Corrections to Printed Annotations
This page offers brief corrections and additions to the published glossaries of Joyce’s work, notably Joyce Annotated: Notes for Dubliners and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, by Don Gifford, Ulysses Annotated: Notes for James Joyce’s Ulysses by Don Gifford (with Robert J. Seidman), and the new and comprehensive Annotations by Sam Slote, Mark A. Mamigonian, and John Turner.
Notes are restricted to the simple format illustrated below, and the editors hope that as the number of these notes builds up they will come to form a useful adjunct to the reading of Joyce. Contributors are invited to send their own findings to the editors for online publication. Contributions that are not identified by name in the text are by the editors.
Entries dated April 2022 and later postdate the publication of Annotations by Sam Slote, Mark A. Mamigonian, and John Turner.
Red highlighting marks new corrections.
1.42 Tripping and sunny like the buck: this anticipates the heraldic allusion at 3.336-7 "On a field tenney a buck, trippant" (see: http://www.heraldicclipart.com/catalog/StagTrippantGu.gif).
1.43 the aunt: for the identity of the aunt see Then here's a health to Mulligan's aunt
1.66 scutter: a word of Irish origin = diarrhoea, loose stool; so a vulgar but apt expletive in the context. (HB)
1.128 Dottyville: on the application of the name "Dottyville" to the Richmond District Lunatic Asylum in Grangegorman, Dublin see the article Join up the dots for Paradise
1.161-4: up your nose: read about this unusual idiom in Resentment up your nose against me
1.534-6 Down, sir! How dare you, sir!: the language of dog owners is revealed in the article Dog of my enemy
1.698 that red Carlisle girl: Carlisle is not a surname or a reference to the English town, but relates to Carlisle Pier in Kingstown - see the article Carlisle girls
2.131 Mr Deasy: for a brief biography of Francis Irwin, who ran the real-life school at which Joyce taught in this episode, see Francis Irwin, TCD, in the fusty world of Garrett Deasy
2.312 clove of orange: merely a segment of an orange. (Clive Hart 02/12)
2.315 medley: a battle or tournament; the mixing or mingling of people in combat (OED first sense). (Ronan Crowley 03/13)
2.258 Koehler: Joyce's friend, who worked as a secretary at Hely's in Dame Street, but was also a poet, musician, and writer, is discussed in the article Some notes on the triple life of Thomas Goodwin Keohler
3 Sandymount strand: for the latest on Stephen's route read Stephen's stroll on the strand
3.35 Leahy's terrace: on the location of the terrace see Stepping back to Leahy's terrace
3.39 Edenville: a familiar Dublin address off Mount Merrion Avenue, Blackrock, near where the Joyces lived in 1892/3 - see the article Join up the dots for Paradise
3.51 contransmagnificandjewbangtantiality: earlier references to this and similar expressions in poems, songs, spelling tests, and vocal exercises can been seen in the article Contransmagnificandjewbangtantiality: jaw-breakers and spelling bees
3.54 widowed see: (not annotated in Gifford) an ecclesiastical see which has fallen vacant; one which temporarily lacks an (arch)bishop; well attested before Joyce. (JS)
3.95 Nowhere to put it: a popular nineteenth-century joke is traced through newspaper, postcards, and other sources in the article Nothing to sit down on - nowhere to put it
3.97 the rich of a rasher: explore the meaning of "rich" at a rich breakfast of rashers
3.164 Kevin Egan: for background information of the old Fenian and Joyce family friend Joseph Casey and his son Patrice see the article They simply fade away: news on the life and death of an old soldier - Joseph Casey
3.196-8: Pantalon Blanc et Culotte Rouge: a mysterious reference to a saucy Parisian magazine revealed in the article The Pantalons Blancs and the Culottes Rouges
3.232-3 Vieille ogresse with the dents jaunes: the location of Drumont's reference uncovered in the article The old hag with the yellow teeth
3.310-12 Dog of my enemy: amongst other King Lear echoes in Proteus (and preceded at 3.149 by "unnumbered pebbles beat”) we find Cordelia’s “Mine enemy’s dog,/Though he had bit me, should have stood that night/Against my fire” (4.7.36-8). Stephen feels himself dispossessed like Cordelia. (David Peacock, Victoria, BC 16/06/2013)
3.337: O'Loughlin's of Blackpitts: Gifford's speculation about a shebeen can be corrected: "O'Loughlin" is J. O'Loughlin of 1 New-row, South, near Blackpitts, grocer and spirit merchant. (HB)
3.391-3 bones for my steppingstones: follow the emergence of the myth in I smell the blood of an EngIishman
3.393-6 holy saint Denis: a popular oath examined in Exclaiming St Denis
3.492: Lawn Tennyson: cited in the popular magazines Punch and Judy and elsewhere before Joyce's use of the expression - see the article Lawn Tennyson: the poetry of motion
4.2-5 fried hencods' roe: for more details on Bloom's favourite breakfasts see the article Fried hencods’ roes and mutton kidneys: these are a few of his favourite things
4.62 a short knock: Don Gifford is right in asserting that the expression implies that the auctioneer cut the bidding short in favour of Tweedy, though he offers no documentary evidence for this. The evidence indicates that this was a common expression in Ireland, though not in Great Britain. (JS) The Freeman’s Journal for 27 August, 1881, reports:
4.139 joggerfry: this was everyday school slang in Joyce’s day for “Geography” (the school subject). An example from 1889 occurs in the popular magazine Pick-Me-Up (28 December, p. 215):
Alternative forms of the word were joggerfy, geogerfy, and geogerphy (all without the reversed r and f sounds of joggerfry). At the same time as studying joggerfry, pupils could also attempt jollogy. (JS)
4.148-50: Woods his name is: the story of Bloom's next-door neighbours in Eccles Street - see Stopping by Woods next-door
4.148-50 No followers allowed: read about the history of the phrase from the small ads in No followers allowed
4.486 hanging up on the floor: late nineteenth-century references to this popular expression in the article Or hanging up on the floor
4.502-3 Philip Beaufoy: the story of Philip Beaufoy, aka Philip Beaufoy Barry, writer of magazine literature and popular books on history and the theatre, and the younger brother of philosopher Henri Bergson in the article Philip Beaufoy and the philosopher's tone
4.525-6 May’s band: for more information on the musical May brothers and the family shop on Stephen's Green see the article May's band of brothers
5.37-9 in the dead sea floating on his back: photographic evidence for On the Dead Sea, afloat with a parasol
5.71-2 halfseasover empire: see The half-seas-over empire of Britain for further information on Joyce's wordplay
5.112 braided drums: an Irish origin for "drums" in the article Drums of braided cord
5.179 I’d like my job: contemporary examples of the expression (pre-Ulysses) in the article I'd like my job! - Not likely!
5.322-6 Save China's millions: the expression "China's millions" was popularised by a missionary magazine - read about it in Save China's millions.
5.362 Hokypoky penny a lump: references to cheap ice-cream on the streets of Dublin explained in the article Hokypoky hocus pocus
5.372-4 I.N.R.I./I.H.S.: for more information on the tradition of restyling sacred initialisms such as "Iron Nails Ran In", see the article If I have sinned, I have suffered
5.496 strawberries for the teeth: as early as 1810 Maria Eliza Rundell tells her readers:
Washington’s Daily Evening Star (15 June 1853) picked up a syndicated article on the same subject originally from the Philadelphia Inquirer, and adds that they also "give a delicious fragrance to the breath".
