Finnegans Wake OUTLINE OF CHAPTER CONTENTS

PART I

Chapter I

Introduction – The Willingdone Museum – The finding of the letter – Pre-history of Ireland – Mutt and Jute – Jarl van Hoother and the Prankquean – The Fall – Finnegan’s Wake – Introduction of HCE

Chapter II

The naming of HCE – The encounter with the cad – The spreading of the cad’s story – The Ballad of Persse O’Reilly

Chapter III

Earwicker’s version of the story filmed, televised and broad-cast – HCE’s wake – Reports of HCE’s crime and flight – Court inquiries – HCE reviled – HCE remains silent and sleeps – Finn’s resurrection foreshadowed

Chapter IV

Burial of HCE in Lough Neagh – Festy King on trial – Freed – Reveals his deception – The letter is called for – ALP is brought in

Chapter V

ALP’s mamafesta – The interpretation of the letter – The Book of Kells

Chapter VI

Radio quiz – 12 questions concerning various figures and places – Shaun and Shem – The Mookse and the Gripes – Burrus and Caseous

Chapter VII

Portrait of Shem the Penman – His lowness, cowardice, drunken boasting – Shem as forger – The haunted inkbottle – Justius and Mercius

Chapter VIII

Anna Livia Plurabelle – Gossip of two washerwomen on the banks of the Liffey – Darkness – Washerwomen turn into a tree and a stone

PART II

Chapter I

The mime of Mick, Nick and the Naggies – Glugg and the three riddles – Glugg and Chuff – Children’s games end – Prayers before bed

Chapter II

Nightlessons – Shem, Shaun and Issy – Grammar, history, letter writing, mathematics – Invasions of Ireland – Dolph and Kev – Essay assignments – Children’s nightletter to parents

Chapter III

HCE in the pub – The tale of Kersse the Tailor and the Norwegian Captain – Television comedians Butt and Taff telling how Buckley shot the Russian general – The four old men bother HCE – The case against HCE – The funeral games – HCE drinks the dregs and passes out

Chapter IV

Voyage of Tristan and Iseult – The four masters spy on their love-making – The hymn of Iseult la Belle

PART III

Chapter I

Shaun the Post – The Ondt and the Gracehoper – Shaun vilifies Shem – Shaun in a barrel rolls downriver – Issy bids him fond farewell

Chapter II

Shaun as Jaun – Sermon to the girls of St Bride’s – Jaun and Issy – Issy’s love-letter to Jaun – Jaun introduces Dave – Jaun as Haun

Chapter III

Yawn interrogated by four old men – Inquiry and seance – Voices speak through Yawn, including ALP’s – HCE revives and testifies – Boasts of the city he has founded and his conquest of ALP

Chapter IV

The Porter parents – Matt, Mark, Luke and John – The four positions of love-making between HCE and ALP

PART IV

Chapter I

Ricorso – Dawn of the new era – The celebration of Kevin – HCE’s indiscretion published, scene of crime revisited – Mutt and Juva, the dispute between St Patrick and the Archdruid – ALP’s letter – Anna Livia’s soliloquy