Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Monday, 20 February 2017, Pages 364-365

We read as far as "No mum has the rod to pud a stub to the lurch of amotion." (365.27)

Well, the above sentence is said to be the variation of a statement Parnell made at a speech at Cork on 21 January 1885.  Parnell said: "No man has the right to fix the boundary to the march of a nation."

We are still in the Tavern. Earwicker, the tavern-keeper, is defending himself. Joseph Campbell* offers the following English translation to some of the sections we read today:
".. Twenty-off females are hurrying to the post office with presents for my valued favour. The true Irish approve the raid. It is all clean fun and may the devil rape the handsomest. And if my legitimate went cackling it about, scattering all the riflings of her vacuum (giving to all her life presents), I am, nevertheless, I like to think, a gentleman to the manner born. I confess the worst, as love rescuer of these missies who acquiesced in it...."

* From 'A Skeleton Key to Finnegans Wake', P. 233

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