"— Do you understand now? Can you work the second for yourself?
— Yes, sir.
In long shady strokes Sargent copied the data. Waiting always for a word of help his hand moved faithfully the unsteady symbols, a faint hue of shame flickering behind his dull skin." (U2.161)
"Amor matris: subjective and objective genitive. With her weak blood and wheysour milk she had fed him and hid from sight of others his swaddling bands.
Like him was I, these sloping shoulders, this gracelessness. My childhood bends beside me. Too far for me to lay a hand there once or lightly. Mine is far and his secret as our eyes. Secrets, silent, stony, sit in the dark palaces of both our hearts: secrets weary of their tyranny: tyrants willing to be dethroned." (U2.165)
"The sum was done.
- It is very simple, Stephen said as he stood up.
- Yes, sir. Thanks, Sargent answered.
He dried the page with a sheet of thin blottingpaper and carried his copybook back to his bench.
- You had better get your stick and go out to the others, Stephen said as he followed towards the door the boy's graceless form.
- Yes, sir.
In the corridor his name was heard, called from the playfield.
- Sargent!
- Run on, Stephen said. Mr Deasy is calling you." (U2.173)
"- What is it now? he cried continually without listening.
- Cochrane and Halliday are on the same side, sir, Stephen said.
- Will you wait in my study for a moment, Mr Deasy said, till I restore order here.
And as he stepped fussily back across the field his old man's voice cried sternly:
- What is the matter? What is it now?
Their sharp voices cried about him on all sides: their many forms closed round him, the garish sunshine bleaching the honey of his illdyed head." (U2.189)
"Stale smoky air hung in the study with the smell of drab abraded leather of its chairs. As on the first day he bargained with me here. As it was in the beginning, is now. On the sideboard the tray of Stuart coins, base treasure of a bog: and ever shall be." (U2.199)
"And snug in their spooncase of purple plush, faded, the twelve apostles having preached to all the gentiles: world without end." (U2.202)
From Wikipedia: An 'apostle spoon' is a spoon (usually silver, silver-plated, or pewter) with an image of one of the 12 apostles (the disciples of Jesus Christ) as the termination of the handle, bearing his distinctive emblem. They were particularly popular in Pre-Reformation times, mostly in England, but also in Germany and France. They originated in early 15c. in Europe. They are alluded to by the dramatists Ben Johnson, Thomas Middleton, Francis Beaumont, and John Fletcher. Shakespeare refers to them in Henry VIII. In some communities this tradition continued until at least the mid 20c.
Apostle spoons were sometimes produced in sets of thirteen, the thirteenth showing the Virgin Mary (the British Museum in London has such a set from England dating from 1536-7) or Jesus.
Complete sets of apostle spoons are uncommon nowadays, and may be found on ebay.
"And now his strongroom for the gold." (U2.211)
"Stephen's embarrassed hand moved over the shells heaped in the cold stone mortar: whelks and money cowries and leopard shells: and this, whorled as an emir's turban, and this, the scallop of saint James. An old pilgrim's hoard, dead treasure, hollow shells." (U2.212)
"A sovereign fell, bright and new, on the soft pile of the tablecloth" (U2.217)

The Edward VII sovereign was minted, bright and new, in 1902; the portrait was the work of Mr. de Saulles.
"- Three, Mr Deasy said, turning his little savingsbox about in his hand. These are handy things to have. See. This is for sovereigns." (U2.218)

A 'sovereign' = a £1 gold coin depicting the monarch on the obverse, and St George on the reverse.
"This is for shillings. Sixpences, halfcrowns. And here crowns. See.
- He shot from it two crowns and two shillings.
- Three twelve, he said. I think you'll find that's right." (U2.219)
"- Thank you, sir, Stephen said, gathering the money together with shy haste and putting it all in a pocket of his trousers.
- No thanks at all, Mr Deasy said. You have earned it." (U2.223)

This PC shows details of Edwardian currency.
Some definitions:
£sd = pounds, shillings, pence
£1 = 4 crowns = 20 shillings = 240 pence
1 guinea = £1 + 1s
2s coin = florin

Stephen's pay of 'three twelve' means 3 pounds and 12 shillings. It can be written as £3-12-0 or £3/12/0.
Mr Deasy gives it as: 2 £1 notes + 1 sovereign + 2 crowns (= 10s) + 2s.

The next step is understanding this postcard!
"Stephen's hand, free again, went back to the hollow shells. Symbols too of beauty and of power. A lump in my pocket: symbols soiled by greed and misery.
- Don't carry it like that, Mr Deasy said. You'll pull it out somewhere and lose it. You just buy of of these machines. You'll find them very handy.
Answer something." (U2.226)
"- Mine would be often empty, Stephen said.
The same room and hour, the same wisdom: and I the same. Three times now. Three nooses round me here. Well? I can break them in this instant if I will." (U2.232)
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