I don't know about "sychronicity," but I love the fact that there are so many running gags in the Wake that some even involve numbers. The recurrence of 1132 makes me laugh out loud whenever I see it: "the other and thirtieth of the ninth from the twentieth".I mean, what are the ODDS?
Thanks, for the quote, Steve. I have to admit that Joyce's number fascination eludes me a little.Just one more thing to be explored...
Would it help to discuss tumescence and detumescence? Sex usually makes things more interesting.Generally the Greeks termed the odd numbers (because there is a part sticking out) odd, and the even numbers female.I generally subscribe to the idea (I think you can find it in Campbell and Robinson) that 11 is the male number of rising (10 + 1 and restart cycle) , and that 32 is the female number of falling (32 ft/sec/sec--the acceleration due to gravity in free fall at the Earth's surface). (Ulysses aficionados, will remember per second per second as one of the "useful" tidbits of information that rattle around Bloom's brain.) Note that the number of rising, 11, is doubly male (yes, that kind of rising), also brings in the twins; the number of falling, 32 is female, but composed of a male and female part, which is the central temptation/guilt thing that plays out in the knockout in the park: 3 males and 2 females.
"A laughin hunter and Purty Sue." (FW 513)Great points, Ed. I'm always fascinated by the 1132 motif.Here's a very entertaining and informative analysis of 1132 in the Wake written by the late Riverend Clarence Sterling:http://www.rosenlake.net/fw/Sterling-1132.html