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  • Elizabeth Kate Switaj 8:00 am on June 1, 2013 Permalink
    Tags: Buck Mulligan, Dublin, Haines, James Joyce, , Sandycove, ,   

    Telemachus RPG Thread 

    Usurper.

    The Joyce Tower, Sandycove

    The Joyce Tower, Sandycove (Photo credit: pmecologic)

    The last word of the first episode of Ulysses and the first word of Opening Ulysses’ first RPG. Stephen is headed for the school where he teaches. We will see him on the next page, in the classroom that is, in some sense, his. Stately, plump Buck Mulligan is bathing; Haines has refused to join him on a full stomach.

    What happens now? Between the pages or in parts of Dublin Joyce hasn’t shown us? What does Buck do while he’s naked? The answers are up to you.

    How to Participate

    To play, you can reply in much the same manner as we have been using for interviews, using *as character*. This is a possibility—not a limit. Because this is a little different from a character interview, you can also add a narrative passage or do something original that may not have been anticipated here.

     
    • Kelly 8:23 pm on June 1, 2013 Permalink

      *as Buck Mulligan*

      *holds breath under the water for a minute, then rockets up past the surface, pouring water from mouth fountain-style*

      • Buck Mulligan 7:12 pm on June 3, 2013 Permalink

        —It’s a lie, Haines. A silly rumour spread by quaking mothers, to think that bathing after you eat will make you cramp.

        • Haines 10:29 pm on June 4, 2013 Permalink

          —Good sir, nonetheless, I insist: on my breakfast, I will not swim.

    • Joyceana 8:48 pm on June 1, 2013 Permalink

      *as the boatman, nodding towards the north of the bay with disdain*

      —There’s five fathoms out there. It’ll be swept up that way when the tide comes in about one. It’s nine days today.

      • Elizabeth Kate Switaj 7:20 pm on June 2, 2013 Permalink

        *as sea*

        Waves.

        • Kelly 6:32 pm on June 7, 2013 Permalink

          *as boat*

          Rocks.

    • Kelly 10:05 pm on June 5, 2013 Permalink

      But Stephen could not dwell on his usurpation for long. He was going to teach, and his mind turned to lessons.

      • Elizabeth Kate Switaj 6:01 pm on June 8, 2013 Permalink

        Was this what he’d left Paris for?

        • Kelly 10:03 pm on June 10, 2013 Permalink

          *as Stephen*

          Better at least than This is a pencil. This is a book. The red pencil is long. The blue pencil is short.

    • Alexander 5:18 am on June 6, 2013 Permalink

    • Pat L 4:10 pm on June 6, 2013 Permalink

      *as the sea*
      You always call me snotgreen, when you know the colour can’t be snot. Why? i think you hate me, because you blame me for you still being here.

      • Elizabeth Kate Switaj 8:17 pm on June 6, 2013 Permalink

        *as fish*

        We agree with the sea.

        Are silver.

      • Jason 6:46 pm on June 12, 2013 Permalink

        *as the sea*

        For being here at all. Ever. Yes. You know I am a mother.

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  • Elizabeth Kate Switaj 11:47 pm on May 27, 2013 Permalink
    Tags: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Buck Mulligan, Martello Tower, , Telemachus,   

    Telemachus RPG Preview 

    Starting this Saturday, June 1, we will move on from character interviews (at least temporarily, though you can still ask and answer questions on the existing posts) and start with full roleplays based on the different episodes of Ulysses. We will open, appropriately enough, with the first episode, sometimes called “Telemachus,” asking the question: what happens after Stephen leaves?

     

    How to Participate

    On Saturday, we will open up a thread for participation, starting with a scenario. You can then reply in much the same manner as we have been using for interviews, using *as character*. Because this is a little different from a character interview, you can also add a narrative passage or do something original that we may not have anticipated here.

    Remember, you don’t have to be an expert! This activity is much more about using what you do know about Ulysses (and anything else relevant) as a touchstone for creativity than it is about having read all the footnotes in all the scholars’ work. If you’re completely new to the book, or just need a refresher, the description below will help you get oriented.

     

    Joyce's Tower from Shore

    The Martello Tower in Sandycove

    About “Telemachus”

    In this opening episode of Ulysses, we meet Stephen Dedalus, his best frenemy Buck Mulligan, and the Englishman Haines who has been staying with them at the Martello Tower. Stephen is haunted by the death of his mother, the incident that recalled him from his sojourn in Paris where he headed after A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, and he resents Buck for referring to her once as “beastly dead”.

    Haines, the Englishman, is gathering Irish folktales for a book and tries to speak Irish to the old woman who brings them milk. She asks if he is speaking French. At night, we learn, Haines shouts “about shooting a black panther.”

    By the end of the episode, Stephen has given the key to the tower and two pennies to Buck Mulligan, who has also made plans for the wages Stephen expects to receive that day.

     

    Where to Read “Telemachus” Online

    The Modernist Versions Project

    The Online Literature Network

    Questions? Ideas? Rants?

    If you have any questions or ideas you want to discuss, please post them in reply here.

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