January

19 – JJ & Stanislaus attend lecture on Anatole France
Last letter from Gogarty
22 – photos taken of Nora and Giorgio

February

5 – JJ: ‘why write when no one will publish what I write’
Alston Rivers rejects Dubliners
Hone asks to see manuscript for Maunsel and Co.
10 – JJ sees Salvini in Hamlet
21 – J condemns Bourget’s attempt at psychology, praises D’Annunzio’s
23 – Stanislaus accompanies JJ towards Servola (Svevo?)
24 – JJ goes to see Senigaglia  ‘on Nora’s account’
27 – Methuen agrees to read Dubliners
28 – JJ sees Eleonora Duse in Ibsen’s Rosmersholm;

March

1-2 – the Joyces and friends watch Carnevale procession from flat (via S. Caterina, 1)
2 – JJ: ‘Ibsen has persisted in writing what was essentially the same drama over and over again’
3 – finishes 2nd Chapter of Portrait
6 – rereads Synge’s Riders to the Sea, begins translating it with Vidacovich
9 – Marinetti reads at the Filarmonica-Dramatica
21 – JJ rereads Yeat’s Tables of the Law
25 – Nora’s  birthday
28 – JJ buys Maclagen’s book on rheumatism

April

7 – Stanislaus reads 3rd chapter of Portrait
17-19 – JJ attends Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday services at S. Antonio; ms. returned from Methuen
24 – Stanislaus & JJ go to Greek Church of S. Nicolò
29 – JJ considers Italian teaching position, but first needs to be published in Italy

May

18 – JJ’s eyes bloodshot
19 – JJ shivering, headache
20 – JJ goes to dentist
22 – JJ bathes eyes in acqua di piombo, loses sight for a day
23 – Oblath tells JJ his eyes are still suffering the effects of rheumatism
27 – eyes bad, can’t teach
29 – JJ has leeches applied to one eye
31 – JJ feverish

June

8 – eyes better
14 – JJ goes to Monfalcone to see about hot sea baths
16 – ms. of Dubliners returned from Constable
Finds flat in 8 via Scussa, needs 600 crowns
19 – Giorgio treated for his eyes
20 – Nora says children inherited eye problems from JJ
21 – JJ goes to Carmen
23 – Nora tells JJ that Giorgio’s eye problems are due to his having gone with ‘filthy women’
28 – JJ considers becoming agent for Irish tweeds
29 – JJ goes to Grado, and then to Venice lagoon

July

3 – Nora still ill
4 – John Stanislaus’ birthday, aged 59
5 – JJ sees Cavalleria Rusticana and I Pagliacci; JJ thinks of having voice trained
6 – English Mediterranean squadron arrives in Trieste, 5 ships, JJ comes home drunk at 6am
7-8 – JJ ill
10 – JJ drunk again
11 – JJ and Giorgio go aboard English ship
12 – JJ sees football match between English and Triestines
13 – English squadron leaves
14 – Charles Joyce, JJ’s brother writes saying he has got girl pregnant; JJ tells Stannie that Nora is pregnant again
18 – JJ considers applying for 3 year scholarship at Royal University, London; has had 7 teeth ‘set right’ in the last month
19 – ms. of Dubliners returned from Arnolds; severe thunderstorm, according to Stanislaus one of the reasons JJ wants to leave Trieste
20 – postcard from Charley announcing marriage
21 – Nora is prescribed a medicine containing arsenic, most prob. a restorative
24 – JJ buys Tommaseo’s dictionary of Italian synonyms
25 – JJ goes to Dr. Oblath, prescribed eyewash; he is unwell, exhausted, groping
26 – Lucia’s birthday, no cards
27 – JJ sends ms. to Everetts; 2 letters from Charley
28 – JJ goes to Oblath, diagnosed with iritis
29 – Stanislaus reads to JJ

August

1 – Stanislaus says JJ’s illness previous year cost him 250 crowns, which was the origin of the debt with the Berlitz School
2 – Nora vomits meal from Hacker’s Coop, says it is due to arsenical medicine
4 – Nora has miscarriage at 3 months
5 – JJ ill; burial of foetus at Santa Anna Catholic cemetery
6 – JJ ill, rag over eyes
7 – ceiling falls in
9 – pro-Slav demonstration
10 – JJ’s eyes better but still suffers from ‘rheumatic lancinations’; Stanislaus attracted to Nora, describes his feelings in his Diary
13 – JJ considers sending a very debilitated Nora to Parenzo, a town on the Istrian coast
15 – Stanislaus has sexual fantasies about Nora
16 – 3000 Milan workman arrive in Trieste
23 – Nora wants to return from Parenzo
25 – Stanislaus writes down long flagellation fantasy concerning Nora
28 – JJ sees Donizetti’s L’elisir dell’amore

September

1 – Jj receives free tickets for Montebello racecourse from Count Sordina
3 – Nora unwell, JJ at races
5 – JJ & Nora see Il Trovatore
6 – Stanislaus & JJ argue about money
8 – JJ & Giorgio see Verdi’s Il Trovatore; death of Felice Venezian, leader of the Triestine Irredentists; one week of public mourning declared
9 – Stanislaus argues with Nora; JJ sees Puccini’s La Boheme
10 – Stanislaus resolves to move out on Oct. 1
11 – JJ’s eyes bad again
12 – Stanislaus writes long critical assessment of JJ; ms. Dubliners returned from Everetts
14 – funeral of F. Venezian
17 – JJ sees Bellini’s I Puritani; JJ tries to persuade Stanislaus to remain
22 – JJ and Nora go to I Puritani
23 – JJ shows Attilio Tamaro  critiques of his participation in the Feis Ceoil  singing contest in Ireland; JJ excuses lessons due to eyes; JJ announces he wants to begin voice lessons
24 – eyes worse
25 – eyes bad; Oblath at house, applies 2 leeches to eye with loss of blood, bandages JJ’s head
28 – eyes better
30 – JJ sees Bellini’s Norma

October

1 – Stanislaus pays for room in via Nuova, 27; JJ & Nora go to La Boheme
3 – JJ goes to La Boheme
4 – Stanislaus on lotions and medicines JJ is always buying for his rheumatism; JJ goes to Norma
6 – JJ & Nora go to La Boheme for 4th time
8 – JJ and Nora celebrate their ‘wedding’ anniversary by going to see La Boheme
10 – JJ sees Catalan’s La Wally  with Ersilde Cervi Caroli, considers it too advanced for his tastes
11 – JJ sees La Wally
12 – JJ needs 13 crowns to register at the Conservatorio di musica di Trieste
13 –  JJ sees La Forza del Destino
14 – La Boheme
16 – first lesson at the Conservatory with the maestro Romeo Bartoli who compliments JJ on his voice; La Wally
18 – JJ sees matinée performance of La Boheme
19 – JJ begins looking for piano
21 – JJ rents piano for 15 crowns
24 – JJ asked by pupil to sing in concert in January

 

November

15 – JJ sees La Favorita

 

December

15 – JJ goes to theatre to see muscial comedies Al telefono and Sullivan
17 – Stanislaus’ birthday; JJ wants to send money to father
20 – Stanislaus & JJ see  Wagner‘s Die Meistersinger