This chapter contextualizes the lyrical and poignant ending of the Wake as both dramatic monologue and speech act. Expanding upon the tradition of the aubade set forth in Chapter 3 by considering Jacques Derrida’s thoughts on the god Thoth and Ludwig Wittgenstein’s mysticism, it looks at the intimate, domestic, and elegiac tone of the ending of the Wake as the logical conclusion to the book’s larger framing of prayer and theory of language.
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