ULYSSES

Protodrafts

Early draft §1A, Spring-Summer 1920, draft level 1

MS Buffalo V.A.19 1-15 Draft details


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(|1Faithful Place, Night town.1| |1rows Rows1| of grimy houses with gaping doors. |1Rare smoky lamps.1| Little men and women squabble for ices round a halted gondola. They receive wafers between which are wedged c lumps of coral and coppery snow. The little men and women scatter slowly, sucking |1up1| the melting coloured snow. They are children. The high reared comb of the gondola pushes on through the dark, passing under the lamplight, white and blue. Whistles are heard in the distance |1call calling and answering: Wait, my loves, and I'll be with you1|. On a step a ragpicker crouches to shoulder a sack. A |1hag crone1| standing by with a guttering oillamp rams a last bottle in the neck of his sack. He shoulders it and lurches off mutely, tugging his peaked cap askew on his eyes. The hag goes back into her lair swaying her lamp. A |1|abowlegged bandyleggeda|1| child asquat on the doorstep with a paper shuttlecock |1scrambles up to clutch her skirt crawls |asidlinga| after her c in jerks and, clutching her skirt scrambles upº1|. A drunken navvy holds grips with both hands the railings of an area, swaying heavily to and fro. At a corner two night patrols, in |1body shoulder1| capes, stand tall and silent |1their hands at rest on their staff holsters1|. A plate is heard to crash: a woman's scream follows. Figures, male and female, continue to pass through the murk, round corners, into doorways. In an openwindowed room, lit by a candle stuck in a bottleneck, |1two sluts a slut1| combs the natts out of another slut's hair. Heads are thrust out of windows to listen. A child is heard crying. The oaths of a man are roared out indistinctly. They die away. A girl's voice sings out, high |1and hoarse, still young1|, from a lane:

I gave it to |1Kitty Molly1|
Because she was |1pretty jolly1|
The leg of the duck
The leg of the duck,
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|1Three Two1| redcoats, swaggersticks |1held tight1| in their oxters, turn about and towards the voice and, without halting, emit in chorus a loud fart from their mouths. Laughter of men in the lane. A |1woman hoarse hag1| calls:

— Signs on you, dirtyarse. |1More power, the Kildare girl.1|

The redcoats, turn as before and reply. They march on. The girl's voice rises higher:

I gave it to Nelly
To stick in her belly
The leg of the duck
The leg of the duck.

The redcoats halt |1with beside1| the patrol and talk. |1Their tunics are bloodbright near the lamp, their blond heads closecropped, their biscuit caps set on the side lobes are round ballsockets.1| A girl with hair on the wind rushes across the street, |1her shawl1| flapping from her arms. She shrieks., laughing, rushing and is engulfed in a doorway. A burly navvy |1follows pursues her1| with long strides. He stumbles on the steps but recovers and plunges into the doorway after her. Weaker shrieks of laughter are heard: they stop. A young man in a black with a wide hat, pointing ahead with a flourish of his stick, passes through the figures, talking. A broader young man wearing a jockey cap walks beside him,. A sneer of disconcent is seen on his beaked face. An elderly woman |1seated on a doorstep lolled against a doorframe1| looks |1up out1| as they pass and calls |1in a discreet whisper1|.

|1|aSst! |x(wait)x| |bCome here till I tell youb|a| Maidenhead inside. Sst!1|

They pass on, unseeing. She calls after them:

— Trinity medicals. Fallopian tube

Still unheeded she spits. A redhaired girl seated with a friend on a doorstep |1draws her shawl rapidly across her nostrils as she relates:1| narrates rapidly:

— And says the one: I seen you |1Faithful place1| with your squarepusher in |1Faithful place the come-to-bed hat1|. |1Did you? That's not for you to say,1| says I.
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You never seen me in the mantrap with a highlander, says I. And her walking with two fellows the one time.

Lynch

So that?

Stephen

So that the |1art of1| gesture renders visible not the lay sense but the first formal rhythm. Who wants a gesture to illustrate a loaf?, a jug? This movement illustrates |1Thou and1| the loaf |1of abread1| and jug of |1wine |awine and thou bread, or wine, I mean,a|1| in Omar. Hold my stick. He

Lynch

Damn your |1yellow1| stick.

Stephen gives the stick quickly and slowly holds out his hands, his head going back till both hands are a span or so from his breast, downturned in the planes at an angle, the fingers at about to open, the left hand being higher.

Lynch

Damn jugs and loaves. Which is the jug |1of bread1|? Illustrate Thou. Here take your stick.

They pass out of sight. A barefoot urchin scrambles to a street c lamp and |1clasping1| climbs it in jerks. From the top he slides down to his ring of urchin friends. Another starts to climb. The navvy, leaving hold of the railings, lurches against the lamp. The urchin slides down: all scuttle off in the darkness. The navvy, swaying, presses a forefinger against a wing of his nose. Swaying, he ejects from the other nostril
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a |1long dribbling1| jet of snot.

Bloom comes round the corner hastily and stops. In |1one each1| hand he has a |1lukewarm1| paper parcel|1, one1| containing a |1lukewarm1| pig's crubeen and a |1cold1| sheep's trotter sprinkled with wholepepper, the other two slices of quartern loaf and a tablet of Fry's chocolate. He frowns slightly and hesitates. A stooped bearded figure appears beside him, in horned spectacles, dressed in a long caftan with |1embroidered with dog's heads1| and wearing a smoking cap with crimson tassel.

Rudolph |1Bloom1|

Half a crown wasted. I told you not go with drunken goys ever.

Bloom

I know.

He looks down, conscious of error, feeling through the paper a warm crubeen and a cold trotter.

Rudolph |1Bloom1|

|1What are you doing?1| Are you |1not1| my son |1Leopold1|?

Bloom

Yes, father.

|1Rudolph

(Severely) One night they bring you home dead drunk. as a dog. after spend your good money. What you call those |arunninga| chaps?

Bloom

Harriers. |aThe only time. Only |bthatb| once.a|

Rudolph

|aOnce!a| All mud head to foot. Cut your hand |aopena|. Goim Nachez

Bloom

(weakly) They asked me to race them. I slipped.

Rudolph

(with contempt) Goim Nachez. Nice spectacles for your mother.

The Mother's Voice

(in |ashrilla| alarm) O, blessed |aGod Redeemera|, where were you at all?

Bloom looks down at his clothes and bestows the chocolate & bread in a sidepocket.1|

A handsome woman in |1scarlet1| Turkish trou costume stands before him. Her opulent curves fill |1out1| her |1scarlet1| trousers and jacket. A |1violet white1| yashmak |1violet in the night1|, covers her face and hair leaving free only her large dark eyes.

Marion Bloom

Poldy!
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He breathes in deep agitation, wavering. Questions |1rise throng1| to his lips: He swallows them down. He wishes to |1fall down at sink to the ground at near1| her slippers. He wishes to tell her that he bought the crubeen, the trotter, the bread, and the chocolate for her supper. He wishes and unwishes, is cold warm, then cold, knows then knows not, before her stands helpless, |1facinated spellbound1| by her eyes and dress. |1Beneath her turreted turban a coin gleams on her brow. Her anklets are linked together by a fetterchain. Beside her a camel waits, with hood and palanquin, a ladder of countless steps reaching to his hump.1| unread |1A dark slow friendly mockery steals into her eyes.1|

Mar

Marion Bloom

Poldy!

Bloom

Yes.

Marion

Ti trema un poco il core?

She |1turns saunters1| away in disdain. He follows |1following followed by a sniffing terrier1|. She is gone. The elderly woman seizes his sleeve. Instinctively he tightens his grip on the crubeen and trotter. The woman pours into his ear a fetid husky message.

— Ten shillings a maidenhead. Fresh thing that was never touched. Fifteen.

Her mouldy sweat promises |1secret1| obscenities. She indicates the doorway. He looks. In the dark hall |1furtive, rainbedraggled,1| Bridie Kelly stands |1and beckons. She calls to him:1|

|1Are you game? Any good in your mind?1|

He thinks of giving the crubeen and trotter to the procuress. Gertie MacDowell limps to his side. Leering, she |1draws from behind her1| shows him coyly |1a bloody something. It is a bloodied1| clout. She whispers:

— You did that.
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Bloom

There is some mistake. I? When?

