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CONTENTS

Introduct;o'l by Roger Shattuck.
BOOK ONE: PROCEEDINGS

.VII

I 2
:S Translation and notes 1C1965 Simon Watson C1965 Roger Shalluck Taylor

Summons pursuant to article 819.

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Concerning the habits and bearing of Doctor Faustroll. Service of Writ. .9

Introduction

Originally published in Selemd

Works of AI,fredJarry

This edition ©1996 Exact Change Published

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Concerning the equivalent books of Doctor FaustrolL. .. 10 Notice of warrant enabling immediate sale. . 13 Concerning the Doctor's boat, which is a sieve. . 14 Concerning the chosen few. 17
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"T~:. BOOK 87 of the absurd. 105 According to Ibicrates the Geometer . Queneau.. . _ 137 100 I II I he U~II OtiC point of mania and lucid to the point of hallucination. 71 Concerning some further and more evident meanings of the words "ha ha" . BOOK EIGHT: .23 24 Concerning the Ringing isle.. ...... How one obtained canvas . 36 . Breton..sc during the thirty-year death.. But the midget Jarry. d"ily f. .•:... the watch and the tuning fork. .. coshis The original legend centered III"'" wi. . 115 _ .. 98 dl'"pitc tribute to his genius from Apollinaire. In pub110 iI. 95 j"lIowed his premature eclipse occurred Max Jacob.. and more especially ofBosse-de-Nage ..h pistols).lw"H (a dark cell literally on the second-and-a-half floor). Concerning the line. his habits (drink practiced 1. Bibliography by Alastair Brotchie... Concerning the musical jet.~ ~4. BOOK FIVE: OFFICIALLY .. Clinamen.. 77 [ II E UK A V ANT ._.. BOOK SIX: A VISIT TO . .GAR D E theater of the twentieth century keeps 3 1 32 .. eccentric was ETHERNITY 37 Concerning the measuring rod. . lioi in 1896.. Today he is very much with us again. of this schoolboy masterpiece. 111 Notes by Simoll Watson Taylor.. tllluci. scuffle of literary The temporary SEVEN: 35 Concerning the great ship Mour-de-Zencle.. That performance hl'fome . BOOK FOUR: CEPHALORGY 59 25 26 27 28 29 Concerning the land-tide and the marine bishop Mendacious.:' . about his attire (a cyclist's as discipline).:: ... and even Gide. and III. Concerning the sun as a cool solid.~."deties flllll 1·1 commonplace today. Drink 65 Capitally 68 Concerning the death of a number of people... 56 Concerning the hermetic Shades and the king who awaited death. 81 83 LUCULLUS one of its convenient reference points the explosive generale of exploited ingredients barefaced slapstick that have to the III". 107 Pantaphysics and Catachemy ."... . 88 KHURMOOKUM sole promoter Iq. . 110 Concerning the surface of God...· young upstart puffed himself up to the proportions of Ubu... Vll :".. principal author came close to movements that 34 . 62 BY ROGER SHATTUCK 74 30 Concerning a thousand varied matters.. from 33 Concerning the termes . . Alfred Jarry (1873-1907). 38 39 40 41 to lie low for long.. '.."e (fish he caught at will anywhere in the Seine)..

. His works have been collected and republished in eight volumes. to including his own.·ltl of pataphysics. and inscribed he was d""ilns 11111'/' one. He the same proportion I 'his time he appeared to have attempted too much. and in spite of its desultory structure. scandals Fallstroll reveals its enigmatic qualities most clearly in contrast {() Ubll Roi. Pataphysician. In the nineties Ubu's nihilism was received with a raucous more to him than the long remembered of Ubu. and forms their complement_ Beneath the highly congested .11 rf'ncc . Faustroll moves in the opposite direction from the Ubu will not be held at arm's length. :-:". 1895.' . In a grotesque that he .the human blunderbuss who smashed all history as he went. wonder that since the second World War Jarry's reputation has enjoyed a spirited revival in France. IOl\-'nsy rejection by the two editors most devoted Jarry's work.yrnmctry.'cwheeling and adolescent 1I'lxture of hoots and cheers in the auditorium as in the press. reliable friends. ubiquity Exploits and !lII'11i r (sic) the dream Opinions of Doctor Faustroll. who lives all :IS find a publisher for more than a few chapters. "IllY. '. Fatts/roll. to dismiss Jarry would have guffawed and found a suitable blague this grandiose approach to his book. Jarry recoums the miraculous tale in an utterly At twenty-five Jarry suggested nnd scientific manner. as /"t/llaroll the search for a new reality. biography. Yet It W:lS received. Yet after having failed to lei IIHlrtality.". This is or well as making their own particular challenges to the very idea of literature. he entrusted at to least two manuscripts of the text one of them for posterity. founded to perpetuate and a College de 'Pataphysique In his to till' Mercure de France in May. its for- . Pascal's Pensees and Rimbaud's Illuminations raise problems of chronology and interpretation. posthumous ascent to lasting literary esteem J arry still contrives dismay readers in approximately impresses them. encountered his inventions and destructions. he had to the artist in J arry continued to be precocious revealed itself in this hypertrophied OIcxperience" death in order catch up with himself. his f"l. new writings discovered. a stupendous effort create '"" orthe Hili! ruins Ubu had left behind a new system of values .the Beneath the double talk and ellipsis. and poetry the dream of speech. But and hid rather than There is much Little wrmtlg over everyone's head. dcFinition (see pp.)) I mathematics is the dream of science. and pursues his analyses with such Viti lX ~or-""". one senses to in * The great posthumous works in Western literature usually carry with them a fundamental enigma..hi' ultimate form of "authentic enactment. pataphysics fuses Into the "common sense" of Doctor Faustroll. Ubll Enchaine. . even though a few fragments appeared in only silence and to career and talent reexamined. and Ubu Cocu. . 21-23) seems to mean that the virtual or hliligillary nature of things as glimpsed by the heightened vision of 1'"I'II'y science or love can be seized and lived as real.

they coexist. worlds. in English (plus rumors I"dll. at will to another time andlor God. In a series of legendary farces he became "Ie pere in 1965 accompany the .u. when the atomic and space revolutions and splitting I "." place.'iled a total liberty to broach any subject: Faustroll "'!lVI'S 011 room discipline. ~.a form which served Homer others.. In the Mercure de France Apollinaire hailed the first edition of original I!loicet. "science of by Jarry. But before it appeared. both purdogfaced Many of undiminished importance and affirming the genius of both Jarry's this translaat a of I '"'~lroll and his two attendants: life and his writings.* fantastic IIJIHI' or the workings of the universe * and to an effervescent voyages with something 1"" k"h enjoyment of life. he announced (/l.( 1~:1ChriHlan.on.'. and developed but men can hardly the destructive f~'w years after leaving the lyete. His scientific the loose narrative form of an indefinitely renewed journey and Rabelais. we follow the central figure of Doctor the bailiff. The first was to create a cast of characters I" ne! ice.t/tise on 'Pataphysics.cs" yielded "pataphysics. I"""d with two further ideas which modified for publication the treatise Jarry's (Caesar-Antichrist)_ Unlike and unfeeling com- Faustroll welcomes and explores all forms of existence. tion completes moment the cycle.rigor and attention to detail that we lose sight of the conventional Hh~. and finally broken over de 1'(Euvre calamitous after an boundary between reality and hallucination. and the monosyllabic "bottom-face"). work of Jarry's A character in another till' heads of the Paris public at the Theatre lIul'emitting campaign. publication prefaced of 1911. • I". 37) do not affect the purport of my comments. Like '['he second idea which modified !tI!lPI III The history of the work helps to illuminate the original treatise was to the Ubu cycle. Faustroll replies. a at only one of them. Pataphysician: "It is the most important Philippe Soupault.... Bosse-de-Nage (literally. Panmuphle. to original publication of Simon W atson Taylor's Their allusions to events of the sixties . on its the second edition by insisting Along with an array of 111.h." kept alive and rechristened by Jarry.' :.J 111. Professor Hebert's treasured III. After two more French editions." asserts: "I can see all possible worlds when I look God or myself created glimpse all possible even one" Ubu. Jarry reveled in anachronisms. its recesses. Thus in the very structure in the figure IllltiliH of his treatise-novel were as renowned and as ineffectual as his class- .... Jarry's work appears '11'" rind prisoner of Fausttoll. its origins go back to the [yete in Rennes where Jarry and his schoolmates imaginations demonstrations found a ready target of Professor for their overcharged Hebert.ys. "I 20m (p. x x. Exploits and Opinions of Doctor Faustroll.. and expound the new science." In 1923 the surrealist. J arry called this A few sentences like these reflect the composition of the Introduction translation.II'OIl'S actions can be attributed equally to a God-like knowl- anti-matter time) have endowed Faustroll's approaching plausibility. to incarnate. Jarry simply lilul'vclous lands .~ " .~l'I' personages III most of whom appear only in the one "exploit" I'hnpter devoted to them. In any case.

literary

hybrid a "neo-scientific

novel."

In a later article he suga class of works and
to

His monosyllabic and all-sufficing language ("Ha ha") is
carefully analyzed,
(SOOK FOUR)

gested the term "hypothetical

novel" to describe

from Arabian Nights to the novels of Villiers H. G. Wells "real"

de l'lsle-Adam

After a coprological

aside on the "legless cripple" "embellish" the acaMuseum.

- works which do not confine their actions of Jarry's

the

who represents Pierre Loti, Faustroll puts Henri Rousseau in charge of a "painting machine"
to

world. Any summary

novel must remain highly

demic canvases hanging in the Luxembourg hypotheticaL Doctor Faustroll is dunned for back rent by the bailiff Panmuphle, who inventories and seizes his library of
(BOOK ONE) (BOOK FIVE)

While Faustroll has an erotic adventure, the painting machine under the Lucretian name of Clinamen executes thirteen paintings, each described in a short prose poem.
(BOOK SIX)

"twenty-seven equivalent books." illustrated tension. by an experimenr
TWO)

The elements of pataphysics are briefly set down and in relativity and surface

Faustroll dies by drowning after sinking the skiff by the wacer, reveals the future in its spirals.
SEVEN)

to

avoid collision, and his body, like a tight scroll unfurled
(BOOK

(BOOK

Doctor Faustroll escapes the law in a skiff or sieve which travels on both land and water. He is accompanied by the baboon, Bosse-de-Nage, Panmuphle, peregrinations as navigator, and by tamed by drink and chained to his seat, as carry them to fourteen lands or islands,

The final book, entitled "Ethernity," treatise on pataphysics begun in
BOOK

resumes the Two tele~

TWO.

pathic letters front Faustrol! to Lord Kelvin regarding the latter's experiments in measurement, matter, and light, discourse on are followed by a crowning pataphysical

oarsman and narrator until the next to last book. Their whose topography and inhabitants are so described as to convey Jarry's comments on fourteen friends (or enemies) in the world of the arts - among them, Aubrey Beardsley, Leon Bloy, Gauguin, Gustave Kahn, Mallarme, Henri de Regnier, and Marcel Schwob. After further navigations, caust in which Bosse-de-Nage
(BOOK THREE)

rhe "surface" and nature of God. In accurate geometrical theorems He is demonstrated to be "the tangential point between zero and infinity."
(BOOK EIGHT)

discussions, and a great perishes - provisionally.

"~r"Y

writes in a highly compressed, careful reading.

poetic,

often mock-heroic move at

banquet, Faustroll discourses on death and starts a holo-

IIItHoll' that requires

Yet the sentences

l,rJltllong speed and draw the reader unexpectedly

into the action.

XII

XIII

,..

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One vacillates astonishment

between

amusement,

puzzlement,

irritation,

and

with soap bubbles, i.·nmphor,

gyrostats, toys.

tiny boats driven about in a basin by They illustrated their theories by

at Jarry-FaustroIl's

cavalier treatment by Simon Watson the work becomes

of the world Taylor, almost promore

and similar

and of words. In this translation vided with his copious notes,

hypothesizing

microscopic

homunculi

living on cabbage

leaves

(C,'ookes) or shoving molecules around like stevedores ItSorting Demon").
t

(Maxwell's

readable in English than in rhe French edirions, many of which are noteless and full of annoying misprints. There immediately establishes incomparible is a further apparent aspect of the book, however, than its stylistic characteristics documenr. which is less and which (Nothing is

For them as for larry,

science was an adven-

(Ire, domestic and transcendent. Science formed the first strand. With more intensity than glee,

Iurry

also embraced

the symbolist school in literature and musicality. of Rimbaud Symbolism, lapidary

and its docin both version the of

it as a singularly

rich historical Writing

tl'llles of suggestion I!pncnlyptic version

with pataphysics.)

rwo years before the close

and the

of the nineteenth

century, Jarry seized several of its most characlines of development and discovered With the not, signifi-

Mnll:lrme, conjured

up its universe out of words in new relation-

teristic yet most contradictory _ by creating greatest cantly,

.I"ps to meanings, and Jarry exploited this liberty to the full. The
tlH.'d significant
strand contributing to the substance of Faustroll 1",,,1, back to a frequently disdained aspect of the mood of the time.

ir himself - their point of convergence. the scientific tradition;

of glee he grasped as represented teacher

by Pasteur Bergson,

or Poincare

or Curie or even it in the Sir

I" ... ,arets like the Chat Noir and lively reviews like La Plume, a d
'~IVIIHC

by his former exceptional William Crookes,

but as he came upon English Maxwell,

and often grotesque

sense of humor rubbed shoulders

with

generation

of contemporary Clerk

scientists:

IIII'
I ill

j',ll'nestness

of symbolism.

This was the era of the front-page particular talents. In

Thomson Arthur

(Lord Kelvin),

Sir William

!non and the wry c/'Tonique, one of Jarry's

Cayley, and C. Y. Boys. Their works appeared in the nineties when Jarry was still considering These investigators, turned as much in the line of writer) as of Newton

I ,wl//,oll as in Ubu

Cocu he pushed his sense of the comic into
for ourselves. than the others but worth menrevival. That materialistic sideshow age of

in French editions a scientific career.

till'

1'('lIlm

where laughter is mixed with apprehension less significant visionary

1111'r;n~d strand,
HIIIIIIlH,

Dodgson-Carroll

(mathematician

is the occultist

(physicist turned theologian), tric brilliance and freedom

all displayed a high degree of eccento roam among the physical sciences. what seemed to be bizarre experiments

I"

,,('le1lCe and progress
IIl1tl"'IC

supported

a flourishing to heraldry.

cults, from Rosicrucianism

This fourth com-

Above all, they performed

1 IUilll!, however, ..

is not so far afield from the first as one might

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think, for table turning attracted as well as of spiritualist attempted
to compound

the energies of scientific research

d1e literary scientific picaresque

value of the book. Despite novel," it falls into no genre,

Jarry's

subtitle,

"a neo-

fraud. such disparate elements into a single work,

not even that of the all unities of Its

Science, symbolism, humor, and the occult - few writers have

novel or the marvel tale. He sacrifices argument,

plot, of discursive unity of action

of time and place, of character. sense concerns

as J arry himself knew. His only master was Rabelais. This erudite freethinking monk produced out of his teeming imagination an

in the Aristotelian

the man-god

I·'nustroll, the wise buffoon,
!!lllieS

who survives his own death and condimensions" of "ethernity."

amalgam of the riches of life in the sixteenth

century and wrote a

his travels in the "unknown the fourth

book for all time. But the canons of literary taste as they have hardened in the twentieth twentieth-century century leave little place for Rabelais. A

But this is already

and final level: the sphere of or spiritual sig-

putnphysics. What would have been the anagogical IIdic~nce for medieval commentators

Rabelais strikes one as even more preposterous,

refers here to a systematic until

and Jarry would have found an audience more readily had he written simply a work of science fiction, a symbolist narrative, tale, or a spiritual allegory. Instead, things at the same time. From the beginning, and chapters, in the numerous dedications of sections one encounters the documentary and allusive aspect a bawdy

loying with the arrangement

of things and their significance

w,' ,ce the improbable
IIIK

hypothesis

as reaL From this level of meancontains within

Faustroll is doing a number of

:1nd creation

we finally see that pataphysics of spoofing and quackery,

Ihu·l(, despite undertones
HII

a commentary biogra-

(he other levels of social and historical value. The richest

time, personal

Ithy, :Ind artistic
't\ II i 11

concepts

in the book arise affirmed bluntly that in biographical and

of the work - its running commentary intellectual currents of the time. Though

on the literary figures and veiled and indirect, many

the area of scientific imagination

0 arry

till

q'

is no other kind), have their application and become the tenets

chapters achieve a rare form of criticism. Jarry's parodies mete out both homage the spiritual monstrous and scurrility. autobiography On another level, Faustroll contains

1111" lll'y spheres,

of pataphysics.

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II lin

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of Jarry, who in the flesh assumed the in erudition,

NyZygy (a conjunction probably appealed
to

or opposition him because

role of Ubu but who sought in literature,

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.'"" "." S'akalya knew him not. I ask thee about the Purusha in the Upanishads.. Whoever understands those Purushas in their division. " . so his head fell off. mistaking them for something else. Moreover robbers took away his bones. and eight Purushas. And thou explain not him to me.""""''"'" ."There are eight abodes.' " d . eight deities. - THE BRlHAD A'RANYAKA UPANISHAD ... . and again in their union. thy head will faIt off."'_ ... eight places of sight.. has overcome the world..'''T ".

