Sample Commonplace-Book Entry

His father told him that story: his father looked at him through a glass: he had a hairy face.

James Joyce, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, ed. Jeri Johnson (Oxford: Oxford UP, 2000), 5.

Tone change; strange details (“a glass”); grotesque (hairy face). Is this the same person who tells the story of the moocow and baby tuckoo?

A few notes on James’s “The Middle Years”

Bournemouth (337)
Beach town in Dorset (Southwest England).
diligence vincit omnia (338)
“Conquers all,” but the Latin phrase (from Virgil) is usually omnia vincit amor (or amor vincit omnia), “love conquers all”
qui dort dine (339)
French cliché: literally, “who sleeps, dines,” but meaning, “if you’re sleeping you don’t need to eat”
intrigante (346)
French: a (female) schemer