Annotations to James Joyce's Ulysses/Wandering Rocks/219

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Ma!     (Italian) But![1]

Anch'io ho avuto di queste idee ... quand' ero giovine come Lei. Eppoi mi sono convinto che il mondo è una bestia. É peccato. Perchè la sua voce ... sarebbe un cespite di rendita, via. Invece, Lei si sacrifica.     (Italian) I too have had this idea ... when I was young like you. I am even convinced that the world is a beastly thing. It's a pity. Because your voice ... would be a source of income, you know. But instead, you sacrifice yourself.[2]

Sacrifizio incruento     (Italian) A bloodless sacrifice.[3]

Speriamo... Ma, dia retta a me. Ci rifletta     (Italian) Let us hope... But, listen to me. Think about it.[4] Gabler emends this to: Ma, dia: retta a me, which makes no sense. In The Little Review dia occurred at the end of a line and was joined by a hyphen to retta, which also makes no sense.[5] The 1922 text, however, is good Italian and needs no emending. Artifoni is using the third person singular imperative of dare (dia retta a me = give heed to me); in Italian the third person singular is used as a polite form of address.

Ci rifletterò     (Italian) I'll think about it.[6]

Ma, sul serio, eh?     (Italian) But do you really mean to, eh?.[7]

Eccolo... Venga a trovarmi e ci pensi. Addio, caro     (Italian) Here it is [his tram]... Come and see me and think about it. Goodbye, my dear fellow.[8]

Arrivederla, maestro... E grazie     (Italian) Goodbye, master... And thank you.[9] Stephen uses the more formal arrivederla in place of the commoner arrivederci.

References edit

  1. Gifford (1988) 266.
  2. Gifford (1988) 266.
  3. Gifford (1988) 266.
  4. Gifford (1988) 266.
  5. The Little Review, Volume 6, Number 2 (June 1919), p. 42.
  6. Gifford (1988) 266.
  7. Gifford (1988) 266.
  8. Gifford (1988) 266.
  9. Gifford (1988) 266.
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