What course did Bloom and Stephen follow returning?
Starting united at normal walking pace from Beresford Place they followed in the order named Lower and Middle Gardiner streets and Mountjoy square, west: then, at reduced pace, bearing left, Gardiner's place by an inadvertence as far as the farther corner of Temple street: then, at reduced pace with interruptions of halt, bearing right, Temple street, north, as far as Hardwicke place. Approaching, disparate, at relaxed walking pace they crossed the circus before George's church diametrically, the chord in any circle being less than the arc which it subtends.
Of what did they speak during their itinerary?
Music, literature, Ireland, Dublin, Paris, friendship, woman, prostitution, diet, the influence of gaslight or the light of arc and glowlamps on the growth of adjoining trees, exposed corporation emergency dustbuckets, the Roman catholic church, jesuit education, careers, the study of medicine, the past day, Stephen's breakdown.
Did Bloom discover common factors of similarity between their respective like and unlike reactions to experience?
Both were sensitive to artistic impressions, musical in preference to
plastic or pictorial. Both preferred a continental to an insular manner of
life, a cisatlantic to a transatlantic place of residence. Both indurated by early domestic training and an inherited tenacity of resistance professed their disbelief in many accepted religions, national, social and ethical doctrines. Both admitted the alternately stimulating and obtunding influence of heterosexual magnetism.
Were their views on some points divergent?
Stephen dissented openly from Bloom's views on the importance of dietary and civic selfhelp while Bloom dissented tacitly from Stephen's views on the eternal affirmation of the spirit of man in literature. The collapse which Bloom ascribed to gastric inanition and certain chemical compounds of varying degrees of adulteration and alcoholic strength, accelerated by mental exertion and the velocity of rapid circular motion in a relaxing atmosphere, Stephen attributed to the reapparition of a matutinal cloud (perceived by both from two different points of observation, Sandycove and Dublin) at first no bigger than a woman's hand.
Was there one point were equal and negative?
The influence of gaslight or electric light on the growth of adjoining trees.
Had Bloom discussed similar subjects during nocturnal perambulations in the past?
In 1884 with Owen Goldberg and Cecil Turnbull at night on public
thoroughfares between Longwood avenue and Leonard's corner and
Leonard's corner and Synge street and Synge street and Bloomfield
Avenue. In 1885 with Percy Apjohn in the evenings reclined against the wall between Gibraltar villa and Bloomfield house in Crumlin, barony of Uppercross. In 1886 occasionally with casual acquaintances and prospective purchasers on doorsteps, in front parlours, in 3(sup)r(sup)d class railway carriages of suburban lines. In 1888 frequently with major Brian Tweedy and his daughter Miss Marion Tweedy, together and separately on the lounge in Matthew Dillon's house in Roundtown. Once in 1892 and once in 1893 with Julius Mastiansky, on both occasions in the parlour of his house in Lombard street, west.
What action did Bloom make on their arrival at their destination?
At the housesteps of the 4th of the equidifferent uneven numbers, number 7 Eccles street he put his hand mechanically into the back pocket to get his latchkey.
Was it there?
It was in the corresponding pocket of the trousers which he had worn on the day but one preceding.
Why was he doubly irritated?
Because he had forgotten and because he remembered that he had reminded himself twice not to forget.
What were then the alternatives before the keyless couple?
To enter or not to enter. To knock or not to knock.
A stratagem. Resting his feet on the dwarf wall, he climbed over the area railings, compressed his hat on his head, grasped two points at the lower union of rails and stiles, lowered his body gradually by its length of five feet nine inches and a half to within two feet ten inches of the area pavement, and allowed his body to move freely in space by separating himself from the railings and crouching in preparation for the impact of the fall.
Did he fall?
By his body's known weight of ten stone and four ounces in avoirdupois
measure, as certified by the graduated machine for periodical selfweighing in
the premises of Francis Froedman, pharmaceutical chemist of 19 Frederick street,
north, on the last feast of the Ascension, to wit, the twelfth day of May of the
year one thousand nine hundred and four of the christian era.
Did he rise uninjured by concussion?
Regaining new stable equilibrium he rose uninjured though shocked by the impact, raised the latch of the area door by the exertion of force at its free arm and by leverage applied at its fulcrum, gained access to the kitchen through the subadjacent scullery, ignited a lucifer match by friction, set free inflammable coal gas by turning on the ventcock, lit a high flame which, by regulating, he reduced to quiescent candescence and lit finally a portable candle.
What discrete succession of images did Stephen meanwhile perceive?
Reclined against the area railings he perceived through the transparent kitchen panes a man regulating a gasflame, a man lighting a candle, a man removing in turn each of his two boots, a man leaving the kitchen holding a candle.
Did the man reappear elsewhere?
After a lapse of four minutes the glimmer of his candle was discernible through the glass fanlight over the halldoor. The halldoor turned gradually on its hinges. In the open space of the doorway the man reappeared without his hat, with his candle.
Did Stephen obey his sign?