5.560-1 Captain Buller: from the Trinity cricket square over square leg towards the Kildare Club in the article Captain Buller: that prodigious hit to square leg
6.1-506 Bloom entered and sat in the vacant place: can we tell where each of the four friends sat on the ride to Prospect Cemetery? - see the article In the carriage for Paddy Digram's funeral: Bloom was right all along
6.11 armstrap: for contemporary descriptions and images of the armstrap through which Bloom passed his arm on entering the mourning coach see The forgotten arm-strap
6.151 Did you read Dan Dawson’s speech?: see more about this in Charles Dawson - lecturer on talking about everything
6.180 Antient concert rooms. Nothing on there: was this true as Bloom's carriage drove past? see Rooms for Antient Concerts
6.183 the bleak pulpit of saint Mark's: the church's unusual feature described in The destruction of the open-air pulpit at St Mark's
6.186 Elster Grime Opera Company: for a brief history of the company read the article Elster and Grime and the Grand Old Opera
6.186 Big powerful change: what was a "powerful change" at a theatre?: see All Change at the Empire Palace
6.235 snuff at a wake: a feature of old Irish wakes explained in An expression tossed about like snuff at a wake
6.247 Crofton: the fiction and reality of a minor character, in James Crofton: a tradition of public service
6.266 About the boatman?: for more information on the young Irishman who jumped in the Liffey to save Reuben Dodd's son read Moses Golden
6.394-7 fifth quarter: the horn, skin, and other profitable substances lost to the butcher when cattle are sold as live weight - see the article The fifth quarter is the butcher's profit
6.447-8 James M'Cann's hobby to row me o'er the ferry: references to Thomas Campbell and Samuel Ferguson in the article Two poetic snippets: row me o'er the ferry and maledictive stones
6.448-51 to heaven by water: the old association of the watery road to heaven and drowning in the article Treading water to paradise
6.459-62 Thos. H. Dennany: Dennany's memorial business investigated in Thos. H. Dennany on a spit of land
6.461-2 white silence: Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Hiram Powers's sculpture the "Greek Slave" discussed in White silence in marble
6.612 doner: "doner" validated at the expense of "goner" in the article Done but not forgotten
6.788 Spurgeon went to heaven: the source for the quandary over whether Charles Spurgeon went to heaven or hell immediately after his death in the article Is Spurgeon in heaven?
6.851 picture of sinner's death: for a fine example of the sinner-on-his-deathbed picture see the article Death of a sinner
6.886-7 He died of a Tuesday: for the original anecdote behind this expression see Hanged of a Tuesday
7 professor MacHugh: for the life story of Hugh McNeill read The reluctant professor MacHugh
7.21-4 Prince's stores: the true location of the "stores" described in The Prince and the Freeman
7.88 workaday worker: Nannetti's column exposed in the article Workaday workers in the printing works
7.166 spellingbee conundrum: for the background to the symmetry of a peeled potato and other spelling posers see the article Spellingbee conundrum
7.195-202 Old Monks, the dayfather: see Monks, night fathers, and day fathers for further information on dayfather and Old Monks
7.236 GREEN GEM OF THE SILVER SEA: for the history of the expression see The green gem of Ireland set in the silver sea
7.246-53 Changing his drink: the use of this expression in the nineteenth century clarifies Joyce's use, in Changing his drink
7.261-4 Subleader for his death: a term from the everyday jargon of newspapers, in the article Take me to your subleader!
7.292 Cleverest fellow at the junior bar: discover J.J. O'Molloy's real-life counterpart in The short but remarkable life of John O'Mahony
7.337 Wetherup: the fiction and reality of another minor character: see the article William Weatherup: what the newspapers said
7.367-8 Ohio! The editor crowed in high treble from his uplifted scarlet face. My Ohio!: for the song behind the reference see A perfect cretic floating down the O-hi-O
7.388 Sports tissues: the story of the racing telegram, in the article Racing expresses and sporting tissues
7.439-41 crossblind: read up on this decorative feature in The crossblind crux
7.449 Steal upon larks: the expression found in 1912, in the article Stealing upon larks
7.478-9 Brixton: the background to Moore's use of Brixton (and Brixton Empire) is investigated in George Moore and the Brixton Empire
7.497 the first chapter of Guinness's: the history of an old pun told in the article Genesis good for you
7.588 What opera is like a railway line?: earlier references to Lenehan's joke exposed in My brandnew riddle - the Rose of Castile
7.592-4 strong weakness: a strong weakness for drink well documented in nineteenth-century Ireland - see the article Mr O'Madden Burke's strong weakness
7.612-13 a fresh of breath air: two Lenehanisms predated, in the article Lenehan and the great outdoors
7.626-56 Ignatius Gallaher: the true-life story of Joyce's quintessential Dublin journalist investigated in the article Ignatius per ignotius: the short life and extraordinary times of Fred Gallaher
7.655 Bransome's coffee: based on Branson's coffee in the early twentieth century - see the article The Coffee Riddle
7.684-6 The Old Woman of Prince's street: the history of the expression explained in An old woman in Prince's street
7.726/7.735-6 Sufficient for the day is the newspaper thereof: was this Joyce’s little twist on the Biblical text? Read about the history of the expression here
7.922-4 dear dirty Dublin: the history of the celebrated old Dublin expression and its association with Lady Morgan explored in Lady Morgan and "dear dirty Dublin"
7.966-9 a child bit by a bellows: find how Joyce discovered the headline in Newsboys and the child-biting bellows
7.1021-2 SPEEDPILLS: for the various meanings of the word see The benefit of speedpills
7.1067 He halted on sir John Gray's pavement island: Joyce would have spotted this extremely rare compound in Wyndham Lewis's novel Tarr: "... where the Boulevard du Paradis and Boulevard Pfeifer cross with their electric trams. = In the middle is a pavement island". Joyce received the relevant number of the Egoist where the novel was serialized in late April 1916, and by 9 June 1918 he was in possession of it in book form.
