to leave out - to omit

foreconscious = preconscious - not present in consciousness but capable of being recalled without encountering any inner resistance.

snoozer - a fellow, a chap

undeceive - to free (a person) from deception or mistake; to deliver from an erroneous idea [Joyce's note: 'undeceived'].

off the reel - without stopping, in an uninterrupted course or succession.

recital - an enumeration or detailed account of a number of things, facts, etc.

rigmarole - a succession of incoherent statements, an unconnected or rambling discourse, a long-winded harangue of little meaning or importance.

that goes without saying - 'that is a matter of course' + DRAFT TWO: It went without saying that he disliked anything anyway approaching a plain common straightforward standup or knockdown row & once when he was called in to umpire an octagonal argument among slangwhangers the low accomplished washout always agreed rubbed shoulders with the last speaker and agreed to every word as soon as half uttered with all his heart and then at once turned focussed his whole unbalanced attention to on the next octagonist who managed to catch a listener's eye, asking & imploring him out of his piteous one blinker winker whether there was anything in the wide world he cd do for to please him & to overflow his tumbler for him yet once more.

cull - a dupe, silly fellow, simpleton, fool; a man, fellow, chap

straightforward - free from duplicity or concealment; frank, honest

stand up - Pugilism. Of a contest: In which the combatants stand up fairly to one another without wrestling, flinching or evasion; esp. in (a fair, square, etc.) stand-up fight.

knock down - a stand up or free fight

row - a noisy dispute or quarrel + (notebook 1923): 'from anything whatsoever approaching a row' ('ever' not clear) + FDV: Of course he disliked a good sensible row and once when he was called in as umpire in an octagonal argument among the low mean evilsmelling wretch washout agreed always rubbed shoulders with the last speaker & quite fully agreed [with all his heart] with every word as soon as uttered & absorbed while he nudged the one octagonist who was speaking at once turned his attention to the next octagonist who managed to speak nudging him & asking imploring him out of his piteous eyes to fill up his glass tumbler for him.

umpire - to settle or decide (a matter in dispute) as umpire (an arbitrator) or after the manner of an umpire.

octagonal - eight-sided

slangwhanger - a noisy or abusive talker or writer

accomplished - complete, perfect; esp. in acquirements, or as the result of training.

washout - one who fails in a course of study; a complete failure, a useless person, a person eliminated from a course of training (World War I Slang);                        (notebook 1922-23): 'She is a washout' + Joyce's note: 'a washout'.

to rub shoulders with - to come into contact, to associate, with others + Joyces' note: 'rub shoulders with' +  (notebook 1924): 'meanly disagreed with last speaker' + (notebook 1924): 'cf opinion of the last speaker'.

to clasp hands - to join one's hands by interlocking the fingers; also, to close or firmly join hands with another.

Joyce's note: 'Your servant!'


to think that ...! - introducing a statement of a fact thought of as remarkable or surprising.

quaeso (old latin) - please

muchas gracias (sp) - many thanks

is there Gaelic on you? (Anglo-Irish) - do you understand Gaelic?

sulphur - pungent talk, 'sulphurous' language + honour

unbiased - not unduly or improperly influenced or inclined; unprejudiced, impartial.

piteous - exciting, appealing for, or deserving pity; moving to compassion; mournful.

eyewinker - eyelash or eyelid

hemoptysis - expectoration of blood from some part of respiratory tract + haimoptysia (gr) - a state of blood-spitting + diadymenos (gr) - slipping through + haimoptysma diadyomenon (gr) - evading bloody sputum.

overflow - to fill (a vessel) so full that it runs over

tantalizer - one who or that which tantalizes (to torment by the sight, show, or promise of a desired thing which is kept out of reach, or removed or withheld when on the point of being grasped).

