Re: Joyce, Episode 58: A Disappointed Bridge

jul 20, 2011

Re: Joyce, Episode 58: A Disappointed Bridge

“―Kingstown pier, Stephen said. Yes, a disappointed bridge.
The words troubled their gaze.
―How, sir? Comyn asked. A bridge is across a river.
For Haines’s chapbook. No-one here to hear. Tonight deftly amid wild drink and talk, to
pierce the polished mail of his mind. What then? A jester at the court of his master,
indulged and disesteemed, winning a clement master’s praise. Why had they chosen all
that part? Not wholly for the smooth caress. For them too history was a tale like any other
too often heard, their land a pawnshop.”

Stephen muses on first-rate wit and second-hand history.

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