Thursday, September 18, 2014

FW 1.15c --the orchestral string section--

1.15a: Then as she is on her behaviourite job of quainance bandy, fruting for firstlings and taking her tithe...
1.15b: like so many heegills and collines, sitton aroont, scentbreeched and somepotreek, in their swishawish...
1.15c: We may see and hear nothing if we choose of the shortlegged bergins off Corkhill or the bergamoors...
1.15d: though every crowd has its several tones and every trade has its clever mechanics and each harmonical...
1.15e: But all they are all there scraping along to sneeze out a likelihood that will solve and salve life's robulous...
1.15f: Behove this sound of Irish sense. Really? Here English might be seen. Royally? One sovereign punned...

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We may see and hear nothing if we choose

ear/eye (see/hear)

why would we choose not to see or hear musicians? simple negativity?

of the shortlegged bergins off Corkhill

shortfingered = dishonest? (cf FW31 "that none too genial humour which William the Conk on the spindle side had inherited with the hereditary whitelock and some shortfingeredness from his greataunt Sophy")

German Berg: mountain

Alf BergAn: law clerk to the subsheriff in City Hall on Cork Hill, Dublin (character in Ulysses Cyclops) called 'little'

berg = viol (musical instruments)

violin (musical instruments)

Cork Hill, Arbour Hill, Summer Hill, Misery Hill, and Constitution Hill (why five? string quintet??)
if Cork Hill suits Alf Bergan, do the others have comparable associations?

or the bergamoors of Arbourhill

viola d'amore (musical instruments)

or the bergagambols of Summerhill

viola da gamba (musical instruments)
gambol = frisk, dance

or the bergincellies of Miseryhill

violoncello (musical instruments)

cellmates in jail?

or the countrybossed bergones of Constitutionhill

contrabass (musical instruments)

bossed by others, or acting like a boss?

violone (musical instruments)

'bergIns... bergAmoors... bergAgambols... bergIncellies... bergOnes'
= i a a i o?


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