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079.01took the ham of, the plain being involved in darkness, low cirque
079.01+VI.B.2.005f (b): 'involve plain in darkness'
079.01+Morris: Life of St. Patrick 186: (of the Druid Luchat Mael, in his contest with Saint Patrick) 'By his spells and incantations he brought snow upon the ground up to the men's girdles, and involved the whole plain in darkness, but he could neither remove the snow nor dispel the darkness, both of which disappeared at the prayer of Patrick'
079.01+(poor visibility)
079.01+Motif: dark/fair [.04] [078.27-079.04]
079.01+Low Church Whiggery: a contemptuous term referring to the perceived whiggish (liberal) attitudes of Low Churchmen (members of the Church of England who place low emphasis on church rituals and church authority)
079.01+cirque: arena, amphiteatre, circus
079.02waggery, nay, even the first old wugger of himself in the flesh,
079.02+Slang wogger: wog; a dark-skinned foreigner, especially Arab (James Joyce: Ulysses.18.616: 'wogger she called him wogger')
079.02+(dark, pale; Motif: dark/fair) [.03] [078.27-079.04]
079.03whiggissimus incarnadined, when falsesighted by the ifsuchhewas
079.03+Whiggissimus: a named applied by Swift to Thomas Tickell (a minor 18th century English poet)
079.03+Archaic whiggish: pale (as whey)
079.03+Archaic incarnadine: flesh-coloured, blood-stained (William Shakespeare: Macbeth II.2.61: 'incarnadine')
079.03+if such he was
079.04bully on the hill for there had circulated freely fairly among his
079.04+Billy-in-the-Bowl: legless beggar and strangler in old Dublin [135.13]
079.04+fair [.01] [078.27-079.04]
079.05opposition the feeling that in so hibernating Massa Ewacka, who,
079.05+American Dialect massa: master (black slave dialect; James Joyce: Ulysses.14.1557: 'Massa Pat')
079.05+Master Earwicker
079.05+German Erwacher: awakener
079.05+Danish den Evige: the Eternal One
079.06previous to that demidetached life, had been known of barmi-
079.06+VI.B.25.168g (r): 'semidetached life'
079.06+semidetached house
079.06+J.C. Mangan: The Time of the Barmecides (the Barmecides were an 8th century Persian noble family)
079.06+phrase Barmecide's feast: not eating (after The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night, vol. I, 343: The Barber's Tale of his Sixth Brother, a story about make-believe food)
079.07cidal days, cook said, between soups and savours, to get outside
079.07+VI.B.1.161a (r): 'from soup to savoury'
079.07+phrase from soup to savoury: from the beginning to the end of a meal
079.07+Slang phrase to get outside: to eat (usually a specified considerable amount)
079.07+VI.B.25.166k (r): 'eat his own length in mackerel'
079.07+Daily News 28 Jul 1923, 5/1: 'Sands Hermits': 'After living for 10 years... on the beach... Huggett, aged 76, and his wife... received notice to quit... Huggett boasts that he makes a breakfast of 12 eggs and can eat his own length in mackerel'
079.08his own length of rainbow trout and taerts atta tarn as no man
079.08+VI.B.25.168f (r): 'rainbow trout'
079.08+VI.B.18.121b (k): 'taert, young salmon,'
079.08+phrase to a turn: (of meat) to the proper degree
079.08+VI.B.1.014c (r): 'Adam not born of W' ('not' not clear)
079.08+Haldane: Daedalus or Science and the Future 65: 'As we know, ectogenesis is now universal, and in this country less than 30 per cent of children are now born of woman'
079.08+William Shakespeare: Macbeth IV.1.80: 'for none of woman born Shall harm Macbeth'
079.09of woman born, nay could, like the great crested brebe, devour
079.09+great crested grebe: a water-bird that feeds on fish (including roach) [074.02]
079.10his threescoreten of roach per lifeday, ay, and as many minnow a
079.10+Psalms 90:10: 'The days of our years are threescore years and ten'
079.10+roach, minnow, salmon (fish)
079.11minute (the big mix, may Gibbet choke him!) was, like the salmon
079.11+Obsolete mix: a vile wretch
079.11+may God help him!
