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Joyce's KaleidoscopeAn Invitation to Finnegans Wake$
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Philip Kitcher

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195321029

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195321029.001.0001

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The Four of Us and Sure, Thank God, There are No More of Us

The Four of Us and Sure, Thank God, There are No More of Us

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(p.180) 15 The Four of Us and Sure, Thank God, There are No More of Us
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Joyce's Kaleidoscope
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Philip Kitcher

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195321029.003.0015

The funeral ship metamorphoses. Tristan and Isolde can be found on a vessel going to Cornwall. Though the next phase of the dreamer's explorations start with more jeers at HCE/Mark, the dismal future that awaits the aging man is presented obliquely. Other figures are attending to the ship on which Tristan is kissing Isolde. “They” are four old men, the “evangelists” Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, whose voices have sounded before in the Wake and who are heard at length. The official verdict of the old men, Shaun, Tristan to HCE's King Mark, is the bright promise of the future. Yet their presentation of the past, both in the style and content of their ramblings, makes it clear that the promise will be unreal unless the future is not a repetition.

Keywords:   Tristan, Isolde, King Mark, Shaun, evangelists

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