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Thursday, February 08, 2007

Boer Constructor

Mangan would perform his religious devotions prostrate in the vault of Saints' Michael and John's Church on the quays.

Hints of apocalypse in the air. Charles Walmesley, author of The General History of the Christian Church, predicted that all Irish Protestants would be wiped out in 1825. One 'Pastor Fido' responded with a rival prophecy that the Pope was the Antichrist and would be destroyed the following year.

Comparison of the father to a boa constrictor in the Autobiography. Compare Shem the Penman in Finnegans Wake: 'Mynfadher was a boer constructor.'

The Lord’s Prayer begins, in Irish, Ár n-athair atá ar neamh, Our father who art in heaven. The Irish for a poisonous snake is a nathair nimhe. Peculiar similarity. I wonder if Joyce noticed it.

And yes I know boa constrictors aren’t poisonous.

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