"And they call me the jewel of Asia, |
The geisha." (U6.355)
'The jewel of Asia' is a song from 'The Geisha, a Story of a Tea House', a light opera in two acts with score by Sidney Jones, libretto by Owen Hall, and lyrics by Harry Greenbank.
The opera 'The Geisha' tells of the love of Lt. Reggie Fairfax, a naval officer stationed in Japan, with the geisha Mimosa San. Their relationship is thwarted by Reggie's English fiancee Molly. The opera ends with Reggie happily wedding Molly; Mimosa is set free to marry her lover Katana.|
The Geisha was first performed April 15th 1896 at Daly's Theatre in London, and produced by George Edwardes. The original production ran for 760 performances, the second longest of any musical up to that time. The cast included Marie Tempest in the role of O Mimosa San, Letty Lind as the dancing soubrette Molly Seamore, C. Hayden Coffin as Lt Reginald Fairfax, and Huntley Wright as Wun-Hi.
"He looked away from me. He knows. Rattle his bones. |
That afternoon of the inquest. The redlabelled bottle on the table. The room in the hotel with hunting pictures. Stuffy it was. Sunlight through the slats of the Venetian blind. The coroner's ears, big and hairy. Boots giving evidence. Thought he was asleep first. Then saw like yellow streaks on his face. Had slipped down to the foot of the bed. Verdict: overdose. Death by misadventure. The letter. For my son Leopold.
No more pain. Wake no more. Nobody owns." (U6.359)
"The carriage rattled swiftly along Blessington street. Over the stones. |
- We are going the pace, I think, Martin Cunningham said.
- God grant he doesn't upset us on the road, Mr Power said." (U6.366)
"- I hope not, Martin Cunningham said. That will be a great race tomorrow in Germany. The Gordon Bennett." (U6.370)|
The 1904 Gordon Bennett race took place June 17th in the Taunus mountains in Germany. It was won by Léon Théry from France, on a Richard-Brasier car.
"- Yes, by Jove, Mr Dedalus said. That will be worth seeing, faith." (U6.371)|
The 1903 Gordon Bennett race, comically rendered in this PC, had taken place in Ireland (Athy, Co. Kildare). It was won by Camille Jenatzy from Germany, on a Mercedes car.
|"As they turned into Berkeley street a streetorgan near the Basin sent over and after them a rollicking rattling song of the halls." (U6.372)|
"Has anybody here seen Kelly? Kay ee double ell wy." (U6.373)|
'Has Anybody Here Seen Kelly?', music and lyrics by C.W. Murphy & Will Letters (1908), is a British music hall song, originally titled 'Kelly From the Isle of Man'. It was adapted in America by William McKenna for the musical 'The Jolly Bachelors' (1909). Here caricatured, it tells of an Irishwoman looking for her sweetheart. The chorus goes:
"Has anybody here seen Kelly?
Kay ee double ell wy,
Has anybody here seen Kelly?
Have you seen him smile?
Sure his hair is red, his eyes are blue,
And he's Irish through and through,
Has anybody here seen Kelly?
Kelly from the Emerald Isle"
"The Mater Misericordiae. Eccles street. My house down there. Big place." (U6.375)|
The Mater Misericordiae Hospital (known as 'the Mater') on Eccles Street was established and run by the Sisters of Mercy, a Catholic congregation. It provides public hospital care to adult patients, and training for nurses. This PC states: 'Opened 1861. Front nearly 300 feet in length.' The largest hospital in Dublin, the Mater had some 325 beds.
|Also on Eccles street, the Dominican College (a convent and school).|
|"Ward for incurables there. Very encouraging. Our Lady's Hospice for the dying. Deadhouse handy underneath. Where old Mrs Riordan died. They look terrible the women. Her feeding cup and rubbing her mouth with the spoon. Then the screen round her bed for her to die. Nice young student that was dressed that bite the bee gave me. He's gone over to the lying-in hospital they told me. From one extreme to the other." (U6.376)|
"Roast beef for old England. They buy up all the juicy ones. And then the fifth quarter is lost: all that raw stuff, hide, hair, horns. Comes to a big thing in a year. Dead meat trade. Byproducts of the slaughterhouses for tanneries, soap, margarine. Wonder if that dodge works now getting dicky meat off the train at Clonsilla." (U6.394) |
"- And, Martin Cunningham said, we wouldn't have scenes like that when the hearse capsized round Dunphy's and upset the coffin onto the road. |
- That was terrible, Mr Power's shocked face said, and the corpse fell about the road. Terrible!
- First round Dunphy's, Mr Dedalus said, nodding. Gordon Bennett cup.
- Praises be to God! Martin Cunningham said piously. " (U6.415)
|"In silence they drove along Phibsborough road. An empty hearse trotted by, coming from the cemetery: looks relieved." (U6.436)|
"Crossguns bridge: the royal canal. |
Water rushed roaring through the sluices. A man stood on his dropping barge between clamps of turf. On the towpath by the lock a slacktethered horse. Aboard of the Bugabu.
Their eyes watched him. On the slow weedy waterway he had floated on his raft coastward over Ireland drawn by a haulage rope past beds of reeds, over slime, mudchoked bottles, carrion dogs. Athlone," (U6.438)