By a commodius vicus of recirculation

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  • brings us by: 1. part of major "bring us by a commodious vicus of recirculation back to Howth Castle and Environs. (Joyce noticed commodius as print error) 2. german: inf. bei-bringen = to teach so. sth. or to figure sth.out
  • by: (Old Norse) town.
  • commedia: (Italian) comedy → Dante's Commedia (the "Divine Comedy")
  • comme odieux: (French) as odious; like odious -
  • commode: an armchair containing a concealed chamber pot under the seat → the 6th of 7 elements in a circuit of HCE's bedroom
    • commode: a close-stool or cucking-stool; a toilet;
    • Ulysses 063.14-15: "stubbing his [Bloom's] toes against the broken commode"
    • commode: chamber-pot → jordan → Giordano Bruno
  • commodious: conveniently spacious; adapted to wants. (The new Rose and O'Hanlon edition aka 'FW2' replaces 'commodius' with 'commodious'.) Joyce noticed the print error.
  • Commodious Vicus → spacious village → Dublin
  • Marcus Aurelius Commodus Antoninus: originally Lucius Aelius Aurelius Commodus (161–192 A.D.) (Shem), the son of Marcus Aurelius (HCE), was a Roman Emperor who ruled from 180 to 192 A.D. He is often considered to have been one of the worst Roman Emperors, and his reign brought to a close the era of the "five good emperors". He had a twin brother, Antoninus (Shaun), who died when he was about four years old, and a sister Lucilla (Issy) who was implicated in plots to overthrow him
  • commodus: (Latin) pleasant.
  • κωμη (kōmē): (Greek) village → vicus
  • κωμωδια (kōmōdia): (Greek) comedy
  • recirculation: Joyce begins FW in veritas at the End of Story: Finn, again! = Finnegan = Vico/vicus (both falling from a ladder and breaking their skulls). "End here. Us then. Finn, again! Take. Bussoftlhee, mememormee! Till thousandsthee. Lps. The keys to. Given! A way a lone a last a loved a long the / riverrun, past Eve and Adam's, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by a commodious vicus of recirculation back to Howth Castle and Environs." (628.13 to 3.3) [1]
  • vicis: (Latin) fortune; change of fortune or conditions; vicissitude; duty, function, place
  • vicus: (Latin) village; street; quarter (of a city); neighborhood
    • Song of Solomon 3:2: "surgam et circuibo civitatem per vicos et plateas quaeram quem diligit anima mea quaesivi illum et non inveni - I will rise now, and go about the city in the streets, and in the broad ways I will seek him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found him not."[5]
  • vicus of recirculation → vicious cycle
  • vicus of recirculation → hydrological cycle: the water of Dublin Bay is evaporated, becomes a cloud over Howth, which is blown inland; rain falls in the Dublin Mountains; the water is collected by the Liffey, which flows through the city, cleansing it (Giambattista means "John the Baptist") and carrying off its filth; the river discharges its contents into the Bay, and the cycle continues.