SUO: Re: Varieties Of Recalcitrant Experience
VORE. Note 4
| The formula which he wrote obediently on the sheet of paper, the coiling and
| uncoiling calculations of the professor, the spectrelike symbols of force and
| velocity fascinated and jaded Stephen's mind. He had heard some say that the
| old professor was an atheist freemason. Oh, the grey dull day! It seemed a
| limbo of painless patient consciousness through which souls of mathematicians
| might wander, projecting long slender fabrics from plane to plane of ever rarer
| and paler twilight, radiating swift eddies to the last verges of a universe ever
| vaster, farther and more impalpable.
| -- So we must distinguish between elliptical and ellipsoidal.
| Perhaps some of you gentlemen may be familiar with the works
| of Mr W.S. Gilbert. In one of his songs he speaks of the
| billiard sharp who is condemned to play:
| On a cloth untrue
| With a twisted cue
| And elliptical billiard balls.
| -- He means a ball having the form of the ellipsoid
| of the principal axes of which I spoke a moment ago. --
| Joyce, 'Portrait', pp. 185-186.
| James Joyce, 'A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man',
| Bantam, New York, NY, 1992. Originally published 1916.