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120.01taken for pews with their tails in their mouths, thence your
120.01+Motif: P/Q [.36]
120.01+Hebrew pe: mouth (a letter shaped like semicircle with an incurving tail)
120.01+a serpent with its tail in its mouth appears on the Tunc page of the Book of Kells (Sullivan: The Book of Kells plate XI)
120.02pristopher polombos, hence our Kat Kresbyterians; the curt
120.02+Christopher Columbus (Motif: P/K)
120.02+Pat (Motif: P/K)
120.02+Presbyterians (Motif: P/K)
120.03witty wotty dashes never quite just right at the trim trite
120.03+VI.B.6.096j (r): 'Just right Heavenly' (last word not crayoned)
120.03+last letter acronym: EMETH
120.03+Hebrew emeth: truth
120.04truth letter; the sudden spluttered petulance of some capItalIsed
120.04+VI.B.6.054f (r): 'splutter'
120.04+splutter: (of a pen) to scatter ink in writing
120.04+Variants: {FnF, Vkg, JCM: ...capItalIsed...} | {Png: ...capjtaljsed...} (i.e. capitalised middle i's vs. uncapitalised j's)
120.05mIddle; a word as cunningly hidden in its maze of confused
120.05+VI.B.6.052l (r): 'confused'
120.05+Crépieux-Jamin: Les Éléments de l'Écriture des Canailles 187: (the caption of a figure) 'Ecriture inharmonieuse, discordante et disparate, imprécise, confuse, désordonée, lâchée, d'un débile' (French 'Inharmonious, discordant and disparate, imprecise, confused, unorganised, slovenly writing of an idiot')
120.06drapery as a fieldmouse in a nest of coloured ribbons: that ab-
120.07surdly bullsfooted bee declaring with an even plainer dummp-
120.07+phrase knows not a B from a bull's foot
120.07+B (Cluster: Letters)
120.07+German dumm: dumb
120.07+dumb-show: in medieval theatre, mimed preamble summarising play's action
120.08show than does the mute commoner with us how hard a thing it
120.09is to mpe mporn a gentlerman: and look at this prepronominal
120.09+in the transcription of Modern Greek from the Greek alphabet to the Latin alphabet, 'mp' is usually transcribed as 'b', when occurring at the beginning of a word
120.09+Motif: The Letter: born gentleman
120.10funferal, engraved and retouched and edgewiped and pudden-
120.10+Motif: The Letter: grand funeral/fun-for-all
120.11padded, very like a whale's egg farced with pemmican, as were it
120.11+Variants: {FnF, Vkg, JCM: ...padded, very...} | {Png: ...padded very...}
120.11+William Shakespeare: Hamlet III.2.367: 'Very like a whale' (James Joyce: Ulysses.3.144)
120.11+Obsolete farced: stuffed
120.11+pemmican: a preparation of dried meat pressed into small cakes, used as condensed food by travellers and soldiers; extremely condensed thought and writing
120.11+Variants: {FnF, Vkg, JCM: ...pemmican, as...} | {Png: ...pemmican as...}
120.12sentenced to be nuzzled over a full trillion times for ever and a
120.13night till his noddle sink or swim by that ideal reader suffering
120.13+phrase sink or swim
120.13+VI.B.2.078m (r): 'ideal man suffering from an ideal disease'
120.13+Pascal: La Démence Précoce 26: 'Le schéma de Grasset ne tient pas compte de ce grand groupe d'états psychiques intermédiaires; il suppose un homme idéal avec une maladie idéale; la clinique nous fournit des hommes réels avec des maladies réelles' (French 'Grasset's scheme does not take into account this large group of intermediate psychological states; he supposes an ideal person with an ideal disease; the clinic provides us with real people with real diseases')
120.13+Huysmans: A Rebours 265: 'Le roman... deviendrait une communion entre un écrivain magique et un idéal lecteur': 'The novel should be a communion between a magic writer and an ideal reader'
120.14from an ideal insomnia: all those red raddled obeli cayennepep-
120.14+(Joyce often used a red crayon on his Finnegans Wake notebooks and manuscripts)
120.14+VI.B.6.063g (r): 'raddle'
120.14+Sullivan: The Book of Kells 47: (of a pigment used in the Book of Kells) 'of red hæmatite of an earthy nature, such as is termed raddle, there is a plentiful supply in the County Antrim'
120.14+VI.B.6.061k (r): 'red obeli = E O E'
120.14+Sullivan: The Book of Kells 24: 'Attention is drawn to the error by four obeli in red, running down the middle of the page between the lines, and others round the margins, and red lines about the corners'
120.14+obelus (daggerlike mark)
120.14+pepper-castor: pepper-shaker, a small vessel for sprinkling pepper
120.15percast over the text, calling unnecessary attention to errors,
120.16omissions, repetitions and misalignments: that (probably local or
120.17personal) variant maggers for the more generally accepted ma-
120.17+Motif: The Letter: well Maggy/Madge/Majesty
120.18jesty which is but a trifle and yet may quietly amuse: those super-
120.18+VI.B.14.003k (r): 'supercillious'
120.18+Boulenger & Thérive: Les Soirées du Grammaire-Club 259: 'Diantre! Voilà du purisme sourcilleux, ou je ne m'y connais pas' (French 'Deuce! That is a supercilious purism, if I ever saw one')
120.18+Latin supercilium: circumflex accent
