Saturday, 27 January 2018

Monday, 22 January 2018

We read till "... twelve good and gleeful men." (443.12)

Shaun is acting in quite a rough and tough manner with Issy. His intentions of what he will do to anybody who makes any improper advances to her is very, very clear. He tells her, 'we'll dumb well soon show him what the Shaun way is like....'  Shaun proclaims that he will break his outsider's face for him, that he will burst his mouth like Leary to the Leinsterface and will ournhisn liniments to a poolp.

Joyce is said to have noted the following regarding  'Leary to the Leinsterface':
'Kinane: St. Patrick 111: (quoting Petrie's Tara) 'The body of Laeghaire was... interred... with his face turned southward upon the Lagenians as it were fighting with them, for he was the enemy of the Lagenians (men of Leinster) in his lifetime'.

McHugh offers an explaination to 'liniments'. Accordingly Joyce took 'liniments' from the poem, 'A Question Answered' by William Blake (1757 - 1827).

The poem, A Question Answered':

What is it men in women do require?
The lineaments of gratified desire.
What is it women in men do require?
The lineaments of gratified desire.

McHugh notes that Joyce used the phrase 'lineaments of gratified desire' in Ulysses too. This phrase is used by Stephen in reference to Buck Mulligan in episode 11, Scylla and Charybdis, the library episode.

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