halcyon days - fourteen days of calm weather, anciently believed to occur about the winter solstice when the halcyon was brooding + colcannon (Anglo-Irish) - potatoes mashed with butter and milk and chopped cabbage and chopped scallions, traditional Anglo-Irish dish for All Hallow's Eve + FDV: One night As recently as 20 years ago he was alternately kicked through the deserted village from 82 Dublin Square as far as the lefthand corner of Europe Europa Parade by two groups of argumentalists who finally went home disgustedly, thought they had better be going home disgustedly one & all, reconciled to a friendship, fast & furious, solely on account of his perfect lowness. It was [thus] hoped that people might, after giving him a roll in the dust, pity & forgive him but — + DRAFT TWO: One holiday kailkannon night as recently as 20 years ago he was therefore kicked alternately through the deserted village from 82 Dublin square as far as the lefthand corner of Europa Parade by rival teams of argumentalists who finally as they had been detained out rather late thought they had better be going streaking for home disgustedly one and all, reconciled to a friendship, fast & furious, which only merely arose out of his perfect lowness.

attended - accompanied

downpour - a pouring down; esp. a heavy, continuous fall (of rain, etc.) + (notebook 1924): 'snows = years downpours = day'.

(notebook 1922-23): 'as recently as yesterday'

soccer - the game of football as played under Association rules + soggarth (Anglo-Irish) - priest.

unsuspectedly - unexpectedly

(notebook 1924): 'Dublin on the Liffey'

VANHOMRIGH HOUSE - Bartholomew Vanhomrigh lived in Celbridge when Swift visited his daughter Esther there. Earlier the Vanhomrighs lived in central Dublin, on the South bank of the Liffey in the vicinity of the present George's Quay. The Ballast Office Journal for 20 Feb 1707-08 records the opinion that the channel of the Liffey should be dredged and banked "from Mr. Mercer's (formerly Vanhomrigh's) house directly with Green Patch, a little without Ringsend point" (Haliday, 235). Finnegans Wake moves Vanhomrigh's house across the river to Mabbot's Mill. 

James Joyce: Ulysses.15.1287: 'ZOE. No, eightyone. Mrs. Cohen's'. 

viz - videlicet

MABBOT'S MILL - In the 17th and early 18th centuries it stood on North bank of Liffey, about the present Talbot Street. Built by Gilbert Mabbot, whose name survived in Mabbot Lane and Mabbot (now Corporation) Street, in the heart of the (erstwhile) brothel district.  

mall - a sheltered walk serving as a promenade; in some towns adopted as a proper name.

GREEN PATCH - A pool and anchorage in Dublin Bay just off Ringsend, before the S Wall was extended in the 18th cent. About 1710 it was decided that the S Wall should run "from Mr Mercer's (formerly Vanhomrigh's) house to Green Patch".

brickfield - a place where bricks are made + BRICKFIELDS - Area between Merrion and Sandymount, so-called in the 17th and 18th centuries; aka Lord Merrion's Brickfields. According to early records quoted by Haliday, "The bank at the west end of Cock (on Cockle) Lake called Salmon Pool bank, running southwards to the Brick Fields is very high." 

SALMON POOL - Channel of the Liffey between the Dodder River and Poolbeg; an anchorage before the South and North Walls were built into Dublin Bay. Haliday, 237n: "The bank at the west end of Cock Lake cabled Salmon Pool bank, running Southwards to the Brick Fields..."  

counter (obs) - against

quicklime - lime which has been burned and not yet slaked with water + James Joyce: The Shade of Parnell: 'The citizens of Castlecomer threw quicklime in his eyes'.

detain - to keep from proceeding or going on, to delay

latish - somewhat late


streak - to rush swiftly + striking

AUBURN - Oliver Goldsmith's poem, "The Deserted Village" ("Sweet Auburn! loveliest village of the plain"), is about Auburn, an idealized village set in England but based on memories from the poet's Irish childhood.

rugger - Slang or colloquial alteration of Rugby (in the sense of 'Rugby football').


reconcile - to adjust, settle, bring to agreement (a controversy, quarrel, etc.) + Joyce's note: 'alighted disgustedly'.

cullion - testis; a mean or base fellow, rascal + curious

truffle - any one of various underground fungi of the family Tuberaceć; spec. an edible fungus of the genus Tuber; trifle.

noxious - injurious, hurtful, harmful; unwholesome

pervert - one who has been perverted