.:: . Bonhomme Uacques). . proprietors . ~ . the Eighth and Mme.if Court of First Instance of the Department of Seine.. '''.. and called the aforementioned 5 ". Rene-Isidore PanmuphIe.n ..I () borough. 37.•. variously HullHlving rung.( 111.III'lncntioned house.:::... ...rlU/1-! and of JUSTICE. upon the house aforementioned. ./ the request ofM.iI. dependent Monsieur Faustroll..I ./ Pursuant to article 819 of the Code of Civil Procedure ..BOOK ONE IP' IIU~ C IEIElIJ) [ Pi <G § SUMMONS TO PURSUANT 819 ARTICLE I N T Ii I S YEA R Eighteen Hundred and Ninety-eight. residing in said LA W City. Do hereby . . ".. "t/II/e of the '"hl. bearing upon its exterior the number 100. 100 bis. the undersigned. Bailiff attached to summon in II" (. and having proceeded . ..II. to the of various premises (tl Paris. rue Richer 1 the aforementioned hl/lflll8 lIddress for service at my residence and further at the Town Hall . 1.... in session III/loris. .. rue Payee. .d. doctor... 1/ house situate at Paris. 100 bis.. rue Richer. knocked. . I.I"Y o(February..

without any 1111 Ii lor Faustroll to fear that his scalp-hair or eyebrows might fall these microbes attack only fresh young hairs. with a design of trains climbing 6 7 ". for he was man to an improper degree. the hairs of his head alterblonde and jet black. or.. without prejudice to those subsequently falling due and to any and all other rights. I Ie was beardless. with a golden- skin. Hundred and in respect of Eleven quarters 1\1'11 I· 10 \'L·I/OW IIIIINI + 4x I 108 + 5x 106) atomic diameters. to be absolutely 9 accurate.and successively. and notably by the seizure and impounding of such goods and chaltels as may be present on the premises leased. including 112 sheet of special stamped paper at 0 fr. inasmuch as I did find at said premises neither relations nor servants. to pay to the claimant into my hands as tender in full and valid quittance the sum ofThree Seventy-two thousand francs 27 centimes. he shall be constrained thereto by all lawful means. he was sheathed in a satyric ILtll1 /lILlCe I LljL1 ILLI! k rut'. costs and distraint. aforementioned actions. Cost: eleven francs 30 centimes. To Monsieur Faustroll. 60 centimes. his eyes. in contrast. clo the Town Hall of Q boroug/l. as worn by king Saleh. no person having opened the door to us. apart from his mustachios. Doctor. apart from a few sea-green flchios. Faustroll.L 11\[111 Mayor. and the declaring to us that this is indeed the resiCONCERNING OF THE DOCTOR HABITS FAUSTROll AND BEARING next door neighbors dence of said M. said period of time." 1. two capsules of ILldlll. place I did personally deliver this present copy to his Worship At this age.lrywriting-ink flecked with golden spermatozoa like Danzig /lL satisfaction IIIUlpPS. 1"'11111 through the judi- I hUHI II HII usc of baldness microbes which permeated his skin from the to the eyelashes and ate away all the follicles. I did proceed forthwith to the Town I )onor Faustroll was sixty-three years old when he was born in Hall of Q borough at which the I 'lI'e.' ~. Wherefore I did deposit this present copy of the foregoing at the premises aforesaid. !'hot morning he took his daily sponge bath' of two-tone wallpninted by Maurice Denis. within the maximum of medium height. which he retained all his life. an auburn ambiguity rental of the aforementioned premises due on theFirsr day of January last. nor any neighbor willing to accept service of this present copy by subscribing to the original thereto. that failing interests."~:r:'~'jJl. From his down co his feet."sia in 1898 (the 20th century was [-2] years old). PANMUPHLI. of (8 x period of twenty-four hours. his face clean-shaven.-" . of this present declaring Summons to the within """'Iy L platinum hllll~\ing according to the sun's position.. but that they were unwilling to accept a copy of this writ and. who did certificate the original thereto. Doctor Faustroll was .

at Eight o'clock in the morning. at great expense. a long time ago he had given up water in favor of wallpaper . right up to the fingernail not bite he piled emerald and topaz rings very high up. Faustroll. the husband with no more buttons than an undervest. he drew on over this of dull black IN" Ii IIlh . d". . do hereby summon in By way of a tie. fashionable. the 11111'101'5 litH "mcntioned having address for service at my residence and furTown Hall ofQ UNDERSIGNED. So as not to SERVICE OF WRIT embarrass the populace. baggy trousers velvet drawn tight at the ankles.up spirals. the ungual phalanx. DEPARTMENT IN SAID CITY. and two rubies as buttons for the breast pockets. and a greatcoat lined with lind in support and authorization of the lady his spouse. proof a house situate at Paris. rue Richer..II design a shirt made of quarrz fiber. this dny of February. Bonhomme lI·un!' Uacques).'the " borough. . to the gibbet. with even layers of dust carefully preserved on them. broken only by the dry geysers of ant-lions. 100 bis. we betook ourselves hanged man.seasonable. ~I "lid Mme.' an Order invented by himself and ion in the name of the Law and of Justice M. the latter grantto ItI~ 11/'1 his assistance in our undertaking. after cutting himself down. 37 RUE PAVEE. designed linchpin made of molybdenum. through the fingernail. blue fox fur. or according to his whim. procrastinating for a few quarter-hours between the chain' of the two asphyxiating make-ups called white hanged man and blll'- !UH pl'oceeded Ithtlut obtaining a reply. RENE-ISIDORE PANMUPHLE. On his right index finger.' . of said summons. a 'I I S YEA R Eighteen Hundred and Ninety-eight. pay to myself as Bailiff Hundred and Old hC:lrer the sum of Three 8 9 F'.. no.~~- .. IN OF FIRST INSTANCE SESSION AT PARIS. tcnant of various patented to avoid any vulgarization. tiny little gray boots. golden-yellow silk waistcoat. II Iii I' or M. residing therein at the aforementioned 100 bis. pursuant and at the request of both in his own IIrlc 819 of the Code of Civil Procedure exactly the same color as his skin.. He hanged himself by this ribbon on a specially constructed ill II "Illcmioned. for many months past. And. docpremises dependent upon the house rue Richer. commissioner of police. Solarcable. he put on a solar topee. where havand successively to Paris.the only one of the ten which he did THE and the line of rings was kept in place by a specially screwed into the bone 01 't~'"'" ATTACHED ill .'liE 1'1'<!IlING 11'IIPI'ol! 11111 TO THE CIVIL COURT OF SEINE. he passed around his neck the ceremonial ribbon of the Great Strumpot. which bears at present and having knocked the number variously "" 100. .

DE CHILRA. 7.A.r""::-' ':' . locksmith at Paris. Voyage to the Center of the Earth. The Thief The Oath of the Little Men_ FLORIAN. Flamel. RABELAIS. KAHN. In the premises detailed above. JEAN HENRI Babylon. VERNE. the exception of a bed of polished copper mesh... the named party having refused payment of these claims. and the History of Birds3_ 4. MALLARME.Seventy-two thousand francs 27 centimes in respect of Eleven 6. The Gospel According to SAINT BLOY. Scherz. An odd volume of The Thousand and One Nights. a volume ofE.. volume II. BERGERAC. MENDES. to other claims. SCHWOB. LUKE. edition. entry having been effected by M. in the GALLAND translation. COLERIDGE. and others bound. ) . The Childrens' Crusade. Wisdom. The Odyssey. with the following titles: POE translations.'. sequestration paper-backed 1. VERLAINE. Works. some }o. The Tale of Gold and of Silence. authority of the Law and of Justice the following objects: GRABBE. )1. The Hallucinated Landscapes. 9. Teubner's Lourdeau. MAETERLINCK.Ubu Roi. the States and Empires of the Sun. 8. twelve meters long and without bedding. LAUTREAMONT. 16. DE REGNIER. The Ungrateful Beggar_ l7. 205. The Sexual Hour. 5. no. of an ivory chair and of an onyx and gold made of twenty-seven assorted volumes. 17. RIMBAUD. DARIEN. 2. 12. Wherefore I have seized in distraint and placed under the Illuminated Designs_ An odd volume of the Plays of 10.Verse and Prose. 1 j. comedy in three acts. PELADAN. J I. 2. The Illuminations. containing the History of in Greek. The Rime of the Ancient lvlariller. Ironie und tiefere Bedeutung. 14. quarters rental of the aforementioned premises without prejudice DESBORDES-VALMORE.~. The Jasper Cane. Aglavaine and Selysette. I. table. Satire. CONCERNING OF THE DOCTOR EQUIVALENT FAUSTROLL BOOKS I'. 11. 1'1. 10 ii . The Lays of Maldoror. with Gog. BAUDELAIRE. rue Nicolas I R. VERHAEREN. ELSKAMP.

And from all the aforementioned facts.' at the home of the said Doctor Solarcable. the compilation of which occupied me from eight in the morning until a quarter before three in the afternoon. Rene-Isidore Panmuphle.' .. Received five francs_ Signed: Liconet7 Faustroll. I have assembled the present official report.) and an old picture. in the Place de l'Opera. one of my witnesses named I N IMMEDIATE The sale will take place on whatever day shall ulti- r HIS YEA R Eighteen Hundred and Ninety-eight. . with a mixture NOTICE ENABLING OF WARRANT SALE of wine and spirits. Cost thirty-two francs 40 centimes. advertising by AUBREY 1898. at the request arM..jane the Revue Blanche. the required witnesses who have with myself signed original and copy. hands of his excellency and with the guardian.·hruaty bailiff6 Registered at Paris. a poster by "fined: Panmuphle. the IIth day of True copy TOULOUSE-LAUTREC.-'. three prints hanging on the walls. heading deposited copy with M. one by of Doctor BONNARD. and Mme. the above matter wholly in the presence of and assisted by Messrs. Delmor de Pionsec.. hereunder. BALIFF attached to the Civil Court declared. rue Pavee. at the hour of noon.. any further sClid City. of police.I"y of June.C"'' . 37. (Illegible. costing For the copies were used two sheets I fro 20 centimes_ Signed: commissioner Lourdeau. . . issued by the Oberthur It was impossible to enter the cellar due to the flooding thereof It appeared to be filled. less. Signed: Delmor de Pionsec.4 attorneys-at-law. I have installed as guardian thereof. have signified) . to a height of two meters. of official paper Signed: h""e". and under the in the II/I/il'll IIIH //I blStance of the Department of the Seine. 37. the underIiHII./""'. in absence of the subject of distraint. 37 rue Pavee. and of which I have left a copy for the subject of distraint. resid- of police. the aforenamed and without commissioner prejudice to . the present 12 13 ""'' ~.--.-ti. Faustroll. Delmor de Pionsec and Troccon. M. the Fourth mately be decided. I'. residing at Paris. rue Pavee. till' husband residing at Paris. II HI1rncs IIIVI'f'td * this present is insufficient half-sheet to of special stamped paper at 60 record the diverse marvels which I disFaustroll.In addition. actions. which appeared to us to be valueprinting house of Rennes. 'I'I'Lified. in session at Paris. Bonhomme Oacques). having drunk locksmith. though no barrels or bottles were to be seen. electing domicile in my "/1'"' .nd further at the Town Hall of Q borough. a portrait BEARDSLEY. illy nil in the ceIlar into which he had hurled me.. Avril.. Saint Cado. I.

The meshes are wide enough of a large pin. and carrying bailiff. lIv\:8 the holes empty . to construct as the cost of stamped amount deposited. more generally.~.. capable of making use of the surface of ponds. My colleague F. to . . and the whole sieve has been paraffin. Ilnpcnneable a candle through 1111' cloth and yet the same cloth will retain its liquid content indefllillely.j. so that a record material which allows air and steam to pass through to water. and 11111'1'11 million four hundred dlli l'lver. 1I the convexity of my round keel offers no projecting . while covering Doctor polished addressing Faustroll. as a solid floor. speaking to me personally.deponent President provisionally does solicit the favor of his honor the IIlysclF - other than the filiform water~scorpion and the larvae of of the Civil Tribunal of the Seine to authorize. mesh . while jumping rapids. of the elastic skin which is water's epidermis.. twelve meters t long.\t'l· meshes. paper does threaten to exceed largely the the description of the ensuing may be retained eventS on un~ for the Law and C'Ltis true that it has been possible 1111111 ::t sacks made but is stamped paper.h~ipcd like an elongated IIlllw the passage sieve. . BOYS rHppcd in melted Iwhlch is never really touched by water).~-"---'-:" • :~.the number of which amounts thousand_ When against bed which I was not authorized seize. and the himself to me. in so far WUler-gnats. this serves additionally stone troughs or on coats of coarse cloth. to about TO c. just as an walked barefoot on the sea. only. I II " nor. equilateral hyperbolae." . I know of no creature grill saves it from damage by feet. de Romilly has succeeded in boiling Ilqllids in a bell jar whose base was made of gauze with a fairly wllir CONCERNING WHICH THE IS DOCTOR'S A SIEVE BOAT. Ilqllid flowing beneath I\II! penetrate unless the skin breaks.. surfaces without curvature.. and that such record may not perish.hi' p!'cssure of the water during launching. then shaken so that this substance the web. so that one can blowout for Justice of the said marvels.v. of surface tension.. of capillarity.n j. copper arising from under the sheets covering to the 1 . and when Christ apart from 11I11\1'Ct paraffin glaze from being scratched the IUINior by reeds.. said: writ~ skin tautens cannot "It is probable Panmuphle. is not a bed but a boat. either 110m above or beneath. angle. nor of weightless membranes. the water's I place my sieve on the holes. ~ is reduced by an external sixteen thousand non-paraffined shell with much to "Since the days when saints and miracle-workers In went sailing \. C1BLlthis bed. 14 15 'I"'il'~. that you have no conception.

.. .that one can allow a thin jet of water to fall III. then..000/1. But it is only fitted out for one person. I!II else to whom you will shortly 111' E." continued in that.dl I 'II('1S the foliated space of the twenty-seven equivalents.. over ordinary remarked boats Not only that." drops of castor oil.. hand-written it without submerging it. This skiff has every appear ance of a huge genuine spider's web.n disks at the end of spring levers..9 1 shall henceforth since 1 am forced to leave this house .1 H't' between the lines of my seized volumes. " are no longer Ih.I.not to mention some others. taking care to retransinto Greek. and catches flies just as easily.' is :1 book. "o! ". Boys has 011 li!\nd while I enumerate to me . floats like a boat. "because the premises liy cs.000 I have just deposited thereon.. with the aid of a straw.'ollers the doctor. And its keel travels on three "." " 1'1 d'lring HlillI.500. in imitation webs. alternately large and small beads. and can be laden without sinking to the bottom. to carry three people)." furnished. doubtless because take up "l'IP in patience but may also very probably understand :lbour its necessity. so that you may not only contain me bet- if a wave should break over the side. which you can seize as the C. I am all the more convinced of my calculations and of its insubmersibility of the "I also possess an even finer skiff. "The skiff is not only propelled by oar blades but also by suc- "Doubtless.on the course of this voyage. but at the present moment 250. or I~ lilly-eighth till. you sh. A. the liquid will simply pass through the mesh and rejoin the external waves. Poe's Silence. If 1 should decide to expel my urates. volume and read.000 of the liquid's per second of the former in till' under the sole influence of th.. I\l1udelaire's translation 16 17 .d. the vibrations of the latter being to the vibrations proportion pressure of 64. we shall not be navigating on water but on Ii\' I. for 1 am bringing alon~'. though I am not asking your "In this perpetually it is constructed my residence. dry boat (called a skiff.· CONCERNING THE CHOSEN FEW elastic skin. and someone one carries three people. F austroll IIII!III'cdup into the third dimension: P"OTll Baudelaire. V. it possesses as my learned friend this advantage ••III!' beings who have managed to escape your Law and your 111. and summon the other person. but this navigation in a sieve . them. "And accompany introduced since the present me. by myself.dlnlce It at the same level. as quartz fiber drawn out by means of a crossbow. of the beads on spiders' per second Illy invariable habit."My sieve. " 1 said.

From Luke. voices asymptotic toward death. From Kahn. I I"'om Rachilde. I. which. feet. From Mallarme. the joyful walk of the irreproachable son of l'i'!t'\lS in the meadow of asphodels. the fifth letter of the first word of the first act. Willers. From Kalender. the little bells to which the devils danced dur1111-\ became cupped hands and carried the spherical universe like a fruit.. rock-drillers. I:"om Schwob. the hares.. crossbow and the in the land of the sun. to From Lalltreamonc. From Desbordes-Valmore.·om Rimbaud. which vanished over the horizon. the black pigs of Death. From Maeterlinck. From Regnier. which the diamond crowns of the Saint-Gothard il he was a hundred and twenty years old. of the sacrilegious planets. From Bloy. From Mendes. the Calumniator high place. the lights heard by the first blind sister. the bright. the scarab.h. the ancient retinue of the Betrothed. Scapin's lottery ticket. running over the sheets.rom Peladan. and the fifty-three . the thirteen journeymen dawn by Baron Mordax tailors massacred al the scaly animals imitated by the whiteness of on the order of the knight of the papal . From Coleridge. From Grabbe.1 hle"ded with its salt the sweat of the galley slave who rowed 11111 ship's floating skeleton. h"ows. and the table napkin which he tied round h. 18 19 . From Darien. he tempest. the virgin. at the children's the duck placed by the woodcutter trees with scored barks. I:rom The Odyssey. I:rom Rabelais.rVI'11 From Elskamp. the icicles hurled by the wind of God into of the flying horse. the north wind which blew upon the green sea who carried Christ on a mariner's "11."'olll Verlaine. and the beautiful today.From Bergerac. who was the son of a king: the eye poked out by the tail IliI J'. in the mirror of the shield silmassacre of the I. Cleopatra. one of the golden peals from the celestial smiths' shops. order of Civil Merit. the cross made by the spade in the horizon's IlItI. I I I'll with ancestral ashes. was sieve upon SIeve. the eye of the rhird III lIJll~d. neck beforehand. the sorrel plain where the modern centaur The Thousand and One Nights. gold 1:"0111 Ubu Rai. the precious tree into which the nightingaleking and his subjects were metamorphosed. II'per's hands. when placed in the skiff. From Florian. I:"olll Verhaeren. beautiful as the trembling of hUlids in alcoholism. the reflection..

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placidly which this change in size might involve in their sucked each other in. rolled the crystal globe. in order to examine any disturmutual on the rails of the cabbage-leaf's spheres veins. as if the deracinated eye of malleable glass Other madmen cried ceaseledy that the figure one was al the same a number of "adapted itself" like a living eye. This was a globe. upon the irrev- explosively. of course! And having shrunk to the classic size of a mite. diameter lengthened lime bigger and smaller than ilself. reflected to him gigantically dimly by the leaves' foil. as a paradigm of smallness. 24 25 . the outlines of the universe appeared whilst his own image. and in a solid state floats upon itself - water. dry and hard as diamonds. tapering relationship. with difficulty. rang out following the projection earth. let us reflect.example of water. the enemy of fire and renascent from it when decomposed around of new and minute spheres. he chose that substance and horizontal which is normally in small quantities. became presbyopic. paying no attention nified aspect of his surroundings. repulsed OF ORM1ANE Faustroll by means of this elastic inertia and became spherical once more. to his fellow mites or to the mag- until he encountered the Water. twice his size. coming together. determined which vaporizes at a hundred degrees. in the process. through FAUSTROLL SMALLER THAN FAUSTROLL whose transparency enlarged. toward a neighboring globe. to denly a new globe of twice the size rocked Faustroll. some considerable taking small steps. terms heavy. which Aristotle pected development its fragmentation an explosion. a temperature erence of the common herd whose instinct sums up the adepts of the science of pataphysics in the following phrase: \ by this fact. Doctor F au stroll (if one may be permitted to speak from personal The doctor. blue in depth and with edges rhat tend ebb and flow when it is stretched. was mag- TO WILLIAM CROOKES nified to his original knocking on a door: size. and prodaimed similar absurdities as if they were useful dis(oYeries. colorless. like and noise. With the tip of his boot the doctor of the elements: incompressible kicked out at this unexformidable in all that having a curved surface. in this connection. slipping the two until sudin front of - experience) to explore bances desired one day to be smaller than himself and resolved one of the elements. He gave the orb a light tap. he traveled along the length of a cabbage leaf. THE TALISMAN itself along its horizontal into an ovoid myopia. For this purpose liquid.

The red and blue callosity which they sport on their buttocks was.. the good doctor wanted to teach him to speak." he said in French. listen yet: And Plato. when six inches of steel in your stomach for ballast . was a dogfaced baboon less cyno. sc. your arms for yardarms. in the cabbage's scarlet on the other.than hydrothan his and. part I. and he added nothing more. TO CHRISTIAN BECK This character book. fishes. it's your fat head which fjiill serve as a figurehead. 2): . Not content with this.. I'll fake your robe for a storm-sail. in his case. the chlorophyll. and I'll f of Victor Hugo (The Burgraves.. like a shoal of green subterranean strange medication. displaced by Faustroll. as a result of this blemish. by means of some fabulous center. to punctuate will prove very useful during the course of this some of its overlong speeches: in the manner Hey. so that his flat face was a tricolor.Nay. and magnifying disits Bosse-de-Nage cephalous. Beneath everything. the life belt hanging with inscription at the stern of Faustroll's thereon. each one d~~wing along beneath torting it the image of the tangential it according to the sphere's point of the universe. you. JOUEIC THE And is that all? .. double and if Bosse-de-Nage of the cheeks with the French (so named because described language. SALAMANDER DIABLES)11 12 DEIS 26 27 . less intelligent projection fellows." skiff "swimming-bladder a tauto- but more often he enunciated logical monosyllable: "Ha ha. WORDS THE DOG WHO BUT FACED KNEW "HA HA" BABOON NO HUMAN he could calling fairly correctly a few words of Belgian. and grafted on to his cheeks. above) of the was not pro- protuberance familiar completely nounce CONCERNING BOSSE-DE-NAGE. well pitch you into the water with Andsi.rolled to and fro all along the green arena.l fe. azurine on one. (LE EUGENE PICHON SUE. as for you. then / shall baptize you: the dirty b. YOllr legs for masts. in various passages: you are a ship. followed its charted currents canals . your body for the hull.. said Giromoll gravely.

