The dragon slothfully drags her scaly folds
U 2.72-4: [...] and in my
mind's darkness a sloth of the underworld, reluctant, shy of brightness
shifting her dragonscaly folds.
He was at once captivated by the seeming eccentricities of the prose of Freeman and William Morris. He read them as one would read a thesaurus and made a 'garner' of words. (p. 26)
Dragons traditionally have scaly folds, but the expression "dragonscaly folds" here may well come directly from Joyce’s reading of William Morris, as we find:
in Morris's Earthly Paradise (1870: Pt IV, February, p. 339).
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