Thursday, September 11, 2014

FW 1.62-64a --a written record--

1.64a: (Stoop) if you are abcedminded, to this claybook, what curios of signs (please stoop), in this allaphbed!...
1.64b: Many. Miscegenations on miscegenations. Tieckle. They lived und laughed ant loved end left. Forsin...
1.64c: In the ignorance that implies impression that knits knowledge that finds the nameform that whets the wits...
1.64d: But with a rush out of his navel reaching the reredos of Ramasbatham. A terricolous vivelyonview this...
1.64e: Here say figurines billycoose arming and mounting. Mounting and arming bellicose figurines see here...
1.64f: When a part so ptee does duty for the holos we soon grow to use of an allforabit. Here (please to stoop)...
1.64g: Right rank ragnar rocks and with these rox orangotangos rangled rough and rightgorong. Wisha, wisha...
1.64h: Olives, beets, kimmells, dollies, alfrids, beatties, cormacks and daltons. Owlets' eegs (O stoop to please!)...
1.64i: Our durlbin is sworming in sneaks. They came to our island from triangular Toucheaterre beyond the wet prairie...
1.64k: Somedivide and sumthelot but the tally turns round the same balifuson. Racketeers and bottloggers.

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synopsis: the book itself — a hoard of alphabets, snakes, etc.

FDV: "Stoop, what curios of signs, (stoop)," →
"Stoop, if you are abcedminded, {to this claybook,} what curios of signs, (please stoop) in this allaphbed,"

MUTT: Ore you astoneaged, jute you?

Norwegian øre: ear (ear/eye)
iron ore, Iron Age

are you astonished
Stone Age

you Jute
damn you?

JUTE: Oye am thonthorstrok, thing mud!

Norwegian øye: eye

I am thunderstruck
Thon, once worshipped in England, may be Thor
Thor, the Norse god of thunder, was patron of the Scandinavian Thing
maybe? Old Norse Ragnarøkr: destruction of the Norse gods

person made from mud

the transition here is an abrupt shift in tone:

(Stoop), if you are abcedminded, to this claybook,

stoop = lower yourself
Stop Please Stop 

fw1 no comma after parenthesis (so is fw2 just taking editorial license here?)

VI.B15.159: 'abced'
Old English abecede: alphabet
inclined to alphabetise (cf OCD)

VI.B15.156: 'claybook' Clodd: The Story of the Alphabet  89: (of cuneiform writing) 'abundant clay... Upon this the characters were impressed by a reed... the clay-books being afterwards baked or sun-dried'
(clay = mud = shit)

romans à clef (pronounced 'clay') = novels about real people under the guise of fiction (literally French 'novels with a key') but did Joyce accept this description of his works? this may be the closest he comes to even mentioning the phrase

what curios of signs (please stoop) in this allaphbed!

curio = collectable artifact
Greek kurios: lord

"curios of signs" (the signs are separate from and precede the artifacts/curios?)

VI.B15.159: 'alaphbet' Story of the Alphabet 122: 'the very word ALPHABET... is obviously derived from the names of the two letters alpha and beta... which are plainly identical with the names aleph and beth borne by the corresponding Semitic characters'
cf U68: "He crossed Townsend street, passed the frowning face of Bethel. El, yes: house of: Aleph, Beth."

bed (part of printing press)

Can you rede (since We and Thou had it out already) its world?

German reden: to speak

Lane-Poole, The Speeches & Table-Talk of the Prophet Mohammad xl: 'the "we" (God), and "thou" (Mohammad), and "ye" (the audience), of the Koran'
so: can you readers read its word, since God and Mohammed (Joyce??) already have?

"had it out" = discussed it
worked out its meaning

cf above "He who runes may rede it"


It is the some told of all.

same (fw1 had "same")


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