Gertie

|1(pawing his coat)1| Dirty |1married1| man. I love you. for |1doing1| that.

The |1Woman Procuress1|

|1(hurriedly)1| Fifteen. Come. |1Don't be all night. You won't get a virgin in the flash houses1| The polis will see us. |167 331| is a bitch.

Mrs Breen stands in the middle of the street. She |1throws1| opens her mouth, eyes and arms, astonished.

Mrs Breen

You down here? |1O,1| Wait till I see Molly.

Bloom

(confused) |1How do you do?1| It's a short cut home. I just was buying something for supper. Very good place round there for hot pigs' feet. |1Best value in Dublin.1| |1Feel how hot.1|

|1Richie G. stands by weighted with the |ablacka| legal bag of Colles & Ward on which a skull & crossbones are painted in limewash. He opens it and shows it full of white puddings, kippered herring

RG.

Best value in Dublin1|

Mrs Breen

(Shouts with laughter) |1Glory Alice!1| |1Well, you You1| do look absurd! a holy show. O, you ruck! |1You should see yourself1|

Bloom

(Cautiously) Don't attract the attention of these people. I want to tell you a little secret about how I came here. But between ourselves. |1You must never tell1| Not even Molly. |1I have special reason.1|

Mrs Breen

O, not for worlds. Tell me.

He shakes himself free from the procuress and walks on with Mrs Breen|1, followed by the sniffing dog1|. |1The dog slinks at their heels, sniffing.1|

Bloom

(mysteriously) Do you remember a long long time ago when |1just after Milly was weaned1| we all went to Fairyhouse races |1when Molly won seven shillings on a horse named Nevertell1| and coming
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home in the |1break wagonette1| you were sitting beside me |1and you wore that a new hat Denis had |ajusta| bought you and that didn't become you at all as m well as the missing toque1| and Molly was eating a sandwich of spiced beef |1out of Mrs Joe Gallagher's basket and laughing because Paul Rogerson |a& Maggot O'Reillya| was mimicking the cock as we passed a farmhouse on the road and Marcus Tertius Moses, the tea merchant, drove past us with his daughter, Dancer Moses was her name, and the poodle |athey had in her lap bridled up &a| began to bark1| and you asked me if I ever heard or read or came across …......

Mrs Breen

(eagerly) Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes.

She fades from his side. He walks on alone, sorry, displeased, uncertain, mistrustful, excited, amid |1past towards1| hell's gates. In an archway a woman pisses loudly, standing, her feet planted apart, pisses noisily. Outside a shuttered pub a group of |1men loiterers1| listen to the end of a story which a |1|abrokennosed brokensnouteda|1| man relates with rasping humour. |1He half crouches to show them |aand laughs raucouslya|.1|

The Man

And what was he after doing it into only into po the bucket of porter that was there for the |1Derwan's1| plasterers.

The Loiterers

|1(guffawing)1| O, jays! Jays, that's a good one! |1Glauber Salts.1| O, jays, into the |1men's1| porter.

They laugh in all voices. Some scratch, indifferent to the scene about them. Cheap whores, emboldened by bold, dishevelled, solicit singly and in couples call from |1doorways hallways1|, laneways, doorsteps.

— Come here, queer fellow.

How is your middle leg?

— That you, love?

— Have you a match on you?
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— He's going down to Mrs |1Mack Mack's1|.

— Sh! Come here till I feel it for you.

Bloom |1passed passes |athrough the swampa|1| into the lower street. The housedoors are open. Women Gaudy women loll in the lighted halls or about the doors smoking |1birdseye1| cigarettes. The odour of the sicksweet weed floats round Bloom. Kisses are chirped towards him. Ashamed, fluttered he tries to hide his parcel.

Bloom

I cannot go back. In which house have they gone? |1I could ask a woman.1| |1And But1| this parcel. |1Shall I eat it? Where? Get myself all sticky.1| Useless waste.

