Dichter (ger) - poet
Sheridan Le Fanu (b. Aug. 28, 1814, Dublin, Ire.--d. Feb. 7, 1873, Dublin) - Irish writer of ghost stories and mystery novels, celebrated for his ability to evoke the ominous atmosphere of a haunted house.
The House by the Churchyard (1863) - the novel by Sheridan Le Fanu
On The Subjection of Women (1869) - the classical theoretical statement of the case for woman suffrage by John Stuart Mill.
ditto - same, another
The Mill on the Floss (1860) - the novel by George Eliot; in that novel, the Floss is an imaginary river. The allusion is to an old joke about a catalogue of books which listed the books by J S Mill and George Eliot in this way + Floss (ger) - raft + floss (ger) - flowed.
ja (German, Dutch) - yes
Miller, Hugh (1802-56) - Scottish geologist, stonemason, poet, author of Testimony of the Rocks, etc. + alt (ger) - old + Muhle (ger) - mill.
racy - full or life or vigor
wheel = mill-wheel
blaw = blow + blauw (Dutch) - blue.
uisce (ishki) (gael) - water
suda- (l) - sweat- + sudor (l) - sweat, perspiration + (notebook 1924): 'washing soda - powder' (dash dittoes 'washing'; only first two words crayoned).
pattern - a decorative or artistic design, as for china, carpets, wall-papers, etc.; hence, this design carried out in the manufactured article, fabric, etc.; style, type, or class of decoration, elaboration of form, or composition of parts.
china - a species of earthenware of a fine semi-transparent texture, originally manufactured in China, and first brought to Europe in the 16th c. by the Portuguese, who named it porcelain; dial. chainy, chaney, chany, chaynee, chayney, cheenie: pieces of broken china + chainies (Anglo-Irish) - pieces of broken china, used as children's playthings + (notebook 1924): 'chain at bottom of R'.
lye = lie
sedge - a name for various coarse grassy, rush-like or flag-like plants growing in wet places.
HWANG HO (HOANGHO) RIVER - the great river of North China, the "Yellow River," aka "China's Sorrow" because of its disastrous foods [(notebook 1924): 'Yellow River, China's sorrow'].
ai mihi (l) - alas to me! woe is me!
turbary - the ground where turf or peat may be dug; a peat bog or peat moss
so near and yet so far - describing a thing which is unattainable despite its apparent proximity + Alfred Lord Tennyson: In Memoriam A.H.H., XCVII: 'He seems so near and yet so far'.
Lovat - The name of a place in Inverness-shire, used attrib. and ellipt. to denote a muted green colour, a tweed (suit), or another garment or material of this colour + loved
gabber - a mocker, a deceiver, a liar (obs.); a chatterer, prater
regn = reign + regn (Danish) - rain.
onder = under
thick - having great or considerable density; stiff
mere - a sheet of standing water; a lake, pond + me + fur mir (ger) - for me.
kennet - a small dog, used in hunting; a kind of gray cloth + ken - to have knowledge (of or about something) + kenne (ger) - to know + FDV: Well you know & don't you know but every story has an end look, look it's growing the dusk is growing. What time is it? It must be late. It's ages now since I last or anyone saw Waterhouse's clock. They took it asunder I heard them say. When will they reassemble it? Wring out the clothes. Wring in the dusk. Will we spread them here? Yes, we will. Spread on your side and I'll spread mine on mine.
telling - the action of relating, making known, or saying
taling - telling of tales, talking, gossiping; also, a tale
to take root - to spring from something
chair + chair (fr) - flesh.
to go astray - to go out of the right way, or away from the proper path
filour - foliage + Wie viel Uhr? (ger) - what's the time?
'Filou' ('scoundrel'), shouted across the Rhine by a Frenchman, was heard by a German as 'wie viel Uhr?' ('What's the time?') [Ellmann: James Joyce 465n: (of Joyce's friend Ottocaro Weiss) 'anecdote by J. P. Hebel, which Weiss told Joyce... A Frenchman shouted across the Rhine at a German, 'Filou! Filou!' ('Scoundrel!') The German understood him to say 'Wieviel Uhr? Wieviel Uhr?' He looked at his watch and shouted back obligingly, 'Halber sechse'].
senne = sen - from or since the time that, from, after
erewhon - Title of a book (partial reversal of Nowhere) by Samuel Butler, published 1872 and describing a form of utopia.
