In the continuing series, here is part 2 of my random remarks on Ulysses episode 2 (see part 1 here).
“Three and twelve, he said”– have teachers EVER been well-paid?
“You just buy one of these machines”– yeah, I’ll get right on that with all of my non-existent extra cash
“I owe nothing”– so, I’m shot all to hell, then
“I fear those big words, Stephen said, which make us so unhappy”– like Accountablility (trans> redundant paperwork that must be done before 5pm today so that it can sit in a binder that no one will ever look at “just in case we are ever audited”)
“Per via rectas, Mr Deasy said firmly, was his motto”– try “quid lucrum istic mihi est” on for size, dude (motto of John Dortmunder in the novels by Donald E. Westlake)
“You can do me a favor, Mr. Dedalus, with some of your literary friends”– bohemians are good for something apparently
“Cassandra. By a woman who was no better than she should be.”– wait just a minute– Cassie was a victim!
“A merchant, Stephen said, is one who buys cheap and sells dear”– take that, Shylock! Point to Stephen.
“I am happier than you…”– ok, to sum up: Deasy ♥ the English & cash/ he doesn’t ♥ Jews or women.
“Because she never lets them in”– oh, hardy har har. grrr.
Are you ready to bravely tramp into section 3 part 1? Here be it.