Saturday, September 27, 2014

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Urbane, to comfort them, the quaker librarian purred:

"comfort" = SD has just ruffled Eglinton's feathers?
"purred" = catlike

1897 (note WS on mantel)

45yo Episcopalian-not-Quaker in 1901

floorplan, reading room 360°
Lyster's name won't be used for 16 more pages

Gogarty on Lyster: lovable with a whispering, diffident, virginal voice, short but burly, soft, suave, a peacekeeper, dedicated to guiding the uncultured to culture
Colum on Lyster: closely cropped beard, rather liquid eyes, a rich unctuous voice, copious with his good speech, given to interrogatory openings ('May we not...?'), called 'Faust' the greatest projection of poetry since Hamlet; liked to recite amorous verse.
Byrne on Lyster: polite, soft-spoken, mentally quick as a flash, paragon of courtesy [cite]

— And we have, have we not, those priceless pages of Wilhelm Meister? A great poet on a great brother poet. A hesitating soul taking arms against a sea of troubles, torn by conflicting doubts, as one sees in real life.

"Wilhelm Meister" [ebook]
Lyster's 1883 translation "Life of Goethe" [ebook]
Hamlet III.i "to take arms against a sea of troubles"

He came a step a sinkapace forward on neatsleather creaking and a step backward a sinkapace on the solemn floor.

Twelfth Night I.3.113 'why dost thou not go to church in a galliard and come home in a coranto? My very walk should be a jig; I would not so much as make water but in a sink-a-pace.'

Julius Caesar I.1.26 'As proper men as ever trod upon neat's-leather have gone upon my handiwork.'

(taking refuge in convention/tradition)
(cf Eglinton's "high Castilian courtesy"?)

A noiseless attendant, setting open the door but slightly, made him a noiseless beck.

— Directly, said he, creaking to go, albeit lingering. The beautiful ineffectual dreamer who comes to grief against hard facts. One always feels that Goethe's judgments are so true. True in the larger analysis.

(he's politely warning/judging SD?)

Twicreakingly analysis he corantoed off. Bald, most zealous by the door he gave his large ear all to the attendant's words: heard them: and was gone.

Twelfth Night I.3.113 'why dost thou not go to church in a galliard and come home in a coranto? My very walk should be a jig; I would not so much as make water but in a sink-a-pace.'

(SD dismisses Lyster's analysis as ?twice creaking/antiquated)
(he'll be back in 6 pages)

Two left.

(is belligerent SD thinking 'one down, two to go'?)

"Two" = 36yo Eglinton (Scylla) and 37yo AE (Charybdis)
JE is seated at his own desk in the office he shares with Lyster. (Joyce had been rejected by Lyster for a librarian job the year before.)
AE is visiting JE, best friends since highschool along with WB Yeats, having parted from Lizzie/Susan and the bike (who probably went on to the Irish Homestead offices next door on Merrion square).
AE is married and has two small sons at home in Rathmines.
AE is listed by SD as a creditor on p31 (but not Eglinton or Lyster)
Both AE and JE had published several books each that JoyceStephen had read, and both had founded journals that JoyceStephen had submitted work to. (Joyce respected JE more.)
SD may be asking JE to pay him for an essay on Shakespeare, using riddling phrases he's been refining for weeks.
(Susan Mitchell coincidentally considered AE and JE uniquely favored by George Moore, among all the Celtic Literary Revival types)
AE had accepted but later reversed including Joyce's poems in his March 1904 anthology "New Songs" [1st] [2nd] [3rd] [3rd]
Joyce had been working on "Stephen Hero" all year but hadn't shown it to JE or AE. He had preceded it with the essay "A Portrait of the Artist" [etext] which was rejected for the 'Dana' by Eglinton as incomprehensible.
Joyce had moved out of his father's house in March and was continually scrounging for cash: writing, singing, dreaming of acting or playing the lute. [timeline]

— Monsieur de la Palisse, Stephen sneered, was alive fifteen minutes before his death.

a French comic song [] based on a 16thC misreading of 'en vie' (alive) for 'envie' (envied)
(ie, Lyster's just mouthing cliches... and SD's no longer being polite, having been drinking for the last two hours)

— Have you found those six brave medicals, John Eglinton asked with elder's gall, to write Paradise Lost at your dictation? The Sorrows of Satan he calls it.

33yo in 1901, refused to declare religion

why six-- like carrying a coffin? why medicals? why brave? why dictation? when did SD say this? (AE wasn't there.) it's an embarrassing memory ("elder's gall")

candidate medical students: Gogarty/Mulligan, Byrne/Cranly, Cosgrave/Lynch, Elwood/Temple, Crotthers, Madden, Costello, and Dixon??

"Sorrows of Satan" ebook

Stannie Joyce: "Magee is a dwarfish, brown-clad fellow, with red-brown eyes like a ferret, who walks with his hands in his jacket pockets and as stiffly as if his knees were roped with sugauns. He is sub-librarian in Kildare Street, and I think his mission in Ireland is to prove to his Protestant grandaunts that unbelievers can be very moral and admire the Bible. He is interested in great thoughts and philosophy, whenever he can understand it."

Colum on JE: low-sized with a fine head, thoughful brown eyes expressing quietude (never 'flashing'). tepid Irish-revivalism enlisted by WBY; Ulster Scots upbringing, never unfair or rancorous

Joyce was comparatively kind to Magee in "Holy Office":
"Or him who will his hat unfix
Neither to malt nor crucifix
But show to all that poor-dressed be
His high Castilian courtesy"

Smile. Smile Cranly's smile.

(ie, a hypocritical betrayer???)

First he tickled her
Then he patted her
Then he passed the female catheter
For he was a medical
Jolly old medi...

"female catheter" = boner



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