Saturday, July 5, 2014

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municipal funeral trams like they have in Milan, you know. Run the line out to the cemetery gates and have special trams, hearse and carriage and all. Don't you see what I mean?

French hearse tram

— O, that be damned for a story, Mr Dedalus said. Pullman car and saloon diningroom.

— A poor lookout for Corny, Mr Power added.

— Why? Mr Bloom asked, turning to Mr Dedalus. Wouldn't it be more decent than galloping two abreast?

— Well, there's something in that, Mr Dedalus granted.

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— And, Martin Cunningham said, we wouldn't have scenes like that when the hearse capsized round Dunphy's and upset the coffin onto the road.

— That was terrible, Mr Power's shocked face said, and the corpse fell about the road. Terrible!

— First round Dunphy's, Mr Dedalus said, nodding. Gordon Bennett cup.

(SiD's Wake-worthy punning of first round of drinks, race funeral round Dunphy's corner, and auto race?)

— Praises be to God! Martin Cunningham said piously.

Bom! Upset. A coffin bumped out onto the road. Burst open. Paddy Dignam shot out and rolling over stiff in the dust in a brown habit too large for him. Red face: grey now. Mouth fallen open. Asking what's up now. Quite right to close it. Looks horrid open. Then the insides decompose quickly. Much better to close up all the orifices. Yes, also. With wax. The sphincter loose. Seal up all.

"brown habit" = lay Franciscan?

— Dunphy's, Mr Power announced as the carriage turned right.

(on their right)

Dunphy's corner. Mourning coaches drawn up, drowning their grief. A pause by the wayside. Tiptop position for a pub. Expect we'll pull up here on the way back to drink his health. Pass round the consolation. Elixir of life.

StreetView now
1909 map

But suppose now it did happen. Would he bleed if a nail say cut him in the knocking about? He would and he wouldn't, I suppose. Depends on where. The circulation stops. Still some might ooze out of an artery. It would be better to bury them in red: a dark red.

since 1902 Joyce's family had been living a block west of here, at 7 St Peter's terrace, Cabra [1909 map]

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In silence they drove along Phibsborough road. An empty hearse trotted by, coming from the cemetery: looks relieved.

Crossguns bridge: the royal canal.

StreetView now
aka Westmoreland Bridge 1909 map

Water rushed roaring through the sluices. A man stood on his dropping barge between clamps of turf. On the towpath by the lock a slacktethered horse. Aboard of the Bugabu.

"dropping barge" (the water level is lowered by opening the sluices)
The Bugaboo lyrics

Their eyes watched him. On the slow weedy waterway he had floated on his raft coastward over Ireland drawn by a haulage rope past beds of reeds,

"Their eyes" = the funeral party
"him... he" = man on barge
"haulage ropes" (the canal route doesn't flow naturally)
"reeds" cf p93 (suicide) "Found in the riverbed clutching rushes"

cf Hamlet I.v "duller shouldst thou be than the fat weed That rots itself in ease on Lethe wharf"



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