Rose of Castille

“Lenehan extended his hands in protest.

– But my riddle! he said. What opera is like a railway line?

– Opera? Mr O’Madden Burke’s sphinx face reriddled.

Lenehan announced gladly:

– The Rose of Castille. See the wheeze? Rows of cast steel. Gee!”

[James Joyce, Ulysses]


[processed, 08.06.2012]


8 thoughts on “Rose of Castille

    1. Thanks!

      I love wordplays and Joyce was a master of them. Of course to say that is to say nothing about his works. What he’s done should be rather called a languageplay.

      That reminds me that I should read more than 100 pages of “Finnegans Wake” at last 🙂

      Reading “Ulysses” made me think “rows of cast steel” whenever I see any rails. There was no exception this time.


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