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Scribbledehobble

Hosted by Kaleidoscope September 9, 2020 at 7pm.

Curated by Bernard Clarke.

Featured Artists:

Sue Rynhart & Mike Nielsen, Claire Duff, Cormac Bretnach, Martin Tourish @ & Daire Bracken, Danny McCarthy, Claire Fitch.

Scribbledehobble is the opening word in one of James Joyce’s most important notebooks for Finnegans Wake. One of the key books underlining Finnegans Wake is Sheridan LeFanu’s The House By The Churchyard.

Mrs McNamara and Mrs Matchwell both appear in Sheridan LeFanu’s House By The Churchyard. Mrs McNamara, in Chapter 29, and Mrs Matchwell in Chapter 30.

Opening A Budget Of Gossip

Chapter 29

Mrs Macnamara.    

She was not there,  she was not well.   

Whatever her grief was she could not bring herself to tell it.

Toole also caught her thinking of something else in the midst of his best bits of local scandal.

Mrs. Macnamara had received a note, at which she grew pale as the large pat of butter before her.

Come, now, Mullikins.

Show us the note.

Concerning A Certain Woman In Black

Chapter 30

From the Freeman’s Journal.

“Mary Matchwell’s most humble respects attend the Nobility and Gentry. She has the Honor to acquaint them that she transacts all Business relative to Courtship and Marriage, with the utmost Dispatch and Punctuality. She has, at considerable Expense, procured a complete List of all the unmarried Persons of both Sexes in this Kingdom, with an exact Account of their Characters, Fortunes, Ages, and Persons. Any Lady or Gentleman, by sending a Description of the Husband of Wife they would choose, shall be informed where such a One is to be had, and put a Method for obtaining him, or her, in the speediest Manner, and at the smallest Expense. Mrs. Matchwell’s Charges being always proportioned to the Fortunes of the Parties, and not to be paid till the Marriage take Place”

Bernard Clarke recorded the text for Chapter 29 and Martina Murray recorded the text for Chapter 30

Mrs McNamara and Mrs Matchwell will appear at MOLI for Scribbledehobble, presented by Musictown and Kaleidoscope.

Here is also a version of Mrs McNamara on SoundCloud

and here’s a version with both Mrs McNamara and Mrs Matchwell with ambiencellist.