8.5-6 throwaway: follow the scrap of paper down the Liffey at A crumpled throwaway: an arresting tale
8.117 base barreltone: Fun magazine makes the same joke in 1866 - see the article Beery bass baritones
8.138 Winds that blow from the south: identified in Library World (1960, vol. 61, p. 239) as the refrain from Whisper and I shall hear (c1891): words by G. Hubi Newcombe and music by S. Piccolomini. The sheet music is accessible here, at the NYPL Digital Library. The words are also available here in the Palace Journal (1892), 11 November). See p. 353, column 2. (JS)
8.153-4 Pat Claffey, the pawnbroker's daughter: see the article Pat Claffey and the Dublin convents for the historical facts about Pat Claffey's daughters
8.167 Flies' picnic: (humorously) a "feast" for flies, or a "banquet" around which they cluster. The expression is not unique to Joyce (HB). The New York Journal (cited in the Lafayette Advertiser from Louisiana on 20 July 1889) reproduces this doggerel poem entitled "The Flies' Picnic" in its "Budget of Fun":
A more sober example occurs in John Ward's Life Histories of Familiar Plants (1908: ch. 2, p. 24), in his discussion of sycamore trees:
8.181 Bartell d'Arcy: read about the Pro-Cathedral's famous tenor Bartle M'Carthy in the article The man behind Bartell d'Arcy
8.255-9 What is it? Mr Bloom asked, taking the card. U. P.?: for a historical account of the expression "U.P:up" see the article U.P: up and away
8.258-9 Someone taking a rise out of him: for Breen's possible postcard persecutor see The anonymous libeller of Denis Breen
8.337 James Carlisle: see Carlyle one. Carlisle nil on the spelling of the real James Carlyle's surname
8.242 Husband barging: Gifford notes that "To 'barge' is to speak roughly or abusively". This is OED's barge v.2, though the Irish English use is captured best by Joseph Wright's English Dialect Dictionary, where the noun barging is defined as "scolding in an abusive manner", and is identified from Irish and northern English sources. (JS)
8.362-6 Hardy annuals: see Hardy annuals in the nursery of life for the history of annuals as plants and children
8.470-1 a walk with the band: was this really coined by the Salvation Army - see Musical breakfasts and a walk with the band
8.506-7 puffed, powdered and shaved: follow Joyce's expression in Puffed and powdered, cocked and shaved
8.515-6 retire into public life: Joyce's expression had a history - see Retirement into public life
8.602 harvestmoon face: the popular metaphor is researched in the article Shine on, Harvest Moon
8.605 Take off that white hat: trace the history of this expression in the music halls in Of white hats and stolen donkeys
8.744-7 White missionary too salty: read earlier references to this point of view at Salty missionaries
8.755 Cheese digests all but itself. Mity cheese: see the article Mity cheese for rhymes and sayings behind Joyce's expression
8.889 miss Dubedat: see the article Marie Dubedat - the Irish Nightingale for a brief biography of the singer
8.894-5 ignorant as a kish of brogues: for the history of this expression see Kishes, brogues, and ignorance
8.971-4 one woman ... hid in a clock: who was she? Answers in The Lady Freemason and the clock
8.1035 Wonder if Tom Rochford will do anything with that invention of his?: Thomas Henry Rochford's patent application 27,617 of 19 December 1908 for "Improvements in Programme Indicators for theatres of Varieties, Music Halls and the like" was unearthed, carefully described and illustrated by Eamonn Finn in the James Joyce Broadsheet 80, June 2008, p. 1. The invention is presented to readers of Ulysses in the "Wandering Rocks" episode. See also 10.491.
Scylla and Charybdis
9.48-50 Art has to reveal to us ideas, formless spiritual essences. The supreme question about a work of art is out of how deep a life does it spring: see the article Æ IOU: two debts to Russell? from two contemporary magazines
9.150 limbo patrum: for a likely source in Joyce's Trieste library see A Fuller picture of the Lollards
9.279 yogibogeybox: read The mystic yogibogeybox for new information on the history of the word
9.487 You were speaking of the gaseous vertebrate, if I mistake not?: Buck Mulligan's satirical phrase derives from Ernst Häckel's The Riddle of the Universe (Die Welträtsel, 1899), translated into English by Joseph McCabe in 1900. It appears on page 235 in chapter xv of that translation [HB in Alistair Stead, "The Gaseous Vertebrate Unriddled": published in James Joyce Broadsheet No. 62, June 2002, p. 3]:
God is adored as a 'pure spirit' without a body. 'God is a spirit, and they who worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.' Nevertheless, the psychic activity of this 'pure spirit' remains just the same as that of the anthropomorphic God. In reality, even this immaterial spirit is not conceived to be incorporeal, but merely invisible, gaseous. We thus arrive at the paradoxical conception of God as gaseous vertebrate.
9.491 Was Du verlachst wirst Du noch dienen: the quotation, based on a Russian proverb, is from the German translation of Turgenev's essay "Hamlet and Don Quixote", where it correctly reads: "Was du verlachst, dem wirst du noch dienen". The missing pronoun is due to an error in the transmission of the phrase in the genesis of the episode.
9.539 There be many mo: Fittingly, in the context of the so-called Shakespeare chapter, the phrase Stephen quotes is from an Elizabethan lute song "Farewell, dear love". The context there reads [Harald Beck and Alistair Stead, "Resolving 'Risolve’”: published in James Joyce Broadsheet 72, October 2005, p. 3]:
9.592 In the daylit corridor: exploring the library's floor plan in the article The Corridors of the National Library
9.615 His pale Galilean eyes were upon her mesial groove. Venus Kallipyge: in his autobiography The Story of my Heart Richard Jefferies (see 9.354) describes a visit to the National Gallery in London [HB in Alistair Stead, "Of Tilebooks and Mesial Grooves": published in James Joyce Broadsheet No. 61, February 2002, p. 3]:
9.961 springhalted: Joyce changed his typescript text “The quaker librarian came anear” to “The quaker librarian springhalted near”, thereby adding another element which may derive from Shakespeare’s vocabulary: Henry VIII act 1 scene 3 line 13: “They haue all new legs, And lame ones; one would take it ... the Spauen A[nd] Spring-halt rain'd among 'em.” The OED defines springhalt as: “A condition in horses characterized by involuntary flexion of the hind leg or legs.” Among the many ironic descriptions of Lyster’s gait in this episode this clearly the most sarcastic one.
9.737-8 The doctor can tell us: the case for Edward Dowden made in A doctor but not Dr Freud
9.731-2 Buck Mulligan suspired amorously: investigate Joyce's quotations from Swinburne in “He told me about, hold on, Swinburne, was it, no?” Buck Mulligan and the poet
9.770-1 Amplius. In societate humana hoc est maxime necessarium ut sit amicitia inter multos: quoting from Aquinas in the article Aquinas on Friendship
9.779-80 the new Viennese school: for the possibility of a new Vienna in Dublin see the article A doctor but not Dr Freud
9.783-6 storm was shelter: for the source in Joyce's Trieste library see A Fuller picture of the Lollards
9.890-2 Come, mess: read help on this unusual usage at A mess of four
9.941: S. D: sua donna. Già: di lui. Gelindo risolve di non amare S. D.: Stephen's recondite allusion here is to a song from Lo scrigno armonico [The Harmonic Jewel-Box], a little-known tablature published circa 1648 by Stefano Pesori, a Mantuan guitarist, guitar teacher and composer: 'Gelindo risolve di non amare la traditrice'. Stephen Dedalus plays with the abbreviation for "sua donna" used in this song and in a few others in the collection and his initials S. D. [Harald Beck and Alistair Stead, "Resolving 'Risolve’”: published in James Joyce Broadsheet 72, October 2005, p. 3
9.1105 Irish nights entertainment: was this a common expression? - see A night of Irish entertainment
10.3-5 walk to Artane: find out whether the O'Brien Institute was Father Conmee's objective in Swansway: Father Conmee's walk to Artane
10.41-4 Ger Gallaher: the story of Ignatius Gallaher's nephews, in Gerald and Brendan Gallaher: the next generation
10.44-53 Brunny Lynam: the life of one of Joyce's friends from school or college, researched in Brunny Lynam the medical student
10.491 Crampton court: for new evidence on Rochford's involvement with this Central Dublin location read the article Tom Rochford's smart idea at Crampton Court. See also 8.1035.
