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The post-WW I future is not as rosy as some suppose. The Joyce of the FW years seems always to have known this. There are several seven-arched bridges in existence; probably the likeliest to be pertinent was built in in Newport, County Mayo. No direct link indicated in ms. In Fn. See first note to. Joyce gets revenge for this crack in I. Hence the wink. My thanks to Stephen Sas for this information. Did Joyce know that in Manhattan you can never or almost never see the stars? Also, Clongowes. Here, it seems to double with something like Lamarckian embryology: the twins are different because of some external occurrence or influence in the womb.

After all, they did wrestle there. In Ulysses , Bloom wonders whether his son Rudy died shortly after childbirth because of the external circumstances of his conception, and in the same vein speculates that Milly is blonde because Molly was thinking of his predecessor, the blonde Mulvey, when Milly was conceived. Also, compare Tristram Shandy. The silver birch and quicken a. Not likely to have been all that jubilant, since Albert had died late in Whether of marriage or other anniversary, or, of course, hair silver connotes longevity.

Also, see note to. Also, Liffey waves, similarly stirred by the wind. Also, the Joyces, like the Blooms, sometimes slept head-to-foot. Also, a four-digit telephone number. In many places, seven-digit numbers had become standard by the mid-thirties. Among other properties, cauls are supposed to protect against drowning. Since translating implies publishing, it may be pertinent that the publisher Houghton-Mifflin had an Arion-on—dolphin logo. Much of the corresponding main text describes instinctive behavior, especially of animals.

The linked Fn. Also, similarly conciliatory, the goatherd lying down with his goats. Frumenty is usually considered a treat. A major FW motif: according to Ellmann, it thrilled the infant Joyce, and he seems never to have gotten over it. There is one in Coolock, a few miles away. Benedict the Moor — though as far as I can tell Ireland has no churches in his honor. Bloodstones are jade in color, with flecks of red. The note does take us back near to a picture of the married couple.

The overall sense of Fn. Next entry continues the thread. Here, just as his seven-colored suit. Also, compare 6. Also, probably a sign of female sexual response; see next item. British postmen wore wear? March is proverbially the most changeable of months comes in like a lion, etc. Typical student would be a young woman. Even today, some editors balk at contractions. The speaker seems to have become increasingly untrustworthy.

After the exchange about contractions Fn. In this regard, note. Also, spring itself — again, usually beginning on the 21st of March. Point being, the 29 here may also be a Old faiths — witchcraft, Druidism — occasionally surface. Auden, anyway, took this as a reference to himself. A friend of his, fellow poet William Meredith, told me this. This version of the FW letter is derived from, or similar to, a sample from a book on the proper writing of letters.

Problems: 1. In general,. In any case, certainly coarsens the tone in a hurry, from either Quinet or LM 2. Anyway, all are. Occurs in this sense among others in Ulysses.

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Caesar had Vercingetorix paraded as prisoner in a triumph before ordering him strangled. The speaker here seems to be indignant that the Gallic Celt Vercingetorix has received more historical recognition than the Spanish Celtic defenders of Numantia. Irish, from the land of turf.

A woman of the world, she knows he has a past but here, sir, is mine: full disclosure. And, of course, his arithmetic lesson begins by counting the fingers on his hand — French main. The Joycean will at once recognize the moo-cow coming down the road in the first sentence of A Portrait. All of this first round of names for his fingers are baby-ish. Only the pope can create cardinals; he may be playing at it. It can also mean a casual sexual encounter, usually for money. In other words, at this stage the young Kev is going to the bad. A good deal of this page is about tyranny facilitated by numbers: for instance, the thirty-nine articles , agent of Anglican domination of Ireland.

Ellmann Joyce found Rouen a miserable place. Upright, an umbrella. The figure will return, more or less, at A telegraph pole near the border between them might therefore be visible or re-visible from one to the other. The language here mimics that of textbook exercises. Would seem to go with reclining 8 becoming. This despite their busy, buzzing clitties, being stimulated by the bike-riding. Girls riding bicycles in Joyce are always, following the conventional wisdom of his youth, being brazen.

Bicycles, with their two wheels, are yet another variation on the theme of 8 and. Also, given bicycle context, probably one of those early models, called a high-wheeler, with one big wheel in front. Later, beginning about , a brand of camera. Also, slang for a glance: take a dekko of that. Also — see previous note — photographers care about sunlight. Miscegenetic rape.