079.11+VI.B.25.167j (r): 'salmon ladder'
079.11+salmon ladder: a series of steps to enable salmon (and other fish) to ascend a fall or dam by a succession of leaps
079.11+VI.B.25.152e (r): 'Salmon Leap'
079.11+Salmon Leap: a former waterfall of the Liffey in Leixlip (a Scandinavian name, meaning 'salmon leap')
079.11+Salmon Leap: the name of a heroic feat performed by Cuchulainn in order to get over tall walls
079.11+salmon leap: a precipitous fall in a river (either natural or contrived artificially) over which salmon leap in ascending the river for breeding
079.12of his ladderleap all this time of totality secretly and by suckage
079.12+sucking (Motif: lactating male)
079.12+Archaic socage: a tenure of land in return for services or rent, but not military service
079.13feeding on his own misplaced fat.
079.13+Variants: {FnF, Vkg, JCM: ...feeding...} | {Png: ...feeing...}
079.13+VI.B.3.154d (r): 'misplaced fat'
079.13+(of his hump)
079.13+(of his breasts)
079.14     Ladies did not disdain those pagan ironed times of the first
079.14+{{Synopsis: I.4.1A.G: [079.14-079.26]: of women — and excrement}}
079.14+Iron Age
079.14+Irish Times (newspaper)
079.15city (called after the ugliest Danadune) when a frond was a friend
079.15+VI.B.6.112g (r): '*C* calls city after eldest' ('*C*' written over a 'C' (for Cain))
079.15+Lamy: Commentarium in Librum Geneseos I.257: 'Cainum, nonnisi ducentos vel trecentos annos post Henochi nativitatem, urbem condidisse, cui in honorem filii natu majoris nomen imposuerit' (Latin 'Not until two hundred or three hundred years after the birth of Enoch did Cain found a city, to which he gave the name in honour of his eldest son' (Genesis 4:17))
079.15+(Danish kings of Dublin)
079.15+Danu: mother-goddess of Tuatha Dé Danann (legendary Irish colonisers)
079.15+phrase a friend in need is a friend indeed
079.15+(use leaf to wipe oneself after defecation)
079.15+VI.B.1.005h (r): 'a ship was a ship indeed'
079.16inneed to carry, as earwigs do their dead, their soil to the earth-
079.16+(legend that Cain got the idea of burial from seeing an earwig burrowing in the soil by Abel's body)
079.16+(bury excrement)
079.16+German Erdball: globe, world
079.17ball where indeeth we shall calm decline, our legacy unknown.
079.17+Thomas Moore: Irish Melodies: song The Legacy: 'When in death I shall calmly recline' [air: unknown]
079.17+(the future of the Lane Bequest [.27] was much discussed, but remained unknown, during the 1920s and 1930s)
079.18Venuses were gigglibly temptatrix, vulcans guffawably eruptious
079.18+Venus: Roman goddess, the wife of Vulcan
079.18+giggles, guffaws
079.18+Latin tentatrix: temptress
079.19and the whole wives' world frockful of fickles. Fact, any human
079.19+whole wide world
079.19+wives' frocks full of fickles [236.12-.13]
079.19+Forficula: a genus of earwigs
079.19+German ficken: to have sex with
079.19+in fact
079.20inyon you liked any erenoon or efter would take her bare godkin
079.20+Irish iníon: girl, maiden, young woman; daughter
079.20+(morning or afternoon)
079.20+William Shakespeare: Hamlet III.1.76: 'bare bodkin' (Obsolete bodkin: dagger)
079.20+(bare arse)
079.20+godkin: minor deity, idol
079.20+Thomas Bodkin, Hugh Lane's nephew, was the driving force behind the decades-long attempts to return the Lane Pictures [.27] to Dublin
079.20+bodkin: long, needle-like instrument (e.g. used by women to fasten up their hair)
079.21out, or an even pair of hem, (lugod! lugodoo!) and prettily pray
079.21+(pair of buttocks)
079.21+Archaic hem: them
079.21+Lugus: Celtic deity (associated with triplicity, for example three faces)
079.21+look at! look at too!
