"that old Mrs Fleming you have to be walking round after her putting the things into her hands sneezing and farting into the pots well of course shes old she cant help it a good job I found that rotten old smelly dishcloth that got lost behind the dresser I knew there was something and opened the area window to let out the smell bringing in his friends to entertain them like the night he walked home with a dog if you please that might have been mad" (U18.1081)
"especially Simon Dedalus son his father such a criticiser with his glasses up with his tall hat on him at the cricket match" (U18.1088)
"and a great big hole in his sock one thing laughing at the other and his son that got all those prizes for whatever he won them in the intermediate imagine climbing over the railings if anybody saw him that knew us I wonder he didnt tear a big hole in his grand funeral trousers as if the one nature gave wasnt enough for anybody" (U18.1089)
"hawking him down into the dirty old kitchen now is he right in his head I ask pity it wasnt washing day my old pair of drawers might have been hanging up too on the line on exhibition for all hed ever care with the ironmould mark the stupid old bundle burned on them he might think was something else and she never even rendered down the fat I told her and now shes going such as she was on account of her paralysed husband getting worse theres always something wrong with them disease or they have to go under an operation or if its not that its drink and he beats her Ill have to hunt around again for someone every day I get up theres some new thing on sweet God sweet God well when Im stretched out dead in my grave I suppose Ill have some peace I want to get up a minute if Im let wait O Jesus wait yes that thing has come on me yes now wouldnt that afflict you of course all the poking and rooting and ploughing he had up in me now what am I to do" (U18.1094)
"Friday Saturday Sunday wouldnt that pester the soul out of a body unless he likes it some men do God knows theres always something wrong with us 5 days every 3 or 4 weeks usual monthly auction isnt it simply sickening" (U18.1107)
"that night it came on me like that the one and only time we were in a box that Michael Gunn gave him to see Mrs Kendal and her husband at the Gaiety something he did about insurance for him in Drimmies" (U18.1110)
Dame Madge Kendal DBE (1848 - 1935), born Margaret Shafto Robertson, was an English actress born in Great Grimsby, of a theatrical family, being the sister of T. W. Robertson, a dramatist and one of 22 children of William Robertson. Mrs. Kendal's first stage appearance was as Marie, "a child", in The Orphan of the Frozen Sea in 1854 in London. She soon showed such talent both as actress and singer that she secured numerous engagements, and in 1865 was playing Ophelia and Desdemona at the Haymarket Theatre in London. She was Mary Meredith in Our American Cousin with Sothern, and Pauline to his Claud Melnotte. But her most notable successes were at the Haymarket in Shakespearian revivals and the old English comedies.
Mrs. Kendal was married in 1869 to W. H. Grimston Kendal, and the two thereafter acted mostly together. In the early 1870s, the Kendals starred in a series of "fairy comedies" by W. S. Gilbert, and they appeared for a number of seasons at The Prince of Wales's Theatre. From 1879 to 1888, they managed St. James's Theatre (London) with great success, and presented a large number of Pinero plays, among many others.
Mrs. Kendall had a wide emotional spectrum: she could play Desdemona and Lady Macbeth as flawlessly as she performed in variety shows. Robertson usually outshone her husband on stage; William Kendal was an astute businessman who chose plays that would display his wife's talents. The Kendals brought new respectability to the Victorian theatre, which had fallen into disrepute among the middle classes. They imposed a high moral code both on stage and behind the scenes. They also managed the Court Theatre for a time. Mr. and Mrs. Kendal retired in 1908.
"I was fit to be tied though I wouldnt give in with that gentleman of fashion staring down at me with his glasses and him the other side of me talking about Spinoza and his soul thats dead I suppose millions of years ago I smiled the best I could all in a swamp leaning forward as if I was interested having to sit it out then to the last tag" (U18.1113)
"I wont forget that wife of Scarli in a hurry supposed to be a fast play about adultery that idiot in the gallery hissing the woman adulteress he shouted I suppose he went and had a woman in the next lane running round all the back ways after to make up for it I wish he had what I had then hed boo" (U18.1116)
The NY Times (April 6, 1897) writes that The Wife of Scarli is 'a somber domestic drama, in 3 acts, from the Italian of Giuseppe Giacosa by G.A. Greene.' Scali is a humble hard working advocate whose wife has an affair with his colleague Fabrizio. The reviewer finds that the play is simple, modern, and overall 'a faithful and graphic portrayal of domestic life'. However the last act, the reconciliation of the couple through the innocent mediation of their child, is 'mawkish, trite', and 'so preposterous that the jeers of the multitude are justified'. The play had Olga Nethersole in the title role.
"I bet the cat itself is better off than us have we too much blood up in us or what O patience above its pouring out of me like the sea anyhow he didnt make me pregnant as big as he is I dont want to ruin the clean sheets I just put on I suppose the clean linen I wore brought it on too damn it damn it and they always want to see a stain on the bed to know youre a virgin for them all thats troubling them theyre such fools too you could be a widow or divorced 40 times over a daub of red ink would do or blackberry juice no thats too purply O Jamesy let me up out of this pooh sweets of sin whoever suggested that business for women what between clothes and cooking and children this damned old bed too jingling like the dickens I suppose they could hear us away over the other side of the park" (U18.1121)
"till I suggested to put the quilt on the floor with the pillow under my bottom I wonder is it nicer in the day I think it is easy I think Ill cut all this hair off me there scalding me I might look like a young girl wouldnt he get the great suckin the next time he turned up my clothes on me Id give anything to see his face" (U18.1132)
"wheres the chamber gone easy Ive a holy horror of its breaking under me after that old commode" (U18.1136)
"I wonder was I too heavy sitting on his knee I made him sit on the easychair purposely" (U13.1137)
"Ill throw them the 1st thing in the morning till I see if the wishcard comes out or Ill try pairing the lady herself and see if he comes out" (U18.1138)
"when I took off only my blouse and skirt first in the other room he was so busy where he oughtnt to be he never felt me" (U18.1139)
"I hope my breath was sweet after those kissing comfits" (U18.1140)