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7.5 Heaven

The rainbow can signify a pact of peace between male and female based upon sexual union. For the Wake's males, entering the female sex is often a substitute for the Christian heaven, even for the religious Shaun who informs Issy that 'Sevenheavens, O heaven! Iy waount yiou' (FW 446.1-2). In Book III.4, as Shem/HCE and ALP/Issy begin their lovemaking the sexual act is defined as both 'peace' and 'heaven':

I, pipette, I must also quicklingly to tryst myself softly into this littleeasechapel. I would rather than Ireland! But I pray, make! Do your easiness! O, peace, this is heaven! (FW 571.17-20)

Sheldon Brivic suggests that references to a chapel in Finnegans Wake can also connote the vagina, as in the Tristan and Isolde chapter where following sexual congress Tristan is discovered 'plipping out of her chapellledeosy' (FW 396.31-32).7 In addition to heaven, ALP/Issy's pubic patch is described as the site of the Garden of Eden:

while Thurstin II and The Other Girl (Mrs 'Boss' Waters, Leavybrink) too early spring dabbles, are showing a clean pairofhids to Immensipater. Sinkathinks to oppen here! To this virgin's tuft, on this golden of evens! (FW 342.24-27)

As male heaven and the Garden of Eden, the source of life, the female sexual organs contain the peace which both exists prior to HCE's fall, and informs the confrontation associated with the fall: 'Hag Chivychas Eve, in prefall paradise peace' (FW 30.14-15). The notion of sexual union as peace develops Stephen's ideas relating Shakespeare's art to the latter's relationship with Ann Hathaway: 'Where there is a reconciliation, [...] there must have been first a sundering' (U 9.334-35). Stephen's perceptions of Shakespeare's creativity are also applicable to the deity, and where in Judeo-Christian theology the sundered relationship between the deity and humankind is reconciled in heaven, in the Wake it occurs in a sacrament of sexual union, for HCE is contained within the female:

the Liffey that's in Heaven! (FW 26.8)

Before he fell hill he filled heaven: a stream, alplapping streamlet, coyley coiled um, cool of her curls: We were but thermites then, wee, wee. (FW 57.10-13)

Split the hvide and aye seize heaven! He knows for he's seen it in black and white through his eyetrompit trained upon jenny's and all that sort of thing which is dandymount to a clearobscure. (FW 247.31-34)

I'd likelong, by Araxes, to mack a capital Pee for Pride down there on the batom where Hoddum and Heave, our monsterbilker, balked his bawd of parodies (FW 296.4-7)

paradismic perimutter (FW 298.28-29)

(ALP as a biological container and as both spiritual and sexual heaven is also discussed above, *.)

7 Sheldon Brivic, 'The Terror and Pity of Love: ALP's Soliloquy', James Joyce Quarterly, 29 (1991), 145-71 (p. 166).