He perceives the dog. An idea strikes him. He returns a few yards to a dark corner, followed by the terrier and opens the parcel. He throws the crubeen softly in the corner. He would like to eat the trotter but, after a moment, throws it down regretfully |1and the bread with the bread1|. The terrier, snarling with famine, gluts himself greedily, crunching the bones. |1Two raincaped |awatchmen watcha| approach. They lay hands on his shoulders.

First Watch

Commit no nuisance.

Bloom

(Stammers) I am doing |aa good work good to othersa|.

|aHe points. Bob Doran sways over the dog.

Doran

Give us the paw. Give the paw, doggy.

The dog growls ominously. Bob Doran falls softly sideways into an area.a|

First Watch

Name and address …..

Bloom

|a(takes off his hat & salutes)a| Bloom. |a|bI can identify myself.b| Leopold Bloom …a|

First Watch

Proof.

Bloom

(hastily

Bloom hastily takes a card from inside the leather headband of his hat and gives it.

Second Watch

(reading) Henry Flower

First Watch

An alibi!

|aBlooma|

|aBlooma| (|aproduces producinga| a yellow flower|a.,a| |aHea| murmurs |awords about privately & confidentially)a| This is the flower. We are engaged, you see. |aChange of name. Virag.a|

Martha

(veiled, in tone of reproach, pointing) Henry! |aYou deceived me,a| Leopold! |aLionel, thou lost one!a|

First Watch

Come to the station.

Bloom

(in alarm) No, no. |aLet me explain.a| My wife! I live in Eccles street. I am a respectable married man. |aA journalist. I write for the Freeman.a|

Mrs Brereton Barry

(in |aaa| lowcut opal dress) Arrest him, officer. He wrote me an anonymous letter when my husband was on circuit |asigned James Lovebircha|. He said he saw me in a box at the Gaiety. |aThat I inflamed him.a| He made improper overtures to me.

|aMrs Bellingham

(in a fur mantle, steps out of her carriage) Also to me. Because he closed my carriage door one rainy day |boutside sir Thornley Stoker'sb|. He wrote urging me to commit adultery whenever possible |bHe offered me |cthe works of a work byc| Paul de Kock The Girl with the Three Pairs of Stays.b|a|

Second Watch

(produces handcuffs) Here are the darbies.

Mrs

The Honourable Mrs Paget Butler

(in riding costume, topboots, hard hat, long train, and riding crop) with which she strikes her boot constantly) |aAlso to me.a| Whip him. He saw me on the polo ground in the |aPhoenixa| park. He sent me in an envelope an obscene photograph |ainsulting to any ladya|. I have it still. He urged me to sin with officers of the army and navy. He implored me to chastise him|a, as he deserveda|.

Mrs Bellingham

Me too

Mrs Brereton Barry

Me too.

The Honourable Mrs Paget Butler

(suddenly, |aterribly furiouslya|) I will. I will thrash him |a|bblack and blueb| in the public streeta|. |aHe is a wellknown cuckold.a| Take down his trousers. Quick!

|aThe brass quoits of a bed are heard to jingle

The Quoits

Jigjag jigajigajigjaga|

|xThe faces of Martin Cunningham, unread Jack Power, Simon Dedalus, Ned Lambert, Tom Kernan, John Henry Menton, Myles Crawford, Paddy Leonard, Nosey Flynn, Lenehan, McCoy and |aand a Nameless One.a| appear simultaneously in the jurybox.

The Nameless One

|a(snarls)a| |a|bOrganiser? Didn't I tell he'd organise her? Arse over tip.b|a| Hundred shillings to five!

The Others

|a(gravely)a| We all thought so.x|

First Watch

(awed, whispers) He is in black. An anarchist! A bomb it is.

Bloom

(desperately) No, no. Pig's feet. I was at a funeral.

Second Watch

(|alifts drawsa| his truncheon) Liar!

The dog lifts his face. He has devoured all. He grows to a great size suddenly. |aHis terrier coat becomes a brown habit.a| He has the face |aand voicea| of Paddy Dignam. |aHe speaks in a loud hollow voice:a|

Dignam

It is true. It was my funeral. |a(He lifts an ashen face and bays lugubriously)a|

Bloom

(triumphantly) You see!