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The doctor sat aft on his ivory chair: TO ALFRED VALLETTE between his legs was the onyx table covered with his compasses. GARGANTUA. drunk as I was and ready to believe anything). I pulled at the oars. and the acoustical sign of our progress was the screech of tearing silk. making sure of the flat symmetry of two peacock's feathers preening. and what wine they drank there. moving in my backward position I knew not whither. began shine in the sun as the long boat ventured its long prow from out of the passageway. facing him. on the felt slidII II ing seat (which I could not help obeying. and thrust the ash-wood oars. Faustroll rubbed the rubicund cheeks of the cabin boy against the mechanism. overtaking forms looming up from behind me which off at the legs. We ploughed curved blades of the oars made a clangorous sound as they scraped along the sides of the old stone walls. CONCERNING THE EMBARKATION IN THE ARK he shackled my feet to two leather fetters into my hands the handles at of the bottom of the skiff. he threw Inquiring what men of learning there were Ihell in the city. other distant fotms through the adhesion of his feet as one unrolls a glued poster. masses of people as through a dense fog. like that of the to their disciples. sextants and various other scientific instruments.BOOK THREE "Ha hal" said Bosse-de-Nage the pavement. swelling up in the bows as a lantern to light our way. maps. the the grooves of the sliding seat to lubricate scorched face glowed more luminously still. then he passed around ropes. in place of ballast. CHAPTER XVI at his feet.'9 ImY §lEA IEIUilAN ROlBiNSON statement. as he deposited the skiff upon to his but on this occasion he added nothing IF JR 9 00 lP'AJRIT§ OR fAMll¥ 1fH~ lP' A JR IT§ 11. The the sharp-edged oars chopped xyphoid twelve-meter followed the direction we were taking. in imitation of the ancient Egyptians The red metal surface. 30 31 . whose blades moved apart with the surging Bosse-de-Nage descended with tiny steps. squinting between two lanes of moist lines in a gray hotizontality. carrying the skiff on his shoulder teaching by the ears. and motioning me to sit down. boat-fly. the curious beings retained from his twenty-seven equivalent books and the manuscript seized by his elbows the tiller's two guide myself.

ter." 1 said. and this is why (if you both behave." said the doctor." said Faustroll. giving beaks full handwriting-colored birds.are dead. predicted he would be unable to dissimulate to encourage with his inter- to him that this was a sign that from anyone thus.this dead body is not only an island but a man: he is pleased to call himself Baron Hildebrand of rhe Squirty Sea. on our navigatory route. and young men. see old fogies trembling equally cretinous "from whose carcass you can upon him with such confidence. as also to interrupt conversation. And because of this inertia he is. jections.. I gazed at the beings having into view from behind me. the of flesh to speckled. THE SOUITTY SEA. silence. while all these graybeards on the corpse can raven in the middle of this vast plain. " CONCERNING THE ISLE OLFACTORY OF CACK.. who was so old that her lore was sufficient unusually copious stool. AND DRANK THE NOT "Ha ha!" said Bosse-de-Nage.13 "And since the island is sterile and desolate. kind of beard. if I am not isobic to in their speech and their silence. where a pause might be convenient. not a man but an island. "Yes. to me that the function Faustroll consented of navigators was to make land and to was to draw the skiff up on our drink. and I consulted on successive occasions the teaching of the vessel's masthe doctor. in senility and young men with red hair. like ichneumon chern.. "Only his brain and the anterior motor centers of the the infamous nudity of his calfs muzzle. 14 "I find him mentioned on my fluvial map as isle of Cack." TO LOUIS L. WHERE WE This is why. opening his seized manuscript. then he LIGHTHOUSE. are blind and without sticks?" "See here. to the bank at each halt on our errant way.Between the distant figures which followed us and those near us which crossed our path. waking up suddenly.. He suffered from impetigo he can grow no and his vertical and more or less stationary. Faustroll medulla . "but how is it that this crowd of people and birds which has come to scatter obituaries "This dead body. in the same way as did the watchers in the Platonic den. I will show you the map) . relapsed into an obstinate " . while the role of Bosse-de-Nage in childhood. nurse." continued Faustroll. 32 33 . to explain flies boring into flesh to lay their eggs . one could distinguish other figures.

by the doctor's shoulders. S: Concerning IT 3 LAND OF LACE Obelischolychnies for dogs.ELEMENTS OF 15 PATAPHYSICS. "This lighthouse nourishes itself upon the pure matter which is the substance of the isle ofCack. terranean. while they are still baying at the moon. intermingling like We pataphysicians call them simply and honestly dance of the Rhine maidens. in a storm. that is to say. or the infrared rays by whose light I have After leaving this displeasing island behind. of truth and beauty. come like magpies to suck life (their own. And so that it shall not be stolen from them. the Baron's soul. Panmuphle. our map was refolded my written this book. the graybeards. The speckled young birds wild shit- engraves on windowpanes. raises its pro .we would have been mortally ill had we taken a drink in that island . like the leaves monastery. have built upon the Baron's carcass a little chapel that they have christened have their duck16 diggers. a TO AUBREY BEARDSLEY lighthouse is as invisible as the ten thousand and first sonic interval is imperceptible. exclusive) from the syrupy and smoking jet emanating from the saturnine blowpipe. The Beaux and the Belles strutted and preened in imitation of fans. in my backward motion. exhaled from his mouth by a leaden blowpipe. t1l1dthen into jewels. says Corbiere. as if it had looked at the sun too long. They wove themselves which hoarfrost into forests. until their patient 34 35 . The people call them themselves into a Madonna and her Child in the Christmas snow.and Faustroll kept me drawn its sub- so upright with the parallel jerks of the two cords of his tiller that. But for moles and for you Panmuphle. but in no way similar to the brutal genesis of the world. my toes held by fetters. Suddenly a purer light than this emerged from the shadows.e swimming peacocks. guided by his scent. and thus no sound guides one to it. From all the places where I refuse to drink. to "A lighthouse a CONCERNING THE lighthouse lifts its finger point out from afar the place of safety. and the threads trembled plaits his slightly in the dim light. would close your ears even terranean rumblings. to tongue hanging out from thirst . so exhausted from thirst that he was quite livid.. and cloacal. " dovecotes CA THOLlC MAXIMUM. And your cerumen. The king of Lace drew out the light as a rope-maker retrograde line. and gowns. No waves break against it. The lighthouse of the isle of Cack is dark. sub- and I rowed for another six hours. d. then they fashioned there. toO. flights of pages. ch. organized into a gave out only a dim light. I could just see straight astern the island's smoke still rising until it was hidden Bosse-de-Nage. book N. like cobwebs.

Thus I remained without further commentary. I answered Like a tree frog out of water.gathering broke up with a cry. who has at his feet the twenty- boy. M. of the passers-by were splashes the redyed of color more brilliant than opaque precious stones. prodigies very little. inquisitive men from their travels. further considerations. complain raucously when the lying intrusion roostof a seven most excellent quintessences of works brought back by ing in a park. In this district of Paris no omnibus had ever passed. Here. The incline opened out suddenly into the triangle of an open space. finally. who passed the time by jumping on my shoulders down my back. nor bicycle. moving upon three rollers set at the same level. the skiff edged forward. nor railway. the sea was so warm that it steamed. Renan. standing in the center of the little triangular "Like M. understood these Bosse-de-Nage. manned by a doctor pataphysician. green statues crouching the shape of hearts. so an pine pitch. and a sun burst open in it like the yolk of a prairie oyster bursting in the throat. (I. instead of street lamps we could see ancient monuments of carved stone. tionable flageolets. and entwined ball. drawn by its suction disks along a smooth descending road. nor probably any openwork boat in charge of the skiff with the baboon cabin and pissing of with a copper skin. the undersigned) and by a hydro- in the forest of raked-over of the moon's cephalous baboon knowing no words of human language except ha the confusion ha. "Are you Christians?" asked a bronzed man." said Faustroll. Rene-Isidore. and the azure became reddish costumes CONCERNING THE FOREST OF LOVE blue. after some reflection. and M. "I am God. Just as the white junonians." he said succinctly. heterosexual down in robes folded in blowing into unmencalvary in which the by the suture ring-dancers of day burrowing underground arose from Ali Baba in the pitiless oil and the jar's darkness. as far as I could judge. dressed in a TO EMILE BERNARD gaudy smock. nor tramway. but I beat him off with blows from a bundle 36 37 . "Ha ha!" said Bosse-de-Nage. "Ha ha." I? town. Arouet. a seaweed-green eyes of the women were like nuts cloven horizontally and he did not lose himself in line of their shells. manned also by a bailiff named Panmuphle lamp apes prematurely artless shape burgeoned as Pierrot the paradox screaming serenades the dawn's reflection of their ocelli. Charbonnel. The sky opened out too.

On the second map of this happy land.: 38 39 . And on it was written: were enumerated They were seated beneath a great archway. themselves stuffed into their clothes like sausages. couples danced from on top of the freshly drained and the bagpipes. to express his fury. offered to olored sail. behind which was a second. stinging the blisters on my hands. which his guide had given him absolutely free. men at the plump and blue. and the groups of women. ant. crowded with people dressed in sapphire-blue shaped faces and down-colored and of the people's velvet. And we could see the red line of the sea's horizon cut the beam of his rose- in the barn milk. with diamond- The forest of Loye. hard dancers cube-shaped up as the cheeks of a bagpiper. represented realistically. with two big maps of the country. and Faustroll had taken the tiller's silken ~Llide ropes. host took leave of Faustroll courteously and droned out the flight of ribbons of white tinsel and violet sailed away in his own boat toward a more distant land. person present threw a pebble into the sea. and when I had taken up the oars once more. The doctor returned to the sound of bells. but he remembered his solemn oath. worked in tapestry. silk. Men were sand-gray toads They were all as blown or a wrestling in a blue and yellow meadow.writs. over the conjoined waves of the Jry land. and behind these there blazed the greenness and fatness of an historiated field of cabbages. all the products hair. Each Faustroll of the two thousand a girdlecake. and stinging the multicolored to protect cheeks of Bosse-de-Nage. "Ha ha!" he growled. the furry surface of the earth market with their plump yellow pigs. disturbing whose frightened gavottes. the wave of each group with its crest of white bonnets breaking gently against the ground. necks being both like cows' hair. The Christian as full of wind as a bagpipe croaks reached me in the boat. the forest surrounding the triangular space: the rose-red foliage rising above the blue mass of the grass. Each the slide rails of the felt seat. novice oarsman that I was. in an eccentric circle of dawn shadow. Between the arches were tables and pitchers and benches set out in a barn and on a threshing floor. and observed with curiosity from far off the demeanor of the gaily dressed man who had approved of FaustrolPs answer. The doctor drank from them all. We rubbed the adipose cheeks of the hydrocephalous "gainst baboon and different liqueurs in glasses as thick as a bishop's amethyst is wide and holding less than a thimbleful. stomach. barrels. as I held them up myself. I crouched and stretched out once again in the alterliming movements of the oarsman.

since it is fashionable today to place nothing on the plat- and was forcing the people of the Squitty Sea to climb up on hands and knees. at first sight. 40 4l . for a gigantic. black. And thus he is two fingers' breadth away from the gallows. with their flesh from butchers' (orms of the capitals but statues.CONCERNING THE BLACK GREAT MARBLE STAIRCASE OF CONCERNING THE AMORPHOUS ISLE TO TO LEON BLOY FRANC-NOHAIN This island is like soft coral. which was motivated by envy. as the height of his pschent indicated to us. thc pallor of his nuptials. loves and drinks on the verticality of a long ladder. and has no other lamp in his waking hours than is the He welcomed Faustroll with honor. between two acolytes strongly resembling cynocephali of Tanit. the huge king's head carbonized itself in the closely resemble the gesture of snails making horns at us. raising his arm from the summit of the calvary. One of his minor achievements invention of the tandem. he hides away in this hollow olumn. mass altar. 18 At the blunt point of this improbable marble pyramid. Its government is oligarchic. After their bones had first been slashed by the blades of the successive steps. decorates with his fishinglincs the cracks of circular railways resembling the beds of rivers. Like Simon Stylites. sleeps. he let the monstrous hunter gorge itself hooks gripped in his fist. he deposited in our skiff a viaticum of twenty-four Squitty sea-ears skewered on a unicorn's horn. we skirted one final calvary. which extends to quadrupeds the benefits of the pedal. versed in halieutics. which are the best caryatids in bad weather. lived upon the devotion of his seraglio. in the main square and has gnawed it away so as to leave a crust only two inches thick. to escape the judgment of his Parliaments. He was grasping a tiger by the scruff of its neck. He works. Another king. he has crawled through the drains right down to below the monolith moon's furnace. One of its kings. and. whose frightening height might have led one to take it. amoeboid and protoplasmic: its trees At the valley's mouth.

intellito TO [ 7 CONCERNING THE FRAGRANT ISLE gible even to animals. under the quincuncial trees for the venerable absent of his wives' dwelling place he has captured ecstasies and contortions of love in a divine cement. coral-red casemates. The skiffs mooring line was fastened around a great tree that swayed in the wind like a parrot rocking itself in the sunshine. consolidate our dead drunk credits and gain. so that there may be nothing inside but what is pure. profiting from a moment of inattention company on their part. as gay as they are witty. instructed us in useful wiles. And over the steady. and has brought some of these animals perfection. the rewards of the French Academy. will be as brave as they are gay. searching desperately one. His function is to in the forest during a country walk. The Fragrant isle is completely sensitive. with the cruelty of youth. and fortified by madinto their Another. He has manufactured electric dragonflies and has PA UL GAUGUIN counted the innumerable ants by use of the figure 3. A third king has rediscovered the language of paradise. who. in order entirely to this labor. in sky and wasting our talent. the shouts of the newshawks in the magical square informed us that his nephews were that day. having the job of keeping back from the septentrion. The king of the islands was naked in a boat. he claims. he has contrived to to greenery like a Caesar's chariot race. on different Bosse-de-Nage in his preserve for his people the image of their gods. without repores which retracted themselves. remarkable for his hairless face. And while we were banqueting and that of the other kings. with the aim of computing the qualities of the French. sibyls record 42 43 . We drank to his health devote himself in liquors distilled in vegetable lose his young progeny hemispheres. using personages of whom he has kept only the top half of their bodies. ~hase fish before them or crush embryonic bites in their bellies. He was fixing one of these images to the mast of his boat with three nails. Yet another is elaborating a huge rome. and as red-headed as ifhe were on a pedestal. Another mimes the thoughts of mankind. He was clad. his loins girded with his white and blue diadem. and it was like a triangular sail. Standing apart (rom the interlacing of young breasts and rumps. too. so that we became competent to make full use of our free evenings.But the trains. as on previous days. or the equilateral gold of a dried fish brought Ihe doorway rungs of the its foot great ladder. as we landed.

it was not long before we could see it. mysterious. which are the sand's skeleton. the young shoots which would disfigure the likeness of the gods. and. on his dwarfish trunk a fairground wrestler's tunic aped the king's nakedness. then could be seen the image of the still distant seaweed like a wizened crab. cracking his posterior lavatory pan with a rooftops of the castle of Rhythms. TO GUSTAVE KAHN his eye on the compass needle. or when he prunes with an axe. 44 45 . When the king sings. CONCERNING WHICH THE IS CASTLE-ERRANT A JUNK the eternal colors. and from the perfumed Faustroll. from images of living wood. After having first heard the sea's vertical windowpane. held porcelain of the great lamp's eye. upside down and symmetrical toward invisible futures. approach through faceted eyes of complicated touched with the sonorous in fretworked wood leading mirrors. The silvered sky offered inverted reflections of the monuments to be found on the other side of the green sleep of hulls. a lamp nourished from the fragrant wellsprings of the earth. his wives burrow into the hollow of their beds.the formula of happiness. Indefatigable coxswain that I was. I pulled on the oars for sev- eral hours. and we glided onto the smooth reddish beach. which is double: Be amorous. we saw the king's wives chasing from the island a little legless cripple sprouting green in its place by a fortification of those plants. ships passed across this sky. while Faustroll sought in vain for a landing place near [he castle. we finally fragility of our prow the flight of steps to the nomadic edifice. between the viscosity of groynes like parallel leviathans. And he fell miserably short. He pushed himself for- ward jerkily with his cestus-covered fists. which was receding constantly like a mirage. after passing through narrow streets of empty houses that spied our fissure less obscene than ludicrous. and with a rumbling from the casters under his base attempted to pursue and clamber aboard the platform of the Omnibus de Corinthe. but such a leap is not within everyone's power. which was just crossing our route. in his palace. the weight of fear heavy upon their loins from the vigilant gaze of the Spirit of the Dead. all root. decided that we could not be very far northeast of Paris. As the skiff cast off from the reefs. and Be He possesses also a zither with seven strings of seven colors. moving along the shore as he plays his zither.

He had a black beard. And as the ship pitched and and died and reappeared far away. It has the serene translucency to with sand dunes. sapphire and is the only precious stone not ice-cold wore armor of ancient coral. magnifying the smoke from his pipe and imprinting it on the sky. From beneath his traveling-rug he drew four eggs with painted 46 47 . a priceless entirely composed from a single block of the stone of or the embellishments of a gong's libration. this has the precipitated heat of the surface of kettledrums. to the rest of his CONCERNING THE ISLE OF PTYX The palace was a strange junk upon a calm sea quilted with sand. as with the torches of olden times. beer. leaping across and stone found only in this island. The lord of the islands came toward us in a ship: the funnel puffed out blue halos behind his head. since it was cut in table-form. which is of white the touch. tossed. The lord of the island came forward the garden planted on foot. of it. impervious except under a light falling directly from above. and Bosse-de-Nage stowed the tackle and treasures in a deep grotto. We drank hollands gin and bitter for its fire enters and spreads itself like wine after drinking. One no longer noticed the accidents of things but only the substance of the universe. and we had the sensation of setting foot on a sun purged of the opaque or too dazzling aspects of its flame. "Ha! ha!" he said. between courses of all kinds of smoked meat.We hauled the skiff on to the shore. The isle of Ptyx is fashioned this name. his rocking chair jerked out his welcoming gestures. Faustroll assured me that some of the Atlantides Seagulls vibrated like the striking hammers lay beneath. The hours were struck by bells fashioned from all the metals. or a diamond. from very It was easy for us to land there. on several fingers he wore silver rings in which turquoises languished. TO srEPHANE MALLARME of the sky's blue bell. As soon as the mooring line had been untied crumbled by our laconic mirrored deck boy. the castle in the sky. Other stones are as cold as the cry of trumpets. as a great junk chafing the sand's fire. but we did not listen speech. and this is why we did not care whether the flawless surface was a liquid equilibrated according to eternal laws.

as pure and simple as a powder puff. like the root and our skiff rocked its hammock arch. Since the writing [Author's note. in this land is formal. Dispersing the tree. Nevertheless. and the two parallel mirrors of the emptiness like two mag- earth and the sky preserve their reciprocal The isle of Her. and that the syllable her. as in olden times when this word signified customary. means. one can glimpse When the fluttering of the fan is rapid enough. 48 49 . the isolation of two prismatic trinities of Pan pipes. and one cannot imagine a ship sailing through skimming the surface. The map gave it the name of the isle of Herm. it. its transparency. the quadridigitate ancient and authentic of a genealogical root. more or less. WHICH THE AND IS OF ISLE THE OF GREAT HER. with its jerking chair waving goodbye. (it was natural reflection of the triumphal The island's surface is of still water. like the isle of Ptyx. resembling the basin of a fountain nets eternally face Al! conduct to face. the whole island through CONCERNING THE CYCLOPS. the bouquets of spray hover at a little height TO HENRI DE REGNIER in horizontal sheets like douds. the river aroond the island has turned into a runeral wreath. In the flame of the punch we were drinking. which he handed over to Doctor Faustroll after first taking the hatching of jasper. it is pagan and consecrated it the isle of Hart. of the isle of Her It has never been known for the gardeners to allow the jet of a fountain CRYSTAL to fall again into the basin. the pale that the islands should appear to us as lakes. and sometimes it beats its wings without breaking the ambient silence. and the inhabitants gardens. is one single jewel.' unless in the manner of a ricochet mirror reflects no ripples. Seignioral.] of this book. SWAN and the fall opens out like a pavonine19 jet of water. mirror-like of the fauns and the rosy bloom of the nymphs creation. because called a drink.shells. during our navigation over dry land). instructed of the oval embryos broke out over the island's shore: two distant columns. to Mercury. for this there not even its own. with outjutting octagonal fortifications. hand- because of its magnificent interpret Faustroll me that one should a name only from its splayed out in the spurt of their cornices shake of the sonnet's in the newborn hairy curiosity aroused quatrains. sails there a great swan. from their reverie by this mellifluous motor vessel withdrew its blue breath toward the island's horizon. for this lVould dull the surface.

