# Quote of the day - Let it stand

This one comes via my friend and rival literatus, Bloomsboy[*]. It concerns James Joyce's relationship with protégé and Waiting for Godot playwright, Samuel Beckett, at the time when the latter's failing eyesight had left him dictating his words to others:
Once or twice [Joyce] dictated a bit of Finnegans Wake to Beckett, though dictation did not work very well for him; in the middle of one such session there was a knock at the door which Beckett didn't hear. Joyce said, Come in,' and Beckett wrote it down. Afterwards he read back what he had written and Joyce said, What's that "Come in"?' 'Yes, you said that,' said Beckett. Joyce thought for a moment, then said, `Let it stand.' He was quite willing to accept coincidence as his collaborator.
Richard Ellmann, James Joyce (New York, 1959), pp. 661-662.

A beautiful sentiment that, coincidentally, goes some way towards explaining the incomprehensibility of Finnegans Wake.

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[*] Self-styled in a moment of apparent irony.

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