'Once as we were walking up the Champs Elysées together, I pointed to a beautiful white goat harnessed to a children's cart and said how much I admired these courageous and inquisitive creatures. Joyce fully agreed and stopping to contemplate the stately little animal, said he couldn't understand why the goat had been selected as a satanic symbol. 'Hircus Civis Eblanensis.' There was a good deal of the surefootedness and toughness of the mountain goat in Joyce's own composition.'
Frank Budgen 'Further Recollections of James Joyce', Partisan Review, 1956
'We reached the zoo, and Joyce declared that he didn't care much for the animals; only cats and goats appealed to him....The goats entertained him highly with their pranks.'Ole Vinding, 'Joyce in Copenhagen', Portraits of the Artist in Exile
GOATS VS SHEEP
|Christ saves the sheep and damns the goats|
'I AM NOW HOPELESSLY WITH THE GOATS'
|This goat I photographed in Ithaca tried to steal our sandwiches|
'A HELL OF LECHEROUS GOATISH FIENDS'
|Holman Hunt's The Scapegoat, 1854-6|
'And he shall take the two goats, and present them before the Lord at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. And Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats; one lot for the Lord, and the other lot for the scapegoat. And Aaron shall bring the goat upon which the Lord's lot fell, and offer him for a sin offering. But the goat, on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat, shall be presented alive before the Lord, to make an atonement with him, and to let him go for a scapegoat into the wilderness....And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness.'
'THE FIRST MAN OF DUBLIN WAS A HE-GOAT'
Again the letters of Haveth Childers Everywhere.'
A GLASS OF GOAT'S MILK
|The first man of Dublin?|
description is from the BFI:
THE GOAT KING OF KILLORGLIN
My favourite goat in Finnegans Wake makes an appearance as a 'litigant' in the Festy King trial on pages 85-92. Festy King was a real name, but Joyce also plays with the word king as title, bringing in a comic group of Irish kings:
'The litigants, he said, local congsmen and donalds, kings of the arans and the dalkeys, kings of mud and tory, even the goat king of Killorglin, were egged on by their supporters' 87.24-26
THE NANNYGOAT ON BEN HOWTH
In Ulysses, the only witness of Bloom and Molly's lovemaking on Ben Howth is a surefooted nannygoat:
'She lay still. A goat. No-one. High on Ben Howth rhododendrons a nannygoat walking surefooted, dropping currants. Screened under ferns she laughed warmfolded. Wildly I lay on her, kissed her: eyes, her lips, her stretched neck beating, woman’s breasts full in her blouse of nun’s veiling, fat nipples upright. '
The goat has a speaking role in the Circe episode:
(High on Ben Howth through rhododendrons a nannygoat passes, plumpuddered, buttytailed, dropping currants.)
THE NANNYGOAT: (Bleats.) Megeggaggegg! Nannannanny!
LOOKING FOR OLD IRISH GOATS IN HOWTH
But there was no sign of any goats!
|picture and report from Irishcentral.com|