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Act of Contrition — a traditional Catholic prayer said by sinners who are repentant for their sins
Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam — "to the greater glory of God"
in a bake — angry
bally — a euphemism for "bloody," a British curse
black twist — a cigarette of tobacco leaves twisted together
boatbearer — a participant in the Catholic Mass who carries the container of incense (the "boat")
Joyce and O'Casey were contemporaries. Was Mr. Casey, Irish Nationalist, in "Portrait" a nod to O'Casey?
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