloud Cloud in her lightdress looking down on them, listening all she could. She was alone. All her nuby compinions were sleeping asleeping like the squirrels.
night dress - a night-gown or other dress intended for wear during the night.
16 + In the Sistine Chapel the ceiling, Michelangelo's masterpiece, looks down on awed visitors.
shimmer - a shimmering light or glow; a subdued tremulous light
banisters = balustrade - a row of balusters, surmounted by a rail or coping, forming an ornamental parapet or barrier along the edge of a terrace, balcony, etc.
Glaube (ger) - belief
hoch (ger) - high
walking stick - fashionable stick used as support in walking + welkin - firmament, sky.
overclose - to cover over or shut in so as to hide, to cover up
swivel - to turn or rotate as, or as on, a swivel + Zweifel (ger) - doubt.
acting the mick (Slang) - playing the fool
nubes (l) - a cloud + nubo (l) - to be married + nubi (it) - clouds + Thomas Moore: Irish Melodies: song 'Tis the Last Rose of Summer: 'All her lovely companions'.
mivvy (Slang) - woman
scrub - to clean (esp. a floor, wood, etc.) by rubbing with a hard brush and water.
Mooney, Mrs - landlady in the Dubliners story, "The Boarding House," whose daughter waits upstairs while argument rages + FDV: Their mither mivver, Mrs Moonan, was away scrubbing the back steps at no 28. And as for the fur fuvver he was round up in Norwood's Sokaparlor eating oceans of ice. She listened as she listened reflected herself and she tried all she tried to make the Mooks look up at her (but he was far too farseeing) and to make the Gripes hear how quiet she was (but though he was not much too auricular about him self) but it was all love's cloud's labour lost. [Not even her reflection would they take their notice noses off.] She tried all the ways whilyways the four winds had taught her. She tossed her hair like the little princesse de Bretagne and she rounded her arms like Mrs Cornwallis West and she smiled over herself like the image of the daughter of the queen of the emperor of Ireland and she sighed after herself, like the bride of Tristis Tristissimus. But she might just as well have carried a daisy's grace to Florida. For the Mooks was not amooksed and the Gripes was painfully oblivious obliviscent. You see, [my dears,] they were menner.
off - to go away, depart
The Moon displays four main phases: new, first quarter, full, and last quarter + erst (ger) - first.
sun + skandinav (Danish) - Scandinavian + skandale (Danish) - scandal.
bar-parlour - a small room adjoining the bar of a public-house
blemish - a defect, imperfection, flaw, in any object, matter, condition, or work; a moral defect or stain.
emanation - something emitted or radiated by a material object; esp. applied to impalpable things, as light, a magnetic or electric effluvium, etc.
adiaptotos (gr) - infallible
farseeing - looking far before one, forecasting; shrewd, prudent + FDV: (but he was far too farseeing) and to make the Gripes hear how quiet she was (but though he was not much too auricular about him self) but it was all love's cloud's labour lost.
schismatodes (gr) - of the nature of a cleft, division or schism + systematikos (gr) - like an organized whole + The Prophecies of St. Malachy no. 36: 'Corvus schismaticus': 'Schismatical crow' (Nicholas V, antipope).
auricular - addressing, affecting, or employing the ear only
ens - something which has existence, a being, entity; essence + The Prophecies of St. Malachy no. 12: 'Ensis laurentii': 'Sword of Lawrence' (Gregory VIII).
moist - that which is moist, moisture + William Shakespeare: Love's Labour's Lost.
faint + FDV: [Not even her reflection would they take their notice noses off.]
nuvoluccia (it) - little cloud
take notice of - to give heed, bestow attention + gnosis (gr) - knowledge.
intrepid - fearless + interpide (l) - undauntedly, without trembling + fide (l) - by faith + interpidefide (l) - with undaunted faith + The Prophecies of St. Malachy no. 105: 'Fides intrepida': 'Intrepid faith' (Piux XI, pope 1922-1939).
conclave - the assembly of cardinals met for the election of a Pope; any private or close assembly, esp. of an ecclesiastical character + conclavo (l) - to nail together.
Heliogabalus - (sun-god) the adopted name of a Roman emperor (218 - 222 a.d.), famed for folly and profligacy, notorious for debauchery and perversion of the state religion.
Commodus - Roman emperor from 177 to 192; Soon after he became sole ruler, Lucius (his original name) changed his name to Marcus Aurelius Commodus Antoninus. He gave Rome a new name, Colonia Commodiana (Colony of Commodus), and imagined that he was the god Hercules, entering the arena to fight as a gladiator or to kill lions with bow and arrow.
Aenobarbarus - Roman general who became one of the chief partisans of Mark Antony after Antony defeated the assassins of Julius Caesar + Enobarbus - traitorous character in William Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra.
cardinal - fundamental, chief, principal, of special importance + The Curia (Lat, "court") Romana comprises the administrative and judicial institutions of the Roman Catholic Church. Popes are elected by a "Conclave" or electoral assembly of cardinals; each day the smoke of burning voting papers from a Vatican chimney signals to waiting crowds that there is no election yet. The news of an election is announced from a balcony by the Cardinal Deacon.
dickens - the deuce, the devil
Dampf (ger) - steam + Rauch (ger) - smoke + Budge: The Book of the Dead xxii: 'both prayers and ceremonies must have been traditional and were, no doubt, primarily designed to protect the dead from the attacks of wild animals, damp-rot, dry-rot, and decay'.
papyr = papyrus
Buchstabe (ger) - letter, character
spiration - an inspiration, a spiritual influence + spiratio (l) - breath
duumvirate -the position or office of the Roman duumvirs; the joint office or authority of two + duipario (l) - to two bear, to give two-birth (to bear twins?).
third party - a party or person besides the two primarily concerned + perty = party.
such or such - this or that
proceeding - action, course of action, conduct, behaviour
wonsom = winsome + FDV: She tried all the ways whilyways the four winds had taught her. She tossed her hair like the little princesse de Bretagne and she rounded her arms like Mrs Cornwallis West and she smiled over herself like the image of the daughter of the queen of the emperor of Ireland and she sighed after herself, like the bride of Tristis Tristissimus. But she might just as well have carried a daisy's grace to Florida. For the Mooks was not amooksed and the Gripes was painfully oblivious obliviscent. You see, [my dears,] they were menner.
sfumata (Vatican Italian) - the dark smoke indication an inconclusive ballot in a papal electoral conclave (from Italian sfumato: hazy) + stella (it) - star.
petite - little + la princesse de la Petite Bretagne (fr) - the princess of Brittany + LITTLE BRITAIN - French Bretagne or Brittany, North-West France; aka Armorica. Tristram died there; Amory Tristram, first Lord of Howth, was born there, or so James Joyce believed. The Matiere de Bretagne is the mediaeval Arthurian cycle. Ptolemy called Ireland "Little Britain."
mignon - delicately formed, prettily small or delicate
Cornwall - county sw. England + Cornwallis-West, Mrs - the actress, Mrs Patrick Campbell (b.1865), became Mrs Cornwallis-West.