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cedar. studded cabin boy these words in blue: BOSSE-DE-NAGE. CYNOCEPHALUS. The doctor. like the port-side After drinking. SNOUTFIGS Because the red glow of the volcano is blinding. and Asiatic at the same time. despite its paraffin varnish. their particolored umbels sleep. The lamps and the volcano exhale a livid light of the Boat of the Dead. along which our keel lay symmetrically. and farther inland. and we visited the interior of the island. and gave orders rubies and black diamonds. ness. cough of chair legs being shifted. my oars grated on the flagstones of the nave. using the tiller's silken cords.skiff on fire (it was.as loud as all the Brabantine chimes of ebony. but I failed to understand why he was clanging 52 53 . They are born and die without ever growing old. used his ship-boarding scimitar as a calamus and with an ink made of gunpowder close-mouthed PAPIO and gin tattooed upon the forehead of our chasuble was of chain mail. We all fished for monkeys in a river. resplendent with his curling mustachios. Instead of rosaries. the captain. into the center of the great portal of Snoutfigs cathedral. to the light-children to escort the skiff down to the sea. The awesome assembly. His sermon was rhetorical and very Latin. an olive-wood cithern dangled on his right hip. and until we reached the open sea we were accompanied by Kidd's words of farewell and by the dim lights like lackluster jellyfish. on the bank of a bottle-green back- then dazzled by the glare of a long stained- water. found myself between two black walls. glared at the with balas light. sorb wood and poplar from Ringing isle beneath when I suddenly an archway. one can soon see no more than if one were surrounded TO LAURENT TAfLHADE by a shadowless dar kof the We could already hear bells . warlike and sacerdotal. Like the prefatory of the marine animals which ravage the seashore at ebb tide. Attic. Lamp shades wander there like glaucous and pink crabs. to the jaw~gaping horror ofBosse-de-Nage. in its scabbard of horned-viper's skin. its hilt fashioned from a golden crescent. relit his pipe in the lava. while at his left was slung his great two-handed sword. whither we escaped as quickly as possible because glass window. without deigning to warn me. maple. had shot the skiff like an arrow. oak. there are children who run about the island with lamps. in the hulks of worm-eaten barges. incombustible) and from hanging Bosse-de-Nage and myself after robbing us CONCERNING OF THE GREAT CHURCH from the main yard (the skiff had no main yard). Friar John climbed into the pulpit. but so that one may follow the opaque undulations dazzling lava. His figure.

of a bullfight if the bull Shell-Bottom had made a except Bosse-de-Nage. vulnerable only in its fundament. Suddenly a bronze bullet was fired from a falconet bound to a counter-faced slab by four iron chains. instead of attempting a thrust at the end of its the bejeweled preacher remounted the pulpit for his 54 55 . my suction disks to adhere to the granite's It is respectable and well- dangerously polished surface. this offering. it hides this and its rudimentary sex in a concealed shell. while everyone drew back. but without affecting that stronghold of understanding. to left. to right. By this artifice. And the combat would have been the very image. a pungent steam was exhaled from the throats of the congregation and congealed into upward or downward. in every way comparable to the hermit crab or pagurian. I saw the Snout. He winkled it from its shell its fundament into with the forked tip of his sword. like the pagurian. and chopped as many pieces as there were people present in the nave. And in its roundabout route our navigation twisted back on itself like the wedding ring of an amphisbaena's Narcissus kiss. two claws of uneven length and ten legs in all. the monster having advanced slightly while its adversary descended the twelve steps. arranged like the rounds of a fencing bout. set the skiff in motion. in all its vicissitudes. to the clear anxiety of those present. However. Friar John was easily able to proportioned. codpiece. for fear of outrunning his thoughts. At this point. By pulling his this blunted itself against the creature's hairy the orator's right temple and splitting his armet as far as his tonsure. and being. wanted to taste direct onslaught circular flight. making as if to attack the Snout. The Snout retreated. It has horns which serve it as a nose and as tongue-papillae. And the sail of taut copper myself manipulating glowed like a crescent moon. self so far as to think visibly: "Ha hal" But he said not a word. as God is infinitely similar to man. Faustroll guide ropes harder. shaped like long fingers meet the Snout issuing from its eyes. Just as the smoke rose from the falconet. from the fore-end. laying bare the optic nerve and the right lobe of the brain. but neither he nor we ourselves.and clinking from his sollcrcts to his gauntlets. forgot him- at its own level. nor could I comprehend his phrases. the shot ploughing open mouths. according to his directional requirements. the point of its shell first. the doctor led me toward the monster. was possible because his tiller did not simply cQntrol a flat rudder aft but bent the long keel. That day. The sword blade. Friar John drew his great sword. Faustroll remained impassive and Bosse-de-Nage. and its claws grated together like stammering inordinately interested. With the shape of a squat monster at the foot of the pulpit. flashing as it was drawn from its hornedviper's skin sheath. he was able to bend the skiff appreciably.

The temperature mometers sonority ther- called sirens. in his bed. I swear. but the two heavand the enly bodies clashed planter celebrated in a kiss of reconciliation event thus: "who. shall I forget the before joining musical refrain. by aeolian marker delights to hear the sound of cymbals. of Compiegne. who delights to hear the sound of cymbals. pent. saxhorn and anvil. he exclaims: Never. drank with him wormwood tops. and vina. Saturn clashes together his sistrum TO CLAUDE TERRA SSE and his ring. "Ha. the sun and moon explode like divorced cymbals. archlute and bandore. iridescent for as d'amore. the magrepha the kin and the tche. oboe were purged of their crass humor and applauded As for us. And. and Faustroll one could of the piccolo. the atmospheric drops from a eat's cursing and the vibration to the buzzing of wasps and sol- bumblebees of a fly's wing. and hydraulus. "Happy the sage. beams like starry paths leading from the church. At the summer reaching stice. and imported Here into Ringing isle by Saint Cornelius breathe in the perfume and sarrusophone. all the above-named CONCERNING THE RINGING ISLE flowers blossom. ser- zampogna and English bagpipe. bombardon. we departed Ringing isle. here." says the Chi-Hing. of the island is regulated At the winter solstice by consulting our way was lit by the beams of the great windows. he sings: Never. led poles the this clangorous he cried. already possess!" And Faustroll. "in the valley where he lives. the Bengali chere. shall my desires go beyond what I of bamboo. on a mountain happiness that I feel!" The lord of the island. sambuca. no longer possessed by the Snout's him. Toward 56 57 . At night. words. And his flock. ha." slope. The commonest ravanastron. the Brittany once more toward the nearby bells of did not consult the stars further. contrabassoon bagpipe." began Bosse-de-Nage. coelophone. alone. "Happy the sage. distilled on the mountain course at the beat of my oars. spirit. alone in his bed on awakening. and the skiff exhaled its chromatic the two heavenly bodies I swear. after welcoming us to his plantations which were fortified us in these terms. a pitch of overshrill ardor like that of insects hovering over the plants of our native fields. before taking leave. awakening. at dawn and twilight. plants there were the side-drums. in the universal together wanting to tryout his voice a recluse.sermon. In a the beggar's-guitar conservatory steam-organ there arose the many necks and geyser breath of the given to Pippin in 757 by Constantine Copronymus.

in awakening. semper nos amor occupet. There Ocean's is a monstrous toad whose mouth is flush with the surface and whose function is to devour the sunken disk.. on the hill where he dwells. which was moored at the foot of this chubby and childlike body's stele.that is to say. and as we drew away we could hear this melody: "Happy the sage who. daily in its circular hear the sound of cymbals. of the forty-five-year-old From his throne sistine dwarfs squalid beard. a little naked child and a white-haired two lofty columns. ac- cu-pet. between the folds comprising vermiform cuIs-de-sac. Thrones. appendix of a caecum. of the with a throaty cry and an obscene contortion. alone in his bed. reach the undersurface of the tangible gloried that his creation was good. by the choir of pet. It genuflects 58 59 . delights to he lies horizon and see the sun from so close up. from the land of the Cimmerii from this river as two non-liquid planes may differ . For the first time I understood that it was possible to perfumed with harps. in size and in division. the way the moon eats the clouds. our skiff. we reached which differ took up the refrain accompanied Powers and Dominions: ((. much resembles a great street or boulevard. and the After passing the river Ocean. which. of foul syllables. a-mar mar.. " The white-bearded energumen concluded the coprolalic phrase at this moment. we could see the crumbling of his armor made of enameled cardboard or puppeteer's pasteboard and the blooming It abounds in blind alleys and In one of these some of which expand into caverns. the lord of the island the day-star was wont to puff itself up. and the hermetic Shades. cu) pet) a-mar oc-cu.striking the hours of union and division of the black key and the ancient sang on in tranquillity and swears that he will never reveal to the vulgar the diurnal key. as regards the stability of its surface. they sang: reason for his joy!" toward this double disk of silver and of gold Node di_e que biba CONCERNING THE mus KING THE WHO HERMETIC AWAITED SHADES DEATH AND TO RACHlLDE The old man bellowed the selection seraphic soprano angels. The place where the sun sets has the appearance. the Town's mesentery.

Since evening was descending as Bosse-de-Nage drew our skiff up on to the bank. couches had been prepared the consciousness The palace was swathed in blackness. its intestines remain unconscious of the transitory star which. variegated loquacity. the crown of which resembled And the night computed be lit.which resembled an ill-favored cucurbit . the lords of the transpontine islands come to debauch themselves. and that will be a considerable cataclysm. up in a black costume and thought himself in honor bound to dress and to crown his skull . is also a squatting. its belly wobbling. once a month. In the land where the sun is eternally dormant. But he has no time to consider the star hastening. and watched with great surprise the not to build it on the ecliptic plane. into the adjoining cavern: he carries a mirror on his navel which gives him a reflection of it. and the great flame arises which is the souls of certain people. he believes that a night will some time remain perennial.communion. here. for the bodies. ing it by a thoughtlessly being deontological. and since it digests to the rhythm of a vigorous punctuality. 60 61 .with a Belgian hat capable of storing up luminous vibrations in wave lengths equal to those of his costume. His sole pastime is built from a house of cards. In a striking metamorphosis ings turned into pale rose. at this moment steam rises from its nostrils. and the nonhalf a defunct globe. This is what Plato called the apportionment And its genuflection. and when little women were laid thought the time had Bosse-de-Nage come to bring matters to a point: "Ha ha!" he declared in a summary fashion. but he saw that we had guessed his thoughts. And the castle keeps its balance in exact proportion to its height. the mourning color of the hangphilters were drunk joyfully horizon. its hours so exactly that lamps had to that the devil Plural is born. to which he adds a story each morning. and inquires after the evacuations of the toad on the alimentary bolus of pure fire took its usual path once more toward the pole of the devil Plural. out on the red-hot couches. and the toad was gaping functionally. It burrows a passage in the subterranean diversity of the earth and emerges from the opposite pole. there is a king who is its officer of the guard and due to share its fate. It is from this detritus with which it has of agony. Bosse-de-Nage. When the castle is capped with one story too many the star will flash through it in its course. awaiting death each day. where it purges itself of the excrements soiled itself. The duration of its deglutitory jubilation is therefore without dimension. in any case. the king was awaiting death as usual. and philters to deaden though not professprided himself on because of the structure of its limbs. is indigestible. But the king has been sufficiently judicious The through the reeds of Panpipes. by lots of souls outside the pole. Suddenly the toad's descending colon thundered. simplicity of his Belgian hat roll upon the carpet with the recalcitrant din of an sweep's iron brush.

from four of the cardinal points. soundings along our route. the visibility through the albugineous CONCERNING MARINE THE BISHOP LAND-TIDE MENDACIOUS AND THE sky over this narrow street being excellent. He confided to made me that he was afraid of being caught unawares house of the rue de Venise_ Between the ground levels with their floors of beaten earth. and few people are aware of it.BOOK FOUR coasting along the pavements of a dusty square. And as I asked him why he did not stay drinking until the sun's next sudden plunge. the earth to is bulging with intercostal muscles and breathes according the moon's rhythm. Faustroll raised the 62 63 . with his foot on the neck of Bosse-de-Nage. the alley's narrow length as deserted as an empty belly. As far as I could understand. and we put into port. and I thought that one of us must be drunk. Faustroll took some astral measurements. he arose in the skiff and. the doctor was talking about the earth's tides. and soon we were women waiting on the uniformity of their beds. for an assuring us that the sole pretext. But the regularity of this breathing is very gentle. Now it was midday. since the period of syzygy was nearing its end. like a fathomless depth revealed in a ClElPlIlIAlLiEDJF.4 x 10-6 centimeters. between the aridity of the houses. And I was seized with fear. I know now that apart from the flux of its humors and the diastole and systole which pump its circulatory blood. end to our drifting journey was that the thickness of the earth FauSlroll took his leave while the night was still hanging. and told me to note down the fact that the terrestrial radius had already shrunk 1.l. through the subsidence in the reflux_ He then gave orders to Bosse-de-Nage TO PAUL VALERY to cast anchor. in front of the four thousand and fourth pope. like a beneath our feet as far as its center was no longer deep enough to satisfy our honor. worthy of his Doctrine.GY nightmare. because we were still rowing where there was no water. as it was easy to tell by the numbers on the wall. and that the ground was sinking toward its nadir. overlooked by doors wider than the street but less agape than by the ebb tide.

Ardennes. because of the chaste adherence cutis. Then he inquired sulphuric acid. hardly at all above the knees. to: refreshed himself exclusively with fresh water and rat's piss. his daughter. was all encrusted with stones from the depths and could easily be lifted up in the front and at the back. served on a tray made of the fur {rather 64 65 . filled once again each unit of the ascending line of hectoliter cups in the moving belt which crossed the table in front of the doctor and passed. his chasuble. presented to Bosse-de-Nage the skiff was intruded made an obeisance before an ear fig24 gratis. Bayonne. and when of the hams. near the raised throne of Bosse-de-Nage. the type of bishop fished up off the However. He sucked in water from a decanter of gold beaten as thin as the wave length of green light. empty of its contents. roasted. and three of their jowls would have encompassed However. whole. Faustroll which was at one time. At one time he had been in the habit of mixing this last substance with bread and Melun cheese. which I touched. more particularly to the book. Distinguished and Extravagant drank as thirstily as anhydrous into the vaulted berth and the door's valve to closed once more. he presented me to his two sons. I gave myself a thirst by swallowing a sheep that had been roasted alive while racing along a petrol-soaked track until done to a turn. but had succeeded in suppressing the supererogatory vanity of these solid condiment~. Distinguished Visited. lifted with his fork toward his teeth five His miter was of fish scales and his cross like the corymb of a reflexed tentacle. The marine bishop Mendacious Faustroll. from Strasbourg. according coast of Poland. the all dripping with Johannisberger. as their names had made me suspect. daughter. and boned. and. of us whether it would be agreeable to us. quite succinctly. but. Suddenly he and I was not very surprised to see arise from the threshDR INK old of one of the barest and most sordid hovels a marine personage abstracted from book appearance XIII of Aldrovandi's M01lStersj having the TO PIERRE aUILLARD of a bishop. Bishop Mendacious a cubic meter of firewood. the bishop's York and Westphalia. of berthing the skiff in some deep shelter.question pointed. on her knees under the table. and and Extravagant.

conveyor like a root belt of cups III TO A. proffering "to offer his snuff~ like a snufrtaker people box? But. in Paris. Saw a lobster pass by which resembled her fraternally. doors. He was armored with a hard shell On which was written that inside.-F." He drank a great draught straight out of his carafe. "that a woman can ever THE LOBSTER WHICH WORE AND THE CAN" OF CORNED BEEF be naked? In what do you recognize the nakedness of a wall?" "When it is devoid of windows. sation he imitated: "Do you think. whose Fable point of sustentation was erect on its viscous carpet." I hazarded. of salted binoculars and objects. especially old women. "But." continued Mendacious. listen: through like the case of a pair people weight. and also. chained like a lorgnette. (Boneless and economicaD. doctor navigator. were in the habit of and repul- refusing them. it is perhaps a proof that they are free. "Your reasoning is good. HEROLD torn from its burial place. claiming that they were hairy pluripedes sively dirty.25 twentieth of the latter's in season. and quite equal to a to nobler fate than that of the can of corned beef which you carryon a ribbon round your neck. since the bishop wanted to be fashionable)." DOCTOR ROUND FAUSTROLL HIS NECK opined the doctor.than peltry. "If lobsters are 66 67 . serve us with some lobster!" "Was it not once fashionable these animals in courtesy." expense. from what I have heard. " "Ho-hum. and other openings. like herself. of the dirty and non-depilated.26 And beneath his curved tail He was probably hiding a key with which to open her. in rooms whose conver~ which you like to scrutinize a whole seraglio of drunkards." continued the bishop. The catenulate full of liquid or wind chanted like the incision made towboat. A freshly flayed fox of a drunkard. ho-hum. "drink and eat. Such luxury is not vouchsafed all: the bishop kept rats at enormous paved with funnels. a river's A can of corned beef. "Naked women are never naked. Lovestricken. the sedentary corned beef Declared to the little automobile can of living potted meat belly by the rosary of an illuminated "Now. he was free of bones. Visited." condescended the bishop. he said to Faustroll.

The horse is a "But the head alone." "The sight of a very ugly object certainly provokes what is ugly. CAPITALLY by the following fact: that Moses. Christ was foreshadowed the Scriptures the bruchus." grasshopper developed mation. except perhaps that of the grasshopper. gigantic which is almost exactly similar without having the And you know that the murder of speech. one to do By her side. explain to you that there are doubtless several reasons for this. that the time has come to strike the blow." "Ha hal" interposed Bosse-de-Nage by way of digression. The appearance of a "Ha ha. is not altogether members. And Faustroll an important interrupted the frivolity of the conversation with act and the stripping whole world as ugly as the head of a horse. it is within the order of by the has already. but he did not develop ferocious muzzle with the bones showing impels one to a ferocious of the bones. head. what is ugly is evil. He should be decorated with several gold medals. succeeded in jumping in repudiating a certain number of its fingers and "I have never had the desire to kill except after seeing a horse's about on four solitary hooves. in the world's shopwindows. the ophiomachus and 10cust. a monstrous animal. exaggerated sliding on four rollers." meditated Bosse-de-Nage. and horny. there is no object in the his ideas more comprehensively. the attacus. born for indefinite since the origin of its species. Now. continued Faustroll imperturbably. endowed originally by nature with four feet furnished with fingers. which has become for me a sign. or more preciselya signal. although I cannot define my reasons - 68 69 . size of the former. having normally defor- from us and has no link with the precedent but it certainly follows an external order. and lest you should smile. senses and is therefore and it has a cause that is perceptible significant. but Doctor Faustroll commenced: murder is therefore nec- he could find no valid objection. I shall like a piece of furniture planchette. although external phenomena.27 which are the four species of grasshopper. "the "I do not believe that an unconscious essarily motiveless: it is not governed by any command phenomena emanating of our ego. or an order. The sight of a revolting condition incites one to revolting pleasures.That if he would deign to become acclimatized. whereas the horse. Now. so that had permitted the eating of might be accomplished. like the down-turned thumb in the arena. "And furthermore.

we took a walk through foggy streets. or more. I would reply that a signal. and what is more. but when its blade was dulled he drew ic along his teech. and I maintain that a head is only a head when separated "And Baron Munchausen from its body. Since the episcopal nature of his vestments 70 7l . must be CONCERNING PEOPLE. he took no pleasure in sharpening his scythe.' derive from equitation. with a sound like fro c. in signifying pale horse. so vigorous was he. SYHPATHETlCALL Y was never braver at war and better surmounted. XXIV. He gave such strokes with his scythe that he filled a quarter of a wagonful of hay. 2:E2:0Y MeAI. isolated. BEROALDE TO at killing than on the day when. the fourth Which And the Apocalypse that: 'Death Then he sent us to sleep with a macaronic which. him to conclude: talk with you in the time After appropriately. presence interrupted doctor. with the solipedes are cut up rather we may be Mendacious in the lead. but Bishop 0000 DE VERVILLE." "Ha ha!" exclaimed Bosse-de-Nage Mendacious "Well. And just as a thousand drums do not make as much noise as a single drum."28 if you are curious to know why I am rarely incited to murder in the street.and up to the present than guillotined - drinking. " to consider your murderous temptations as an agreeable the sign of death. " . "Now.' scourge was mounted upon a my head. OF THE AND DEATH MORE OF A NUMBER OF ESPECIALLY and that a multitude does not possess the ability to give an order. so long as we never of a decapitated horse . tossing propOSlClon: Greek harangue. and a thousand by instinct. the portcullis noticed that he had left half of his mount on the other side of the sharp girder. so an individual intelligences form a mob moved for me when he BOSSE-DE-NAGE is not an individual appears in the company of several of his equals. Thus he saved time. I could only make out the last perfect I interpret thus: 'those whom Death comes to And the war's homicides visit see first the head of the horse. to be heard. TO MONSIEUR DEIBLER.perhaps because of the simple enormity of its teeth and the abominable rictus natural rather to it is for me the sign of all ferocity said precisely or in permitted paradox. he The little squat mower arrived and started to work. where the horrible head mulciplies in from of all the vehicles.29 HOW SUCCEED.

doctor had relaxed the grip of his fingers. The second day. The saffron combustion of the fifth day decimated all cuck- olds and bailiff's clerks. The bishop took to his heels. Suddenly the crosier's curling head began to uncurl. The third. The gliding flight hovered as an animal mask and as a twofold gaze from above and below. he was opposed to all idle verbiage. with the single word: "ha ha. The light changed into smoke space. said in two words: "Ha hal" and these were the last two words he uttered. for I was armored with my name Panmuphle. without exception. lit a small perfumed candle which burned But Faustroll crouched over the baboon. and revealed the categorical poison in the air. of the sixth day hastened the impending who of all those at least. when the de-N age made a sign that he wished to speak. of women. among those quadrupeds considered edible on condition that they were ruminative and possessed a cloven hoof. The first day. of small children. and the death of all scavengers and soldiers. on the seventh day. spreading his four limbs out on the ground and strangling him from behind. as one knows. and Faustroll had a breathing Mendacious unhooked the shop signs with his hands. Faustroll. 72 73 .gave people the impression that he was probably an honest man. no one except the doctor and myself noticed that he was unhooking the shop signs with his crosier. and giving them graciously to Bosse-de-Nage to carry. before the arch of a riding school's great door. for seven days. and Faustroll was overtaken again by insanity." for. faced with the toughness of a gilt moldinglO above a horse-butcher's shop. And the fog dissipated weightlessly in centrifugal directions. And I was not yet aware of the bishop's charity in allowing the shop signs to fall down. the flame was red. the latter thanking him fasten their trouser cuffs with lobster claws. but I was of a superior grade. as if inadvertently. but not quickly enough to prevent Faustroll from tearing off his miter while it was still alive. The fourth day. The blue crackling end of all bicyclists. after asking for a leg-up from Bosse-de-Nage. whereas I was not molested by the doctor. Bosseand. there was a remarkable epizootic disease very calm.