Yes, entering softly, he helped to close and chain the door and followed softly along the hallway the man's back and listed feet and lighted candle past a lighted crevice of doorway on the left and carefully down a turning staircase of more than five steps into the kitchen of Bloom's house.
What did Bloom do?
He extinguished the candle by a sharp expiration of breath upon its flame,
drew two spoonseat deal chairs to the hearthstone, one for Stephen with his back
to the area window, the other for himself when necessary, knelt on one knee,
composed in the grate a pyre of crosslaid resintipped sticks and various
coloured papers and irregular polygons of best Abram coal at twentyone shillings a ton from the yard of
Messrs Flower and M'Donald of 14 D'Olier
street, kindled it at three projecting points of paper with one ignited wooden match.
Of what similar apparitions did Stephen think?
Of others elsewhere in other times who, kneeling on one knee or on two, had kindled fires for him, of Brother Michael in the infirmary of the college of the Society of Jesus at Clongowes Wood in the county of Kildare, of his father, Simon Dedalus, in the unfurnished room of his first residence in Dublin, number thirteen Fitzgibbon street, of his godmother Miss Kate Morkan in the house of her dying sister Miss Julia Morkan at 15 Usher's Island, of his aunt Sara, wife of Richie (Richard Goulding) in the kitchen of their lodgings at 62 Clanbrassil street, of his mother in the kitchen of number twelve North Richmond street on the morning of the feast of Saint Francis Xavier 1898, of the dean of Studies, Father Butt, in the physics' theatre of university College, 16 Stephen's Green, north, of his sister Dilly (Delia) in his father's house in Cabra.
What did Stephen see on raising his gaze to the height of a yard from the fire towards the opposite wall?
Under a row of 5 coiled spring housebells (5A a5) curvilinear rope stretched between two holdfasts athwart across the recess beside the chimney pier from which hung four smallsized square handkerchiefs folded unattached consecutively in adjacent rectangles and one pair of grey Lisle ladies' stockings in their habitual position clamped by three erect wooden pegs two at their outer extremities and the third at their point of junction.
By what act did he solve the problem?
He removed the saucepan to the left hob, rose and carried the iron kettle to the tap and sink in order to draw water by turning the faucet to let it flow.
Did it flow?
Yes. From Roundwood reservoir in county Wicklow of a cubic capacity of 2400
million gallons, percolating through a subterranean acqueduct of filter
mains of single and double pipeage constructed at an initial plant cost of £5 per linear yard by the Dargle, Rathdown, Glen of the Downs and Callowhill to the 26 acre reservoir at Stillorgan, a distance of 22 statute miles, and thence, through a system of relieving tanks, by a gradient of 250 feet to the city boundary at Eustace bridge, upper Leeson street, though from prolonged summer drouth and daily supply of 12½ million gallons the water had fallen below the sill of the overflow weir for which reason the borough surveyor on the instructions of the waterworks committee had prohibited the use of municipal water for purposes other than those of consumption (envisaging the possibility of recourse being had to the impotable water of the Grand and Royal canals as in 1893) particularly as the South Dublin Guardians notwithstanding their ration of 15 gallons per day per pauper supplied through a 6 inch meter had been convicted of a wastage of 20,000 gallons per night by a reading of their meter on the affirmation of the law agent of the corporation, Mr Ignatius Rice, thereby acting to the detriment of another section of the public, selfsupporting taxpayers, solvent, sound.
What in water did Bloom, carrying water, returning to the range, admire?
Its universality, its democratic equality and constancy to its nature in
seeking its own level, its vastness in the ocean of Mercator's projector,
its unplumbed profundity in the Sundam trench of
the Pacific exceeding 8000 fathoms, the restlessness of its waves and surface particles visiting in turn all points of its seaboard, the independence of its units, its quiescence in calm, its turgidity in neap and spring tides: its subsidence after devastation: its sterility in the circumpolar icecaps, arctic and antarctic, its preponderance of 3 to it over the dry land of the globe, its indisputable hegemony over all the region below the subequatorial tropic of Capricorn, its capacity to dissolve and hold in solution all soluble substances including millions of tons of the most precious metals, its slow erosions of peninsulas and |~5islands, its persistent formation of~|5| |~5homothetic islands, peninsulas and~|5| downwardtending promontories, its alluvial deposits, its weight and volume and density, its imperturbability in lagoons, atolls, highland tarns, its gradation of colours in the torrid and temperate and frigid zones, its vehicular ramifications in continental
lakecontained streams and confluent oceanflowing rivers with their tributaries and transoceanic currents: its violence in seaquakes, waterspouts, Artesian wells, eruptions, torrents, eddies, freshets, spates, watersheds, waterpartings, geysers, cataracts, whirlpools, maelstroms, inundations, deluges, cloudbursts: its subsidence after devastation: its vast circumterrestrial ahorizontal curve, its secrecy in springs exemplified by the well by the hole in the wall at Ashtown gate, the simplicity of its composition, two constituent parts of hydrogen with one constituent part of oxygen, its healing virtues, its buoyancy in the waters of the Dead Sea, its persevering penetrativeness in runnels, gullies, inadequate dams, leaks on shipboard, its properties for cleansing, quenching thirst and fire, nourishing vegetation, its strength in rigid hydrants, its variety of forms in loughs and bays and gulfs and bights and guts and lagoons and atolls and archipelagos and sounds and fjords and minches and estuaries and arms of sea, its
solidity in glaciers, icebergs, icefloes, its docility in working hydraulic millwheels, turbines, dynamos, electric power stations, bleachworks, tanneries, scutchmills, its utility in canals, rivers, if navigable, floating and graving docks, its potentiality derivable from harnessed tides or watercourses falling from level to level, its submarine fauna and flora numerically, if not literally, the inhabitants of the globe, its ubiquity as it constituted 90% of the human body, the noxiousness of its effluvia in lacustrine marshes, pestilential fens, faded flowers, stagnant pools in the waning moon.
