FINNEGANS WAKE: PAGE 006

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– solid-line boxed text marks my running outline

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Mastabatoom, mastabadtomm, when a mon merries his lute is all long. For whole the world to see. (6.10-12) Of course, the fall gives echoes to Phoenix Park. Here, the obvious reference is to masturbation.

¶1

 

13      Shize? I should shee! Macool, Macool, orra whyi deed ye diie?
014 of a trying thirstay mournin?

¶1 Here begins the wake of Finn. Continuing the tower/penis joke, the paragraph opens "Size? Sheesh! I should say! (I saw!)" – no wonder he dies for such a fall. Keep in mind the parallel to the theme of The Master Builder: a man buids a great tower and is cast down for his daring to rise to the gods.

The immediate reference is Finn MacCool: we are still in the mythic age, and what has come previously is describing the mythic/epic character and nature of Finn (see BenstockJoyce-again's Wake 122ff). When Finn rises again as Earwicker, it is not longer the mythic age, and Earwicker is a lesser person than Finn.

The end of the paragraph moves to a description of Finn's body laid out at his wake. Again the text is playing off of the song, "Finnegan's Wake."

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29      Hurrah, there is but young gleve for the owl globe wheels in
30 view which is tautaulogically the same thing.

¶2 Turning from the body to the people at the particular Finn's wife (the "owl"'s "young gleve") and kids:

. . . and all the livvylong night, the delldale dalppline night, the night of bluerybells [Pluribelle], her flittaflute in tricky trochees (O carina! O carina!) wake him. With her issavan essavans [Issy] and her patterjackmartins [Shem and Shaun] about all them inns and ouses.” (7.1-5)

Keep in mind, this is not the HCE ALP family: this is an earlier age. They appear only by reference.

• McHugh points out how the paragraph is filled with puns of fish (for Finn MacCool) and instruments (for the wake).

 

• The sideways 'E' at line 32 is one of the sigla of the Wake Joyce used them in his drafting (and McHugh refers to them where they so appear in the Annotations). The sigil here (from a letter by Joyce (McHugh)) stands for HCE interred in the ground, which is also Finn as the geography of Dublin.