"HA HA. to A. of symmetry. Let us usually orthography for the aspiration h was never written in the in Bosse-de-Nage of his was the efficient cause of the second. assume that he could only perceive space to the idea of progress. and duration. two dimensions. and the consciousness uttered only and nothing more would be the medical for- mula Amalgamate). fact that he usually added nothing more. since the two A'S differ in space. of greatness of echo. PIRON31 therefore willingly write thus: quickly Pronounced founded. three. just as two twins are never born together CONCERNING EVIDENT MEANINGS SOME OF FURTHER THE AND WORDS MORE H A H A when issuing from the obscene Nage. A labor. and we will . unsuited to so that it may be made clear that it is with reaand not from of Bosse-deand discontinuous. until the letters become con- it is the idea of unity. nor of the undefined. sonable reported intention (feat here of the customary and succinct speech mockery that we have always cause principles of good and evil. if not .tion. together with the most probable all syntheses and to all adequations. It is at the same time the most excellent refutation of this very proposi- nor of the Universe. it is the idea of duality. until he's tumbled. We may properly of Bosse-de-Nage. which commences at ter. servile and obligatory inferiority. he had evidently no notion of the Holy Trinity. it is more judicious to use implying. slowly. a spiral figure. to the second. But this duality proves also that the perception Nage was notoriously analytical. of its premature interruption. The first A hiatus of the mouth of Bosse-de- was perhaps congruent A = A. All unaware He won't. is the formula of the principle of identity: a thing is itself. enough." One may confidently but we are in no way concerned 111 he said concisely. ancient languages of the world. not to say discontinuous it in its full extent. in addition. be defined as the Several. of disof the two Pronounced tance.. nor of the indeterminate. juxtaposed with the former obviously equal to the lat- nor of all things triple. as it does. the It would be a complicated whether content the first ourselves AA A problem to study. It proclaimed with noting that since Bosse-de-Nage (AAA effort.even indeed in time. know it's there. when we write them. which may 74 75 . instance. and was refractory with the accidental In the first AA. And I'll declare He's mooning up some landscap'd alley where A ha ha lurks ahead.

On the little table where ordinarily rolls of paper unfold themselves. of those iron kiosks whose popular name derives from the fact that they are divided into three triangular prisms and that one can use only one-third at a time. victualled with a thousand varied matters suitable to a special sail placed beneath the jibs33 encourage a crap. And in his public life he never understood the use. he entered his closet. in fact.Nor of anyone else. the day he was married. until his death. on the BOOK FIVE boulevards. these meanings being very well-known. being unaccustomed of his miter. If Faustroll's have designated skiff had had a bowsprit. We have purposely omitted to say. the sprinting legless 76 77 . and that AA may still be read on the medals struck at Metz. but he could not tell whether she was a virgin. And. was in a bad way of busito TO PIERRE LOTI attend to matters nisi in pontificalibus.Y BOSSE-DE-NAGE Papio cynocephalus. he indeed felt that his wife was chaste with him. decapitated ness. that ha ha is a ditched gap in a wall at the end of a garden path. a fat little bust of a jolly little man with a scrubby little beard paraded in beetle-green.[. CONCERNING A THOUSAND VARIED MATTERS befouling and ravaging everything indiscriminately.[. The jolly little man waddles from right to left on the hemispericity of his base. ha ha would But the bishop.32 and he remained. For which reason. an armed pit or military well into which chrome steel bridges may collapse. branded thus by Captain Kidd: ({:])lFlF[CL~. had he been a member of the expedition at that time. and the bishop would have recognized.

. on the vulgar clock in the sitting room of an old lady. you so. drum}. chen ." cried out the little man from do not be afraid of inconveniencing these accumulated He jumped pit. It is time: I alone can still distinguish behind nearly all words THE BOTTOMLESS nimbly into the designated ABYSS. below." said Mendacious. .. "34 summated .) "In the train of a regiment. to brr brrr.. "Carryon. . the great bed... who have " me: 1 shall practically become members of the family ...." he said. brr A verse. - with all your eyes.. at less expense and looking even more like himself. "36 "Courage.37 rolled inside this concave mirlitoll. . among these piles of less efficacious suppositories. .. their feet. brrr.. frog! down into the shades below.. The momentary oblivion induced by sleep. This paper is sovereign... "but" (pointing is leaving us. "brrr. Brrr The moment of agOllY has been con- the bishop's amethyst)..... this terrib/e little bed. the gauntlet sliding down the banisters of a staircase. Latellt Obscure "I had reserved it for my mother." 78 79 . general sillister impression It the she is already halfway into the abyss.You have not yet made use of my services in this way. but you will see that it is even more me. if doctor says that she will not last the night . the dear face... Let us read the poor corpse.. and like an iron sleep right next door in the Arab room.. only you knew!"35 "You have decided me.. is freezillg brr . Off with you. It would b . Melanie.... who comes from a stock of devoted old servants. I found out later that he had Reading by the Bishop while going about his business. "agreed the bishop. . "Read perseveringly ?" said the bishop. agonizing nightmare. Heuh brr eheuh . Horrible moment.. " "The bitter struggle of the end. "Tra ratatad" (The bishop hums joyously. still reading. the pale forehead. supported him with horrible little bed. "The cold bores into olle's bones" (bis).. The palmate legless cripple raised himself up on the artificial heels of his bowl and offered ahstersive: DEATH OF LATENT OBSCURE the bishop courteously a pad of squared paper as an "Brr. brr.heuh heuh Bitter tears "This paper is then going .cripple expelled from Fragrant isle. nay even with your Her life is drawing to a close" {Veiled our faithful most secret eye. Deroulede turn of the and Yan- with the other side's eye: the last ritual cleansing. "as is the case with her. "Take your place.. then. Nibor. brr . you are doing fine.... Must she then die Latent Obscure hard . the reverberation of his zinc bowl died away along the double depository pipe: but the verses of Messrs. hatsch . met him. brrr . the Christian faith permits you to read with serenity the most somber subjects.

returned to the ETERNAL "'~:c+/'!e. getting up. for alli5 5uddenly calm. infinitely sad. good smiling eyes. Chichester illustrious inventor Bell. Why?" countenance.. " "Thank you for your good wishes.)J continued Mendacious 5Oftly. "A warm sun. <. sad. PANTAGRUEL.. suddenly forced to resume his reading... cousin of Mr. .. no-nul Long as a lance. and reading with extreme 25 Now.." of the memory of those beings who have NOTHINGNESS.. 38 "placed crosswise on the breast. all becomes normal. The pale pale winter'5 day.. - "CharoiMlIad.. .I'blC" rat. ratatat . HOMhu. "Vague impressions. tiny box. an ash..A s Wn. "I am delighted see that you are not leaving us yet.. that a liquid jet 80 81 . T~e rosary for the dead.. something indescribable thrown as if in haste.".:v S'-'-e'5 \" &f(.. Graham Bell. "We rise and descend like ghosts. the gentle smile! Latent Obscure smiles so Obsessive impression. Without I'm hyplotiz- continued the bishop remorselessly. Brrr. a mist. " said the bishop sitting down again. so CONCERNING 3 rr THE MUSICAL JET "The dear voices and the dear sounds.. ratatat! "Because Kaka-San did some very dirty things in her box during the "The pale features. I am smoking an oriental cigarette!" "Perhaps this is the last time.. supreme image. serene seated at the top of my chimney. concentration." panted the leaves in their successlve service. in fire and in blood! After the fashion of the rhinoceros. forgotten.d rV" . and there is a veil.\ ""..... ." echoed the little man. "No. Big cupboard. tat. and suddenly. Mendacious.~wr r).. Open windows. "These GREEN PALMS." "How do they call thee?" exclaimed the bishop. and to be familiar with the discoveries of Mr.. 'vc. Bounty! bounty! In splashes.. Brrr . quite pardonable unconstraint of her last hours.. "Thanks. "Heuh! eheuh . the "that regret for Latent Obscure welled up in me with that inten5ity and in that peculiar form which bring5 tean. III. so pretty!" modestly.. brr .." telephoned to the inhabitant ing myself.CLv\'." "Is your name Kaka-San?" asked the little man after a certain of the pipe.. brr . " "LATENT OBSCURE HAS LEFT US!!! thanks be to God. marine bishop."39 I . one should be aware that a sheet stretched over stream of water falling upon an india-rubber the upper end of a tube constitutes a microphone. of the telephone.. 1!o. while." quoth Pan urge. brrrrr .c (i fJ~ \"( t'J .t -\J\v.. stopping. it is necessary to know that the valve installed at the neck of tne pit's mouth was of thin rubber. at your service."'\~Il~c:.

having only existed imaginarily. organ note). " The valve opened. •Sic. Harlmann. w. word. Lo-ti (E flat.(ill the key of b flat) -ess you! (Great uproar).harp). p. according to its nature. three sharps). and (p. A.): "In the land of songs. Others: of ." L. one whose syllables are too rude. L." L. for it greater rest). All surrounding SOLEMNLY). e." The Faustroll carried out a subfumigation.who. Loti. lyric by Reyna/do Hahn. said '~ha ha" respectfully.: The "Henceforth (ped. and laid tions he perceived at the moment of taking leave of his reading. if you would charm our solitude. Lo-ti (E flat.: "Fei.) let him be named Lo-ti. B-E-B time. In the land of loving. cresc. the aspersion pleted.). Tlie hll' of Drl'Jm!. Loli. to the low murmur the waves (five flat" pedal. I discovered namely that the that day a new meaning of this invaluable is interrogative. Two quaver-rest. words by P. pedal. finally. Loti shall be your supreme name (two crotchet- rest').) Lo-ti (B-F. "May your grief be soothed by our songs! May your dire sorrow (G-B . will respond to certain sounds in prefere11ce to others. ped. awaits an exposition space. and the appendix.mdre and G..harp. and the specter of Bosse-decould not really die then was silent.] [Author's 82 83 . Lo-: (e) ti (E flat) shall be your supreme name (SIC). note. being comon hands. W.harp). the music ceased. some confirming by this approved gesture the benediction of the of them GENTLY (E-G-e-E pedal): (F-A Then he simply cut off the jet. beginning in present of all things.) we ble." of baptism! (RATHER Nage .W." cx. of a sequence in duration . CRYSTALLINE) "Stranger (G natural-B). Lo-ti we name you. Flyaway . Alo:. him: "It is the moment In the land of songs. THE LITTLE WOMEN (piano. crotchet-rest. Others: Some women propose the name: "Atari. one should not be scandalized if we mention that the bishop's loins secreted this quite unconsciously musical jet whose amplified vibra- THE LITTLE WOMEN (CONT. the bishop resecured his ring. In the land of loving (crotchet- awaiting orders. E flat) we name you.breaks up at certain rates more easily than at others and. "No! (Pedal. than itself. glorifying the little man. manifested itself. Voices of little women* arose. B TO PIERRE BONNARD must change your name (GENTLY) And give you another natura0· " (A HOW ONE OBTAINED CANVAS flat) like the mountain flowers (G . common ..

. for M. on this first day of the world." said Bosse-de-Nage and prepared to depart. "You will convey my compliments Bouguereau." said the doctor.40 and there you will buy several ells of canvas. Tartempion.. "but I have "This is all very well. and when. prostrate yourat self at the feet of Renoir and lick the sawdust of the spittoons the foot of the frame of Olympia''''1 to their horde of assistants and to the other subsidiary salesmen. Tartempion. set in one of his rings). "Ha ha. the with running his centimes for M. " "Apart from ha ha. thirty-eight Laurens. and five billion You will throw 1) become real. into the the integrated since his canvas is stamped.. you will. eighty thousand Vincent van Gogh had unluted his crucible. grovel in the presence of Cezanne. more honorable "but would it not be found by experiment that the benefit extends only to those whose stone" (through a watchglass embedded to allocate this gold toward the costs of my pro- brain is that selfsame in the fontanel time) . the doctor continued: are silenced seventy-six sand seraphs Bonnat. until their mouths beneath its rising tide. Bonnat. in place of a trademark. for I also possess this to show that he had understood.. and said: 'How beautiful is yellow!. managers and the ikons of the Saints shine forth."Here are a few billions in cash. (he showed it to me.. with hurried exit carried with it the most ardent protestations Turning "When toward me." said the doctor. "Ha ha. million guineas for M. as well as a tip in kopeks. Bouguereau. Department "You will ask a policeman Store. And so as not to waste time in the grip of their haggling. for M. all things were transmuted sovereign artisan metal at the contact Work of the marvelous contented himself the figure of a poor man. strong fingers through the pointed sumptuousness of his luminous the remaining coppers into the faces of the other clowns. and his of his zeal.de-Nage: "One last word: so as to wash the shoptalk nathous jaws. winking.. Detaille. And to Bosse. Pour over each of them a pile of gold. without a word . to the department for this purpose.-P. forty-three dozen florins for M. Laurens Fisherman. beard. of the Great francs. Detaille. enter a small room arranged out of your progThere in his ruby-buttoned the way to the National Bourgeois. bow before the Monets.-P. Bare your head before the Poor Henner. and cooled matter of the true philosopher's stone. J." agreed Bosse-de·Nage wholeheartedly. maliciously.42 "I could easily transmute stone" al! things. called Au Luxe "I will explain to you what my gold really is. Henner. ceedings. genuflect before the Degas and the Whistlers. ] ." I insinuated " . A sufficient payment seventeen maravedi will be thoufor M. and if necessary abstract the quantities of canvas by sheer cunning?" of his skull he showed me this stone a second 84 85 . rummaging waistcoat pockets." I said to Faustroll.

~ar." And after aiming the beneficent lance of the painting machine at the center of these quadrilaterals dishonored by irregular monster the who Now. that ancient part of the world's poured upon the ground the worm-eaten hours of its sand. like the scratching on a table of a fin· She cou. Faustroll was sleeping next to Visited. my friend. in every way comparable babies beshit themselves.." ended Faustroll. and CON C ERN I N G THE T E R M E S 45 A WH.r~~ cgern~~ili. Rousseau. most painstakingly days embellished the impotent Store with diversity of the grimaces from the National Department the uniform stillness of chaos... the pulsation stopped. ness of the earth. possessed a heart capable of pumping out with its open and closed fist the projection of circling blood. Amid this rhythmical silence.with eleven scenery vans filled with vertical stacks of unredeemed canvases. carved out by knife. Faustroll. The great bed. then continued up to eleven .~-. he appointed M. U' 'f ((:])[. squatted upon the nakednebula.2L~_wiL'-b~:~t.. for sixty-three mentioned with honor and medal-holder. strokes. The watch's tick-tock.44 called Customs-officer. underneath the spiral-painted tapestry.lU II: 1[J UL 1[J § to the matter with which colors. "that one could Bosse~de-Nage returned BOOK SIX possibly give gold to these people which would remain gold and worthy of being gold in their wallets? "That same in which they are now submerged will also spread the well-adjusted streams of its flux over their canvas. Henri to the control of this mechanical artist painter decorator. It is young and virgin. who had loved her like the infinite series of numbers. 43 "Do you think. Visited desired to discover whether.. 86 87 .

revolved after there animated in azimuth was no one left in the world. lent the isochronism the throbbing of its head to the simulation of Faustroll's heart. the a circle around The king's in the iron hall of the Palace standing in a deserted close and open up again.. the tcrmes. crawl toward the knees of sealed palace which alone ruffled this dead smoothness. Paris. swayed and veered in infinitely varied directions.. as black as a martin's. Machines. of primary like a pousseIn the pimples which people this limp seaweed with zoophytes all the stars: tiny wings flutter to the rhythm of a toad's l'amour in a bar. like a spinning top. Machine. in their ascent. but too romantic! turrets There are towers with eyes and beaks and Two watching women sway at Thus the bird: swoops capped like little policemen. but droops like a walrus's wet whiskers. One arm chants the metamorphosis. or like the oily stopper gold so red that there meters high capathe of wine greater of an Italian flask. for she did not survive the frequency of Priapus. the pointed sensitive reflecting ends of his hair make no effort to squeeze shut the whim in blowing onto the walls' canvas the succession colors ranged according to the tubes of its stomach. . the unforeseen beast Clinamen beats. comparable to ejaculated onto the walls of its universe: the of NEBUCHADNEZZAR CHANGED INTO BEAST invisibility of a red louse with yellow eyes. is most lively and even rather moveLl N A MEN 46 ing. What a beautiful in a hogshead sunset! or rather it is the moon. The sky is a sulphurous is really nothing missing but a bird five hundred ble of wafting us a breeze from the clouds. it dashed itself against the pillars. The architecture. The eyes' sorrowful pupils. Pitiful pleas swim up against the stream of tears.The bishop's daughter heard her own sleep before any further ern deluge of the universal Seine. With one point on the roof. describing the only monument and razed Nebuchadnezzar. after a flight exactly the metal of a roofer's compasses the color of Painting springs. who is not angel but Principality. The great Angel. Meanwhile. inside by a system the down. On the oak of the decrepit bed. of weightless of anvil. the lighter colors nearest to the surface. and these did not disturb her. like a porthole than a ship. TO PAUL FORT the wind-swept windows like drying straitjackets. webbed feet. this mod- 88 89 . very type of all these flames. and followed its own hair does not stand on end.

