Monday, October 2, 2017

Characters-in-episodes table

[i've probably missed some sneaky ones]
green = appears; yellow = mentioned; purple = hallucinated.
character 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18






















Saturday, September 23, 2017

The Sirens/WanderingRocks overlap

[Sirens picks up the barmaids just as the cavalcade is crossing the bridge, so it overlaps a lot of Wandering Rocks, and Bloom's travels are picked up just after the bookshop, long before he decides to enter the restaurant]

Bloowho went by by Moulang's pipes, bearing in his breast the sweets of sin, by Wine's antiques in memory bearing sweet sinful words, by Carroll's dusky battered plate, for Raoul.

Bloowhose dark eye read Aaron Figatner's name. Why do I always think Figather? Gathering figs I think. And Prosper Loré's huguenot name. By Bassi's blessed virgins Bloom's dark eyes went by. Bluerobed, white under, come to me. God they believe she is: or goddess. Those today. I could not see. That fellow spoke. A student. After with Dedalus' son. He might be Mulligan. All comely virgins. That brings those rakes of fellows in: her white.
By went his eyes. The sweets of sin. Sweet are the sweets.
Of sin.

By Cantwell's offices roved Greaseabloom, by Ceppi's virgins, bright of their oils. Nannetti's father hawked those things about, wheedling at doors as I. Religion pays. Must see him about Keyes's par. Eat first. I want. Not yet. At four, she said. Time ever passing. Clockhands turning. On. Where eat? The Clarence, Dolphin. On. For Raoul. Eat. If I net five guineas with those ads. The violet silk petticoats. Not yet. The sweets of sin.

In came Lenehan. Round him peered Lenehan. Mr Bloom reached Essex bridge. Yes, Mr Bloom crossed bridge of Yessex. To Martha I must write. Buy paper. Daly's. Girl there civil. Bloom. Old Bloom. Blue bloom is on the rye.

Two sheets cream vellum paper one reserve two envelopes when I was in Wisdom Hely's wise Bloom in Daly's Henry Flower bought. Are you not happy in your home? Flower to console me and a pin cuts lo. Means something, language of flow. Was it a daisy? Innocence that is. Respectable girl meet after mass. Thanks awfully muchly. Wise Bloom eyed on the door a poster, a swaying mermaid smoking mid nice waves. Smoke mermaids, coolest whiff of all. Hair streaming: lovelorn. For some man. For Raoul. He eyed and saw afar on Essex bridge a gay hat riding on a jauntingcar. It is. Third time. Coincidence.
Jingling on supple rubbers it jaunted from the bridge to Ormond quay. Follow. Risk it. Go quick. At four. Near now. Out.
— Twopence, sir, the shopgirl dared to say.
— Aha... I was forgetting... Excuse...
— And four.
At four she. Winsomely she on Bloohimwhom smiled. Bloo smi qui go. Ternoon. Think you're the only pebble on the beach? Does that to all. For men.

Between the car and window, warily walking, went Bloom, unconquered hero. See me he might. The seat he sat on: warm. Black wary hecat walked towards Richie Goulding's legal bag, lifted aloft, saluting.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

A symmetry in Wandering Rocks

The 19 subsections of episode 10 introduce many new points of view... but very few of these go all the way to internal monolog: just Father Conmee, Miss Dunne, Tom Kernan and Patsy Dignam, along with two new instances for Stephen, and one for Bloom.

It can't be accidental that these display Joycean mirror-symmetry:

*1FC *18PD
 2CK  17TF
 3os  16BM
 4KB  15MC
 5BB  14SiD
+6AA +13SD   [both Stephen]
*7mD *12TK
 8NL  11DD
 9TL +10LB  [Bloom, at midpoint]

Remarkably, M'Coy also gets a single line of internal monolog in 9TL, completing the pattern.

So we need to look for other hidden symmetries between each of these pairings.

Ep10 opens with Conmee thinking about Patsy. Both see schoolboys with satchels, both look at advertising posters.

Conmee is old, Patsy is young. Miss Dunne and Tom Kernan are solitary workers, female and male.

