So Thursday sixteenth June

New Style. "So Thursday sixteenth June Patk. Dignam laid in clay of an apoplexy...yet sometimes they are found in the right guess with their queerities no telling how": this long paragraph evokes the prose style of Samuel Pepys, a late 17th century diarist, using the diary format to recount one day's events: a funeral, a drought interrupted by a downpour, city-dwellers crossing paths with one another, some gossip. The parody is not one of the better ones in Oxen, but in its clipped speech, brisk reportage, and unselfconscious chattiness it is serviceable enough. Joyce mixes in words and phrases from writers of various eras, and toward the end he includes subject matter seemingly more appropriate to the author imitated in the following paragraph.

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John Hayls's 1666 oil on canvas portrait of Samuel Pepys, held in the National Portrait Gallery, London. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

People escaping the Great Fire in boats on the Thames, artist and date unknown. Source:

Godfrey Kneller's 1687 portrait of John Evelyn, medium and location unknown. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Gravestone of plague victim Mary Godfree. Source:

Arms of the Turkey Company founded in 1592, from J. R. Green's A Short History of the English People (1892). Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Francis Levett, the Company's chief representative in Constantinople, and his friend Miss Glavani, both in Turkish costume, in a ca. 1740 oil on canvas painting by Jean-Étienne Liotard held in the Louvre, Paris. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Amelia Bloomer in the "Turkish" costume she pioneered in 1851, artist and date unknown. Source: