Monday, November 4, 2013

[The 'plebiscite']

Pages 58-61, sometimes called the plebiscite, are unique in their origin as quotes from a single tabloid newspaper article, from the "Daily Sketch" for 14 Dec 1922, regarding the Bywaters murder trial: [more]

                      Three soldiers || Three soldiers...
               were walking together || were walking
                    in Fleet-street; || in Montgomery Street.
                 one gave an opinion || One gave an opinion
             in which all concurred. || in which all concurred.
                 It was the woman... || It was the women, they said;
                   He proved himself || He showed himself
                 a man afterwards... || a man afterwards.
              Miss Sheila Courtenay, || A leading actress...
                 who is appearing in ||
            "The Cat and the Canary" ||
        at the Shaftsbury Theatre... ||
    "I do sincerely hope," she said, || she hoped
"that Bywaters will not be hanged... || he would be acquitted...
    then he has been so wonderful... || Then he has been so truly wonderful...
           A dustman named Churches, || A dustman named Churches
                    in the employ of || in the employ of
         the City Corporation, said: || Bullwinkle and McHanger... replied:
   "We have been discussing the case || We have just been discussing this case.
and most of the fellows will sign... || All the fellows say...
                   A taxicab driver: || A... taxi driver said:
   Bywaters is a silly young fellow, || He is a damned scoundrel in private life
                    but he ought not || but he
          to pay the full penalty... || has parliamentary privilege.
          A barmaid in the West End: || A barmaid:
                 It would be a shame || It would be a shame
                 if Bywaters died... || to jail him...
                    but he ought not || ...he should
          to pay the full penalty... || pay the full penalty.
        A sailor, on the Embankment, ||  A sailor [on the] setts of the fish market,
             was encouraged to speak || was encouraged to speak
           by his fiancée, and said: || by his fiancée & said:
      the woman was more to blame... || [...] he was to blame...
               but I think there was || but I think there was
               someone else in it... || someone else behind it...


1 comment:

  1. New book: "Scandal Work: James Joyce, the New Journalism, and the Home Rule Newspaper Wars" by Margot Gayle Backus (University of Notre Dame Press; 328 pages; $37). Traces the rise of the newspaper sex scandal and considers how its conventions were appropriated and transformed in Joyce's writings.