Re: Joyce, Episode 55: Making the Point – of a Spear

jun 29, 2011

Re: Joyce, Episode 55: Making the Point – of a Spear

“―I forget the place, sir. 279 B. C.
―Asculum, Stephen said, glancing at the name and date in the gorescarred book.
―Yes, sir. And he said: Another victory like that and we are done for.
That phrase the world had remembered. A dull ease of the mind. From a hill above a
corpsestrewn plain a general speaking to his officers, leaned upon his spear. Any general
to any officers. They lend ear.”

Stephen continues his lesson, and we learn something of both Pyrrhus and Nestor.

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Re: Joyce, Episode 54. Who Is Nestor?

jun 22, 2011

Re: Joyce, Episode 54. Who Is Nestor?

“―You, Cochrane, what city sent for him?
―Tarentum, sir.
―Very good. Well?
―There was a battle, sir.
―Very good. Where?
The boy’s blank face asked the blank window.
Fabled by the daughters of memory. And yet it was in some way if not as memory fabled
it. A phrase, then, of impatience, thud of Blake’s wings of excess. I hear the ruin of all
space, shattered glass and toppling masonry, and time one livid final flame. What’s left us
then?”

We begin Chapter 2, and find Stephen in the classroom with old battles, radical poets, and the daughters of memory.