Annotations to James Joyce's Ulysses/Telemachus/004

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004.13       Two dactyls Buck Mulligan's real name, Malachi Mulligan, contains two groupings of three syllables. A dactyl is a metrical foot used in poetry which contains a stress on the first syllable, as Mal*ach*i Mull*i*gan.[1]

004.17 Jejune       Mulligan's modifier for "jesuit" reflects the tone of the chapter towards the Catholic faith, tradition, and liturgy.
      (1) without interest or significance; dull; insipid: a jejune novel.
      (2) juvenile; immature; childish: jejune behavior.
      (3) lacking knowledge or experience; uninformed: jejune attempts to design a house.[2]


  1. [1] Dactyl (poetry Wikipedia article.
  2. [2] Jejune article
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