An Affair of Honour
U 16.491-4: Though not an implicit believer in the lurid story narrated (or the eggsniping transaction for that matter despite William Tell and the Lazarillo-Don Cesar de Bazan incident depicted in Maritana on which occasion the former’s ball passed through the latter’s hat)
The answer to the question how this ephemeral news item survived 100 years before it found its way into a late Paris note sheet for Eumaeus and Penelope2 and into the proofs of Eumaeus in December 1921 lies in the issue of the Freeman’s Journal of 1 October 1921. Here it can be found under the heading “100 years ago in the Freeman’s Journal”. Aunt Josephine, whom Joyce thanks on 14 October 1921 for her prompt reply to a letter asking for information, seems to be the most likely source for a newspaper that would hardly have been available in Paris.
1 Edward Fitzball, Maritana (1845), act. 3, scene 1, p. 29. Music by W. V. Wallace.
2 Phillip Herring, Joyce’s Notes and Drafts for Ulysses. Selections from the Buffalo Collection, Charlottesville 1977, p. 77.
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