Reading Finnegans Wake

Reading Finnegans Wake

Reading Finnegans Wake

Reading Finnegans Wake

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HE THOUGHT, IN AN ASSISAN MOOD, THAT THESE MEN MIGHT BE NEARER TO HIS PURPOSE THAN OTHERS; AND ONE EVENING WHILE TALKING WITH A CAPUCHIN, HE HAD OVER AND OVER TO RESTRAIN AN IMPULSE WHICH URGED HIM TO TAKE THE PRIEST BY THE ARM, LEAD HIM UP AND DOWN THE CHAPEL-YARD AND DELIVER HIMSELF BOLDLY OF THE WHOLE STORY OF The Tables of the Law , EVERY WORD OF WHICH HE REMEMBERED. Stephen Hero , p. 177, (New Directions).

I regard this sentence of Joyce's with some chagrin, for I wonder how I can have read it often and not have seen it. It contains the key for which I have been searching, with which to unlock Finnegans Wake and although Richard Blackmur mentioned this story written by William Butler Yeats in a . . .

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