And the horned fish. And all the devils. imploring the inexorable angel (Woa1l'/ His round hump hides the world's roundness. Clubs and diamonds are em6roi- • 90 91 . It walks upon claws brandish diagonal comes the angel. the wall's substance. spread their caudal fins out wide like acrobats' legs. weapons. Ancient monsters. its head in the hollow of its shoulder and neck. as his red cheek yew p'-Iay rends the lions on the tapestry. The tree's base is twisted and its leaves aslant..cl. to weavlllg. ~.'.eir knees. but the angel has enchained the newborn monster in the blood of the vitreolls palace and thrown him into the bottom of a bottle. His robe is blue and his gestures sweeping. At one end of the Infinite. is the white cross where the demons have been executed together with the veil and assumes inverted skulls. who is the wall where it hides. There is a barrier around the rectangle. The other trees are doing nothing apart from being green. Between its God is young and gentle. soft face for the smack of oars. the masked Behind LOVE unrepentant Thief. a neck with many wrinkles. shaking their clowns' straw wigs encrusted with sea·salt. A green Pierrot rushes up. praying calm and white like the wave's foam. a blue skin with green downy hair. surge back toward the cross driven through the Dragon. with me) mistuh Loyal?). 47 plod toward the Passion. It is baptized with poison. weaving from side side and turning cartwheels. green except for the pink of his bifid tongue. wirh a rosy halo. in the form of a rectangle. horns The angel Lucifer. GOD FORBIDS THE RIVER AND THE MEADOW GOOD AOAM AND EVE TO TOUCH THE TREE OF RUNS A WAY AND EVIL.~~"'d. with five-pointed stars studding the bars. The Meadow in its green gown is asleep.i~'~Thold. Adam adores and looks to see if Eve also adores. old and looking like tim. Down the rectangle's The soul is wheedled by Love who looks exactly like an iridescent face of a chrysalis. a monkey trick of the divine Ichthys. in the shape of THE CLOWN mandrills or clowns. THE ANGEL LUCIFER The river has a fat. They press~'d. violet in the artificial absence of the iridescent veil that it lS creature with hair standing on end and lenticular eyes is coiled around the tree. laugh into their green beards. The heart remains red A blood-covered and blue. white.the wine-lees colored sky. and like the old man of the sea lapidated by Sinbad.. and.. iittle Island shaped like a chrysalis.. plunges with his gilded c TOW ARD THE CROSS toward the lateral ether. '.

she goes under the claws.. All this blood is aflame and held within the rock whence people are hurled. The rocks surge upward. IN THE NETHER REGIONS Her hump to the rear.. a serpent darts his EMERGING FROM HIS BLISS. The s. The road is as straight and -- --. 92 93 . FEAR CREATES SILENCE - . It is a blade steeped in blood from the wound. stretched to where the fire is abated. The sky is blue. and an arm is raised from each body like a tree from the sea bed. The finger still points. One falls back. Nothing is terrifying.'r. which signifies: FROM TOP TO BOTTOM. and toward the sun and the grass he makes a benedictory aspergillum..de red on the crimson silk of his garments.i. The little star becomes a halo.or:" Chris]:.. the blue sky turns violet. his eyes still climbing... There. A finger points toward its peak..... turning away its head. a bridge with A WITCH dry piers.n".. Fire glows red from the idea of ascension. GOD CREATES THE WORLDS God arises haloed by a blue pentagram. if it be not a widowed gallows.a".h".. The bodies ~f those who have"not reacl1edltcome-tumbling down again head first.n"-. One lies down on the road. God has lifted the weight of the cross from the animal and .her waits with his back to the :ountai~ near his bottles.n".o". before it ~rm.r a"n". and a shadow which is content to 6e black. --_ JUST _----- .t r~i::.ir. neck twisted.!:~. and the sun waits for obedience will set.~-I. Fear... Above the body. above the crib of the Mother and Child. at the end of the road's .] on to his hands~ It is a little red star. --- ---------~-' . and above the ass's cross. FROM BETHLEHEM TO THE GARDEN OF OLIVES The mountain is red. sh 0 ul de becomes rose.:rs.~. _-_. and one can see down to the very depths.. hair whistling in the flight of the broomstick with which she has transfixed herof the bright red sky..... blesses and sows and makes the sky bluer.. belly to the fore. are eyes and a beard which bleed also.~p~llsot:ts. The heads of suffering have sunk down..d"-. self.. keeps its eyelids lowered and the lips of the stone mask closed.c::a:. vegetation and the index of the road to the Devil...i"s-"b.. "FARTHER! FARTHER!)) CRIES GOD TO THE MEEK venom.n"..e -. the sun and the sky are red.- d::p~is'gcir'~. And there is a red angel for whom one single aspersion with his tinkling gesture suffices.~61ac k cr 0 ss white as the arm of one crucified Alas! the cross has become bright red. the absolute summit lost to view.. and above his image in the wooden _n.-..e"w~l". The fire of the nether regions is of liquid blood..

in character. and beneath like a sturgeon it was a keyboard pre~~dini of water and air alter- swimming. veils himself with the white wing of his hair and announces ately that beauty fourth. reared up the head tiller. the lover who. or the daily Prayers of the Brahmins). mushrooms bloated with rottenness. vegetating upon the dead man. The disappearance the'~a'pparition of the corpses toward us from the other side of the seven day's murder squinted of the reticular bars protecting us. evenly and red in the windowpanes larger orb behind of agony. upon several the current of the stream of tears. his unsinkable eyebrows joined upward by their inner points in the shape of cranes in flight. calm as a green sea.48 head of hair curves like a dome and undulates of a leech.and the gold of the stars mirrors the halo. nately. Faces. And the only thing not BOOK SEVEN created is the white robe of Form itself. The first doctor. like the cross. The second rejoices MOUR-DE-ZENCLE49 twin spheres. or the communion of the two palms of one praying or rested upon the waves' denticulation harpoons. The suns are great fourleaved clovers. trapezoidal slit-eyed and decks his cheeks with bunting. in the attitude of daily devotion called by the Brahmins KHURMOOKUM. because of its oily coating.. without understanding. which would have burst into flames like a puerile resin in the city quietly consumed by fire and death. The of its prow under the pull of Faustroll's the opposite of the charitable The meshed base. in bloom. THE DOCTORS AND THE LOVER In the bed. in the external equilibrium his diagnostic of spectacles. or rather these are not the arms but the two divisions of the head of hair. against crosier of Mendacious. returns to the skull by polishing his own. there is a floating of outstretched arms. And the cenrer of this like the movement spring up a CONCERNING THE GREAT SHIP (The Sundhya. watches . sails in pursuit of the soul. becomes this dome.. and weighs The third old man desperThe sieve. and its gesture was in the lib ration of dumbbells. 94 95 .

bearing-scytheshaped-patches. the banks discomparable and became undifferentiated. On the invisible towpath. fading away with the soul. of the boat. like a ledge on the vault's brink. Faustroll. rolled into balls. green in a yellow iris. Immobile barrels stemmed the current at express speed. The penultimate its supper. clopped the front horseshoes sign of death. Faustroll maneuvered The copper shut- wirh irs setting of air bubbles. and the water was night. Faustroll make the gesture of dying. or and the last meshes where the water wove its barnacles and let its double hymen be violated named the mouths of Panmuphle tle glittering by anti-peristaltic and Faustroll. procuring fresh canvas in the name of God. moistened in his mouth. with a dizziness to left and to right whose feathers I was ordered to stroke with my two oars. then joined his palms in an attiin the manner of daily devotion The great ship Mour-de- tude of praying or swimming.'o lustral water a the skiff into an aqueduct six hundred meters wide along which the canal barges were vomited into the river. were a stationary balloon. horizon like a black sun. steeped in the painting machine's different sky to that of Tyndall. The With his topaz-beringed Faustroll scraped the paraffin from the bottom 96 97 . forefinger. at the Thus did Doctor age of sixty-three. tongues. as one seeks refuge under one's bedclothes in the once-and-for-all blackness. having the appearance arch at the tunnel's end of an eye without its leather blinker. approaching the fixity of its own painted pupils. which means Horse-muzzleloomed up on the immediate under the bright Zencle passed like a black iron over an ironing board. imitated coins falling in water or the water spider's nest. and the jaws exhaling the breath from their bones. with a noise opposite to the deglutition of an emptying bathtub. the narrative of Panmuphle) The great ship Mour-de-Zencle. The sieve rocked in its last pulsation. And to escape these things. and the skiff became the pupil of a great eye.The toad from rhe isle of Shades snapped to up the sun for artesian well (hell was in Artois that day) swirled hissing around their feet. and the echo of the sixteen horny fingers of the preterite horses whispered KHURMOOKUM beneath the vault's exit. That is appeared and the sky and the river say. treading of the file of four animals bearing the awkwardly with their hooves. (Here end. called Khurmookum by the Brahmins.

For.-- the universe as that which i. and one could have reconstructed.elf)? --n~s ------- defined -. dur- ing the syzygy of words. over the sunken quintessential and the body of Faustroll. he remembered that. for some people) directions of space.. following the proposition the learned Professor Cayley. all art and all science. works. over the carcass of Panmuphle However. the wallpaper of Faustroll's the saliva and teeth of the water. according CONCERNING THE LINE to the to position of each listener or participant. all the haggling of the hosiers of every town. together with the phases. all the cases of an epidemic. Faustroll. The bishop redds the leiter from God And behold. donned the realm of the unknown dimension. and a small fragment of the True that he knew. the phrases and pitches of all the sounds 98 99 . body was unrolled by TO FELIX FEN iON Like a musical score. rather than more probably a monster (Faustroll exception to one. which the ear is unable selZe. so the progress of the solid future entwined the body in spirals. Faustroll could only decipher the proof the Beautiful had noted a small fragment that he knew. cogitat~ the marine bishop as he swam over the ship- wreck of the mechanical boat. monotonous legomena.of all the instruments and of all the voices of a hundred singers and two hundred musicians.51 a single curve drawn in chalk on a blackboard two and a half meters long can detail all the atmos- pheres of a season. which is to book revealed by God concerning n truth spread out say All. just as Professor Cayley recorded the past in the two dimensions of a black surface. and their In the manuscript. of which Panmuphle. all art and aU science were written in the curves of the limbs of the ulrrasexagenarian ephebe. interrupted by the progression to an infinite degree was prophesied therein. finding his soul to be abstract and can one tell if All is a regular crystal. but through the three (four or Meanwhile. the --of naked. through this facet.. The Morgue harbored for twO days on its slab" the glorious the prolixity of the baboon.

than the lE '[' 1BIlE IRnH TO LOUIS DUMUR '[' y ruby. and those two old Kantian I should suffer the same anguish of isolation as distant from the others in And. FORK "It was natural that. even centimeters aspects of thought. mean solar second. then one has some knowledge up to the present earth. to the side. after or nearer? before or I was in that place where one finds oneself after having left time and space: the infinite eternal.more numerous than his teeth. the diamond than the skin- of Bosse-de-Nage. Where I am I have only discovered a very shorr time ago. bailiff. but I do not think you will have imagined that I was dead. body beat - in terms of wnich the heart of my terrestrial I would have given my soul. knows that it is several "My dear colleague. the ruby elsewhere posterior callosities than the diamond. away! For one single centimeter. my senses. 53 sed pleniores haustus ad religionem reducere. and their thirty-two folds . Leves gustus ad philosophiam movere fortasse ad atheinnum. and Monsieur Rene-Isidore. the society of Bosse-de-Nage Panmuphle.BOOK EIGHT sole reality. FRANCIS BACON "But was I elsewhere in terms of date or of position. which constitute the despite the usefulness to me of this commodity these curiosities. my skiff of metallic cloth. the molecule Tait and Dewar. Sir. nevertheless. in informing you of for these things on earth. Sir. 3"1 CONCERNING THE WATCH THE AND MEASURING THE TUNING ROD. having lost my books. It is a fact. that I am no longer and a means of measuring. "The body is a more necessary vehicle because It supports 100 101 . Death is only for common people. perhaps vacuum of Messrs.than the prose of Latent Obscure. space. if one includes the wisdom teeth . and less honorably so. being measurable the only valid sign for me of and for the "It is a long time since I have sent you news of myself. if one can measure what one is talking about and express it in numbers. the earth. a residual molecule several centimeters Telepathic letter from Doctor Faus/rolf to Lord Kelvin a good modern then. Now. in the realm of hardness. For we are both of the opinion that. moment of one's subject. I knew myself to be elsewhere than on is situated else- in the same way that I know that quartz where.

in any case. the perplexity souls of interplanetary with this old globe.) who succeeded in one continuous in grouping lar types of movement widespread a substance liquid (what as plentiful I have you call small elastic solids or molecules): as one could desire.~pshot..-'" "and perseverance.... sider it more esthetic .. with the prongs of the tuning fork being quadrant.----:-_"_"' pric'e._ --secular • Sorting Demon of Maxwell. M. Imagine measurements Delambre..892 x 10.-erorb-ltant .. which I would have had running all this time.-... instructions..G.-. A good watch. habit.•~ . I found a substance to make a piece of glass. according Professor Macleod.·_' _." ~ . and his measuring rod.. and his tuning fork. of a man outside time and space. since I carryon and on dry land one whose period of vibration would have retained the same value over a certain number of million years with an error of less than I: 1.::.~.. Since I was simply NOWHERE.5.llypocket. or the unity .. having met various demons. implements.. A tuning fork. _ .. and con- the lines and lit the two candles. your teachings and my own or SOMEwith which including the particu- "As for my mean solar second.. which is the same thing. Sir.~~.. who has lost his watch.its_Jn. but contempt for continuity. wh~fh~is.. pointed successively upward.000. . before I embarked in the skiff. would have cost me a. downward and toward the horizon. it is certain that the period of the earth's its axis and of its revolution around the sun will experiments. and. Its period had been carefully as is my atavistic me the one thousand which is millionth part of a quarter of the earth's circumference. . of size are concerned.)7 102 103 . have nothing . of titEc.~ . I believe. I had left in one copy in determined.S.5>6 "Now that we are happy and comfortable.one's clothes. were I to have remained on the earth I still could not have been certain of retaining it safely and this state which constitutes "But I suddenly previous WHERE.:.. ~ ..~~---. my centimeter.54 as far as thanks to MM. savants to concern themselves nor even with e. remembered of being able to measure time validly through its medium.. permanence chronometer. my centimeter spectrum has returned to me by virtue of the fIgure and for absolute accuracy 5. experiments. more portable which permits than the earth or the wandering and mean solar seconds.to "For these reasons. . I possessed a vibrator better arranged than the hairspring for of a I have seen the two rows of spectrums. to your of an authentic by our colleague in terms brass of the traditional even the terrestrial posthumous no further standard. and through of my pockets by mistake clothes one's pockets.• _ . engraved in the shape of silicate of aluminum.. ('''''7 both be very different from what they are now. "If in the course of a few million years I have not terminated my pataphysical rotation around studies. u. that it is indeed death..~ . in order to eliminate the least effect of terrestrial gravity.. Mechain and "I no longer had even my tuning fork.. I do not perform •• __ _.. albeit with a little time having had to work without even the aid of flint and the yellow keep Til}1e il~elf Ln!.

to note a few impressions appears makers' wax.more honorable attraction. of one meter. Each is mounted on a screw rotation of the plane of polarization At my posthumous of momentum spring balance. Its surface is oted on some of the links. But I took a piece of brass and fashioned a wheel in which I cut two thousand Monsieur teeth. globe. to be as in similar circumstances. links joined together. erous ether as circularly mobile and perishable.. it constitutes Poisson. luminif- elastic as jelly and yielding under pressure like Scottish shoe- permit me. leisure I shall arrange of a paddle at the top end of each screw shaft. to the rouch. of light discovered by Faraday. the second was rediscovered in the absolute 104 105 . Ether has always appeared to me. "Moreover. and Mrs. and Cauchy. II Suddenly. in a as a whole and to reduce few meters of viscous fluid. not havat the erably the complexity ether by substituting circulation ing found again my mean solar second and being distraught loss of my tuning fork. thread-cut.my astral body having good pataphysical at first sight. of a system of rigid rotating flywheels piv- the form. than being attached to the surface of the globe by for you. with which the whole surface is thinly covered . I am of the opinion that one could reduce considof this spring balance or this luminiferous for the linked gyros tats various through systems of in "I was quite disinterested in this mechanical spectacle. Sidgwick had achieved "It will lose none of its qualities as a result of these modifications. the magnetic which are the bases of long.. their 696. I pray. and having rapidly "The sun is a cool. which Second letter to Lord Kdyin I can easily distinguish eyes possesses . and homogeneous divided into squares inverted pyramids. Aristotle And I deduce from to write CONCERNING THE SUN AS A COOL SOLID (Treatise on the Heavens) that it is appropriate ETHERNITY. kilometers long. solid. Thus it fulfils exactly the mathematical ideal worked out by Navier. Fizeau. "Luminiferous ether together with all material particles. Furthermore. if I had the time. Lord Rayleigh. copying everything which of liquids of infinite volume perforations infinitely small solids. it to have zero moment it to the state of a mere toward the center would cause." "Eternity to me in the image of an immobile I would describe which consequently is not luminiferous.999 an elastic solid capable of determining points one kilometer and its movement the rotation from the center. ether.

having reconquered tion and size. were in order to remain stable. translated and brougM to light by Doctor Faustroll. of the Pataphysics inscribed in red on sulphurous the Armenian. . ishable because unknown fragments. the second being barred with bastardy fourth revealing the distinction and evil engraved in the wood of the tree of knowledge. because 0 Ibicrates. in Fragment of the Dialogue upon the Erotic its great age. temperature. MATHETES in twenty-fIve-day and a few quarter-centuries Soon.. thou who hast deciphered various qualities other than the six. perpendicularly to the sun. "Farewell: I can glimpse already. the screw shafts and the screw nuts . in a few years you will see sunspots on it. of three-quarters. of the abstract fingers of my different directions.413 kilometers unit. thou whom we have named all things the Geometer all perception. I understand into the science of all things from two of my forthcoming which consists in duraTell me. Then speak.. and the horizontal gold of foxes' tails.59 in the actual number of revolutions per second . in the movement of time. I hope. the red brushes toward the nadir and the zenith. disappeared. --------. '---. deprived of my senses... by borDavy's repulsive (Liule sketches on Pataphysics after lbicrates the Geometer and his divine teacher Sophrolatos the Armenian. to the imperknow thy thoughts upon love. taste. to recognize color. '58 per mean solar second of the Siemens and the pyramids. . and symbols. persons of Tarot and hast given us the veritable portrait which I clasp between the hebetude of God in three escutcheons which are the quart essence and the astral body. and the fixed matter. I hope most ardently. if it pleaseth thee. me. thou knowest by the means of lines drawn in of three that the weight of my brass wheel. 106 107 . the cross with a blue center. Answer. rowing a sufficient quantity of Sir Humphry motion. forced to descend on their threads since like myself. it will shrink in a diminution "And now I am being initiated (you will receive three new fragments books). 0 Mathetes.) ACCORDING TO IBICRATES THE GEOMETER they found themselves. and~t rBICRATES That at least is exactly true. therefore..60 of Sophrotatos I pray thee:---for I shaH question thee. is the fourth power of eight meters per hour.measure of 9."-'- The sun became viscous and began to turn on its axis cycles. obliged to come into equilibrium. will determine their periods. papyrus.

of the identity of opposites. I agree. the two Club. o Ibicrates? nate each other. although.ick-. the phallus which is dactylic ally triple. of the Society of Jesus. is what we call the Ghost in his four directions. father of Time or Life. The juxtaposition binary and the ternary Mathetes gives the shape of the letter H. emblem of the religion of charity and love.that is to say. and evil is the symmetrical and necessary reflection of good. reversed. to lBICRATES veritably.MATHETES MATHETES Before all else. and the head of the bird. For the Geometer. having noticed how all the philosophers have incarsymbols Is this possible. inscribes within in which is to be found the sole practical demonstration by means of the mechanical device itself another tetragon half as great as itself. his hereditary fish. or. and there results simply their progeny. becomes egg or zero. these being the unity of two ideas. And the third abstract sign of the tarots. or. these two signs cancel each other out or impregwhich Then to some extent in our temples today. Lucifer erect horned with his belly and his twO wings. love may still be considered to be God. all the more identical because they are contrary. called phy. And contradictorily perpendicularly Egypt erected its steles and obelisks to the cruciferous horizon. more particularly. 0 Ibicrates? nated love in beings and have expressed it in different of contingency. in consequence. instruct me. corbeled wings. at least. and And Eros being of the sign Minus of those who study mathematics. it represents the Tau or the cross. And in the matter of the dispute between the sign Plus and the sign Minus. which is the bend or fess of the blazon. the forehead of Eros with which is the Holy The Greek poets. or the idea of the number two. the Reverend Father Ubu. like the medicinal cuttle- bandelet. when one eliminates from the latter object all negative . 108 109 . thus creating the sign of the two signs of the Plus. in the eternal significance Absolutely indeed. ex-king of Poland. Antichrist. contemplating itself. horizontal . finally. and thus embraces mankind. 0 Ibicrates. in truth. of these. in somewhat abstruse forms. thirdly. which is MATHETES Chronos. the tail. which is male. or. a horizontal 0 Mathetes. 0 arms were ostentative woman. the son of Aphrodite.tick. according IBICRATES Sophrotatos the Armenian.lines.61 has written a great tome entitled Caesar- IBICRATES The tetragon of Sophrotatos. good.

