Re: Joyce, Episode 81: Pluterperfect Predictions

dec 28, 2011

Re: Joyce, Episode 81: Pluterperfect Predictions

“Again: a goal. I am among them, among their battling
bodies in a medley, the joust of life. You mean that
knockkneed mother’s darling who seems to be slightly
crawsick? Jousts. Time shocked rebounds, shock by shock.
Jousts, slush and uproar of battles, the frozen deathspew of
the slain, a shout of spearspikes baited with men’s bloodied

—Now then, Mr Deasy said, rising.
He came to the table, pinning together his sheets.
Stephen stood up.

—I have put the matter into a nutshell, Mr Deasy said.
It’s about the foot and mouth disease. Just look through it.
There can be no two opinions on the matter.
May I trespass on your valuable space. That doctrine of
laissez faire which so often in our history. Our cattle trade.
The way of all our old industries. Liverpool ring which
jockeyed the Galway harbour scheme. European
conflagration. Grain supplies through the narrow waters of
the channel. The pluterperfect imperturbability of the
department of agriculture. Pardoned a classical allusion.
Cassandra. By a woman who was no better than she
should be. To come to the point at issue.
—I don’t mince words, do I? Mr Deasy asked as
Stephen read on.

Foot and mouth disease. Known as Koch’s preparation.
Serum and virus. Percentage of salted horses. Rinderpest.
Emperor’s horses at Murzsteg, lower Austria. Veterinary
surgeons. Mr Henry Blackwood Price. Courteous offer a
fair trial. Dictates of common sense. Allimportant
question. In every sense of the word take the bull by the
horns. Thanking you for the hospitality of your columns.”

Reflections on hockey and history. Stephen reads – or at least scans – a letter.


Re: Joyce, Episode 80: Runners and Riders

dec 21, 2011

Re: Joyce, Episode 80: Runners and Riders

“Stephen seated himself noiselessly before the princely
presence. Framed around the walls images of vanished
horses stood in homage, their meek heads poised in air:
lord Hastings’ Repulse, the duke of Westminster’s
Shotover, the duke of Beaufort’s Ceylon, prix de Paris,
1866. Elfin riders sat them, watchful of a sign. He saw
their speeds, backing king’s colours, and shouted with the
shouts of vanished crowds.

—Full stop, Mr Deasy bade his keys. But prompt
ventilation of this allimportant question …
Where Cranly led me to get rich quick, hunting his
winners among the mudsplashed brakes, amid the bawls of
bookies on their pitches and reek of the canteen, over the
motley slush. Fair Rebel! Fair Rebel! Even money the
favourite: ten to one the field. Dicers and thimbleriggers
we hurried by after the hoofs, the vying caps and jackets
and past the meatfaced woman, a butcher’s dame, nuzzling
thirstily her clove of orange.
Shouts rang shrill from the boys’ playfield and a
whirring whistle.”

Waiting in Mr. Deasy’s office, Stephen is transported by the art on the walls.

Re: Joyce, Episode 79: Rocky Roads and Rebels

dec 13, 2011

Re: Joyce, Episode 79: Rocky Roads and Rebels

“Stephen sketched a brief gesture.
—I have rebel blood in me too, Mr Deasy said. On the
spindle side. But I am descended from sir John Blackwood
who voted for the union. We are all Irish, all kings’ sons.
—Alas, Stephen said.
—Per vias rectas, Mr Deasy said firmly, was his motto.
He voted for it and put on his topboots to ride to Dublin
from the Ards of Down to do so.
Lal the ral the ra
The rocky road to Dublin.
A gruff squire on horseback with shiny topboots. Soft
day, sir John! Soft day, your honour! … Day! … Day! …

Two topboots jog dangling on to Dublin. Lal the ral the
ra. Lal the ral the raddy.
—That reminds me, Mr Deasy said. You can do me a
favour, Mr Dedalus, with some of your literary friends. I
have a letter here for the press. Sit down a moment. I have
just to copy the end.
He went to the desk near the window, pulled in his
chair twice and read off some words from the sheet on the
drum of his typewriter.
—Sit down. Excuse me, he said over his shoulder, the
dictates of common sense. Just a moment.
He peered from under his shaggy brows at the
manuscript by his elbow and, muttering, began to prod
the stiff buttons of the keyboard slowly, sometimes
blowing as he screwed up the drum to erase an error.”

Stephen fails to warm to Mr. Deasy’s arguments.