First Watch

But how |acan that be is that possiblea|?

|aSecond Watch

It is not in the catechism.a|

Dignam

By metempsychosis.

He |adisappears crawls |b|cwormlike & wormsc|b|a| down |ainto |bthroughb|a| a coalhole, his brown habit trailing after him. The women grow dark. The watch recede.1|

Bloom goes forward again. New louder kisses are chirped to him. A piano sounds. He stands before the house, listening. The kisses fly about him, twittering.

|1The Kisses

Leo! Icky sticky licky |amickya| for Leo! Coo coo coo coocoo! Yummy yum|a, unreadg womwoma| big come big pirouette, Leolee! O Leo!1|

Bloom

A man's touch that is. Perhaps they are here. Sad music. Church music. Yes, it is here.

|1He enters the house. Zoe |aHigginsa|, a young whore in sapphire slip |aclosed with four |bbronzeb| buckle pinsa|, coos to him.
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She comes down the steps and accosts him)
1|

Zoe

|1Are you looking for someone.1| He's inside with his friend.

Bloom

Is this Mrs Mack's?

Zoe

No. Mrs Cohen's. You're not his father, are you?

Bloom

O, no.

Zoe

|1(suspiciously)1| I thought from your both being in black.

She takes his arm, cuddling him. |1Strange oriental music is played slowly, note by note1| He looks into her brown eyes, |1the eyes of a gazelle: they gazelles are leaping feeding on the mountains. Near1| are lakes. |1He sees the black Black1| shadows of fo cedar forests file round them. A perfume |1of resin1| rises from the fine strong |1hair1| growth|1, of resin1|. It burns, the orient, a sky of sapphire |1cleft by the bronze flight of eagles1|. Under it the woman city lies white, nude nude, white, cool |1in luxury1|. A fountain murmurs among purple roses. |1The mammoth1| Roses of scarlet |1wine1| grapes murmur. Shame A wine of shame, blood, lust exudes from them. |1Within a sepulchre, the gold of kings & their mouldering bones. |aShe smiles, showing her goldstopped teeth.a|1|

Zoe

(|1murmurs with murmuring her1| lips smeared |1lusciouslyº1| with |1her unread pomade of swinefat and rosewater1| in singsong with the music) Schorah ani wenowah, benoith Hierushaloim

Bloom

|1(mechanically caressing her left bub)1| I knew. Are you a Dublin girl

Zoe

|1(as |ashe the free handa| catches a stray hair deftly and twists it to her coil)1| Not bloody much. I'm English.

|1Zoe

Have you a swaggerroot? for me?

Bloom

(as before) I don't smoke, dear. Are yo Where are you from? London?

Zoe

Hog's Norton where the pigs plays the organs.1| (catching his hand which is feeling
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for her nipple) I say! Stop that and begin worse. Have you money for a short time. Ten shillings.

Bloom

(smiles) & nods |1slowly1|) More. More.

Zoe

And more's mother? |1Come. Coming in?1|

|1He stands listening to music, inhaling scents, seeing colours, feeling being tempted.)

Zoe

Silent means consent.1|

She leads him up the steps by his hand, the odour of her armpits and the vice of her eyes. |1the rustle of her slip in which lurks the leonine reek of all the males that have possessed her.

The Males

(roaring faintly) Good! (?)1|

They reach the doorway where two sister whores are seated. She precedes him They examine him curiously, lazily and at last smile to his hasty bow)

Bloom

(at the threshold standing aside) After you is good manners.

Zoe

Ladies first, gentlemen after.

She goes first into the house: he goes after.

On the return landing a door is thrown open. A man in shirt and trousers crosses, his braces undone dangle behind him |1making him1| like a twotailed ape. |1Zoe and Bloom enter Bloom|a, averting his face,a| follows Zoe into1| the parlour. The gaslamp is covered with |1red a mauve1| tissuepaper so that the light is dim. A moth flies round and round, colliding against it. On the mantelpiece |1are lie1| two |1large1| China dogs. On the flank of each is painted a woodland glade. |1In the grate is a screen Between them a vase full1| of peacock feathers. |1In the grate is a Japanese parasol screen.1| On a rug of matted sheepskin before the fireplace Lynch is seated crosslegged, his cap on his back to the front. |1He beats time to the music with a wand in his hand.1| Kitty Lawrence, a bony |1pallid1| whore in street costume,
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sits on the side of a high |1sofa armchair1|, swinging her leg. |1Lynch indicates |adecisivelya| the other group.