. if these dimensions vanish on both sides of our identities. From the space enclosed 110 III . being hermaphroditic. God is. a ac w lC s e explains only by the physical reason far enough to There are three souls (cf Plato). dimensions. ease in our provisional MAN: The three persons have the shape and symbolic lines of length between a. of them greater how- ever. likewise hermaphroditic. PANTAPHYSICS62 AND CATACHEMY and though he possesses no than to endow him with any number zero. intuition. We so that these flat geo- shall content ourselves with two dimensions. is trihedral and the soul immanent equally equilateral one. God is signified by a triangle. are the three souls of God. appearance let us suppose and for God to thetTiree thirds of the number three. They are the three apexes of another God transcendent consequently is trigonal and the soul transcendent cumscribed around the traditional of Anna Katherina trigonal also. by definition. 0 degree. man is God (MORAL SClENCE). If souls are independent. metrical signs may easily be written down on a sheet of paper. God by interior engenders while Evil. or indifferent at the very engenders CONCERNING THE SURFACE OF GOD Mathetes. -POSTULATE: of a Tau. without dimension. Man is tetrahedral Therefore because his souls are not independent. . r conforms to the revelations who saw the cross __ in the God immanent trihedral. The tetragon. emanating of three equal straight and having Tres animae sunt tres personae hominis. Homo est Deus. and God is spirit. This hypothesis Emmerick. as being either but the three its angles or its triangle cir- Further fragment should not be regarded sides. he is a solid. from the same point them angles of 120 degrees. it is permissible. ~en DEUS: TOGETHER: Until we are furnished greater with more ample information estimates. that no arm of human length could be outstretched reach the nails of the branches Therefore.to a certain least. I believe. (which we may consider to be the symbol of the V rb of G~ form of a Y. parturition. for the clarity of our exposition. II Symbolically Persons theogonal. indeed.

Let x be the median extension of one of the Persons a.00+ 0 . 2y the side of the triangle to which it is perpendicular. Therefore bisectors N~oo-O the surface of the equilateral triangle having for of its angles the three straight lines a will be s = y (x+a) = >10 (-a +a) S = 0>10. the right triangle whose sides are a. COROLLARY: At first consideration of the radical ~O. in the second to the values obtained place.a . has on one of the straight lines a in the opposince x = . sions of the straight line (a + x) in both directions Nand P the exten- ad infinitum. late the surface. if we construct the figure according for x and y. and Thus we have: x But = 00 - N - d - P. or intersection In another respect. we can determine: That the straight its point line 2y. we can affirm that the surface calculated Therefore x = 00 . 112 113 . together with the first one.a .0 = 00 .(00_ 0) . also.0 x is one line at the most. x. That the two straight lines a make. we propose to calcu a' Whence = (_a)' + / = a'+ /. and p = o. = - a.between these lines. and site direction to that of our first hypothesis. y gIVe us that the base of our triangle coincides with its apex.a. or [rom the triangle three farthest points of these straight obtained by joining the 4 By substituting for x its value of (-a) one arrives at lines. which we now know to be 2 >10.

one may ask.angles at least smaller than 60°. I~~hich direction? -----. 'Pataphysique. wishes to express his great indebtedness and in particular to to the College de ± God is the shortest distance between 0 and Which conforms more correct to attribute in either direction." is printed only in the first edition ( 1911).--. according oo-O-a+a+O=oo to the formula TITLE AND OUt CONTENTS As Roger Shattuck points and 'Pataphysician" in the section he devotes to "Alfred Jarry: Poet the name of in his The Banquet Years (see Bibliography). The 1955 edition of Fau. In 1896 Jarry appeared as one of the trolls in LugnePoe's production of Peer Gynt (the Scandinavian to fallst!) at the Theatre de GOD IS THE INFINITY '. . but Plus-and- Minus. and what is more can only attain 2-Y0 by coinciding with the first straight line a. in fact. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS We shall reply that His first name is not Jack.stroll even goes so far as to omit the 114 115 .. The epigraph from the Upanishads is omitted from later editions. so that a is not a line but a point. . the I'CEuvre. Stanley Chapman and Stefan Themerson for valuable suggestions and criticisms. Jarry's intention was perhaps was "the imp of science.nor even envisaged. We can say that a is a straight can define God thus: DEFINITION: line connecting and N®1rIE§ BY SIMON WATSON TAYLOR God is the shortest distance between zero and infinity. may be taken to be a combination of the words Faust and definitively: TANGENTIAL POINT BETWEEN ZERO AND Troll (a goblin or imp). Persons between themselves and in their totality. the length a is nil.b~!ss. . but it is faith. the sign + to that of the subject's advice and criticism this English version could not have been undertaken . "a Ileo-scientific novel. Fausrroll." imply thar his (autobiographical) hero The subtitle. M. Therefore. that.~ SC!:_~. Thanks are also due to Roger Shattuck. the hero. without whose to the belief in the two principles. And one should say: The translator 00. Latis and to Jean Ferry.~-----.£!:~<}E. as is the table of contents.ce.---. Which conforms to the dogma of the equivalence of the three 0 and 00.Let us note.. But God being without dimension is not a line.

In English in the original. "A few sea-green mustachios" moustaches vert de mer. GUSTAVE MALLARME: CATULLE )OSEPHIN KAHN: London. has been republished by Jean-Jacques Pauvert (Paris. see notes.3.5. of several popular scientific texts. Ch. "Liconet" can be read "lui can est. CHAPTER 6 ELSKAMP: Belgian poet (1862-1931). CHAPTER 4 "troc can" means a "damn stupid bargain.marginal bailiff's seals from the heads of chapters 1. 19.1859). MENDES: (SAR) French writer (1841-1909)." in 1898. 13. author translation of this play under the title of Les Silenes. GRABBE: c. 3. Ch. 23 and 32. It has been translated im" The Forces Which Mould Them (London.ltire. MARCELINE MAX DESBORDES-VALMORE: French writer and poet (1785. 1890. for whom see notes. JEAN DE CHILRA: a pen name (and anagram) of Rachilde. 18. for the real Demolder. and note to Book Three. The "Ordre Almanach Sic. misreadings. "Panmuphle" is the equivalent of universal snout. 1955). 21. Ch." Trochon was a bicycle dealer who tried persistently but unsuccessfully unti! Jarry's death to collect from him the balance due on the bicycle J arry had bought. SCHWOB: BONNARD: see notes. 6. "Delmor de Pionsec" is a near-anagram of "Demolder espion. 23. The word "gidouille" appears frequently throughout the cycle of Ubu plays in general reference to Father Ubu's regally protruding stomach. PELADAN: French writer (1858-1918). CHRISTIAN DIETRICH German poet (1801-1836). "Pionsec" also means "stale pedant"." 2. BOYS: English physicist (1855-1944). see illustration 116 117 . see note de la Grande Gidouille" was promulgated by Jarry in his de to Book Two. Ch.. 20. Ch. GEORGES DARIEN: The Thief. 24. founder of the Salon BOOK ONE de la Rose-Croix. including Soap Bubbles and on tide page). 1955). 15. published 7. Jarry wrote in both see notes. Irony and Deeper Meaning (Gaberbocchus. "Lourdeau" means blockhead." and "Strumpot" is an inspired verbal invention by Cyril Connolly. and has been revived by the College AUBREY see notes. BEARDSLEY: du Pere Ubu (1899). an astonishing and hitherto rare book. "Troccon" can be taken as a play on the name Trochon. S. V. For the Reyue Blanche. of Fauslroll "unes REGNIER: MARCEL PIERRE 1. see note on Claude Terrasse. see notes. Chs. Doctor Faustroll's equivalent authors: LEON BLOY: see notes. and omissions) collated where necessary with the original MSS. inventor of the radio-micrometer. 4. 'Pataphysique. published in 1921. Jarry made a frel' etc. see notes. is from the first edition (which contains the fewest typo· graphical errors. of the Rime of the Ancienl Mariller was first COLERIDGE: translation 5. Jarry's Ch. CHAPTER 2 MSS eh. physician" from the title! This translation and the word "pata- English by Barbara Wright: Comedy. Ch.

A simple pun in French. 9. 118 119 . in Grabbe's play. see Noel Arnaud in the Cahiers du College de 'Palaphysiqlle." the celebrated word invented by Jarry which provoked the disorders that continued throughout the first performance of the play at the Theatre de I'CEuvre in 1896. A dry joke of Jarry's." FLORIAN: quotation from his play Les Deux Billets. New York. but refused Faustroll. scene 1. 22·23. 22-23. The general sense of this chapter is largely by his brother Alexandre. 10 friend of Jarry and fellow con- tributor to the review Mercure. 1897. Blanche published his Messaline and Le Sumllile." as Jarry suggests. May 1956. For an erudite dis- Faustroll must have grown weary at the 2 liz league stage. THAOEE NATANSON: BOOK a collaborator TWO on the Revue Blanche. "baboon" is "papion"). "skiff" is "as" . eh. from the poem "Consolatrice des affiiges. This paragraph is a pnraphrase from Sir William Crooke's presidentinl offered to them after it had been turned down by the Mercure de FrarJce. XIV. GRABBE: "the knight of the papal order of Civil Merit" is the Devil. 1897. Jarry turned the Freiherr von Mordax into "Baron Tuai." CHAPTER ELSKAMP: Jarry 7 d01l1 CHAPTER SIR WILLIAM CROOKES. "as" also means an ace in cards." the name of a strange traditional procession in which the patticipants were dressed as devils and satyrs. In Les Si[enes (see note.R. Ch. "merdRe. thus surface.. VERNE: the expedition in fact reached 35 leagues beneath the earth's CHRISTIAN CHAPTER BECK: Belgian writer (1879-1916). 1960). 1897. I need hardly say.e. Grabbe). cle in Les Cahiers du College de 'Pataphysique. "Le pichon joueic de is dia- bles" is Proveno. L Salamandre. London. Though he changed this to Enluminures in his MS. The ReYlle derived from these short essays (although the application. and now reprinted (Doubleday.a single-sculler. is entirely pataphysical). he retained the Psychical Research in London on January 29.· 9 address to the Society for had originally made the eighth seized book SaIl/lations his presidential d'Angeliques. Ubu Roi: i. Paris. to which Jarry began contribute in 1896. whichJarry 8. The address was translated into French and printed in the Revue Scientifique. . no. F. quotation from the first volume. Heinemann. which was directed to 1959. Paris. address to the Society for Psychical Research. 11. 9. BOSSE-DE-NAGE: H nage" or "nache" means "buttocks" in old FrellCh. Ch.translated into French in 1892. In French.S.g" "patte a physique. Wrote also under the pen name of Joseph Bossi a novel Les Erreurs and later another novel Le Papillon (in French. and a "one" in dominoes. e." The Thousand and One Nights: LXIInd night. is largely responsible for the theme and some of the phraseology of this chapter. CHAPTER 8 10. Bosse-de-Nage can mean "bottom-face.al dialect for "Ie petit jeu des diables. See Jean Ferry's arti· cussion of the possible origins of the name. See notes. London. Quotation from Sue. Act II. 4. May.

Certainly.We admit it. .Thou speakest wisely. 26) and twO other friends. married to Rachilde (see notes.By all manner of means.It is an obvious fact. he replies.That is so.What? . . . Ch. At the time of writing Faustroll. .not to 120 121 . BOOK ALFRED VALLETTE: THREE 24) -w& . . and most strongly.How could that be otherwise? .That is true.Very much indeed. They quarrelled.It is absolutely necessary.12. he replies. Herold with a group of shared a house at Corbeil. writers belonging to the "symbolist" movement. indeed.It is very true. . .That is logical. . in 1892 L'Art Litteraire which published larry's first texts. .It seems. and larry's greatest and most faithful friend. founded a fortnightly review.It does in fact appear to be so. .Yes. CHAPTER LOUIS L. . Jarry with Vallette.: 12 Louis Lormel. . . he replies.It is clear. . . . Rachilde.It is obvious.That is indeed necessary. he replies.Very right.I recall.It is thus. French writer.Thou speakest truth.That is doubtless right. In 1890. . . .Thou speakest truth.I am also of that persuasion. and Lormel published in 1897 a story called Entre Soi in which larry and his friend Leon-Paul Fargue appear as "Ia Tete de Mort" and "l'Androgyne" .It is true. . in fact. .How could that be so? . . he replies. the "Phalanstere. even to a blind man. PLATO: the translation is as follows: . indeed. . Jarry contributed from Fallstroll were originally published in the review (chapters 6 and 10 to 25). pen name of Louis Libaude (1869-1922).I think so.That is also my opinion. .That is so. . .Very much.By all means. Founded . .I agree. . regular!y to the Mercure and extracts the Mercure de Frallce.What then? . .By all means indeed. .How true thac seems. he replies. eh.How could it be otherwise? . Vallette." (see notes. .Absolutely. .

since both were conto the review Essais d'Art Libre (1892-94). in which he appears as the hero Marchenoir (Blackstep). Le Desespire. Ronde des Ne'Yeux lllattentiones. who quit Holy Orders in 1897 and gave a series of anticlerical lectures. subsequendy by Leon-Paul Fargue and Jarry. The unfortunate Pierre Loti makes his first (anonymous) appearance tn writer and journalist. He founded La Raison in 1901. different CHAPTER EMILE BERNARD: 14 NOUS the French painter who invented the "symbolist" technique As regards the other five kings in this chapter. the reference in the last paragraph is to a poem. etc. He appears as the last of the six kings in this chapter. The others remain obscure. collections of a friend ofJarry who made a portrait of him (see Ch. 14) and probably knew each other previously. Frans:ois-Marie French historian. among others. founded the review Canard Sauvage in 1903. eh. 16. in painting and influenced Gauguin. This is Jarry's riposte. Gauguin. a name which inspires the title of this chapter. originally a priest. In the French. 22)." of Baron Hildebrand remains obscure. the 13. 14. poemes amorphes (1898). One ofFranc-Nohain's CHAPTER AUBREY BEARDSLEY: 13 which Jarry was a regular contributor. The author has "mer d'Habundes. an artists' colony at that time. 9): "a cui foyard toujours abunde merde" ("squiny ass never lacks for shit"). " to But the identity 18. author of Histoires Naturelles.." Jarry originally wrote in his MS "autel de messe nair. "monumental aute! de messe. Faustroll at the end of this chapter. as the legless cripple ("cui de jane")." phonetically "Hildebrand. LEON BLOY: CHAPTER 15 one of the six writers included in the twenty-seven "equivalent" books of Doctor Faustroll to whom a subsequent chapter is also dedicated. and Perhinderion. among many other works. The author has "TIe de Bran. 17." phonetically "merde abunde" derived author of. Ernest Renan. Le Bois d'Amour is a locality ofPont-Aven in Brittany. whose refrain was: SOUS LES QUINCONCES NE RETROUVONS PAS NOS ONCLES. Victor Charbonnel. from Flutes. Derived from Rabe1ais (IV. the third king may be identified as Jules Renard. frequented by Bernard. This chapter is full of allusions drawings by Beardsley." but changed it. French tributors author of La Vie de Jesus. attacking Lormel nnd his colbborators. from Rabe1ais (I. ultra-symbolists and Catholics. edited first by Remy de Gourmollt. The 122 123 . Jarry. 4) to verse was entitled Flates. 15. a lighthouse in the form of an obelisk. Bernard collaborated with Jarry on the latter's luxuriously illustrated L'Ymagier painting by Bernard. "Le Bois d'Amour" is also the tide of a PAUL GAUGUIN: CHAPTER 17 Jarry and Gauguin were together at Pont-Aven in 1894 (see note. The author has "halbran" which is phonetically equivalent "heave-cack. no doubt out of deference for Bloy's susceptibilities. which has apparently not survived. noir. "hale·bran" CHAPTER FRANC-NOHAIN: 16 to French poet. Arouer who took the pen name Voltaire.their advantage.

do your best to send me 21 the real meaning of the word ptyx: I am assured that it does not exist in any language. a syrinx is a pipe made of reeds (Panpipes) cut in this manner. dedicated." To answer Mallarme's query: the word is. "cut. whose names begin with Her (Hermes. Mallarme writes: ". consists of three col1ections of stories. Schwob is also one of the six writers in Doctor Faustroll's library to whom a chapter is subsequently dedicated. where Kahn used to spend holidays. 23. in which occurs the line: "Finir loin des POrtS en jon que bizarre. Hermogelle). but is found often in its conjugation. and wrote a homage Le Grdnd Pan est Mort! in the Almdnach Pere Ubu IIlustre Oanuary.'" I. "poncire". Jarry's footnote refers to Mallarme's death in 1898. "the skull and kid": Jarry writes "Ia tete de mort et Ie chevreau" instead of "Ia tete de mort et les tibias" ("skull and crossbones") for a pun on the name of this chapter's hero. one ofJarry's earliest admir- 19. edited by Marc Mouclier. The title of this chapter is inspired by Mallarme's sonnet based on the ending -yx.Omnibus de Corinthe on which he fails to get a footing was a short-lived quarterly satirical review. no doubt. ptyki. Kahn is one of the six writers included in Doctor FaustrolJ's dedicated. In the French." This island represents the coast at Knocke in Belgium. du friend of Jarry." the title of which was doubtless derived from the Latin proverb Non licet omnibus adire Corinthum. according to the erstwhile hierarchy of the synllX. describing itself as an "illustrated HENRI DE REGNIER: CHAPTER 20 to another of the six writers whom a chapter is also of Doctor Faustroll's vehicle of general ideas. in this nominative singular form. the alternative plykh€ was used (from which we derive "triptych"). meaning "spread like a peacock. In the French. which I would far prefer so that I may have the pleasure of creating it through the magic of rhyme. the twenty-first "equivalent" books. 1899)." 20. CHAPTER MALLARME: 19 to another of the six among the twenty-seven "equivalents" whom 22.al pomsire (pomme de Syrie). "pavonne. In the nominative. etc. the sense being a fold or thickness. For more about Loti. one of the many small literary and poetry reviews of the epoch. not strictly a citron perhaps. unknown in ancient Greek. as an heraldic shield is parted per bend sinister. 30 and notes thereto. the word "caille" ("cut") having that meaning in heraldic terminology. La Cmllle de Jaspe (1897). addressed to Lefebvre and Casal is. Les Palais Nomades. He attended the lat· ter's funeral. library to whom a chapter is subsequently because or the monocle he wore.e. Les Vies Imaginaires included sections devoted to Cyril Tourneur Captain Kidd. all of which contain a number of characters Hermagore. 21. CHAPTER MARCEL SCHWOB: . from Proven<. see Ch. 124 125 . InJarry's Almanach du Pere Ubu. ptykos. Among his and works.I only have three rhymes in ix. Hermotine." a word coined by Regnier in the above text. and. a kind of lemon. Hermocrate. Regnier is described as "celui qui cydope" ers. Jarry was his guest there in 1895. The title of this chapter is derived from Kahn's first book of poems. who dedicated Ubu Roi to him. in addition. CHAPTER GUSTAVE KAHN: 18 French poet and literary critic. a chapter is also dedicated. In a letter. a reference here to LA Syrinx. There is also.

the Tuesday salons held by Rachilde on its premises. and a group of actors. the Mercure de France (see note to wrote music for Ubu Roi Book Three) whose offices were in the rue de l'Echaude (celebrated by Jarry in the Chanron du Decervelage). bandore." The identity of "the devil P[ura[" remains inscrutably obscure. the "opera bouffe" which J arry wrote in collaboration with Eugene Demolder. as a term of opprobrium. kin. Jarry lived at the home of T errasse during 1904-05. PAUL VALERY: beggar's guitar.• CHAPTER LAURENT TAILHADE: 22 magrepha. a theater launched by Jarry and T errasse Vuillard. The line of music: from Mozart's Motet Burlesque. the name of the house being L'Ile Sonnante. (Ou'Verture d'Ubu Roi. The "river Ocean" may be considered to be the Boulevard St. The Mercure is again evoked by the monthly orgies of the transpontine lords: composer. "cad. Among the visitors. Ch." or. a Chinese flute with mouthpiece Chinese lute. She had also \vritten a novel Madame fa Mort (1898) and a collection of stories Imitation de la Mort (1903). 10) can be distinguished by his Belgian hat. 45). i. which was played in 1897 at the Theatre together des Pantins in Paris. sarrusoAuthor of AI( Pays du Mufle.e. coelophone. Chapter title: in French. Alfred Jarry au le Surmale des uttres. On the evening of the anarchist Vaillant's terrorist zampogna. vina. The musical instruments: ra'Vanastron." large Bengali trumpet. a seven-stringed (che." phone." "muzzle. an ancient violin of India. of course. the primary and most ancient instrument of India a seven-stringed lute." The "her- derived by suggestion from Rabelais' word "papefiguiere" CHAPTER CLAUDE TERRA SSE: 23 metic shades" invoke Mercury. and Serusier. a novel La PrinceHe des Tenebres. ba!lads ("mufle" means "snout. friend of Jarry and contributor. The image of the toad was inspired by an indignant article in the review La Plume (1897) comparing Rachi[de to "a little toad trying to fly. This is BOOK FOUR CHAPTER 24 In explanation of the chapter tide: Rachilde wrote in 1896. invented for military bands. to the same the persons to whom reviews. an Italian peasant bagpipe. a late 19th·century hybrid "organ. La Chanson du Decervelage) and composed the music for Pantagruel. In this and the following chapters of Faustroll. Germain. sambuca. a small Hebrew organ. si par eHe s'affirme l'individu!" Shortly afterward he was himself severely wounded when an anarchist bomb exploded in the restaurant Foyot (1894). a mid 19th-century brass instrument a French poet (1854-1919)." (IV. "lout"). chere. the poet i. with the painters Pierre Bonnard. an ancient stringed instrument of dubious identity. (one of Jarry's novels is entitled Le Surmafe). Rachitde wrote a book about Jarry. "la grande eglise de Muflefiguiere. in center and three holes on each side. (era Charles VI). attack in the Chamber of Deputies (1893) Tailhade said: "Qu'importenr les victimes. He was a collaboraror of the anarchist journal Ie Libertaire. at one time. si Ie geste est beau! Qu'importe 1a mort de vagues humanites. generally accepted translation for "turlurette" CHAPTER 25 perhaps incorrect: Wright prefers "a kind of bagpipe in the Middle Ages". but perhaps he represents simply the "vu[gar mob of detractors" of the Mercure. under the pen name Jean de Chilra. a lute-like instrument of the Middle Ages. the Bible's sackbut. Marche des Polonais. Christian Beck (see notes. friend of Jarry. Franc-Nohain.e. an ancient form of organ. hydraullls. In 1928. 126 127 . She liked Rachilde to be taken as a man's name: hence "the king.