120.19ciliouslooking crisscrossed Greek ees awkwardlike perched there
120.19+Motif: The Letter: four crosskisses
120.19+James Joyce: Ulysses.11.860: 'Remember write Greek ees'
120.19+E (Cluster: Letters)
120.19+here and there
120.20and here out of date like sick owls hawked back to Athens: and
120.20+out of place
120.20+VI.B.14.031d (r): 'Ferre noctuam Athenas owls to Athens coquilles à S Michel' (only first six words crayoned)
120.20+Dupont: Les Légendes du Mont-Saint-Michel 138: 'la coque n'est qu'un petit mollusque... Elle abonde... dans la baie du Mont-Saint-Michel. De cette abondance est né ce proverbe qui signifie faire une chose inutile: "C'est porter des coquilles à Saint-Michel", c'est porter de l'eau à la rivière et des chouettes à Athènes: Ferre noctuam Athenas' (French 'the cockle is but a small mollusk... It abounds... in the bay of Mont-Saint-Michel. Of this abundance was born that proverb that means doing something useless: "It's carrying cockles to Saint-Michel", it's carrying water to the river and owls to Athens: Ferre noctuam Athenas')
120.20+phrase carry owls to Athens: to carry coals to Newcastle, to do something absurdly superfluous
120.21the geegees too, jesuistically formed at first but afterwards genu-
120.21+G (Cluster: Letters)
120.21+Colloquial geegees: horses [.23] [.25]
120.21+in Greek, double gamma ('gg') is pronounced 'ng' [.22]
120.21+(James Joyce, his initials, his Jesuitical education)
120.21+Obsolete Jesuist: Jesuit
120.22flected aggrily toewards the occident: the Ostrogothic kako-
120.22+angrily [.21]
120.22+occident: west
120.22+VI.B.14.150m (r): '*E* ostrogoth'
120.22+Ostrogoths: East Gothic tribe often in conflict with Roman Empire
120.22+kakography: cacography, bad handwriting, incorrect spelling (the OED entry on cacography contains the quote: 'The cacography of the Etruscans, as their rude and uncouth manner of writing is termed' [.23])
120.23graphy affected for certain phrases of Etruscan stabletalk and, in
120.23+VI.B.14.107g (r): 'Etruscan tabletalk *C*'
120.23+Etruscan language never deciphered
120.23+stable [.21] [.25]
120.23+table talk: a species of memoir, in which a collector records the wise sayings of a famous person, as supposedly shared over the dinner table or at small gatherings
120.24short, the learning betrayed at almost every line's end: the head-
120.24+VI.B.14.052c (r): 'the learning betrayed in almost every page'
120.24+Kinane: St. Patrick 12: (quoting a letter of approbation from the Bishop of Ross) 'The care, the learning, the deeply religious spirit, betrayed in almost every page'
120.24+Motif: The Letter: unto life's end
120.25strength (at least eleven men of thirtytwo palfrycraft) revealed
120.25+Motif: 1132
120.25+Archaic palfrey: a horse for everyday riding, with a smooth ambling gait (especially suited for ladies) [.21] [.23]
120.26by a constant labour to make a ghimel pass through the eye of an
120.26+Matthew 19:24: 'It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God'
120.26+Hebrew ghimel: third letter of the alphabet (means 'camel')
120.27iota: this, for instance, utterly unexpected sinistrogyric return to
120.27+Greek iota: the letter 'i'
120.27+Latin sinistrogyro: I turn around to the left
120.28one peculiar sore point in the past; those throne open doubleyous
120.28+Colloquial throne: toilet bowl
120.28+thrown open
120.28+W (Cluster: Letters)
120.29(of an early muddy terranean origin whether man chooses to
120.29+VI.B.14.150i (r): '*C* mediterranean'
120.30damn them agglutinatively loo — too — blue — face — ache or
120.30+agglutinative: (of languages) forming words primarily by joining simple morphemes together (without significant change of form or meaning)
120.30+Colloquial loo: toilet
120.30+(straining on the toilet)
120.31illvoodawpeehole or, kants koorts, topplefouls) seated with such
120.31+(or, for short)
120.31+German ganz kurz: very briefly
120.31+Dutch koorts: fever
120.31+German doppeltes vau: double V (when referring to the name of the letter W in other languages, such as French)
120.31+(W resembles buttocks seated on a toilet bowl) [.28]
120.32floprightdown determination and reminding uus ineluctably of
120.32+James Joyce: Ulysses.3.140: 'W is wonderful' (James Joyce: Ulysses.3.1: 'Ineluctable')
120.33nature at her naturalest while that fretful fidget eff, the hornful
120.33+Colloquial phrase call of nature: need to defecate or urinate
120.33+F (Cluster: Letters)
120.33+phrase horns of a dilemma
120.34digamma of your bornabarbar, rarely heard now save when falling
120.34+digamma: original 6th letter of most ancient Greek alphabet; looks like 'F', sound value of 'W'
120.34+born a barbarian
120.35from the unfashionable lipsus of some hetarosexual (used always
120.35+Latin lapsus linguae: slip of the tongue
120.35+hetaira: Greek courtesan; demimondaine
120.35+Greek hetairos: minion
120.35+VI.B.6.124f (g): 'heterosexual'
120.36in two boldfaced print types — one of them as wrongheaded as
120.36+VI.B.6.054g (r): 'boldface'

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