10.506 Lynam's: investigate the whereabouts of Lynam's betting office and other details of the Lynam family in the article Popping into Lynam's
10.538 sir Charles Cameron: not the Irish-bom proprietor of newspapers in Dublin and Glasgow, as Gifford suggests. Sir Charles Alexander Cameron (1830-1921) was Chief Medical Officer of Health and Public Analyst for Dublin. Among his recreations he listed "attending musical and Masonic dinners" (Who Was Who 1916-28 (1929), p. 165). (John Smurthwaite 02/12)
10.543 number 7 Eccles street: discover the history of Bloom's house in The demise of Ithaca
10.625-7 Potterton: the background story of Robert Potterton revealed in the article In Lunacy of Potterton
10.651-3 J. A. Jackson, W. E. Wylie, A. Munro and H. T. Gahan: for the real lives of four of Joyce's Trinity sporting cyclists see the article Wheelmen don't eat quiche
10.658 Head upon shoulder: an expression for someone who appears to have no neck explained in the article Head upon shoulder
10.752-4 crumpled throwaway: follow the scrap of paper down the Liffey at A crumpled throwaway: an arresting tale
10.1004 conscript fathers: Gifford refers to the one hundred new Roman senators appointed by Brutus. (HB) The application to local politics is not original to Joyce: see OED conscript adj. sense 1b and references such as this from the Weekly Irish Times of 7 August 1886, p.1:
10.1134-6 Dublin's pet lamb: Pet lambs in Dublin examines the meaning of "pet" in 19th-century boxing circles
10.1220-2 charming Soubrette: follow the history of the expression in The "charming soubrette" of the stage
11 Ormond: track the movements of Bloom and the other characters around the Ormond Hotel in Joyce's Ormond Hotel
11.64 miss Douce’s head by miss Kennedy’s head: find both ladies at the Bailey Tavern in the Dublin censuses, in the article Miss Douce and Miss Kennedy at a different bar
11.185-6 Nannetti's father: on Giuseppe rather than Giacomo Nannetti see the article J.P. Nannetti and the Lord Mayor's antecedents
11.222: He fingered shreds of hair, her maidenhair: "maidenhair" probably carries a sexual meaning here ("pubic hair"), which can be documented back to at least 1908:
11.323 A duodene of birdnotes: a duodene or set of twelve notes encountered in the article Duodenal harmony
11.333 Did she fall or was she pushed?: Lenehan's quip explained in Miss Kennedy's reading matter
11.460-2 crossblind: read up on this decorative feature in The crossblind crux
11.496-7 left off clothes: for advertisement evidence for the wordplay involved see the article Left-off clothes
11.615 Bright's bright eye: the medical condition traced back into the nineteenth century in the article Bright's bright eye
11.665-9 Braintipped: for the meaning of this irregular expression see His brain tipped over
11.699-700 Jenny Lind soup: for the history of the soup favoured by the Swedish Nightingale see Jenny Lind soup for the professional soprano
11.1050 Shah of Persia liked that best: the story that the Shah of Persia admired western orchestras tuning up described in the article The Shah's nose and ears
11.1090-1 brass in your face: for early allusions to the expression see Brass by gold in your pocket
11.1128-30 Mickey's Rooney's band: ragtime or dance? Explore the mystery of the band in A medley from Mickey Rooney's Macaronic Band
11.1225 that Wonderworker: advertisements for the Bakelite contraption for rectal troubles in the article That Wonder Worker
12.144-7 Ditto MacAnaspey: see the article Ditto MacAnaspey and the same for me, please to examine whether the McAnaspey family of memorial-makers could be responsible for this expression
12.181 Thomas Conneff: for the life of the real-life Irish athletic champion from Kildare read Wondrous little Thomas Conneff from the short-grass county of Kildare
12.218-9 the Old Woman of Prince's street: the history of the expression explained in An old woman in Prince's street
12.234-7 my brown son: see early uses and history in Brown sons
12.355 volupcy: evidence for the existence of the word before Joyce in the article Volupcy and mystic bliss
12.362 We greet you, friends of earth, who are still in the body: by the late nineteenth century both “friend of earth” and “(still) in the body” were conventional spiritualist and theosophist expressions describing those who had not yet passed over to the spiritual side through death. (HB) Examples:
Henry Holt On the Cosmic Relations (Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1914) vol. 2, bk. 2, pt. 4, ch. 37, p. 598, citing Professor James Hyslop’s contribution to the Second Piper-Hodgson Report (1892-5) commissioned by the American Society for Psychical Research
12.451 codology: for the history of the word codology in the nineteenth century see the article The kidology of codology
12.510 by the holy farmer: Gifford cites Eric Partridge’s Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English (1937) for this “low Dublin” corruption of “by the Holy Father” [i.e. the Pope]. Irish use is well documented in the nineteenth century, with an early example in Charles Marsh’s Clubs of London (1828) vol. 2, p. 239:
The speaker here is "[Mr.] Giles's hostler, well known in Dublin by the name of Blinker Micky, because blind of one eye". (HB)
12.517 going home footless in a cab: Wright's English Dialect Dictionary (vol. 2, p. 446) defines “footless” as “unsteady on the feet; apt to stumble; also used figuratively”, but other sources from the time show that it could also mean specifically “incapable through drink” (HB):
12.612 Hand by the block: "hand by" or "hard by" - see the genetic exploration in The case for "Hard by the block"
12.756-7 Could a swim duck?: an old rejoinder is investigated in the article Ducks swim?
12.784-5 Shake hands, brother. You're a rogue and I'm another: for the background to a macabre rhyme alluded to in Ulysses see the article You're a rogue and I'm another
12.829-30 Hairy Iopas, says the citizen, that exploded volcano: for an illustration of MP William Field's volcanic explosion of hair, see the article William Field, the bard with the tumbling hair at Queen Dido's banquet
12.836-7 here's my head and my heels are coming: an expression for stooping forwards unpicked in contemporary sources - see the article Head first and everything else next
12.838 Teach your grandmother how to milk ducks: the history of the expression is explained in Milking ducks grandmother's way
12.1045-7 get his hat on with a shoehorn: is this the behaviour of a lunatic? - see Shoehorning your head into your hat
12.976-8 the milk in the cocoanut: for more information on how the milk got into the coconut in the first place see the article The Milk in the coconut - a hairy puzzle
12.1129 the tribe of Ossian: references to James McPherson's poems and Hugh Blair's Critical Dissertation on Ossian uncovered in Ossian's poems - notesheets
12.1170 Norman W. Tupper: the National Police Gazette provides the story and the illustration - see the article Norman W. Tupper and the policeman's lap
12.1227 talking about bunions: Lenehan's debt to the fictional Lord Dundreary disclosed in Lenehan's bunions
12.1234 only for the other dog: nineteenth-century documentation for the expression in the article Only for the other dog
12.1269 Mrs Poll Ash: early allusions to Poll Ash traced, in the article As ugly as Poll Ash
12.1367 the Times rubbed its hands: two newspaper quotations relating to Irish emigration combine in the article Vengeance and the shores of Manhattan
12.1369 Grand Turk sent us his piasters: for the details of mid-century Middle Eastern generosity see the article Famine relief from the Sultan of Turkey
12.1398 come where the boose is cheaper: the song-writer and lyricist identified in the article Cheaper booze
12.1559 Show us the entrance out: trace the expression back in To the going-out entrance
12.1589 Crofton: the fiction and reality of a minor character, in the article James Crofton: a tradition of public service