Kate

(behind her hand) She's a little imbecillic.1|

Lynch |1lifts tips1| up her skirt |1and white petticoat1| with his wand.

Kate

(settling it down quickly) |1Respect yourself. Respec.1| (She hiccups |1bending quickly a blank hat |afroma| under which her hennared hair |aflashes glowersa|1|) O, excuse. Respect yourself.

Zoe

(going to the chandelier, turns the gas full on) More limelight, Charley.

The wand in Lynch's hand flashes: it is a brass poker. Stephen stands by the piano, on which lie his stick and hat. He repeats once more the series of empty fifths. |1Florrie Talbot,1| A blond feeble |1|agoosefat goosewhitea|1| whore, |1Florrie Talbot,1| in a mildewed gown of strawberry, lolls |1over the other spreadeagle a1| sofa corner, listening, a heavy stye drooping over her sleepy eyelid.

|1Stephen

As a matter of fact it is of no importance whether Benedetto Marcello found it or made it. |aThe rite is the poet's rest.a| It may be an ancient Greek song to Demeter or it may illustrate the eighteenth psalm Cœli enarrant gloriam Domini. It is susceptible of modes so far apart as the hyperphrygian and the mixoldy mixolydian because, even of |awords textsa| so divergent as |athe haihooping of priests round Ceres altarsa| David's |atip from the stablea| to his chief tomtom player concerning God's glory, night to night shewing knowledge. Why Lord Mayor Kitty Ricketts

Lynch's Cap

|aBah!a| It is because it is. Jewgreek Greekjew. Extremes meet. Death is the highest form of life. |aBah!a|

Stephen

You remember quite accurately all my little errors, boasts, mistakes, faults: Whetstone!

The Cap

Bah!

Stephen

Here is another. It is because the fundamental and the dominant are separated by the greatest interval which

The Cap

Which? Finish if you can. Which?

Stephen

(with an effort) interval which is the greatest |ais consistent elipse. Consistenta| with. The ultimate return. Or octave. In which.

The Cap

(interested) Ha!

Stephen

What went forth to traverse not itself having |aitselfa| traversed itself becomes that self which is itself

|aThe Cap Lyncha|

(|awhinnies with laughtera| grinning at Florrie Talbot) What a learned speech, eh?

|aFlorrie Zoea|

(|awith obese content with brisklya|) He knows more than you have forgotten.

Florrie Power with obese stupor regards Stephen

Florrie

What can it all mean?

A female steam |aflows leaksa| out from her, obfuscating the sight of all, redolent of sex. In the obscurity Elijah's voice is heard, shrill as a cock's

Elijah's Voice

Just one more word. Are you a god or a clod? Florrie Christ, Stephen Christ, Bloom Christ |aYou have that Something Withina|, it's up to you to sense that cosmic force. It is immense. |aWe are all All join |bup onb|a| in this vibration. |aIt vibrates. It restores.a| I am I know. And I am some vibrator. You call me up any old time by sunphone any old time. |aSunphones.a| Harmonial Philosophy. Have you got that?1|

|1Zoe Kate1|

(hiccups again) O, excuse. |1She bends over again more quickly. A |abrowna| feather boa uncoils and slides, glides over her shoulder, back, arm, chair to the ground and coils a catterpillar. Stephen, glances behind & sees Lynch's squatted figure with the cap back to the front.1|

|1Lynch Zoe1|

Tie a knot on your shift and stick it back. Who has a fag?

Lynch offers her one. She stretches up and lights it over the gasjet. With his poker he lifts up a side of her gown boldly. |1Bare from her shoes up her flesh between the sapphire runread is lizardgreen1|

Zoe

(calmly) Can you see the beauty spot of my behind?