Lenehan is viewing Bloom outside from the outside, Bloom viewing himself is inside.

Martin is worried about Dignam's family, while the Dedalus girls take care of each other. Both groups are sitting down to refreshments.

Simon inspects Dollard's outfit as Boylan does the shopgirl's.

Corny and the policeman are up to something mysterious together. Farrell is mysteriously agitated.

Molly throws the sailor a coin, Haines buys Mulligan a melange. (The sailor intrudes into the DBC section.)

JJOM has come to Lambert with some trouble, Dilly to Simon for pocketchange.

*1FC *18PD   Telemachus/Penelope
 2CK  17TF   Nestor/Ithaca
 3os  16BM   Proteus/Eumeus
 4KB  15MC   Calypso/Circe
 5BB  14SiD  Lotuseaters/Oxen
+6AA +13SD   Hades/Nausikaa

*7mD *12TK   Eolus/Cyclops
 8NL  11DD   Lestrygonians/Sirens
 9TL +10LB   Scylla/WanderingRocks

Dedalus household = Calypso?
Dilly as Siren/Nausikaa?
Lenehan-on-Bloom vs Stephen-on-Shakespeare?

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Was Robert Urch the blind stripling?

(Did Vivien Igoe already track this down?)

If there was an 'original' for the blind stripling in Dublin, he ought to be remembered in memoirs. There might have been no-one in particular, or someone in Europe instead. (Nora Franca Poliaghi in 'James Joyce: an Occasion of Remembrance' says there was one in Trieste.)

Robert Urch Jr. seems to be the only blind piano tuner in the 1901 or 1911 census. (There were plenty of piano tuners in Dublin, many married, so it paid okay. They can all read and write, so if any others were blind they hid it well from the census-takers.)

In 1901 he was away at (blind?) school, but three siblings are listed who had vanished by 1911.

weird Italian-looking middle names
Sarah Urch, printer's daughter from Wells, who married in Galway 1857 to Michael Harding.  Her younger brother must have followed her to Ireland.  He had arrived in Dublin and found a wife, by 1870.  Robert Urch became supervisor of the Inland Revenue in Dublin and is buried at Mount Jerome. Source: will of Lucas Urch, familysearch

No.1123 In Loving Memory | of | ELIZABETH JANE | loved and loving wife of | ROBERT URCH | Supervisor of Inland Revenue | who entered into rest | August 26 1887 | "My fathers will be done" | also her daughter | ROBERTA I. URCH | who died 23rd April 1901 | and her husband the above | ROBERT URCH | who died 30th January 1912 | aged 80

1901 census
63 Leinster sq
69yo widower Robert
26yo unmarried daughter Wilhelmina
24yo unmarried daughter Roberta
17yo son Gideon Ouseley (mercantile clerk)
Robert Newman Lucas Urch
Ireland Civil Registration Indexes, 1845-1958
birth: July 1881 / September 1881 Dublin South, Ireland

Student England and Wales Census, 1901
birth: 1882 Ireland
residence: 31 March 1901 Croydon, Surrey, England

England and Wales Census, 1901
Gender Male  Age 19  Occupation STU
Relationship to Head of Household Pupil
Birth Year (Estimated) 1882
Birthplace Ireland

Robert N L Urch
Ireland Civil Registration Indexes, 1845-1958
marriage: April 1910 / June 1910
Rathdown, Ireland

Thom's  1904
Urch, Robert, esq
26 Walthem ter. 25£

1911 census
33 Herbert ave
79yo Robert
29yo married blind Robert Newman Lucas, pianoforte tuner
29yo not-blind wife Kathleen Hilda
Robert Graham Campbell Urch (baby)


1832 Robert Sr born

supervisor of the Inland Revenue

1875 Wilhelmina born
1877 Roberta born
1882 RNLU born
1884 Gideon born
1887 mother died

RNLU to Croydon school

1901 63 Leinster square
1901 Roberta dies

1904 26 Walthem terrace, Blackrock

no-date: 33 Herbert ave

1910 RNLU marries
1911 Robert III born

1912 Robert Sr dies

1935? At St. Philip's Church, Milltown, Dublin, on June 24, Robert Graham Urch, L.P.S.I., to Sheelagh Goode. (Licentiate of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland,)