12.1635 He's a perverted jew: the reading "turned away" not "corrupted" proposed in the article Perverted from the truth
12.1649 Expecting every moment will be his next: Robert Dent realised that Lenehan’s expression had a history, but evidence was thin. Dent offers Punch in 1902 (HB). More recent research finds the comical twist in Punch’s Australian counterpart the Melbourne Punch thirty-five years earlier in 1867:
The same expression occurs earlier in an entry for 12 August 1862 in Josie Underwood’s Civil War Diary (2009), though we should perhaps be cautious of claiming it as a first use in case this section was written up slightly later:
The thought survived into 1904, as the Otago Witness of 22 June shows:
12.1901 The jarvey saved his life by furious driving as sure as God made Moses: (HB) correcting the page proofs for the episode Joyce introduced the change from “as sure as God made me” to “as sure as God made Moses”, to emphasise a specific anti-Semitic element in the episode’s narrator that begins with his comments on Moses Herzog ("Jesus, I had to laugh at the little jewy getting his shirt out": U 12.30-1) and continues with the following passage:
“As sure as God made Moses” turns up frequently (but not exclusively) in contemporary Irish sources:
"Furious driving" was a legal commonplace at the time, and cases of furious driving were often reported in the newspapers. The New Sporting Magazine for March 1834 gives us a description:
The question now is — what is generally meant by "furious driving"? [...] What I term furious driving is, racing against another coach; going fast in improper places, such as in streets, around corners, down hills, or in short over any ground but that on which the experience of a coachman instructs him he may do so with safety. (p. 315)
13.87 that tired feeling: Hood's Sarsaparilla advertisements demonstrated as the source - see the article A tonic for that tired feeling
13.111 eyebrowleine: examples of the eye-catching advert documented in Bewitching eyes beneath a well-drawn eyebrow line
13.119 Thursday for wealth: the rhyme behind Gerty's folk wisdom, in the article A good day for trimming your nails
13.125-6 joyous little laugh (and other references): for references taken from Beatrice Harraden's Guiding Thread see Beatrice Harraden guiding the thread and Clarence E. Mulford shanghaied: Nausicaa notesheets 4 and 8
13.253 to pay a visit to the miss white: (not in Gifford) to pay a visit to the chamberpot:
Gerry O'Flaherty provided the vital clue in Austin Clarke's Twice Round the Black Church (p. 25: "I saw Miss White peeping at me from under the bed".) (HB)
13.613: Puddeny pie: as the commentators say, this phrase echoes the nursery rhyme “George Porgie, pudding and pie”. With reference to Joyce’s use of “puddeny pie” [probably = "puddingy pie”] we should be aware that this was a well-attested nursery form, and may even represent an attempt to make sense of the unusual “pudding and pie”. It occurs in R. D. Blackmore’s Maid of Sker (originally published in Blackwood’s Magazine, October 1871, p. 528/1):
and by 1884 the expression is used in a parody of the nursery rhyme by Grace Stebbing in What a Man Soweth (1884, ch. 26 p. 176):
A popular song of 1910 (Once One Girl at a Time, written and composed by Herbert Rule and James McGhee, and sung by George D'Albert) opens with the line “Georgie, Georgie Puddeny Pie”. (JS)
13.617-8 catch it while it was flying: for early references to the expression, especially from American newspaper ads, see Caught it while it was flying
13.690 a light broke in upon her (and other references): for references taken from one of Clarence E. Mulford's Hopalong Cassidy stories see Beatrice Harraden guiding the thread and Clarence E. Mulford shanghaied: Nausicaa notesheets 4 and 8
13.725 pettiwidth: petticoat widths of material cited from advertisements in the article Pettiwidths: thrills and spills with Gerty McDowell
13.792 Catch em alive, O: the fly-trap vendor's street cry investigated in the article Caught alive - oh!
13.1007-8 far away on the pillow: the poem that provided the expression shown in the article A pillow on the billow
13.1062 Corns on his kismet: the fateful riddle exploded in Corny kismet
Oxen of the Sun
14 passim Holles Street Hospital: for new information on the layout of the Hospital see A floor plan for the Holles Street Hospital
14.39 loose boyconnel flux: buide connaill: informal Irish for the 'yellow plague'. (HB)
14.71-106 Some man that wayfaring was [...] sorrowing one with other: references traced to a life of St Cuthbert in Saintsbury's History of English Prose Rhythm - see the article Cuthbert the Wanderer. Commentary includes identification of numerous allusions in Joyce's notesheets
14.143 Shrieks of silence: for more on the history of Lenehan's expression see Shrieks of silence!
14.167-86 This meanwhile this good sister [...] Woman's woe with wonder pondering: references to Malory uncovered in the article Malory and Sir Leopold, King. Commentary includes identification of numerous allusions in Joyce's notesheets
14.232-4 Malachi's praise of that beast the unicorn: an allusion to Gogarty's verse in The unicorn's song
14.501-2 to crush a cup of wine: a quotation from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. (HB 03/12)
14.729-30 or was due as with the noted physician, Mr Austin Meldon, to a wolf in the stomach: Constantine Curran provides the background to this allusion: (HB 11/12)
14.888 old Glory Allelujurum: follow the history of the expression in religious praise songs in the article Praise Be! Here comes Old "Glory Hallelujurum" Purefoy
14.972-3: That distressing manner of delivery called by the Brandenburghers Sturzgeburt: Joyce obviously refers to an 18th century publication by the Brandenburg court midwife Justina Siegmund, who published a book on midwifery called Die Chur-brandenburgische Hoff-Wehe-Mutter, das ist höchst nöthiger Unterricht von schweren und unrecht stehenden Geburten, in einem Gespräche vorgestellet in 1688 (an 1874 reprint is accessible on Google Books). However, the word "Sturzgeburt" (“precipitate delivery”) is not in the book, simply because it did not come into use before the early 19th century. Siegmund has a chapter on "Stürzung", which warns of the application of two hair-raising methods of bringing about a delivery by turning the mother upside down or pushing her from a table. Several English 19th-century medical publications mention Justina/e Siegmund, but never in connection with the word Sturzgeburt. For details see Udo Benzenhöfer, "What the Brandenburghers called Sturzgeburt" in James Joyce Broadsheet, 22 February 1987, p. 3.
14.1055-8 Jacob's pipe: for more on the continental tradition of the Jacob pipe see the article The longstemmed Jacob pipe
14.1122-3 leave his mother an orphan: an old Irish quip documented in the article Don't leave your mother an orphan!
14.1221 the inspired pencil of Lafayette: James Stack Lauder (1853-1923), Dublin photographer, assumed the professional name “James Lafayette” when he founded his photography studio in 1880. In 1887 he was invited to Windsor to photograph Queen Victoria and was granted a Royal Warrant as “Her Majesty's Photographer in Dublin”. The “inspired pencil” (already a cliché with reference to artists such as Raphael) is not a poetic reference to photography (e.g. “the pencil of nature”) but to the pencil of a photographic retoucher. Molly has been touched up in Bloom's photograph. (Ronan Crowley, 03/13)
14.1344-78 the wellremembered grove of lilacs at Roundtown: references from Marius the Epicurean explored in the article Pater: Leopold the Epicurean
14.1391 Burke's! outflings my lord Stephen: for a summary of information on John Burke read Burke's!
14.1440 armstrong halloring (etc.): references from the work of Edward FitzGerald in the article Edward FitzGerald at sea: Oxen notesheet 17
14.1440-591 All off for a buster [...] Just you try it on: untangle the speaking roles in this section with the help of Oxen of the Sun - allocating text in the closing paragraphs