Henry Flower

Litpold Virag, Bloom's double, wearing Stephen's hat, Buck Mulligan's primrose vest, and a brown mackintosh under which he holds a |1dulcimer book in two tomes1|, stands somewhat
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behind Bloom who sees him

Virag

(points to Zoe Higgins and|1, with a cough1| speaks in a |1mocking dry1| voice) There is a lot of nakedness knocking about, what? You perceive that she is not wearing what you like. |1At the same time she On the other hand the seated one1| is in walking costume and I always understood that the act performed so pleased you by reason of |1exhibitionistic1| its procedure of. |1especially, I believe in the furs of beasts1| Am I right?

Bloom

But she is |1terribly1| lean.

Virag

|1True. And the |apanniera| effect |aof those pannier pocketsa| of the skirt is intended to give the impression of breadth.1| Well then, the third. |1Her beam is broad.1| She is |1covered coated1| with a considerable layer of fat. You perceive that she has in front two protuberances which are of |1a1| respectable |1size dimensions1| and on the other side, lower down, two protuberances which are even larger. |1When they are coopfattened their livers reach |aa prodigious an elephantinea| size. |aPellets of new breadpills with fenugreek, swamped down by draughts of green tea produce a |bnatural cushionsb| on them a colossal blubber.a|1| That suits your taste, eh?

Bloom

The stye I dislike.

Virag

Perhaps it is a wart. |1(coughs)1| I presume you remember what I told you on that subject. |1Wheatenmeal with honey and nutmeg is a good cure.1|

Bloom

(reflecting) It has been a fatiguing day. Wait. Bloodwarts, I mean wartsblood spreads warts.

|1Virag

(Severely) Exercise your mnemotechnic.

Bloom

Mnemno? |aRosemary also.a|

Virag

Technic. (with energy1|

Virag

|1Caustic. They must be starved.1| Snip off with a horsehair under the denned neck. But to change the subject have you made up your mind yet whether you like or dislike women in |1male1| costume, |1You intended to devote one year to a study of the religious problem. From the sublime to the ridiculous is but a step.1| pyjamas, let us say? |1Or those complicated combinations, camiknickers.1|

Bloom |1looks uncertainly1| uncertainly watches the everflying moth.

|1|a|bVirag whispers in his ear, Bloom repeatsb|

Bloom

|bIt suits him. Night bird to night town. The Midnight sun.b| Those night insects which follow light |bThose of the Insects of theb| day spend their brief existence chiefly in repeated coitions. |bSmell The smellb| of the female attracts them. |bButb| Those night insects which follow light are the victims of error. Their movements are automatic. |bThey no longer pursue |cand fecundatec| the female.b| The bee, as I observed the other day, was butting against his own shadow on the wall. |b|cHe dazed himself & drowsed me.c| He made me drowsy.b| In a dazed condition he wandered into my shirt and reached my belly. It was well I woke. A woman's case is still worse. That is |bwhen whyb| they fear insects all vermin. They feel themselves always open. Eve v. Serpent?a|

The Moth

I'm a tiny tiny thing
Ever flying in the spring
Round and round in ringaring.
Long ago I was a King
Now I do this sort of thing
On the wing, on the wing
Bing!

He rushes against the red tissuepaper, flapping noisily.

The Moth

Pretty pretty pretty pretty petticoats1|

Henry Flower, stands between Bloom and Virag, both of whom
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he resembles. He |1is dressed in wears a drooping black sombrero1| a black velvet cloak under which he holds a dulcimer.

Henry

(in a low voice) All is lost now.

|1Virag |alooks staresa| at the lamp, Bloom regards Zoe's neck, Henry turns to the piano1|

Stephen

(to himself) I am slightly drunk (he touches the key he touches the keys again. Florrie Power regards him with stupour

Florrie

Are you out of Maynooth?

