(notebook 1924): 'Ni Yenessy'
festus (l) - festive
frisky - lively, playful
treacle - something sweet or clogging; esp. complimentary laudation, blandishment.
sully - an act of sullying, soiling, or polluting (lit. and fig.); a stain, blemish + Lucius Cornelius Sulla (138-78 B.C.) - Roman general and statesman; successful in wars of defense, became jealous of greater success of Gaius Marius and elevated hatred into civil war; after Marius's death became dictator and instituted reign of terror; retired in 79 B.C. and died in thorough dissipation.
thug - one of an association of professional robbers and murderers in India, who strangled their victims; a cutthroat, ruffian, rough.
song Master McGrath (commemorates an Irish greyhound winning the Waterloo Cup in 1869)
Rossa, O'Donovan (1831-1915) - Fenian for whom a Dublin bridge is named + rossa (it) - red (feminine).
Nerone (it) - Nero (the emperor)
knock around - to move about, wander or roam, in an irregular way, to lead an irregular life.
bladder - a membranous bag in the animal body; orig. The musculo-membranous bag which serves as the receptacle of the urinary fluid secreted by the kidneys.
(notebook 1922-23): 'Mary Selina' → Irish Times 6 Nov 1922, 1/1: 'Deaths': 'Blake - On the evening of October 28, 1922, at Ballycogoran, Killaloe, Mary Selina, second daughter and only surviving child of the late Walter Blake'.
Susquehanna - the river in North America
stekel (Dutch) - thorn
Ward, Pruda - perhaps the Dublin whore, Teasy Ward (see 212.8), mentioned in As I Was Walking Down Sackville Street. (Glasheen, Adaline / Third census of Finnegans wake).
Cannell, Kathleen - American, wife of a poet, contributor to transition, N.Y. Times Paris correspondent.
BROSNA - River, Counties Westmeath and Offaly, flows into Shannon River. Mullingar is on the Brosna. Brosna, Ir "faggot" + (notebook 1924): 'Nora Brosna'.
S (gr) - "Bee": name of a nymph who invented beekeeping
BRADOGE (BRADOGUE) RIVER - A small Dublin river (or "Water"), now entirely subterranean, flowing from the intersection of Grangegorman and NCR, South-East to Liffey near Arran Street.
inglesante (Portuguese) - one who turns English
simpatica (it) - nice
una (l, it) - one
bina (l) - a pair
la terza (it) - the third (feminine)
trina (l) - triple
mesme (Old French) - same
Philomene (gr) - moon-lover
irmak (Turkish) - river
Joyce's note: 'Josephine Foyle'
Xavier, St Francis (1506-52) - Jesuit, apostle to the Indies, had the gift of tongues + (notebook 1923): 'Aunt Zavier'.
Agnus Dei (l) - Lamb of God
madre (it) - mother + phrase every mother's daughter.
moonflower - the ox-eye daisy; a name used in Africa for Datura arborea or D. suaveolens, shrubs native to Central America and belonging to the family SolanaceŠ, bearing fragrant, white, trumpet-shaped flowers; also called moon-lily or angel's trumpet.
bloodvein - a kind of moth (Bradyepetes amataria) + menstruation
devide = divide
vinedresser - one that cultivates and prunes grapevines
befoul - to make foul, cover with filth or dirt + before
prime - the 'springtime' of human life; the time of early manhood or womanhood, from about 21 to 28 years of age.
colonial - inhabitant of a colony + FDV: My colonial! That was a bagful! But what did she give to Una Ward & Peggy Quilty & Teasy Kieran & Ena Lappin & Philomena O'Farrell & Moira MacCabe & Nancy Shan? She gave them all a moonflowers moonflower & a bloodstone & a pint & a half of prunejuice. To Izzy O'Corman her youngest the vision of life love beyond her years. To Shem her son eldest the vista of life before his time.
bagful - the quantity held by a bag, an indeterminate but usu. large quantity
bakers dozen - thirteen + -een (Anglo-Irish) - (diminutive) + dusin (Danish) - dozen.
tithe - the tenth part of the annual produce of agriculture, etc., being a due or payment (orig. in kind) for the support of the priesthood, religious establishments, etc. In more general sense: Any levy, tax, or tribute of one tenth.
tilly - something added for a good measure, a gift from the vendor
to boot - in addition
a tale of a tub - an apocryphal tale, a 'cock and bull' story
Hibernian - of or belonging to Ireland, Irish
crinoline - a stiff fabric made of horse-hair and cotton or linen thread, formerly used for skirts and still for lining, etc.
pork barrel - a barrel in which pork is kept. Also fig., a supply of money; the source of one's livelihood; fig. The state's financial resources regarded as a source of distribution to meet regional expenditure; Origin: As an actual container for storing pig meat in brine, the pork barrel has been with us since the early days of the Republic. It seems to have been a measure of present and future prosperity. A farmer's almanac of 1801 urges readers to "mind our pork and cider barrels." A midcentury author states, "I hold a family to be in a desperate way, when the mother can see the bottom of the pork barrel."
