"I was just passing the time of day with old Troy of the D.M.P. at the corner of Arbour hill there" (U12.1)
The 'Cyclops' episode takes place in the pub of Barney Kiernan, and this PC sets its tone. Such PCs proliferated in the 1910s, both in Ireland and in the USA. Predominantly colored in green, often embossed and gilded, adorned with harps, shamrocks and crowns, they expressed the unabashed patriotism of both Irish and Irish Americans.
"and be damned but a bloody sweep came along and he near drove his gear into my eye. I turned around to let him have the weight of my tongue when who should I see dodging along Stony Batter only Joe Hynes." (U12.2)
"— Lo, Joe, says I. How are you blowing? Did you see that bloody chimneysweep near shove my eye out with his brush?" (U12.6)
"- Soot's luck, says Joe. Who's the old ballocks you were talking to?
- Old Troy, says I, was in the force. I'm on two minds not to give that fellow in charge for obstructing the thoroughfare with his brooms and ladders.
- What are you doing round those parts? says Joe." (U12.7)
"- Devil a much, says I. There is a bloody big foxy thief beyond by the garrison church at the corner of Chicken Lane - old Troy was just giving me a wrinkle about him - lifted any God's quantity of tea and sugar to pay three bob a week said he had a farm in the county Down " (U12.13)
"off a hop of my thumb by the name of Moses Herzog over there near Heytesbury street." (U12.16)
"- Circumcised? says Joe.
- Ay, says I. A bit off the top." (U12. 19)
"An old plumber named Geraghty. I'm hanging on to his taw now for the past fortnight and I can't get a penny out of him.
- That the lay you're on now? says Joe.
- Ay, says I . How are the mighty fallen! Collector of bad and doubtful debts." (U12.20)
"But that's the most notorious bloody robber you'd meet in a day's walk and the face on him all pockmarks would hold a shower of rain. Tell him, says he, I dare him, says he, and I doubledare him to send you round here again or if he does, says he, I'll have him summonsed up before the court, so I will, for trading without a licence. And he after stuffing himself till he's fit to burst. Jesus, I had to laugh at the little jewy getting his shirt out. He drink me my teas. He eat me my sugars. Because he no pay me my moneys?" (U12.30)
"For nonperishable goods bought of Moses Herzog, of 13 Saint Kevin's parade in the city of Dublin, Wood quay ward, merchant, hereinafter called the vendor, and sold and delivered to Michael E. Geraghty, esquire, of 29 Arbour hill in the city of Dublin, Arran quay ward, gentleman, hereinafter called the purchaser, videlicet, five pounds avoirdupois of first choice tea at three shillings and no pence per pound avoirdupois" (U12.33)
"and three stone avoirdupois of sugar, crushed crystal, at threepence per pound avoirdupois, the said purchaser debtor to the said vendor of one pound five shillings and sixpence sterling for value received which amount shall be paid by said purchaser to said vendor in weekly instalments every seven calendar days of three shillings and no pence sterling: and the said nonperishable goods shall not be pawned or pledged or sold or otherwise alienated by the said purchaser but shall be and remain and be held to be the sole and exclusive property of the said vendor to be disposed of at his good will and pleasure" (U12.39)
"until the said amount shall have been duly paid by the said purchaser to the said vendor in the manner herein set forth as this day hereby agreed between the said vendor, his heirs, successors, trustees and assigns of the one part and the said purchaser, his heirs, successors, trustees and assigns of the other part." (U12.47)
"- Are you a strict t.t.? says Joe.
- Not taking anything between drinks, says I." (U12.52)
"- What about paying our respects to our friend? says Joe.
- Who? says I. Sure, he's out in John of God's off his head, poor man.
- Drinking his own stuff? says Joe." (U12.54)
"- Ay, says I. Whisky and water on the brain." (U12.57)
"- Come around to Barney Kiernan's, says Joe. I want to see the citizen." (U12.58)
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