In one Arab legend, a wingless arrow is used to randomly determine which of ten sons is to be sacrificed at the Kaaba. Always or almost always, as here, signals usually exasperated befuddlement. Ulysses Kev is in a frenzied state here both because the lesson is difficult and because he is the thick one. Fits the footnote Fn. Also, a reprise of the bicycle and tricycle of the previous page: Fn. Neither do I. Turning a new page McHugh in sense of turning over a new leaf. Like studying French for years and then going to France only to find that the kids speak the language better than you do.

There were four of them. Trigonometry will follow. Again, Shem was the original Semite. Starting at Brendan O Hehir notes the following: 1. It was conventional wisdom of the time that athletics deflected and dispersed energies that might otherwise lead to political or other violence. Also, ordinal numbers, as opposed to the cardinal numbers Some pious Catholics make a practice of crossing themselves when passing a church.

The Irish are commanded to show deference to their betters, whether Dean Swift or Danish conquerors, either by hat-removing or arse-kissing. Also, may refer to the repulsed and retreating French naval invasion at Bantry Bay, Compare 6. Perhaps also coupons, either for rationing i. This passage is especially thick in equal-opposite readings, but the general on the whole, false sense is that no amount of riches can tempt the natives to leave Ireland.

Given emigrant theme, may also be relevant that greenback dollars and gold coins signify American wealth. Both Indies were synonymous with fabulous riches. On the air since ; concerts were re-broadcast in Europe. Joyce enjoyed listening to American radio. For the whole sequence, compare In Joyce stayed in several hotels in Rouen and vicinity; what with weather and health, he found it pretty ruinous Ellmann, Compare , Fn. Allusion to Sir John Harington, proverbial inventor of the toilet and therefore a force for progress. Glasheen finds him elsewhere in FW but not here. The change from Old Style to New Style also involved synchronizing.

General sense, which will run through the next lines, is that Tristram-type is transformed into return of Mark-type, who with combination of power and priestcraft re claims Iseult and the other young lovelies of Ireland. Expressions of the latter sort are frequent in 19th century English novels. Throughout FW , white cheeks often signify innocence, real or affected, blushing the opposite.

Extreme unction was administered with olive oil, also used in lamps. Obviously, a practice open to abuse. Language of marriage. Also, his seagoing craft is receding with the ebbing tide. Fits Russian-Potemkin theme. Probably goes with Cornish setting, including wreckers; Treasure Island is set in southwest England. Sounds reasonable to me. Surely it was the monument, not the tree, that everyone insulted. Glasheen notes the repeated pairing of Sarah and Sally. It would be neat to see this as a prophecy of Elizabeth II.

Glasheen does. Not impossible that we should read this cattily. Ears pricked up. Ears pricked for earrings. O HCE! Often a site for gathering, rallies, etc. In retrospect, The context suggests the search lights used on the battlefields of WW I. In fact, I suggest that this sequence in general is implying that Joyce is doing with words what Shakespeare did in his day. So: overdetermined, as usual — plus, as outlined on pages of my book Joyce and Reality , including, over the next twelve pages, an operation for glaucoma.

The operation involves a triangular flap of the sclera being cut and peeled back like the dotted triangle of the diagram, and when completed, the result looks exactly like a keyhole. Also by alcoholism: see It will not be completed until Name the two points of intersection between the two circles. Further steps in Euclid will prove that the resulting triangle is equilateral.

At this juncture, the exercise takes a departure: two additional dotted lines are inscribed The diction after this point becomes notably monosyllabic, for a while. Historically, Eve has taken the fall for the Fall, but see Also, simply: evening, falling, paired with. This shows, again, that they have a straightedge as well as compasses First incision. Here, it includes ducks, quacking. Also, jail-house. Buddha was certainly corpulent. Theatre setting would seem to confirm.

Ting ting! One recalls Byzantium. Tanners see previous entry soak animal skins in urine. As the sometime mountain HCE, sitting on his pot, he blowing down, not up. Google Books has about forty hits for the period The reason that Saturday was the night for taking baths and that Monday was the day for washing. No idea why. Eggs, like rabbits and cards, are common props in magic acts.

German kunst , art, primarily applies to visual art but can also signify music, for instance by. LM 3 confirms this reading. Gist: you prefer women; I prefer men. Goes without saying that tires are round, like the compass-drawn circles? Sexual innuendo? Also, of course, Lucifer is the fallen angel of light. The match will go out at But then of course Joyce repeatedly links the sexual and the excremental, not to mention male and female.

As in diagram of So which is it? Is it hot in here, or is it me? Patrick and the Druid, when the latter sees everything as green, the question will be: is that because, as at for instance The story first appeared in Also — reversing the usual order — by sinning originally, Adam caused paradise to be lost for Eve. Compare Ulysses The juxtaposition surely owes something to the standard depiction e. Both Humpty Dumpty and Cosmic mother Egg — hence the capitalization — are in play as well.