14.1453 Ma mère m’a mariée: the old French bawdy song uncovered in My mother has married me...
14.1466 bet to the ropes: "Bet" is here a dialect form of "beaten". The phrase is "Beat s.o. to the ropes". (Vincent Deane 08/12)
14.1479-80: Your starving eyes and allbeplastered neck you stole my heart, O gluepot: Joyce's inspiration from 1829 uncovered in the article Glue-pot steals heart
14.1482 Lapland: for the mother's lap as a baby's comfort see Lapland closer home
14.1486 Cribbed out of Meredith: George Moore as an intermediary in identifying George Meredith as the author of Stephen's quotation in From Meredith to Mulligan via Moore
14.1498 smutty Moll for a mattress jig: The collocation "smutty moll" existed independently of "Moll Peatley's Jig", which was originally a dance tune of the 17th century, before it became a synonymous expression for "a rogering bout" (Grose, 1796). "mattress jig" itself was slang for copulation. (HB 02/12)
14.1509-72 Sign on long o' me: quotations traced to Joseph Lincoln's Cap'n Eri in the article Lincoln, but not Abraham
14.1513 blurry: bloody (Not in Gifford) (HB 03/12): see PLURRY adj. on OED Online, where the variant form is illustrated (JS). Also:
14.1515-17 Tell a cram: for evidence for the expression since the mid-nineteenth-century see the article Telling crams
14.1531-2 Landlord, landlord, have you good wine, staboo?: Gogarty's bawdy poem "Staboo, Stabella", sung by a soldier, and beginning with these lines: "Landlord, landlord, have you good wine?/Staboo, staboo!" was not accessible before its publication by Jeffares. See also 14.314 (HB 03/12)
For the full text of Gogarty's poem see: The Poems & Plays of Oliver St. John Gogarty, ed. Norman A. Jeffares (London 2001), p. 828-30.
14.1532-3 cut and come again: Hotten's Dictionary of Modern Slang, Cant, and Vulgar Words of 1859 defines this as “plenty, if one cut does not suffice, plenty remains to "come again". This seems to be a plausible answer to the question "Landlord, landlord have you good wine [...]?"
14.1536 Bonsoir la compagnie: follow the history of the French song in the article Bonsoir la compagnie
14.1543 prandy palls: Just as "God's blood" becomes "Cot's plood" in line 1542, this is brandy balls; perhaps in imitation of a German accent. (HB 02/12)
14.1546 Dusty Rhodes: see the familiar cartoon character tracked down in the article Dusty Rhodes the Popular Tramp
14.1542 Tarnally dog gone my shins if this beent the bestest puttiest longbreak: see article the bestest puttiest longbreak
See Ronan's Crowley's Some Further Additions from Wrankmore's translation of Moritz Busch's Guide for more Circe notesheet discoveries.
For further information about the performances of the English Players and Henry Carr in Zurich, see Exit Carr.
15.40 tatts: Gifford is correct in interpreting “tats” as “tangles” (see OED tat | tatt n.6: “a tangle, matted tuft or lock of wool or hair”, citing Joyce and other sources from 1887). Joyce originally wrote “natts” (a regional variant of “knots”) (MS Buffalo V.A.19, correctly transcribed in Phillip F. Herring Joyce’s Notes and Early Drafts for Ulysses (1977), p. 211). (HB)
15.94 stag: The OED regards this as STAG n.1, sense 6 (1684-1922, citing both Joyce and Lawrence), rather than sense 7. (JS)
15.210 that tired feeling: Hood's Sarsaparilla advertisements as the source for the saying - see the article A tonic for that tired feeling
15.338-41 THE SOAP We're a capital couple are Bloom and I. / He brightens the earth. I polish the sky: this couplet comes from an advertisement for Brooke's soap (Monkey Brand) that shows a monkey playing guitar on the moon [HB: published in James Joyce Broadsheet No. 85, February 2010 (title page)]
15.639 Once is a dose: a medical instruction since the seventeenth century traced in the article A dose of quackery
15.732-4 watching and besetting: the background to the legal phrase is explained in Unlawfully watching and/or besetting
15.760 light of love: Gifford and Slote are wrong in linking this phrase with the Elizabethan dance and an inconstant woman. The context shows that it is a Masonic term, as illustrated by these examples (HB 08/13):
15.767 Bective rugger fullback: Rugby in Dublin and the Griffin family - see the article Fullback for the Bective Rangers
15.795 absentminded war: from the title of a book published in 1900 - see Absent-minded warriors
15.887 twict: Mary Driscoll accuses Bloom: "And he interfered twict with my clothing". Twict is a dialect variant of twice that betrays that, like most servant girls, she comes from a rural area. It is frequently used as "onct or twict".
Joseph Wright’s English Dialect Dictionary enters the spelling twict under TWICET, and (in 1905) notes instances of Joyce’s spelling from northern Ireland and America. (Harald Beck 11/13)
15.1104 Give him ginger: Gifford explains the practice somewhat gingerly and does not offer written evidence:
Joyce owned a copy of Grose (1785): see Thomas J. Connolly Personal Library of James Joyce (1955: University of Buffalo), p. 18. (HB 08/13)
15.1241-2 Jacobs. Vobiscuits: Gifford calls this "Bloom-Latin for Dominus vobiscum (the Lord be with you)". It seems more convincing to assume that this pun on Jacob's biscuits was inspired by “Deus Abraham, Deus Isaac, et Deus Jacob vobiscum sit” (Liber Tobiae, VII, 15), which Bloom - who distorts Father Coffey's words - might have heard at a wedding. (HB)
15.1285 Mrs Mack’s: read about the story of Mrs Mack, businesswoman and brothel-owner, in the article The Madams of Nighttown; or, a Dublin lupanarology
15.1287 Mrs Cohen’s: follow Mrs Cohen's career in the trade in prostitution in the article The Madams of Nighttown; or, a Dublin lupanarology
15.1395 grassing their royal mountain stags: this sense of "grass" represents OED's GRASS v. 4d ("to bring down (birds, game) by a shot", and not sense 2 ("to feed (cattle) on grass", "to supply (cattle) with grass").
15.1396 shooting peasants and phartridges: the humorous substituion of "peasant" for "pheasant" may be found earlier in Hogg's Weekly Instructor of 7 June 1845:
15.1695 Free fox in a free henroost: for the German original see Free fox, free hen-roost
15.1630 solution of doubles: for a puzzle solved by a puzzle see the article Solving the doubles
15.1889-91 You hig, you hog, you dirty dog!: follow the surprising journey of this rhyme in Orphans in the Underworld
15.2047-8 In the grate is spread a screen of peacock feathers: the peacock screen was not unusual in the earlier twentieth century as an elegant ornament gracing a hearth (Eamonn Finn 9/13: photo credit). Octave Thanet describes one in Stories that end well (1911, p. 65):
15.2192 Rush your order: for an expression from the world of mail order see the article Advertising patter
15.2192 slick ace: cheating playing cards explained in the article Slippery gamblers
15.2193 eternity junction: a sad story of suicide reported in the newspapers - see the article Next stop Paradise!
15.2193-4 a god or a doggone clod: follow the historical and literary contrast between gods and clods at Gods and clods
15.2205 harmonial philosophy: Joyce's brush with "Harmonial philosophy" described in the article The Great Harmonia and the music of the spheres
15.2207 sunphone: discover Thomas Shelton and his vibrations in the article Silly Sunphonies: does Jesus want me for a sunbeam?
