"(Stoop) if you are abcedminded, to this claybook, what curios of signs (please stoop), in this allaphbed! Can you rede (since We and Thou had it out already) its world? It is the same told of all. Many. Miscegenations on miscegenations. Tieckle. They lived und laughed ant loved end left. Forsin. Thy thingdome is given to the Meades and Porsons. The meandertale, aloss andagain, of our old Heidenburgh in the days when Head-in-Clouds walked the earth.""
Stoop if you are abcdeminded, that is if you can read at all, because if you can stoop enough to sift through the midden, you can interpret the Wake. Just as an archaeologist begins the dig with a vague idea of what might be found, layers of soil deliver up a greater insight into the past.
Here, the dump unearths a hatch, a celt and an earshore (HCE), “when Head-in-Clouds walked the earth.”
This is the story of mankind with its layers of history waiting to be revealed. And history repeats itself "aloss andagain."
There is reference here (in "Tieckle") to writing that appeared on a wall at Belshazzar’s feast. It was obscure enough to confuse the wise men of his kingdom but was interpreted by the young Hebrew, Daniel. The writing, "MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN" predicted the death of Belshazzar because of his defilement of the sacred temple goods, and it told how his kingdom would be given to the Medes and Persians.
This illustration is the first of two for this section of the book. I have created a midden which is quite barren on the surface where only HCE and ALP lie buried face to face. More will be revealed in the following one although there may be more questions than answers.
Note the "Upwap and dump em" that appears in the last line on this page. This is one of the linguistic echoes that you'll hear throughout the Wake. We've seen it, for example, on page 10, when the janitrix, showing us around the museyroom, introduced us to one of the characters of the battle: "This the seeboy, madrashattaras, upjump and pumpim, cry to the Willingdone:
Ap Pukkaru! Pukka Yurap!" The phrase echoes Wellington's cry of "Up guards and at 'em," with which he ordered the last charge at the Battle of Waterloo, and here the political and the domestic fuse as it echoes the wrapping up and dumping into the midden of history the scraps of the past.