1939 Mr. R. G. C. Urch, L.P.S.L, moved from 21 Ramleh Park, Milltown, to " Bawnmore,"
Sandyford, co. Dublin

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Clipart collection ideas

all different scales of:

bloom (walking, standing, sitting, cooking, finishing soup on train platform, reading letter)

stephen (standing, walking, sitting, falling, balancing ashplant, with/without hat, lying back)

buck (holding bowl, shaving, making sign of cross, diving, swimming)

molly (lying, sitting up in bed, leaning out window, reading cards, reading book)

boylan (flower in teeth)




Monday, June 19, 2017

Android Proteus

Ineluctable modality of the visible: at least that if no more, thought through my eyes. Signatures of all things I am here to read, seaspawn and seawrack, the nearing tide, that rusty boot. Snotgreen, bluesilver, rust: coloured signs. Limits of the diaphane. But he adds: in bodies. Then he was aware of them bodies before of them coloured. How? By knocking his sconce against them, sure. Go easy. Bald he was and a millionaire, maestro di color che sanno. Limit of the diaphane in. Why in? Diaphane, adiaphane. If you can put your five fingers through it, it is a gate, if not a door. Shut your eyes and see.

VR Ulysses Prototype 2 from Eoghan Kidney on Vimeo.

can the subtle metaphysics of proteus be clarified by viewing stephen as an android?

the startup screen opens with a control panel that offers modality checkboxes for visible, audible, tactile and maybe a 'projected images' AR mode (for "thought through my eyes").

'tactile' highlights a pair of feet on sand, and an ashplant that can probe things.

'audible' offers birdcalls all around, wind, tide, and feet on sand when you walk.

'visible' is obvious... but how can we make it ineluctable? (shouldn't "Shut your eyes and see" count as elucting?)

"at least that if no more, thought through my eyes" maybe stephen projects visions of mother, father, aristotle ("Bald he was"), nuncle ritchie

there could be an infinite palette of imaginative environments to explore, beyond sandymount: imagined worlds, remembered worlds, anticipated worlds

the diaphane has to visualise the transparent negative space, probably seen from outside in some way that makes stephen's body conspicuously adiaphane (some kind of 'invert' button?)

hovering over a point in the visible field initiates a signature-read process like cheesy scifi scrolling thru alternative names and shapes until a best-fit match is selected: seaspawn, seawrack, tide, boot, live dog

maybe color filters to highlight regions of "Snotgreen, bluesilver, rust: coloured signs"

"By knocking his sconce against them" the ashplant goes thru AR projections, stopped by 'real' bodies

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

For first-time readers of Ulysses

  • It studies very very minutely a single Dublin day in 1904.
  • The hundreds of riddles are far subtler than anyone knows, so don't believe anyone who claims to have 'read' the book with comprehension.
  • Commit to reading it at least twice, though your first reading can just be turning the pages and skimming the dialog. (Each chapter has a distinct 'feel' you'll start to pick up. Dialog is indicated by dashes, not quotation marks.)
  • Joyce intentionally chooses language that barely hints its meaning, often requiring serious research to decode. The style tends to get harder and harder toward the end.
  • The most useful companion-text is the first half of Ellmann's biography "James Joyce"
  • Chapters 3, 9 and 14 are the hardest, dominated by Joyce's brainy alter ego, Stephen Dedalus. You can skim or skip them the first time thru.
  • Chapters 4-15 are Bloom's odyssey, paralleling Homer's Ulysses in facing and triumphing over twelve moral challenges. Joyce considered Bloom an ideal man.
  • The main character, Leopold Bloom, is absent from the first three chapters, while Stephen and Bloom are together for most of the last half.
  • Almost everything that happens is daily trivia, hardly worth even gossiping about for the many characters. The motives of most of these characters are barely hinted at.