15.2207 Bumboosers, save your stamps: an injunction that time-wasters need not apply, in the article Philately is for bumboosers
15.2277 judashand: did Joyce invent the "judashand" - for more information see The unseen judashand of the nineteenth century
15.2426-7 Chase me, Charley!: find the lyrics of the song at Chase me Charlie, chase me Charlie, chase me Charlie do
15.2480-2 Jacob's pipe: for more on the continental tradition of the Jacob pipe see the article The longstemmed Jacob pipe
15.2702 Thank your mother for the rabbits: find evidence for a forgotten colloquial expression in the article The rabbits that caused all the trouble
15.2708 Fingers was made before forks: Weldon Thornton (Allusions in Ulysses: 1973, p. 401) correctly alludes to Swift’s use of this traditional proverb in his Polite Conversation (1738): “Fingers were made before Forks, and Hands before Knives”. Joyce (or at least Zoe) prefers “was” for the more grammatically correct “were” (JS). This less formal variant was well established before Joyce’s time. It occurs, for example, in an article by “J. Cypress, Jr.” (William Post Hawes) in the American Monthly Magazine of 1835 (vol. 5, p. 465):
15.2817-18 cobweb hose: the thinnest material called cobweb reported in Fashionable cobwebs
15.2897-8 Stock Exchange cigar: for information on and advertisements promoting the Stock Exchange cigar see the article A good cigar is a smoke
15.3105-6 If I had only my gold piercer here!: this refers to a cigar piercer or drill, which Bella Cohen, cigar smoker, wishes she had, not to pierce her cigar, but Bloom's flesh. (John Gordon: April 2022)
15.3256 Neverrip brand: advertisements for the Neverrip brand revealed in Reliable rubber goods - perish the thought
15.3257 He cures fits!: for documentation on Henry Root's advertising slogan see the article He cures fits!
15.3259 Mrs Gus Rublin: the story of the Irish girl Sarah Mulrooney and her American boxer husband Gus Ruhlin disclosed in the article Mrs Gus Ruhlin: boxing and women's suffrage
15.3274-5 that English invention: for more on the wonder-working cure for haemorrhoids see the article That English invention: The Wonder Worker in nighttown
15.3514-18 Give a thing and take it back: see Give and take is not fair play for a history of Joyce's verse
15.3655 thy father's gimlet: on the historical wordplay of Hamlet and gimlet see Gimlet sounded like poetry with Hamlet
15.4024 Anybody here for there?: railway humour explained in "Is there anybody here for there?", as the railway porter asked the passengers
15.4170 the afflicted mother: documentary evidence from Gogarty's mother to Thomas Kettle, in The afflicted mother - two letters
15.4435 human philirenists: the history of "Philirene" traced, in Philirenists: peace-loving monarchs
15.4525-30 May the God above: sources for the Citizen's bitter invective uncovered in the article A heaven-sent dove with razor-sharp teeth
15.4585-6 the king of Spain's daughter: follow the allusion, beyond the nursery rhyme, in The King of Spain's daughter
15.4612-6 Major Tweedy: for the biography of Major Powell, on whom Tweedy was based, see ‘One of Britain’s fighting men’: Major Malachi Powell and Ulysses
15.4631-4 The brave and the fair: for the development of the expression after Dryden see the article And do the brave deserve the fair?
15.4717-18 Kick the Pope: Orange anthems investigated in the article Kicking the Pope before us
16.30 redolent of rotten cornjuice: As corn juice was used as a synonym for whiskey, probably cheap, bad whiskey.
16.460 I seen a crocodile bite the fluke of an anchor: follow the allusion back to its source in What make a crocodile bite the fluke of an anchor?
16.472-4 Choza de Indios. Beni, Bolivia: see the postcard Bloom examines at A postcard from Bolivia
16.487-9 Galeria Becche: for the real name of the Galeria see A galería masquerading under the name of “Becche”
16.491-4 the former’s ball passed through the latter’s hat: a duelling tale exposed in the article An Affair of Honour
16.536-8 Brown, Robinson and Co.: discover the original characters in the article Mr Brown, Mr Robinson and the average Joe
16.801 Sulphate of copper poison: for newspaper reports on the chemical preservation and enhancement of peas see the article The deleterious effect of coppersulphate on green peas
16.850 Marcella, the Midget Queen: the story of the diminutive Elizabeth Paddock, told in the article Marcella, the Midget Queen
16.865 those italianos: news about the Italian quarter of turn-of-the-century Dublin in The Italian Colony in South Dublin
16.1189 a suit of brown paper (a fact): for more on these suits in Joyce's day read Brown-paper suits in fashion
16.1242-4 Marshall's dark horse Sir Hugo: what was the connection between Robert Marshall and sir Hugo? Consult Captain Marshall's horse
16.1257 .)eatondph 1/8 ador dorador douradora: what happened when a compositor miskeyed a sentence - see article Eatondph and douradora
16.1274-81 20 to 1 Throwaway (off): discover the meaning of "off" at All bets are "off"
16.1446-8 posed for the ensemble: discover more about the French artists' expression behind this at Altogether now for the ensemble
16.1550-1 fair and forty: for the history of the expression see Fair and forty goes far in a day
16.1598-1603 destruction of the fittest: see post-Darwinian examples of the expression in the article The destruction of the fittest
16.1685 Iremonger: see the article Iremonger among the runs for the true state of the Nottinghamshire scoreboard
16.1884 Und alle Schiffe brücken: explore the meaning of this unlikely expression in The Jeep-crux.
17.103 leverage of the first kind: according to traditional mechanics, there are three kinds or orders of levers, distinguished by whether the fulcrum, the weight, or the power is in the centre. In levers of the first kind, the fulcrum is in the centre (OED at LEVER n.1 2): examples include a balance, a crowbar, and a poker. A pair of scissors consists of two levers of the first kind. (JS)
17.128-30 best Abram coal: follow the history of the advertisements and pricing for Abram coal in Dublin in The cost of coal from Flower and M'Donald
17.150 housebells: the architecture of the calling bell in Dublin's terraces explored in the article Bells to call the servants
17.240 aquacities: for the long history of aquacity see the article Aquacity: awash with watery thoughts
17.592 Bacilikil: see article Advertising names that speak to you: 1 - Bacilikil for advertisements promoting the disinfectant
17.593 Veribest: a trade-name for types of processed foodstuff brought to light in the article Advertising names that speak to you: 2 - Veribest
17.594-5 Uwantit: for aspirational uses of the name see the article Advertising names that speak to you: 3 - Uwantit
17.621-5 The queen’s Hotel, Ennis: for a possible model for Rudolph Bloom's suicide see Death in Ennis
17.868-9 Herr Hauptmann Hainau: for new information on Millie's violating ancestor see Heinous Hainau and the Blooms
17.1039 heaventree: see the article The tree of heaven for references to the real and the mythical trees
17.1253 Matthew F. Kane: an illustrated biography of a Joyce family friend presented in the article James Joyce and Matthew Kane
17.1254 Michael Hart: for the story of the talented athlete and writer see Gallant Mick Hart
17.1369 Beauties of Killarney: a book title found only on the spine described in the article Killarney's Beauties
17.1394 The Hidden Life of Christ: for another mysterious book title located see the article The Hidden Life of Christ Revealed
17.1988-9 eaters of soap: for the origins of the myth see the article Soap-eating in the Arctic
17.2000-5 missing gent: read the missing-person notice on which this flight of fancy is based, in the article A missing gent answering to the name of Bloom
17.2056 Where was Moses when the candle went out?: Bloom's answer is quite traditional, and can be traced back to at least 1821, though the riddle is older (later usually with light(s) rather than candle. The second example given here is the closest to be found to the version in Ulysses. (HB)
18.29 to never see thy face again: new sources identified in the article Two unidentified songs in the Penelope episode
18.32-3 if it was a thing: Hiberno-English, meaning "if it was the case that"/"if it happened that" (HB). See, for example, the final verse of "Ould Ireland! you’re my darling", from the Emerald Songster section of Songs of Ireland and Other Lands (New York, 1847: p. 152):
18.78-9 in my hand there steals another: discover the popular song behind the allusion in the article In Molly's hand there steals another
18.159-61 give us a swing out of your whiskers: see the story of this and similar expressions at The swinging whiskers
18.204-6 did you wash possible: for further information of this euphemistic expression see Washing possible is more than possible
18.398 the Spanish cavalry at La Roque: It is true that Joyce definitely refers to San Roque, a town close to Gibraltar where the Spanish population fled after the British occupation of the rock. However, Molly could not have seen the Spanish cavalry, since the Alcántara Spanish Cavalry Regiment left the town in 1823. Thus, Joycean sources for the fact were either wrong or more easily, Joyce, who was not a historian, did not pay attention to the dates. He took the information about the cavalry from Field’s book on Gibraltar.
