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The Cocoa Contours of Modernism: Van Houten in "Finnegans Wake"

Zurich James Joyce Workshop 2010 Nicholas Morris

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Transcript of The Cocoa Contours of Modernism: Van Houten in "Finnegans Wake"

The Cocoa Contours of Modernism:
Van Houtens in "Finnegans Wake"

Nicholas Morris

Zurich James Joyce Foundation

2010 Workshop Ulysses Finnegans Wake Letters FW I.5 "The Letter": 111.05-24 Marked pages of "Criterion" (1925) for printers of "transition" (1927) FW Notebook VI.B.18 (1927) FW III.3 "Haveth Childers Everywhere": 537.30-538.05 Typescript revised for "transition" (1929) Second typescript revised for "transition" (1929) Second typescript revised for "transition" (1929) Jahnke Notesheet for FW II.3: "genetic road not taken" Jahnke Sheet #4 verso FW Notebook VI.B.20 (1926) Other FW References to Cocoa FW I.5 "The Letter": 111.05-111.24 The bird in the case was Belinda of the Dorans, a more than
quinquegintarian (Terziis prize with Serni medal, Cheepalizzy's
Hane Exposition) and what she was scratching at the hour of
klokking twelve looked for all this zogzag world like a goodishsized
sheet of letterpaper originating by transhipt from Boston
(Mass.) of the last of the first to Dear whom it proceded to
mention Maggy well & allathome's health well only the hate
turned the mild on the van Houtens and the general's elections
with a lovely face of some born gentleman with a beautiful present
of wedding cakes for dear thankyou Chriesty and with grand
funferall of poor Father Michael don't forget unto life's & Muggy
well how are you Maggy & hopes soon to hear well & must now
close it with fondest to the twoinns with four crosskisses for holy
paul holey corner holipoli whollyisland pee ess from (locust may
eat all but this sign shall they never) affectionate largelooking
tache of tch. The stain, and that a teastain (the overcautelousness
of the masterbilker here, as usual, signing the page away), marked
it off on the spout of the moment as a genuine relique of ancient
Irish pleasant pottery of that lydialike languishing class known as
a hurry-me-o'er-the-hazy. Names:

"Mr van Howten of Tredcastles" (414.04) - phonetically similar to Jarl van Hoother

"Caius Cocoa Codinhand" (467.13) - alliteration and stuttering

Status quo:

"Jacob's lettercrackers and Dr Tipple's Vi-Cocoa and the Eswuards' desippated soup" (026.30) - all copasetic
in Dublin, so be easy Mr. Finnegan, sir

"Their feed begins. KAKAOPOETIC LIPPUDENIES OF THE UNGUMPTIOUS" (308.15, R2) - the routine
of a late night study-break snack

Chocolate proper:

"Mine's me of squisious, the chocolate with a soul." (144.15)

"His six chocolate pages will run bugling before him and Cococream toddle after with his sticksword in a
pink cushion" (236.03-05)

"his cadbully's choculars" (587.07) FW III.3 "Haveth Childers Everywhere": 537.30-538.07 [...] Thou, Frick's Flame, Uden Sulfer,
who strikest only on the marryd bokks, enquick me if so be I
did cophetuise milady's maid! In spect of her beavers she is a
womanly and sacret. Such wear a frillick for my comic strip,
Mons Meg's Monthly, comes out aich Fanagan's Weck, to bray
at by clownsillies in Donkeybrook Fair. It would lackin mackin
Hodder's and Cocker's erithmatic. The unpurdonable preempson
of all of her of yourn, by Juno Moneta! If she, irished Marryonn
Teheresiann, has been disposed of for her consideration, I,
Ledwidge Salvatorious, am tradefully unintiristid. And if she is
still further talc slopping over her cocoa contours, I hwat mick
angars, am strongly of opinion why I should not be. Inprobable!
I do not credit one word of it from such and suchess mistraversers.
Just feathers! Nanenities! [...] "Ithaca": Bloom & Stephen have cocoa - 17.354-370 How did Bloom prepare a collation for a gentile?

He poured into two teacups two level spoonfuls, four in all, of Epps's soluble cocoa and proceeded according to the directions for use printed on the label, to each adding after sufficient time for infusion the prescribed ingredients for diffusion in the manner and in the quantity prescribed.

What supererogatory marks of special hospitality did the host show his guest?

