Tirades of Abuse

Notes & Queries

There is some evidence that Joyce read (and remembered) Frederick Marryat’s novels. Nash from A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Mandeclares him ‘the greatest writer’, while Buck Mulligan likens Stephen Dedalus to Marryat’s ‘Japhet’ in Ulysses. ‘Counterparts’, the ninth story ofDubliners, features Farrington hurriedly finishing his paperwork, copying out letters long overdue. Distracted by a parched throat and thoughts of the local, he does not hear his boss approach…