Beginning of a church service, probably low church. Intermittent interchangeability of Roman and Greek letters is, well, confusing. Eel pie was is? There is also an Eel Pie island in the Thames. Together, eel pie and pale ale sound like a standard pub grub combo. Not clear to me what they were doing atop her headdress heels over head? A penis loses volume after ejaculation. Not sure exactly how, but this almost certainly carries forward the egg-hatching of the previous page.

A Pookah variously spelled is a Celtic shape-changer, sometimes but not always it can also be a horse appearing as a rabbit or mouse or other diminutive animal. Her afterbirth is now useless — dead water. The Dead Sea, lowest place on the planet, cannot sustain marine life.


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Your wish was mewill. It occurs frequently in Augustine. Also, a sex-change note: excepting naval pennants, pennants are triangular. Joyce was of course intimately familiar with such matters, if only from having spent time wearing an eyepatch. Compare, e. Because the orbical orbiting of each is elliptical, both literally and figuratively, there never or almost never was a match of the sort that would be possible with two perfect circles. They cannot quite, as in a stereoscope, coordinate one figure with the exact same figure as seen from a different perspective. Also proudest, firiest.

Probably not coincidental that Nicholas of Cusa anticipated Bruno, and that the speaker here is Nick. An old idea popularized by Nietzsche; Bruno believed it. According to Jewish folklore, Lilith, made at the same time and from the same substance as Adam, would have been much closer kin than Eve, made later from his rib.

So: this was the real original sin, than which nothing is badder. Appears this way, almost, in Chaucer. Also: disputed tradition that Oliver Cromwell visited — and may have slept at — the castle of Rosyth, where his grandmother had been born; also, interestingly, that through his grandmother he was connected to the royal Stewarts. Hence, bullshit, believed in by the gullible.

Compare American jackalope. Given that, I suggest that this marks a shift in the dialogue — Shem answering back to Shaun. See, for instance, Also, of course, D, the delta letter. Also, for a while in the 17th century, high heels were fashionable for men. Simpering, like lisping, was, around the same time, sometimes taken as a sign of too much gentility — signalizing, among men, the overbred and effeminate.

Rolls over backward on his arse and thus shows us his heels. Like the straight-edge figure on , if the dotted outline is included. Nothing in particular seems to have brought it on. May be relevant that the most famous Doodle of all was Yankee Doodle. Would make sense if speaker had just been slugged. Continuation of prizefighting strand. The cosh in RM 1 may reinforce this reading: for whatever reason, somebody sure wants to get, and use, a cosh.

As with the earlier math lesson — unhappily revived in his mind at. Also, he covered his arms with lambskin to convince Isaac that he was the hairier brother. He does, whether that means the brotherly cross-talk ending at Not that that would necessarily be wise: quick-before-you-know-it probably produces less agony. To nibble ravenously would, to be sure, constitute a contradiction in terms — no biggie, in FW.

Again, the one with the eyepatch, in pictures of Joyce. Also, boxing: when a boxer is up against the ropes, they become tauter. Overall, as elsewhere in this passage e. In the ongoing boxing strain: Give him no quarter. Also, the beleaguered individual being described, with his jugular vein swelling near to bursting. Probably obvious.

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Also: a man in a straitjacket or strait waistcoat , i. Call a bloodlekar! Compare Bloom-Martha. It will be mainly a sob story. The letter is also a stage production. Joyce had gone through what was at times certainly a rough spell, including heavy drinking, in Trieste. Presumably refers to. In the Church of England, a curate has a government job. In Dublin, as opposed to Paris, the right bank is south of the river, the left bank to the north.

Put together in this military context e. Also, hymeneal feasts — weddings — are occasions of rejoicing. Glasheen thinks this occurrence combines Rolf and Olaf. It sounds like an avuncular warning to some young woman about an untrustworthy suitor, but nothing about either of those two seems to fill the bill.

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As one of the Sherlock Holmes stories attests, satin hats needed regular brushing. What follows will be a second missive, this one a love letter, either written by Shem, Cyrano-like, on behalf of his rival, or as a collaboration between the two. Joyce once described himself, as a writer, as someone stumbling ahead until the perfect word showed up at his feet.

Some pens could certainly be enclosed with rope. This signature comes from Jerry, a type of Kev, Shem, etc. Sounds like account of a football match. As noted at Also, given spell of American black dialect e. The degree of their correlation with the yogic chakras see McHugh of LM 1 seems, as best I can tell, uneven. Maybe just because it has to do with the head and Shaw had a big one. Yeats , p. In Iron Curtain, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Anne Applebaum describes how the Communist regimes of Eastern Europe were created and what daily life was like once they were complete.

