Joyce, James / A first-draft version of Finnegans wake
I, iii, pp. 69-74
FW 48 FW 49 MS 47471b, 2b FW 50 69 I, iii A cloud of witnesses indeed! Yet all these are as much no-w no more as were they now not yet or had they then not ever been. Of Hosty, quite a musical genius in small way, the end is unknown. I O'Donnell somewhat depressed by things, is said to have enlisted at the time of the Crimean war under the name of Buckley. Peter Cloran, at the suggestion of the Master in Lunacy, became an inmate of an asylum. Treacle Tom passed away painlessly in a state of nature propelled into the great beyond by footblows of his last bedfellows, 3 Norwegian sailors of the seafaring class. I Shorty disappeared from the surface of the earth so completely 10 as to lead one to suppose that it' had come to pass that he (who possessed at times a large amount of the humorous) his habitat had become the interior. Then was the reverend, the sodality director that fashionable vice preacher to whom sinning society ladies beauties (vide the daily press) often became so enthusiasticaly attached and was a nondescript objectionable ass who sometimes wore a nondescript raffle ticket in his hat & was openly guilty of malpractice with his tableknife the cad with a pipe encountered by HCE?2 § -2 6 * 6 * V It is a well authenticated fact of the commonest knowledge that the shape of 1 the average human face changes its shape frequently 20 alters with the passing of years. Hence it is no easy matter to identify the individual in baggy pants with already an inclination to baldness who 1 Omitted by Joyce, who completed the preceding passage in the right hand margin of the notebook page: "that it". 2 Together with the material on MS 47471 b, 3 and 3 b, the above constitutes Joyce's most primitive version of the chapter. But as my intention is to present as complete a first version as possible, I am including here the earliest drafts of the other parts of the chapter regardless of chronology. See the Introduction and appendix of this volume for a fuller account of the chapter's development. The following was interpolated under the letters V and R while Joyce was working on his fair copy.
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