Saturday, October 18, 2014

Page 210 (10.1-25) "The superior... wonderful man really."

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episode 10's 35 pages start at 2:55pm and end around 3:47pm, divided into 19 nonchronological sections. (in about 10min, sections 5BB, 7MD and 9TL will begin. section 6AA may have begun already.) Conmee's section lasts about 35min, ending around 3:30, but we'll get one additional, later, brief glimpse of him in section 13SD. he walks almost 2 miles and takes a tram for about a mile.

The superior, the very reverend John Conmee S.J. reset his smooth watch in his interior pocket as he came down the presbytery steps.

"superior" is a noun, unexpectedly (Joyce leading us down a false path)

"the very reverend John Conmee S.J." is his formal title, used by Bloom, and then twice more in this section, but replaced almost 60 times by "Father Conmee"

"reset" refers to its position in space, not its timekeeping function (ditto)

"smooth" (Conmee's life runs smooth as a pocketwatch)

"presbytery" = Conmee's own residence to the left of the church; on the right is a convent

streetview now
1909 map

cf below: "William Humble, earl of Dudley, and Lady Dudley, accompanied by lieutenantcolonel Hesseltine, drove out after luncheon from the viceregal lodge." (church vs state)

Five to three. Just nice time to walk to Artane. What was that boy's name again? Dignam, yes. Vere dignum et iustum est. Brother Swan was the person to see. Mr Cunningham's letter. Yes. Oblige him, if possible. Good practical catholic: useful at mission time.

'It is truly fitting and just' [chant]

65yo in 1901
for Martin Cunningham see p84ff
cf p98: "Martin is trying to get the youngster into Artane."
Conmee probably got the letter today or yesterday, MC mailed it yesterday or Tuesday

the consensus has been that "Artane" refers to the O'Brien Home, now occupied by a training center, but the intrusion in Stephen's subsection below shows Conmee north of that destination

A onelegged sailor, swinging himself onward by lazy jerks of his crutches, growled some notes. He jerked short before the convent of the sisters of charity and held out a peaked cap for aims towards the very reverend John Conmee S.J. Father Conmee blessed him in the sun for his purse held, he knew, one silver crown.

this sailor, headed northwest, will get his own section in a moment, and then make a final appearance later (total 1/2 mile). here he's reduced to lazy and growling. (the British navy had been so dominant for so long that he couldn't have lost the leg in battle.)

 peaked cap
one crown ≈ $32 now
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blue dotted line:

Molly and an unnamed stout lady will be more generous

the Buddha's meeting a beggar contributed to his enlightenment

Father Conmee crossed to Mountjoy square. He thought, but not for long, of soldiers and sailors, whose legs had been shot off by cannonballs, ending their days in some pauper ward, and of cardinal Wolsey's words: If I had served my God as I have served my king He would not have abandoned me in my old days.

the exact Shakespeare quote: 'Had I but served my God with half the zeal I served my king, he would not in mine age Have left me naked to mine enemies.'
so is Wolsey admitting he did put the king first, and was abandoned for it?

Stephen's tower was intended for cannonball attacks on French sailors

He walked by the treeshade of sunnywinking leaves: and towards him came the wife of Mr David Sheehy M.P.

"sunnywinking" is very Conmeelike

Sheehy [wiki]
Elizabeth/Bessie age 51 in 1901
64! in 1911

— Very well, indeed, father. And you, father?

Conmee's words aren't quoted

Father Conmee was wonderfully well indeed. He would go to Buxton probably for the waters. And her boys, were they getting on well at Belvedere? Was that so? Father Conmee was very glad indeed to hear that. And Mr Sheehy himself? Still in London. The house was still sitting, to be sure it was. Beautiful weather it was, delightful indeed. Yes, it was very probable that Father Bernard Vaughan would come again to preach. O, yes: a very great success. A wonderful man really.

"her boys" had graduated with Joyce c1898

"house" = Parliament

Bloom on Vaughan: p79


mysteries: where did he see Brother Swan?


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