See Adolfo Muñoz Pérez, “San Roque y su historia military: 1704-1900”. Almoraima: revista de estudios campogibraltareños (2010), pp. 207-18; Phillip F. Herring, Joyce's “Ulysses” Notesheets, p. 511, l. 45. (Rafael Garcia: April 2016)
18.446 kidfitting corsets: read advertisements for the undergarments in the article Kidfitting corsetry
18.546 the statue of the fish: Phillip F. Herring identifies the sources of Joyce’s Gibraltar references in Buffalo Notebook V.A.2 as H. M. Field’s Gibraltar (1888) and The Traveller’s Hand-book for Gibraltar (London, 1844) by “An Old Inhabitant” (see Joyce’s Notes and Early Drafts for Ulysses (1977), p. 60). Another helpfully descriptive account of the statue may be found in G. R. B. Horner’s Medical and topographical observations upon the Mediterranean (Philadelphia, 1839: pp. 67-8):
18.616 wogger: see dog-allusions as nicknames in the article Molly's doggery-woggery
18.673 taittering: for Joyce's source for the term see the article Molly's taittering lips
18.731 if its a thing: see 18.32-3 above.
18.740-1 long crossed letters: for an explanation of (and attitudes to) crossed letters see Cross words for crossed letters
18.871 Sandfrog showers: see Molly's sandfrog shower in Gibraltar for newspaper reports of the strange cloudbursts
18.879 Miss This Miss That Miss Theother: nineteenth-century evidence for the informal phrase presented in the article Miss This Miss That and Miss Theother
18.953 Whit Monday is a cursed day: see Bad luck arrives at Whitsuntide for more information about the myth.
18.1089-90 one thing laughing at the other: follow the history of this expression in It's just one thing laughing at another
18.1135: wouldnt he get the great suckin: a “suck-in” is a slang term (originally American) for “a deception; a disappointing event or result” (OED) (JS). The dictionary cites “a grand suck-in” from the Short Patent Sermons (1841) of “Dow, Jr.” (Elbridge Gerry Paige), and “great suck-in” occurs on the front page of the Milwaukee Sentinal of 20 July 1844. Joyce’s expression can also be found in the Connacht Tribune of 4 December 1909 (p. 6):
As Joyce’s text developed, he changed from “takein” to “suckin”, which gave him a wider range of contextual innuendo.
18.1292 so sweetly sang the maiden on the hawthorn bough: the sources provided for these Two unidentified songs in the Penelope episode - see the article
18.1294 Freddy Mayers private opera: find the story of Frederick Mayer, cicerone for Joseph Poole's show, in the article Freddy Mayer and Joseph Poole's Myriorama
18.1346 those fine young men I could see down in Margate strand bathingplace from the side of the rock: As Joyce's note sheet entry (Herring, p. 511) reads: "Margate on N.E. side", Ford and Field seem to be his most likely sources. Molly's memory is of Gibraltar not England. (HB)
18.1565-7 cobbles: discover cobbles of coal in the kitchen fire in the article Washing off the cobbles
Joyce Annotated (and additional glosses for Stephen Hero)
Alfred Hunter: see Fitz-Epsykure: the further adventures of Alfred and Marion Hunter to read more about the life and activities of Hunter
1.262-5 rheumatic wheels: cycling wordplay in the article Rheumatic wheels
6.45 racing tissues: for an explanation of Lenehan's racing telegrams see Sporting issues and racing tissues
8.165-7: dear dirty Dublin: an endearing expression for Dublin, but Lady Morgan's role in its coinage questioned, in the article Lady Morgan and "dear dirty Dublin"
12.477-80, etc. and 12.1588-92, etc. Crofton: the real life of another minor character - see James Crofton: a tradition of public service
15 Kate and Julia Morkan: see the series of articles on the Flynn family at Flynnlandia, or the rise (and fall) of the House of Usher
15 Bartell d'Arcy: the life of Bartle McCarthy, a popular tenor at the Pro-Cathedral, investigated in The man behind Bartell d'Arcy
15.4 halldoor bell: the system of calling bells operated from an ironwork device on the front railings explained in Bells to call the servants
15.810-12 “His name,” said Aunt Kate, “was Parkinson": read when the Misses Morkan might have heard the English tenor William Parkinson in Old Parkinson, the English tenor
15.1028-9 laid on here like the gas: see Laid on like the gas for the history of this expression
Xmas Eve (1993) p. 40 Can't you talk?: see the picture of a child and a dog alluded to by Joyce in the article Can't you talk?
Notes Emily Lyons: for more information on Nora's childhood friend found in the streets of Galway City see the article Emily Lyons sets sail for Boston
445.29-30 far away on the pillow: the poetic source for the allusion pinned down in the article A pillow on the billow
Poems and Shorter Works
71 Quaint-perched aerie: the young Joyce adapts Jerome K. Jerome in his early poem, according to the article Observing from his quaint-perched aerie
I. 646-66: the history of a geographical joke uncovered in the article When is a thigh not a thigh?
I.1645-6 Peter Parley himself was on the first page: the drawing of Peter Parley "with his broad hat like a Protestant minister" revealed in the article Peter Parley's Tales of the ancients
II. 87 the silent telegraph-poles passing his window swiftly every four seconds: more on the calculation of the speed of the Dublin-Cork night-train, in The speed of the train during prayer
III. 127 My excellent friend Bombados: The quotation is from Pepita, a comic opera in three acts, by Charles Lecocq. The character's name should read Bombardos. For details see: Harald Beck, "My Excellent Friend Bombados", in James Joyce Broadsheet 83, June 2009, p. 3. (HB)
IV. 216 crossblind: read up on this decorative feature in The crossblind crux
V. A. mad nun screeching: discover St Vincent's Hospital, Fairview, as Joyce knew it
V. 279 A crocodile seized the child: read up on the Classical crocodile syllogism in Did he bring his crocodile?
V. 2745-50 John Alphonsus Mulrenan: a real-life Mulrennan suggested in the article Mulrennan from the west of Ireland
XX (pp. 117-8) Glynn: a likely source for Cranly's friend Glynn offered in the article Professor Bloody-Big-Umbrella Glynn
XXI (p. 133) human ostrich: historical prototypes for the expression provided in the article The human ostrich
XXVI. (p. 221) MAD COW AT CABRA: a constellation of newspaper stories near Bloomsday highlighted in Mad Cow at Cabra