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    But after the war has ended, she presumes the events of those years have been relegated to the past for ever. Vogue X Music. Vincent alongside Debbie Harry, and much more. Benny has a lot on his mind when he is called to a top-priority murder case. The identity of the victim is a mystery, as is the reason for her killing. Gradually, Benny and his colleague Vaughn Cupido begin to work out the roots of the story, which reach as far away as England and Holland… and as far back as the seventeenth century.

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    Twenty years ago Helen Franklin did something she cannot forgive herself for, and she has spent every day since barricading herself against its memory. But her sheltered life is about to change. A strange manuscript has come into her possession. It is filled with testimonies from the darkest chapters of human history, which all record sightings of a tall, silent woman in black, with unblinking eyes and bleeding feet: Melmoth, the loneliest being in the world.

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    And when the dust settled, what emerged is this short but razor-sharp book which reflects critically on the turbulent yet remarkable life of Winnie. Despite their apparent abundance of resources, our cities often leave the urban poor hungry, heavy and sick. And to really understand that, we need to go right back to the beginning.

    Edith Graydon was born on Christmas Day in in east London. She was the eldest of five children of prosperous lower middle class parents — her father William was a clerk and her mother Ethel a housewife whose father was a policeman. William also had a part time job as a dancing teacher, and his daughter grew up to love performing. She left school at the age of 15 in and worked in the fashion industry, doing well at a London millinery firm.

    She was promoted several times until she became their chief buyer, and travelled twice to Paris for work. In , Edith also met Percy Thompson, a shipping clerk three years her senior. They were engaged for six years, eventually getting married in when Edith was She kept working, and the pair initially lived in Southend before buying a house in the outer east London borough of Ilford.

    The Thompsons lived what appeared to be a happy, comfortable married life, but judging by what happened next, it would seem that Edith was bored or even depressed at her newly suburban, grown up existence. Afterwards, Percy suggested that Frederick lodge with the Thompsons in Ilford on the rare occasions that he got leave from his ship, and Bywaters accepted. Of course, Percy found out.

    In the ensuing argument, Frederick demanded that her husband allow Edith a divorce so the lovers could be together, but Percy just raged and banished him from the house. Afterwards, Edith said later, Percy became violent — hitting her several times and throwing her across the room. Frederick went to sea again for his job in September and remained away for a whole year. In September , Frederick returned to London on leave, and he and Edith reconnected.

    On 3 October, Edith and her husband were walking home from Ilford station late at night after going to the theatre in central London when a man jumped out from behind some bushes by the road and attacked Percy with a knife. The attacker ran away and her husband died before help arrived. When the police arrived, Edith identified the attacker as Frederick Bywaters and explained his connection to herself and her husband. I can only assume that she was confident at this point that she was considered to be just a witness to the crime, otherwise it seems like a strangely helpful way for a murder suspect to behave.

    The letters, you see, contained references to certain thrillers that Edith had read, including one called Bella Donna by Robert Hichens , in which a wife poisons her husband. As well as declaring her passionate love for Frederick, these missives also hinted at her desire that he should replace Percy as her husband, possibly using violent means if necessary. At one point, she claimed to Frederick that she had tried murdering Percy by putting ground up glass in his mashed potato.

    The proceedings opened on 6 December The trial only lasted a few days, because Frederick made it all quite straightforward. He had cooperated fully with the police, even showing them where the knife he had used to stab Percy was hidden. He said that his own intention had not been to murder Percy, but to confront him and frighten him into agreeing to release Edith from their marriage. The case against Edith looked like it would easily collapse.

    So how did it go so wrong for Edith Thompson? Afterwards, her lawyer put her conviction down to the fact that she had insisted on giving evidence in her own defence. Her biographer, Rene Weis , writes that she was convinced that if she spoke, she could convince the jury that her relationship with Frederick was no sordid suburban affair but rather a grand romantic passion. She had been mortified by hearing her love letters read out tonelessly in court and seen her parents humiliated and in tears, Weis writes.

    Unfortunately, her appearance seems to have had the opposite effect. She contradicted herself on the witness stand and appeared alternately melodramatic and self pitying. The judge, Sir Montague Shearman, particularly seemed inclined against her, since he began the part of his summing up that referred to her without even using her name. The guilty verdict was delivered on 11 December. Both Edith and Frederick were sentenced to death by hanging. To the salacious delight of the newspaper reporters in the press gallery, Edith collapsed in hysterics at the news, while Frederick shouted loudly about her innocence.