(sealed book of Revelation 5-6)
plague - an affliction, calamity, evil, 'scourge'; esp. a visitation of divine anger or justice, a divine punishment; often with reference to 'the ten plagues' of Egypt + (notebook 1924): '*A* all flee her like plague'.
clane = clean + Clane - Town, Co Kildare, on the Liffey + FDV: Give me Throw us the soap & tell me the rest. I could listen to more & more again. That's what I call a tale of a tub. This is the life for me.
wee - extremely small, tiny + wee-wee (Slang) - urination + Anglo-Irish: 'could you give me the least taste in life of a bit of soap?'
raft - to transport by water (on, or by means of, a raft)
merced - a gift
Mulde (ger) - trough, depression
Reckitt - Used in the possessive as the proprietary name of a blue for laundry use; trade name, Mr Atherton says, for an English blueing, clothes whitener.
Lohan = Arhat, Arahat - a Buddhist monk of the highest rank + loaned
swirl - an eddy, a whirlpool; an eddying or whirling body of water + Joyce's note: 'swirls' + (notebook 1924): 'you're pulling it all to yrself'.
sharp - severe or harsh in temper or mood
wide - characterized by breath of opinion or sentiment, liberal, tolerant
snuffer - a user of snuff; one that snufs out candles; an instrument used for snuffing out candles.
cornet - a piece of paper rolled in a conical form and twisted at the apex, used for wrapping up groceries, etc.
chuck - to throw with the hand with little action of the arm
cassock - a kind of long loose coat; a long close-fitting frock or tunic worn by Anglican clergymen, originally along with and under the gown.
marsh - a tract of low lying land, flooded in winter and usually more or less watery throughout the year.
narcissus - a bulbous plant, flowering in spring and bearing a heavily scented single white flower with an undivided corona edged with crimson and yellow.
recant - to relate, recount, rehearse + recount - to call to mind, consider (obs.)
Vanity Fair - a place or scene where all is frivolity and empty show; the world or a section of it as a scene of idle amusement and unsubstantial display.
foul - morally or spiritually polluted; abominable, wicked
strip - a sequence of small drawings telling a comic or serial story in a newspaper, etc.
Chinook - Native name of an Indian people on the Columbia river, N. America, with whom early intercourse was established by the Hudson Bay colony at Vancouver.
dod - - Used as an intensive with verbs and pa. pples. + Dodwell, Henry (1641-1711) - Irish scholar, theologian, who gave up a scholarship to Trinity because of conscientious objections to taking orders.
disguster - one who strongly dislikes
chuckle - an act of chuckling, a laugh of triumph and exultation: formerly applied to a loud laugh, but now chiefly to a suppressed and inarticulate sound by which exultation is shown.
tittle - a small stroke or point in writing or printing + titles
titlepage - the page at (or near) the beginning of a book which bears the title + tattle - idle or frivolous talk, gossip.
Ellmann: James Joyce 464n: (of Joyce's friend Ottocaro Weiss) 'Weiss told him that the students at the University of Vienna who came from Trieste, Istria, and Trento held a party every year for the freshmen... a boy dressed himself up as a priest and delivered a sermon in which he imitated a Slovene priest... Instead of saying, in correct Italian... God said: Let there be man, and man was. God said: Let there be Adam, and Adam was... or in good Triestine... he intoned in a heavy Slovene accent, and with a syntax which after the Slavic fashion omitted the definite article and in other ways sounded barbarous: Senior ga dito: Faciasi Omo! E omo fu f˛. Senior ga dito: Faciasi Hidamo! Hidamo se ga facessÓ' (Italian Dialect)
WINDERMERE - Longest natural lake in England; and town on its East shore. The "Lake Poets" were Wordsworth, who lived in Grasmere, just North of Windermere, and Coleridge and Southey, who lived in Keswick, still farther North + Die Windermere Dichter (Dutch) - That Windermere Poet.