WATERHOUSE AND CO - Silversmiths, jewellers, and watchmakers, South side of Dame Street. Projecting at right angles over the sidewalk, Waterhouse's clock spelled out its name (clockwise, naturally) from "W" at "3" + (notebook 1922-23): 'Wm Dakin Waterhouse'.
clock + clog (klug) (gael) - clock, bell.
asunder - into separate parts; in two, in pieces; esp. with break, burst, cut, rend, tear, etc.
reassemble - to bring together again + (notebook 1924): 'took clock asunder & reassembled it'.
bach - A term of endearment common in Wales and the border counties, freq. following a personal name: dear, little one, friend + Bach (ger) - brook + Joyce's note: 'My back!' + Mrs Conway, original of Mrs Riordan in Joyce's Portrait, used to say 'Oh, my back, my back, my back!'
Aix-les-Bains - French spa
ding dong - an imitation of the sound of a bell
Sexaloitez = Sechselauten - Zurich's spring festival, held in April, when an effigy of the Bogg, a snowman representing Winter, is ceremonially burned in the Bellevueplatz as the bells ring out for 6 PM.
et concepit de Spiritu Sancto (l) - and she conceived of the Holy Ghost (Angelus)
pang - a brief piercing spasm of pain, torture
wring out - to force out (moisture) by twisting, to strain (a wet fabric, etc.) with a twisting motion, so as to press out moist or moisture + Alfred Lord Tennyson: In Memoriam A.H.H., CVI: 'Ring out the old, ring in the new'.
vert - to cause to turn from one direction to another, to change direction
aman (Cornish) - upwards, up + aman (Turkish) - pardon, mercy, grace.
flip - to put into motion with a small sharp impulse
churn - to agitate, stir and intermix any liquid
der Wind (ger) - the wind
hostel - a public house, inn
Joyce's note: 'apron of spalls'
suety - of or full of suet [Joyce's note: 'suety']
stroller - one that walks along in a leisurely manner, vagrant
shift - a body-garment of linen, cotton, or the like; in early use applied indifferently to men's and women's underclothing; subsequently, a woman's 'smock' or chemise + (notebook 1924): '9 Isabelle had 3 shifts'.
kerchief - a handkerchief
code - a chrism-cloth
Joseph - A proper name of the husband of Mary the mother of Jesus Christ (St. Joseph).
Muta (l) - "Silent": talkative nymph, Lara, had her tongue torn out, became Muta + Mutter (ger) - mother.
Dea Tacita or Acca Larenta - Goddess Tacita, personification of silence, identified with Muta, worshipped at Rome on Dec. 30 when offerings were made to the dead. Plutarch says there were two Laurentas: one, a mistress of Hercules; two, the foster mother of Romulus and Remus + Dea taceas (l) - Godess, be silent + Deo Gratias (l) - thanks to God (said to a person who gives a sneeze).
alle (ger) - all + FDV: Where are all her childer now? Some here, more gone no more, more again gone to the stranger. I've heard tell that same brooch of the Shannons was married into a family beyond the ocean. And all the Dunnes takes eights in hats. But all that's left now to the last of the Meaghers I'm told it's a kneebuckle & two buttons in the front. Do you tell me that now? I do, in troth.
childer - pl. of child (obs. and dial.)
kingdom come - (from the clause thy kingdom come in the Lord's Prayer) heaven or paradise, the next world.
Gloria Patri - the doxology beginning 'Glory be to the Father', which follows the recitation of the psalms and certain canticles, and occurs in other places.
alluvial - deposited from flowing water
a l'etranger (fr) - abroad, in another country
tell - something that is told, tale
brooch - an ornamental fastening, consisting of a safety pin, with the clasping part fashioned into a ring, boss, shield, or other device of precious metal or other material, artistically wrought, set with jewels, etc.
dunder = dunner - to make a reverberating noise, to resound; to fall or strike with vibration and reverberating noise.
Markland's wineland - America + MARKLAND - Portion of North America coast discovered by Norse explorers about 1000 AD. Variously located but most probably Newfoundland.
Brendan's Sea - Atlantic ocean [Joyce's note: 'Brendan's sea']
herring pond - a great body of water (as the Atlantic ocean)
Yangtze Agnes - Paris milliner + Yankee - an American + (notebook 1923): 'Irish large hats' + Fitzpatrick: Ireland and the Making of Britain 157n1: 'The Irish are probably the strongest, tallest, and most athletic race on earth... Irish hatters stock larger sizes than hatters in England'.
biddy - woman, housemaid