Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Monday, 19 June 2017, Pages 389-390

The reading stopped with "That old fellow knows milk though he's not used to it latterly." (390.28)

Ah, dearo, dear, are these pages dense! There was mention of the Trinity college (catholic) and four others (protestant). The number 1132 appeared again, this time along with 1169.  Anthony Burgess has a good explanation of the significance of the number 1132 here. (Even Fritz Senn says that nobody else has come up till now with a better explanation!). The number 1169 could refer to the year of the Norman invasion of Ireland.

The four old men - divorced, widowed (??) -, are still around, still narrating their recollection of Tristam and Isolde. 

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