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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 Keys to. Given!

The Keys to. Given!

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(p.242) 20 The Keys to. Given!
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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/9780195321029.003.0020

Joyce interposes more than twenty pages before giving another letter from ALP and allowing her the Wake's last words. This intervening material involves short vignettes that recall other parts of the long dream, vignettes that often seem to have little relation to the worries that have been dominant since the end of Part I. In the end, the memory of the last leaf, conjures up the mood of her opening, her turn to HCE, the joy in waking beside him. Then it was a mingled celebration of the past of their marriage and a hope for renewal in the future, the natural illusion that has hung over this ricorso. Now, however, she understands completely that there will be no renewal, and she has anatomized her past. So, for her, and in her, the Joycean virtues—kindness, understanding, tolerance, acceptance, and forgiveness—can be realized.

Keywords:   Wake, ALP, dreamer, HCE, last words

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