    Since he was nine years younger than her, commentators enjoyed portraying him as an innocent youth led astray by a manipulative older woman. Of course, this could have been what happened. A big part of her miscalculation was in how the public, and crucially the jury, would respond to her letters. There was a heavy vein of sexism in the way the case against her was built, because the prosecution argued that her love of romantic, fanciful books led her to indulge in lethal fantasies that eventually led to action. In , Britain was still gripped by the idea, compounded by the figures released for the census, that the country contained over a million more women than men after all of the male casualties in the first world war.

    If guilty, she had also brought about the needless deaths of two men. Her lawyers did appeal, but unsuccessfully. There was even a public petition to stop the execution of Edith and Frederick with over a million signatures, but that was rejected too. Less than a month over her conviction, Edith Thompson was dragged into that shed at Holloway Prison and hanged. Subsequent commentators, including Weis, have interpreted this as a miscarriage, suggesting that it was possible that Edith was pregnant.

    If so, she should never have been hanged — the law forbade it. You might know her as the author of the semi-autobiographical The Diary of a Provincial Lady, but she was also a novelist and close friend of the Golden Age detective writer Anthony Berkeley. One of the most interesting novels to be influenced by the case was The Documents in the Case , a collaboration between Dorothy L.

    Sayers and the scientist Robert Eustace. The whole story is told through letters and documents relevant to the case, so the reader feels as if they are playing the role of detective themselves. It opened in London in , but was swiftly banned by the Lord Chamberlain because of its supposedly racy content, and then remained unperformed until Exactly what Agatha Christie thought might be funny about this case is sadly not recorded. However, there are traces of the case in his film Stage Fright , and in the film Suspicion , which stars Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine, ground glass is used as a murder weapon.

    Novelists and film makers are still finding inspiration in the case and the works it spawned today. After the Ministry of Justice finally allowed an exhumation, an ambulance took it to the City of London cemetery where it was laid in the same grave as her mother and father, just as her parents had always wanted. She might be at rest at last, but the story of Edith Thompson lives on.

    I wish all my listeners a very happy new year, and thank you very much for sticking with the podcast into Do come and take a look at instagram. On the morning of 9 January , a brutal and horrifying execution took place at Holloway Prison in London. Long after she was dead, her story would inspire authors like James Joyce, E.

    Delafield, Dorothy L. Sayers and Sarah Waters, and you can find traces of it in many detective novels published in the decades since. For lots of fans, the physical act of reading these books, of racing through the story and seeing the number of unread pages dwindling towards the solution is part of the joy. But for a great many people, their main contact with detective fiction — in particular the stories of Agatha Christie — is via film and television adaptations.

    This is nothing new. Interest in transforming Christie stories and novels for the screen is still as strong as ever. In the last few years, the BBC has produced a succession of new adaptations by the screenwriter Sarah Phelps, with a new one screened every Christmas. The national interest in these productions is so great that newspapers write stories about every aspect of them, and speculate endlessly as to what bits of the plot will remain the same and what will change. Given the intense scrutiny and the vast existing canon, I decided to investigate this phenomenon further.

    What is it really like to adapt an Agatha Christie today? Adaptations are a bit of a speciality with her, with her versions of Oliver Twist and Great Expectations broadcast by the BBC in and Sarah : Oh I read the novel. I read the novel or the short story and I sort of go away and think about it a bit. Caroline : The temptation with adaptations, especially when working with a really well-known text like an Agatha Christie or a Charles Dickens novel, is to get dug into all the previous versions. Somebody is on the floor. Was it a poker. Was it somebody with a candlestick.

    But what really surprised me when I read And Then There Were None was just how savage it was and it was utterly remorseless. It was very very cruel and strangely subversive with this weird gallows humour. And I I loved it and I kept thinking actually what this is is this is about the rhythms of Greek tragedy where action begets action begets action and then you are heading towards your end or judgment and nothing you do or say is going to help.

    And I felt really excited by that and I felt that you know it was pretty much written and published in the same year which was When she came to start adapting it, it showed Sarah a whole new side to Agatha Christie, the supposedly staid author of pleasing little puzzles. Sarah : So I kind of took that shock and now nightmare quality and and wrote that. Caroline : For Christmas , Sarah Phelps has adapted The ABC Murders , a Poirot novel from in which the Belgian sleuth has to pit his wits against a serial killer slaying people with alliterative names in alphabetical order.

    In her approach to it, she decided to set it in a particular moment in s British history, which has a lot of resonances with today.

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