Stephen

I am out of it now. (to himself) Clever. |1By the way, have I the lamp, the key, the stick. (he sees it) Yes.1|

|1Zoe

There was a priest here on Monday |ato do his bit of businessa| with his coat buttoned up. You needn't try to hide, I says to him, I know you've a Roman collar.

|aLynch Blooma|

(unctuously) blank

Zoe

He couldn't get connection. Only, you know|a, sensationa|. A dry rush.

|aLynch Stephena|

|a(over his shoulder)a| You would have preferred the founder of |athea| protestant error

Zoe

(lightly) All one and the same God to me.1|

Lynch

He is. He is a cardinal's son.

|1His Eminence1| Cardinal Simon Dedalus appears in the doorway. He is |1all1| in red, shoes, socks, soutane and berretta. |1He has a battered silk hat sideways on his head and a corkscrew massboys hanging on his breast1| Seven|1, the seven1| cardinal sins also in red hold up his train. |1He looks at all, for a moment, his right eye closed, his left cheek puffed out1|

The Cardinal

(struggling to suppress his merriment, proclaims with bloated pomp)
Conservio lies captured
He lies in the lowest dungeon,
With manacles and chains around his limbs,
Weighing upwards of three tons

|1He shuffles off, muttering comically, |athe massboys giggling zigzag behind hima| till he shrinks into to the size of the massboys & disappears1|

He retires, his face twisted to one side. Bloom advances and taking the chocolate from his pocket offers it to Zoe Higgins.

|1Zoe

Thank your mother for the rabbits.1|

She takes a piece and nibbles. Kate |1Lawrence Ricketts1| does the same. Zoe

Zoe

(invitingly to Lynch) No objections
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to French lozenges?

|1At a sign from him As he opens his mouth1| she tosses him a piece of the chocolate. He catches it and chews. Kate |1Lawrence Ricketts1| offers a piece to Bloom.

Bloom

What if it were aphrodisiac? But no, I bought it. |1Vanilla too is a sedative1| Mnemnotechnic. Possibly the confused light here confuses the memory. It seems to influence the taste also of this chocolate. |1This colour influences lupus. It encourages hypocondriacs. My figure is sad here in black. The choice of colours is important, suggestive. Let me eat and rejoice here.1| Or is it because I have not tasted chocolate for a long time. I shall look for some truffles tomorrow.

Bella Cohen, a massive whoremistress, enters the room. She is dressed in a black evening gown and carries a |1black1| fan |1of plumes1| which she flutters. Her eyes are |1heavily deeply1| carboned. She has an incipient moustache. Her c face is heavy, fullnosed, olivecomplexioned. She has huge pendent earrings.

Bella

My word! I'm all of a mucksweat.

She glances round her at the young couples. Then her eyes rest on Bloom with hard insistency. Her large fan winnows cooler wind towards her face and neck and bosom. |1Her |afalcona| eyes glitter.1|

|1The Fan

(flirting slowly) Married, I see.

It closes together and rests on against her left earring

The Fan

Have you forgotten me?

Bloom

Nes. Yo.1|

The Fan

Is this was as you |1now thought1| before? |1Were then here Was She |anevera| then what1| you here since knew? Am all one and the same now me?

Bloom

(with deep humility) Powerful being!
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In my eyes read that slumber which women love. The submission of my soul is absolutely unlimited. Awe and despair possess me.

Bella

(|1comes near approaches1|, furling her fan)

Bloom

|1(winces)1| Enormously I desire your domination. But I fear you. also. I am alone, exhausted, abandoned. The door and window open in a right line cause and draught. I have felt a twinge of |1rheumatism sciatica1| in my |1back left glutear muscle1|. Long exposure on the rocks in the late evening may have occasioned it. Would, O would, I were young! |1missing1| Queen, marvellous |1commanding1| woman, restore to me my youth. |1O, Embrace of universal woman! Abundantly1| I will eat from your hands. Feed me with miracleworking truffles.

|1|xhot hide of goatsx|1|

|1Bella

|a(with a hard stare)a| Hound of dishonour!

Bloom

Empress!

Bella

Adorer of the adulterous rump!

Bloom

Hugeness!

Bella

Dungdevourer!

Bloom

Magnificence!1|

Bella

(tips him playfully on the shoulder |1with her fan1|) Down!

Bloom

(sinks on all fours, with a piercing cry) Truffles! (he grovels, grunting, |1snuffling,1| rooting at her feet)