079.22with him (or with em even) everyhe to her taste, long for luck,
079.23tapette and tape petter and take pettest of all. (Tip!) Wells she'd
079.23+French Slang tapette: chatterbox; homosexual; name of a children's marble game [058.23]
079.23+Motif: Tip [.27] [.34]
079.23+(children's fortune-telling games)
079.23+heads she'd lose, tails she'd win
079.24woo and wills she's win but how the deer knowed where she'd
079.24+song I Know Where I'm Going: 'the dear knows who I'll marry'
079.25marry! Arbour, bucketroom, caravan, ditch? Coach, carriage,
079.25+(possible fortune-telling outcomes)
079.26wheelbarrow, dungcart?
079.27     Kate Strong, a widow (Tiptip!) — she pulls a lane picture for
079.27+{{Synopsis: I.4.1A.H: [079.27-080.19]: Kate Strong's statement — the site of the Phoenix Park encounter}}
079.27+Katherine Strong: 17th century tyrannical Dublin scavenger, streetcleaner and tax collector, a much disliked re-married widow, remembered for the foul streets during her streetcleaning career in the 1630s
079.27+Motif: Tip [.23] [.34]
079.27+French tirer: to pull; to draw, delineate
079.27+porcelain picture: a 19th century technique for printing a photograph onto porcelain
079.27+ALP (Motif: ALP)
079.27+lane: narrow road [080.01-.02]
079.27+Lane Pictures: a collection of French Impressionist paintings claimed by both Dublin and London galleries (Hugh Lane, Lady Gregory's nephew, left them to Ireland, then to England, then to Ireland again, but failed to have the last change witnessed before dying on the Lusitania)
079.28us, in a dreariodreama setting, glowing and very vidual, of old
079.28+Duryodhana: the chief antagonist of the Mahabharata [050.06]
079.28+vidual: widowed, of a widow (from Latin vidua: widow)
079.29dumplan as she nosed it, a homelike cottage of elvanstone with
079.29+nosed: smelled
079.29+HCE (Motif: HCE)
079.29+Dialect elvan: a name used in Cornwall and Devon for local varieties of quartz-porphyry and similar hard rocks (used in masonry)
079.29+German Elfenbein: ivory
079.30droppings of biddies, stinkend pusshies, moggies' duggies, rotten
079.30+Dialect biddy: chicken, fowl
079.30+Biddy Doran, the hen [112.27]
079.30+German stinkend: Dutch stinkend: stinking
079.30+Colloquial pussies: cats
079.30+Slang pussy: female genitalia
079.30+Slang moggies: cats
079.30+Anglo-Irish moggy: fat lazy person
079.30+Moggy's Alley, Dublin
079.30+dugs: udders, teats (Slang breasts, nipples)
079.31witchawubbles, festering rubbages and beggars' bullets, if not
079.31+Slang beggars' bullets: stones
079.31+(stones thrown at his home [072.27] [.33])
079.32worse, sending salmofarious germs in gleefully through the
079.32+VI.B.2.053e (b): 'Salmo fario'
079.32+The Graphic 25 Aug 1923, 282: 'Salmon and Trout in the Hebrides': (of trout) 'The best basket of salmo fario numbered twenty-three, fourteen of which I landed in a couple of hours'
079.32+Salmo fario: species of trout
079.32+Salmonella: bacteria causing food-poisoning
079.33smithereen panes — Widow Strong, then, as her weaker had
079.33+Colloquial smithereens: small fragments (originally Anglo-Irish)
079.33+(broken windows from stones thrown at his home [072.27] [.31])
079.33+(her husband had died)
079.33+phrase the weaker vessel: the wife
079.33+proverb The weakest goes to the wall (i.e. the weakest are the first to be sacrificed)
079.34turned him to the wall (Tiptiptip!), did most all the scavenging
079.34+phrase turn one's face to the wall: to die acquiescently, to accept one's death and die
079.34+Motif: Tip [.23] [.27]
079.35from good King Hamlaugh's gulden dayne though her lean
079.35+song The Vicar of Bray: 'In good King Charles's golden days'
079.35+William Shakespeare: Hamlet (name derived from Danish prince Olaf)
079.35+German Gulden (coin)
079.35+Dutch gulden: golden
079.35+Danegeld: a medieval annual tax, originally to fund the protection of England from the Danes
079.36besom cleaned but sparingly and her bare statement reads that,
079.36+Sir James Carroll, Lord-Mayor of Dublin, on Katherine Strong: 'she cleans but sparingly and very seldom' [.27]

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