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The figure may be defined by as ten points in four lines that form “the tetrality of the dekade” [Burnet, Early Greek Philosophy, 102], an equilateral triangle, 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 = 10, combining in perfect form all the mystical numbers. Either wittingly or undone by the unreason of love, Neary fails to give it the right name, but in so erring suggests another closed figure, the kite. 5 [7]: Neary’s love for Miss Dwyer: the figures form a closed circuit—in fact, if displayed geometrically, a hexagon, than which little can be more closed (the stability of this one is quickly shattered).

5 [5]: an iridescence splashed over the cornice moulding: a discoloration in the plaster as wall meets ceiling; but ‘cornice’ is redolent of Belacqua’s rocky lee in Antepurgatory, and thus anticipates the final image of the chapter. 3]. The novel was originally to have been decorated by the colors of the spectrum, perhaps with the paradox that these, accelerated, become white (the Void is colorless); this faded to Braque-like tonalities of green and yellow. 6 [5]: the echo of a street-cry: not simply the voices of the street, the myriad voices, but rather the cries of hawkers invested with a tonality and musical phasing, each with its own individuality.

Isonomy . . Attunement: terms arising from Beckett’s reading of the pre-Socratics, specifically John Burnet’s Early Greek Philosophy. The joke turns on the witty Greek letter rho masquerading as a Roman ‘p’; Kennedy observes [302] that Burnet’s Greek Philosophy offers the capitalized form, APMONIA [45]. O’Hara, curiously, calls Neary’s philosophical knowledge superficial [Hidden Drives, 45]. ” The great contribution of Pythagoras to acoustics was his discovery that the concordant intervals of the musical scale could be expressed by simple mathematical ratios.

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