Thursday, 21 June 2018

Monday, 18 June 2018, Pages 472 - 475


As Fritz will be away in Trieste and Dublin,
there will be no reading of FW on 25th June and 2nd July.

We shall continue with our reading of Finnegans Wake
on 9th July 2018.


In our reading of this week, we stopped at "... sweat of night blues moist upon them." (475.1)
(i.e., we completed chapter 2 of book 2, and started chapter 3 (book 2) which ends on page 554.)

The 28 biddies and Issy send Shaun finally off at the end of chapter 2. Calling him now Haun, their goodbye is peppered with praise: '... you did your strong nine furlong mile* in slick and slapstick record time.' They compare him to the phoenix bird (phaynixBennu) that rises out of the ashes. Then they send him off, telling him, 'Walk while ye have the night for morn', echoing the words of Jesus to his followers: 'Walk whilst you have the light, that the darkness overtake you not.'
* A mile has 8, not 9 furlongs!

Chapter 3:

Joseph Campbell writes the following about Shaun and chapter 3:
(A Skeleton Key to Finnegans Wake, P. 237)

"The figure of Shaun, titanic and extensive, brutal, empty, long-winded, and sentimental, repeats in grotesque parody the patterns established long ago by the father. Shaun is not creative. He is the end, not the beginning, of a mighty destiny.... Whereas HCE was always up again and around, Shaun will quickly fade....
In the present chapter we find him already exhausted, grandly spawning across a hillock in County Meath, which is the umbilical centre of the Green Isle** of the World. Known now as Yawn, he has carried into full decline the ageless dynastic line of his fathers."
** Green Isle = Ireland

Monday, 11 June 2018

monday, 4 June 2018, Pages 470 - 472

Imp: Reading will continue of Monday, 18 June 2018

We read as far as "Our Chris-Na-Murty!'  (472.15)

Juan seems to be finally leaving. The 28 +1 Biddies are passing on their good bye wishes to him; for example, they wish ' May your bawny hair grow rarer and fairer, our own only wideheaded boy!' (.... our one and only white bodied boy?). They call him by many names: Huan (= Shaun, Juan?), Joss-el-Jovan (Joss: European name for a Chinese household god; el: Old Testament name for god; Jovan: Jupiter, Jehovah)* and Chris-na-Murty (Krishnamurti)**

* Source:
** Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895 -1986), a speaker, philosopher, writer, who was initiated by Annie Besant into the Theosophical Society and groomed to become its World Teacher. An experience he had in 1922 finally led him to quit Theosophical Society. Krishnamurti did become an acknowledged 'teacher' of how to lead one's life. He also established schools in India and UK, where he wanted that children will be brought up free of usual prejudices and be able to realise their true potential. (Visit:

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Monday, May 14, 2018, Pages 467 - 469

Please note that there will be no reading next Monday, 21 May (Whitsuntide/Pentecost).

The last reading stopped at "... hearing ho." (469.1)

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Monday, May 7, 2018, Pages 466 - 467

We stopped at "... worrid expressionism on his megalogue?" (467.8)

Instead of a megalogue what we have been experiencing here mostly is a monologue by Shaun. It shall undoubtedly continue for another couple of pages. At least.

When the book is read, do try to decipher the following sentences:
'Fee gate has Heenan hoity, mind uncle Hare?' (466.29)
'The tower is precluded, the mob's in her petticoats;...' (466.32)

Tuesday, 1 May 2018