Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Monday, 13 February 2017, Pages: 363-364

We stopped with a nice phrase: "Ears to hears!"(364.14)

Whose ears, who hears? Taken along with the preceding word, 'Attonsure!', Hans says that this refers to the St. John tonsure. Read more about it here.

The following* is taken from Joseph Campbell's A Skeleton Key to Finnegans Wake (my current 'Bible' for Finnegans Wake!). It refers to the early part of the section starting with 'Guilty but fellows culpows!' on page 363.

"Now ensues one of the most moving moments of the book. HCE, his back to the wall, delivers with dignity and noble resignation an apologia for his life. Acknowledging his crimes, and even confessing to one hitherto unknown (apparently he drowned someone long ago, and the corpse has been discovered floating in the surf), this patriarchal sinner points out that the good he has done for his people heavily outweighs the evil......"

**New World Library edition, Pages 232-233, 1944, Reprinted 2005, ISBN 1-57731-405-0

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