Finnegans Wake - Book 1, Finnegan's Wake : Chapter 4, Part 2 Summary & Analysis

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Book 1, Finnegan's Wake : Chapter 4, Part 2 Summary

This is the first of those chapters of the summary devoted to Part 2 of the novel. The sad news is that over 200 pages into the work there is still no obvious plot. There are a number of descriptions of individuals, but most of them cease making sense after about a page. Readers get the feeling that they are under a spell, intoxicated, trying to read in the dark, are losing their minds or that James Joyce's writings fall from the comprehensible back into the ridiculous.

Part 2 begins with a sentence that actually makes sense. It introduces a play at a live theatre. He explains that they open at dusk. There is a short dialog in this chapter, as has been found in many of the others. In this case the characters of the dialogue are...

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