" "a box on the ears. Andre was one of France's Executioners. attended theme. It was as tall means "to vomit. 24. the review science The La Pleiade. This line is in English This print was first reproduced review edited by Jarry an illustrated CHAPTER 27. Public Executioner wife. etc. de serpentibllS el is illustrated with a commentary indi- I HAVE JUST DRUNK AN EXCELLENT MARC BRANDY - HEROLD draconlibus. 1556or name of A. -FERDINAND HEROLD (to whom a the "Fable" translator is dedicated): (Greek. (How to Succeed . "the bruchus." locust. locust. grasshopper. a poet and ca." See Rabc!ais. restless to bear and was thrown a miter back into the sea. translator. "Ohrfeige. in Book XIII of the 16th- Herold to J arry at Corbeil during 1898 has survived: marine naturalist (Mensonger): De animalibtH infeclis.. companion of Jarry's.. (and drinking) Anatole 28 is. in the original. the phenomenon cating that "this creature it became was captured on the coast of Poland in 1531. in the original was a cycling (and drinking) from Herold's Herold from personages anecdotes." Quillard plaint (eUes que Ie fer Du sombre Abd-ul-Hal}lid a fait veuves. German . of L 'Ymagier. Originally author.sympathetically.. but )." A literal rendering of the German Lev. de monstris.& sera I. offered 25. 1629). An imaginary CHAPTER PIERRE QUILLARD: word that can be read phonetically "c'est 26 below the waist"). Le Moyen de Parvenir 1 Oeuvre contenant la raison de tout ce qui a esti. as a man. and CHAPTER MONSIEUR DEIBLER: founded in political at Corbeil. The more particularly Sanskrit. bald locust. chopping and grasshopper". 29. the ophiomachus "locust. 22. Jarry has "une fJgue d'oreille. XI. last Public The nephew of Deibler's was France's Obrecht." on its head and to be clad in an episcopal in 1895 in the fifth number and Remy de Gourmonr. Upanishad at the beginning translation." sous la taille" ("it's 28.the chapters The century are dedicated bishop Ulissi are no longer Mendacious Aldrovandi's "described" in the text. eras discoursing puns. larry dit Merdre d'un ton fier Et Vallette {it des eprcuye. Version: 27 and the locust": beetle Septuagint. by historical with satirical This in the form of a on every erudite Faustroll is. Latin. and his quotation from the A'ranyaka French edition. to benefit the only one among by an added adjecof 1897 issue of the Mercure contains quatrain: Deibler a fa louange de quelques-uns with the following those to whom chapters of Faustroll are dedicated Deibler tive. of of Beroalde only appears astonishing in 18th-century book is presented editions. published j attributed about 1610. a writer. the name date. d'un ivrogne": "ecorcher un to the king. in this case '. A fishing eventually companion a Ballade expert of Jarry and ethnology. (ca. March. one may notice. dramatist. parodies. Authorized Moffatt: "migratory bald locust. authorship banquet possible is problematical. it seemed robe. The author renard" has "Ie renard fraichement ecorche I. of different erotic stories. and an unusual telegram 128 129 . the attacus. to Frans:ois without Beroalde place. est. the epoch. 26. 11.

6) in his Soap Bubbles (Lecture III) and invoked here by Jarry (in an entirely pataphysical application. "pissotiere. if only you knew!" The dosing words of Loti's prefto his literary enemies. ." "Vers de mirliton" is a phrase meaning vulgar doggerel or trashy verse. A mirliton is a "toy musical instrument with vibrating parchment reinforcing the voice. Tanle Claire nous quitle. more especially of the story therein. 31. womankind. Sic. 37. who is paralyzed. Loti's dedication of Le Li'Vre de fa Pilie et de fa Mort actually reads: "A rna mere bien-aimee J Je de die ce livre J Sans crainte." And the author's preface 40. transcribed literally from Loti's story Reve. "It would b.. and fellow comributor to rhe Re'Vue Blanche. illustrator of Jarry's Almanac/. Translation of the verse from Pi ron by Stanley Chapman. except that 36. means exactly what it appears CHAPTER 30 mean! In this chapter Jarry makes use (a posteriori." phonetically "pisse au tiers. without religious conviction. Obscure). parce que la foi chretienne lui permet de lire avec serenite les plus sombres chases. which ambiguity I have preserved in the English. "I alone . where academic paintings acquired by the State were exhibited. obscure allegories and indiscriminate aWlcks upon both the Catholic and Protestant churches. and became Canon at Tours.. usually adorned with strips of paper and humorous verse. rd." 30. 39. and T ota-San draws Kaka-San. being begins: "Ce livre est encore plus moi. and all manner of temporal and spiritual pretensions. which is a quotation to from the story. According to Colletet "he frequented gambling dens and taverns. Super-patriotic CHAPTER 29 poets ot the era. A horse's head." Bonnefoux (Dicli01Jnaire de marine 'Voiles et a 38. The "department managers" mentioned by Doctor Faustroll in 130 131 . friend of Jarry since 1893. along in a box on rollers. Sl vous saviez!" Jarry has simply en. imploring them not to mock a theme which is "sacred" to him!) are in fact "iJ vous ennuiera tant. the aristocracy. V. All the words in italics in this chapter are quotations mentioned book (sometimes the order is transposed from the above- in the cause of the PIERRE BONNARD: CHAPTER 32 pataphysical analogy). of course). Kaka-San and Toto-San are beggars. Boys (see notes. Kaka-San really is the name of a character in Loti's story La charlSon des 'Vieux epoux. you so. She dies eventually in her box.. This story becomes La Mort de Latente Obscure (phonetically. and finally.quotations. and the a 'Vapeur. ABYSS": Jart"y places the last two (significant!) words in capital letters. du Pere Ubu. 1855) describes this little known sail as a "petite voile de fan- taisie et d'un usage peu utile"! It was known in England as a "Jimmy Green. 32. The Musee du Luxembourg. Ch.. "Iroll kiosques . 3'5. so to speak) of Loti's Li'Vre de /a CHAPTER 31 Pirie et de fa Mort.e. Beroalde was a convert to Catholicism. ace (addressed . "A special sail placed beneath rhe jibs." BOOK FIVE italicized last paragraph of the chapter." 33. La T ante The musical jet: a scientific experiment described by C. 34. returned to Protestantism." i. devoted the revenue of his canonry to debauchery.

" "bias. 49. Un besoin de chaleur. ~'Inclination. 34. mistuh Loyal?": in French "voulez-vous jouYer are seen to be 1894 larry wrote articles on Rousseau and published the laner's lithograph of "La Guerre" in his L'Ymagier. a contempo- Jarry which was exhibited at the Salon des Independants rary critic remarked of this painting: "Notice his portrait of a poet (M. eh." 43. 46. Fort edited a review. and the BOOK CHAPTER SIX 33 sentence is a classic part of the duologue between a down and this ringmaster. "Woan't yew p'-lay with me.v. whose chemical experiment with founded the Theatre d'Art 132 133 ." which could also mean "pictures sti!! hanging on the wa!!s. Rousseau painted a portrait of in 1895. in French circus parlance. The name is derived from a famous circus family. At undetermined moments and in undetermined points of space. the traditional name of the blue-coated Equestrian Director.J.the following paragraph are identifi:lble as fashionable painters of thc time.!amen principiorum or "swerve" of Lucretius is a more complicated concept." 44." gives the meaning "termite. which can signify "a green and living branch. en horreur du brouillard. From Theatre de 1'Q!uvre. Le Livre d'Art. A. Ch. 45. "Maul''' (mourre) means "muzzle" and is found in Rabelais (III. An equivocal Latin word. " 50. 47.'" avec moa. notes. who probably met him in 1893. one of the former's larry lived briefly with Rousseau in 1897 during periodic domestic crises. published in 1894. 20). ce peintre de Ho!!ande. Mortes. in 1893 this became the "sickle. mister Loya!?" the dialect indicating the fact that the great clowns in French 19th-century circus \Vere English. Alfred Jarry) whose hair was so long that the catalogue thought fit to describe the picture as 'Portrait oEMme. "The Poor Fisherman" is by Puvis de Chavannes. which says: "Oh! oui. lueurs de soleil qui n!chauffaient son arne. In English in the original. 12) from the Greek word for word "zencle" CHAPTER PAUL FORT: 34 in 1891.) which BOOK CHAPTER SEVEN 35 The sense here is of priapic ejaculation. "How beautiful is yellow!": inspired by Gauguin's text Nature. 37) claims (in his essay Stepr towards a kinetic theory of matter) the ideas of Epicurus and Lucretius as the basis of the modern theory of matter. 41. a phLlosophic theory central to the Epicurean system which Lucretius explains in De Rerum Natura as follows: Atoms fall headlong through space. on Van Gogh. J arry associates in the following chapter to the artistic ejaculation of the "unforeseen beast Clinamen" (q. il !'a aime Ie jaune. ed. which published the first extracts from Ubu Roi.) 48. carried on by their own weight. where Ubu Roi was produced by Lugne-Poe in 1896. "Mister Loyal" is. The was invented by Rabelais (I. In the French. Lord Kelvin (see notes. "toiles non declouees. ce bon Vincent. only just sufficient for one co be able to speak of a modification of equilibrium. "Discovered" as a painter by Jarry. 42." But the cli." "a young bough cut off" or in late Latin "a wood-worm. "Olympia" by Manct. John T ynda!l. all exhibitors at the Beaux Arts in 1897. It is as a result of this "swerve" or clinamen that so-called solid bodies are formed from the atoms or primordia. in which all its properties merely attributes of motion." Larousse (19th-c. they manifest a minute quasi-deviatioll. 19th-century Irish physicist.

say. paddles and other paraphernalia by him to Lectures and Addresses. the next sentence on p. BOOK LOUIS DUMUR: EIGHT 54. CHAPTER 38 i. I. 37) in his PopIIlar ucture$ etnd Addresses as "Tyndall's blue sky. . 19th~century English mathematician.if not the spirit . with Kelvin. 144 seq. of yellow light in the spec- playwright and one of the founders of the Mercure de France.e sun as "a cool solid." 134 135 . ruby than quartz. 58. the tuning fork. the Siemens unit in absolute the above-mentioned work for a full appreciation of measure is 9 . Needless the law of variation) is quoted by Kelvin. length.. op. .of the original. com- pare Jarry. and time). cit. "Centimeter gramme second" (the unit of force defined in terms of the units of mass. pp. describing the experiment in "dissipation of energy" of James Clerk Mall:well. the watch. quartz than glass hard steel. was translated into French in 1893. This amount of a centimeter is the wave length. one of the first to encourage Jarry as a writer. Vol. Arthur Cayley. The reader is referred to are all invoked illustrate his scientific expositions. the measuring rod. mathematicians metltioned by Kelvin. cit. 55. Sir William Thomson. . religion. "The Morgue. 53. op.vacuum tubes is referred to by Kelvin (see notes. 80: "I often say that when you can measure what you are speaking about and CHAPTER FELIX FENEON: 36 express it in numbers you know something about it". p.. !0 1.. London. the luminiferous ether.. op. . He makes usc especially of the chapters Electrical units of measurement. pp. possibly draught will lead one back to to atheism. with Kelvin. screws. pyramids. Ch. In this essay Kelvin does indeed describe th. and Jarry. " the rotating flywheels and linked gyrostats.413 kilometers per mean solar second. the sentence beginning at the bottom of p. but a fuller trum (Kelvin. ments (relative to one of whose experi- tists . the Scottish physicist. and which Jarry interprets from a pataphysical standpoint while adhering closely to the letter . 118-119." and the squares. " . The tide of one of the chapters in Popular Lectures.:amples OUt of many.. 81: ". diamond is reckoned harder than ruby. 2nd (enlarged) edition. Constitution The title of this chapter is derived from the essay On the sun's heat from Kelvin. 56. Steps towards a kinetic theory of matterand The wave theory of light. The reason for this dedication is certainly the long article which Dumur wrote on Ubu Roi in the Mercure in 1896. "A light sip will incline one to philosophy. A centimeter. Compare Kelvin. .) 57." might also be rendered "Pride displayed for two days on her lectern. As (wo e:.e. wax be found seriously expounded in the pages of Kelvin in cOllnection with 52." Jarry's splendid interpretation of Kelvin. p." CHAPTER LORD KELVIN: 37 English physicist whose Popular of Mettter.astronomers. 100. op. even the Scottish shoemaker's arc to practical scientific experiments. 1891. slab . . cit. " The llames mel1tioned in this chapter are all those of distinguished scien- writer and a collaborator on the Re'Yue Blanche.. 51. to physicists. cit.

larry et l'Angleterre. Caesar-Antichrist Mercure de France. HENRI: sentence. and. This refers to Kelvin's remark at the beginning of his essay The six gateways of knowledge (op. ") or. 1990. Paris. the bibliographies below should be consulted by some highly imaginative revelations of the life of Christ (e.quite to the contrary." BY ALASTAIR BROTCHIE IE[ lB !f.1980. "Pataphysics is the science . Simon Watson Taylor has suggested I provide a brief bibliography covering the CHAPTER ANNA KATHERINA EMMERICK: 41 years since 1965 to accompany the republication of his translation. 261): "I am going to prove senses . 4. the final pataphysical mystery." Let this remain. describing a phenomenon known in physical optics as "Haidinger's Brushes. Gallimard. textually. CHAPTER 40 and this period has seen no slackening of interest in Jarry's France or the English-speaking works in either 62. 46. it might equally well read "Pataphysics is science. of Faustroll.. 1988." BROTCHIE. ": In the original.1979. Sic. Jarry's remark: ALASTAIR: in the center of the page. Bibliographie Generale.. ill Alfred}arry. Meditations Passion) under the influence of divine inspiration.. "La RAMEIL.. com. that we have six number the senses at all.g. CLAUDE: BIBLIOGRAPHIES Pataphysique est la science . " The French may be translated with important differences in nuance. III. n 60. 341).that if we are to to you.) "This book will not be published integrally until the author has acquired suffi· cient experience cover . either as the beginning of a deliberately unfinished sentence ("Pataphysics is the science . essai de bibliographie critique.) BORDILLON. Oeuvres completes.." (See illustration on inside back 136 137 . p. Even this superbly poetic paragraph is derived directly from Kelvin.) to savor all its beauties in fUll.[ ({Hill\{ A ]P> !HI Y CHAPTER 39 61. world . underneath (Listing of English translations and critical works in English. "Pleiade. if one takes it to Alfred}arry.59. in his essay The wave theory of light (op cit. is a "drama" by larry originally published in 1895 by the It is thirty years since the first appearance of the English translation of Faustroll. we must make them six.. The final sentence. In view of this. cit..1979 be a complete des Amis d'AIp-edjdrry. and 7/8. the last words of the book are followed by this. p. In the original the word END MS . in L'Etoile-Absinthe. in L'Etoile-Absinthe. who produced all be exhaustive. This list is not intended to an unlettered mystical fantasist. (L'Etoile-Absinthe is the journal of the Societe 112. the readers requiring more detailed information.

(Notes and commentary by 138 139 .1991. New York. Equivalent Books from Faustrol! EHRICH. Physics ad Paraphysics: The Sources of Faustroll. New Directions. Harcourt Brace. roi au docteur Faustroll. Messa/ina. 1969. in AlfredJarry. 'pataphysician. Atlas Press.ais. NOEL: WORKS d'Ubu ON JARRY La Gestes et opi7lions du docle"r Fal/stroll.) Gallimard. in Kentucky Romance Quarterly. 1993. ROGER: Les Cultures deJarry. Ga!!imard. of notes 93 pp. 'PataphY5ique. in L'Etoile- revised edition Vintage Books. Paris.) BEAUMONT. Alexis Lykiard. Cymbalum Pataphysicum. New York.) SHATTUCK. Paris. 1972. RUY: Clefs pour la 'Pataphysique. Paris. CRITICAL HENRI: TEXTS ON FAUSTROLL Press. London. (The ultimate annotated edition: 280 pp. 1980. lain White. (The best biography. PAUL: The Ubu Plays.") Teufelsdroeckh. Paris. MICHEL: Henri Bordillon. 'pataphysician. "Pleiade. a special issue of the Cahiers du College de 1956. gravures el dessins d'Alfred 'Pataphysique works. 22. Alfred}arry. VARIOUS: Na)!igati071 de Paustroll. Paris. 22/23. posthumous. 1911. 1985. RIEWART: construct J arry's Docteur Faustroll et Diogenes PRINCIPAL TRANSLATIONS Absinthe 49/50. 1968. (The first.) ARRIVE. Alfred Jarry. London. Belfond.' The Supermale. et Le Cercle du livre Franr.) larry. Paris. Antony Melville. Simon Watson Taylor. in Subsidia Pataphysica. 1. 1984. (A good biography in English. "Poesie/' 'pataphysician (sllivi de L'AII/our absolu)." Michel Arrive. Atlas Pess. Les Problemes du FaustrolI. New Yark. College de 'Pataphysique. XXVI. Ralph Gladstone and Barbara Wright. of text!) KEITH: Alfred}arry. London. 1985. PUF. trans. John Harman. Cyril Connolly and Simon Watson Taylor. Paris. Grove Press. ed. GA YOT. 1989. edition. (Introduction and notes by Noel Arnaud ~nd Paris. Pion. trans. CRITICAL EDITIONS OF FAUSTROLL Gestes et opinions du docteur Faustroll. 1988. Atlas Press.) Gestes et opinions du docteur Fallstrol!. London. New York. Seghers. I. to The Banquet Years. STILLMAN. 1979. trans. New York. 1992. Visits of Love. Table Ronde. trans. 1977. 1958. Paris. a Critical and Biographical Study. to Peinillres. St. in Alfred Jarry. 'palaphysician. College de Gestes et opi7!io7/5du dOclellr Faustroll. Days and Nights. Atlas Press. BESNIER. CoUoque de Cerisy. 1968.GENERAL ARNAUD. GEORGES: LINDA: 1973. (The author uses the "self-portrait. PETITFAUX. 1974. Caesar Antichrist. LAUN01R. trans. De la Surface de Dieu. Martin's BEHAR. trans. Oeuyres completes. Fasquelle. PATRICK: 1990. tom. (On Jarry's graphic 1985. 1969.

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