“Hence when the clouds roll by, jamey, a proudseye view is enjoyable of our mounding's mass, now Wallinstone national museum, with, in some greenish distance, the charmful waterloose country and the two quitewhite villagettes who hear show of themselves so gigglesomes minxt the follyages, the prettilees! Penetrators are permitted into the museomound free. “
When we were children, Dad would take us to the Phoenix Park on Sundays and we would climb the sloping "steps” of the Wellington Monument. For a long time, I was convinced that the obelisk had a secret door, and that if I could only reach the next level I would find it. Imagine my delight when I first read this part of the Wake.
Maybe I should mention, here how I find my illustrations (or how they find me). Often when I read a passage, I see images that don’t always relate to the whole passage but rather to a sentence or phrase. I must resist the urge to paint those images as they ar and, instead, I compel myself to dig a little or a lot more. Many times, I have found myself chuckling at the absurdity of the pictures that come into my mind. I try to incorporate the humour into the work, in keeping with the spirit of the text.
This part of the book can be interpreted as the nine months of gestation (see the nine “tips”) and the phallic symbol of the Wellington memorial is in keeping with that. The admonition to mind our hats going in and our boots going out refer to coming into the world and leaving it.