Relinquishing his symposiarchal right to the moustache cup of imitation Crown Derby presented to him by his only daughter, Millicent (Milly), he substituted a cup identical with that of his guest and served extraordinarily to his guest and, in reduced measure, to himself the viscous cream ordinarily reserved for the breakfast of his wife Marion (Molly).

Was the guest conscious of and did he acknowledge these marks of hospitality?

His attention was directed to them by his host jocosely, and he accepted them seriously as they drank in jocoserious silence Epps's massproduct, the creature cocoa. "Eumaeus": Dedalus Family and Nutrition - 16.268-278 There was no response forthcoming to the suggestion however, such
as it was, Stephen's mind's eye being too busily engaged in repicturing his
family hearth the last time he saw it with his sister Dilly sitting by the ingle,
her hair hanging down, waiting for some weak Trinidad shell cocoa that
was in the sootcoated kettle to be done so that she and he could drink it
with the oatmealwater for milk after the Friday herrings they had eaten at
two a penny with an egg apiece for Maggy, Boody and Katey, the cat
meanwhile under the mangle devouring a mess of eggshells and charred fish
heads and bones on a square of brown paper, in accordance with the third
precept of the church to fast and abstain on the days commanded, it being
quarter tense or if not, ember days or something like that. Other Ulysses References to Cocoa Health concerns: "Anyhow inspection, medical inspection, of all eatables seemed to him more than ever necessary which possibly accounted for the vogue of Dr Tibble's Vi-Cocoa on account of the medical analysis involved." (16.804-806)

The idea of a cuppa: "a cup of Epps's cocoa and a shakedown for the night...My diggings are quite close in the vicinity. You can't drink that stuff. Do you like cocoa?" (16.1621-1645)

Bloom's kitchen dresser: "a packet of Epps's soluble cocoa" (17.307) Joyce to John Stanislaus Joyce, 26 February 1903 (LII 30-31) I bought a stove, a saucepan, a plate, a cup, a saucer, a knife, a fork, a small spoon, a big spoon, a bowl, salt, sugar, figs, macaroni, cocoa &c and got my linen from the laundry .I now try to do my own cooking. For instance last night for dinner I had two hard-boiled eggs (these are sold here hard- boiled during Lent in red shells) bread and butter, macaroni; a few figs and a cup of cocoa. Today for dejeuner I had some cold ham, bread and butter, Swiss cream with sugar; for dinner I had two poached eggs and Vienna bread, macaroni and milk, a cup of cocoa and a few figs. On Sunday for dinner I shall make a mutton stew-mutton, a few potatoes, mushrooms and lentils, with cocoa and biscuits after. Tomorrow (for dejeuner) I shall finish my ham with bread and butter, Swiss cream and sugar, and finish my figs. I think I shall reduce my expenses in this way. Anyhow I hope I shall not fall asleep now as I used dreaming of rice- pudding, which for one who is fasting is not a nice dream. Joyce to Nora Joyce: 19 August 1909, 3 September 1909,
7 September 1909, 27 October 1909 (LII 235-257) I sent you three enormous bags of shell cocoa today. Tell me if you get them right.

I hope you take that cocoa every day and are getting a little fatter on it. I suppose you know why I hope that.

I hope you take that cocoa every day and I hope that little body of you[rs] (or rather certain parts of it) are getting a little fuller. I am laughing at this moment as I think of those little girl's breasts of yours. You are a ridiculous person, Nora! Remember you are now twenty-four and your eldest child is four. Damn it, Nora, you must try to live up to your reputation and cease to be the little curious Galway girl you are and become a full happy loving woman.

Try to get yourself into better health while I am away and please obey me in the small things I ask you to do. First, to eat as much as you can so that you may become more like a woman than the dear awkward-looking simple slender little girl you are. If that cocoa is out get Stannie to send an order for more: the cost is 5s/6d. In the meantime drink plenty of the other cocoa and chocolate. Letters Finnegans Wake Ulysses FW Notebook VI.B.31 (1931) FW Scribal Notebook VI.C.10 (1935) FW Notebook VI.B.26 (1928) Van Houtens Dr. Tibbles' Vi-Cocoa Fry's Chocolate Epps's Cocoa Finnegans Wake Notebooks 1928-1935: "genetic road not taken" Redacted for copyright purposes
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