Thursday, March 20, 2014

Episode 2, Nestor

nestor: 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36

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summaries: C&E, Shmoop, Yale

Ellmann [Apr 1904]: "His next venture was as a schoolteacher. There was a temporary vacancy for a gentleman usher at the Clifton School, Dalkey, a private school founded a few years before at Summerfield Lodge, once the residence of the minor poet Denis Florence McCarthy whose name keeps coming up in Finnegans Wake. The founder and headmaster was an Ulster Scot, very pro-British, named Francis Irwin, a Trinity College graduate. Joyce devotes the second chapter of Ulysses to describing Stephen's activities at a school clearly modeled on Irwin's. As usual, his account is tenacious of remembered facts. The students whom Stephen teaches are based in part at least on actual ones: Armstrong, for example, is described as living on Vico Road, with a brother in the Navy, and eating figrolls; and Joyce appears to be blending Cecil Wright, the figroll-eater, with Clifford Ferguson, who suits the rest of the description. Irwin is presented under the name of Deasy, oddly inappropriate for an Ulster Scot, and his personality is merged with that of an Ulsterman Joyce knew in Trieste, Henry Blackwood Price, who had Deasy's preoccupation with a distinguished Ulster ancestry and shared his interest in the hoof-and-mouth disease. Joyce represents Deasy as a grass widower, although Price was happily married and Irwin was a bachelor who lived with a sister, but in other respects treats him indulgently, sparing, for example, any mention of his red nose, or of the shutting-down of the school soon after because of Irwin's alcoholism. Joyce can have taught there only a few weeks." [if at all]

distance from Tower, 23min walk
(could he have hopped a tram?)

distance from McKernans (JAJ that spring), 8 miles, 2.5hr walk (½ hr via tram?)

Francis Irwin [1901 census]
Clifford Ferguson and Cecil Wright (above) turned 15 in 1904 (so Deasy's boys might also be as old as 14, which fits much better with lessons like memorising Milton! SD may have only a few inches and a couple of stone on them. their voices will have changed.)

they sit on backless benches
there's no sign of any other classes
Dalkey had about 19 boys total, aged 14, but ¾ of these were Catholic

chapter readings: youtube, ditto,


How old are the boys? What classes did SD handle, when? Is Deasy the only other teacher? Are the boys all the same age? Do they all walk to school? Why is his lesson so short and unfocused?

Compare Clongowes in PoA

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