Having set the halffilled kettle on the now burning coals, why did he return to the stillflowing tap?
To wash his soiled hands with a partially consumed tablet of lemonflavoured soap to which paper still adhered bought thirteen hours previously for threepence and still unpaid for in fresh cold neverchanging everchanging water and dry them, face and hands, in a long redbordered holland cloth passed over a wooden revolving roller.
What reason did Stephen give for declining Bloom's offer?
That he was hydrophobe, hating partial contact by immersion or total by
submersion in cold water, his last bath having taken place in the month of
October of the preceding year, disliking the acqueous substances of glass and crystal, distrusting aquacities of thought and language.
What impeded Bloom from giving Stephen counsels of hygiene and prophylactic with suggestions concerning a preliminary wetting of the head and contraction of the muscles with rapid splashing of the face and thoracic region in case of sea or river bathing?
The incompatibility of aquacity with the erratic originality of genius.
What additional counsels did he similarly repress?
Dietary: concerning the respective percentage of protein and caloric energy in bacon, salt ling and butter, the absence of the former in the lastnamed and the abundance of the latter in the firstnamed.
Which seemed to the host to be the predominant qualities of his guest?
Confidence in himself, an equal and opposite power of abandonment and recuperation.
What concomitant phenomenon took place in the vessel of liquid by the agency of fire?
The phenomenon of ebullition. Fanned by a constant updraught of ventilation
between the kitchen and the chimneyflue ignition was communicated from the
faggots of precombustible fuel to polyhedral masses of bituminous coal,
containing in compressed mineral form the foliated decidua of primeval forests
which had in turn derived their vegetative existence from the sun, primal source
of energy. Convected heat, developed by such combustion, was constantly and
increasingly conveyed from the source of calorification to the liquid contained
in the vessel, being radiated through the uneven unpolished dark surface of the
metal iron, in part reflected, in part absorbed, in part transmitted, gradually
raising the temperature of the water from normal to boiling point.
What announced the accomplishment of this rise in temperature?
A double falciform ejection of water vapour from under the kettlelid at both sides simultaneously.
For what personal purpose could Bloom have applied the water so boiled?
To shave himself.
What advantages attended shaving by night?
A softer beard, a softer brush if intentionally allowed to remain from shave to shave in its lather, a softer skin if unexpectedly encountering female acquaintances in remote places at incustomary hours, quiet reflections upon the course of the day, a cleaner sensation when awaking after a fresher sleep since matutinal noises, premonitions and perturbations, a clattered milkcan, a postman's double knock, a paper read reread while lathering, relathering the same spot, a shock, a shoot, with thought of aught he sought though fraught with nought might cause a faster rate of shaving and a nick, on which incision plaster with precision, cut and humected and applied, adhered: which was to be done.
Why did absence of light disturb him less than presence of noise?
Because of the surety of the sense of touch in his firm full masculine feminine passive active hand.
What quality did it possess but with what counteracting influence?
The operative surgical quality but that he was reluctant to shed human blood even when the end justified the means, preferring, in their natural order, heliotherapy, medical therapeutics, osteopathic surgery.
What were the contents of the kitchen dresser when opened by Bloom?
On the lower shelf five vertical breakfast plates, six horizontal breakfast
saucers on which rested inverted breakfast cups, a moustachecup, uninverted, and saucer of Crown Derby, four white
goldrimmed eggcups, an open shammy purse displaying coins, mostly copper, a phial of aromatic comfits and a red bettingticket. On the middle shelf a chipped eggcup containing pepper, a drum of table salt, four conglomerated black olives in oleaginous paper, an empty pot of
Plumtree's potted meat, an oval wicker basket bedded with fibre and containing one Jersey pear, a halfempty bottle of William Gilbey and Co's white invalid port, half disrobed of its swathe of coralpink tissue paper, a packet of Epps's soluble cocoa, five ounces of Anne Lynch's choice tea at 2/- per lb in a crinkled leadpaper bag, a cylindrical canister containing the best crystallised lump sugar, two onions, one, the larger, Spanish, entire, the other, smaller, Irish, bisected and more redolent, a jar of Irish Model dairy's cream, a jug of brown crockery containing a naggin and a quarter of soured adulterated milk, converted by heat into water, acidulous serum and semisolidified curds, which added to the quantity subtracted for Mr Bloom's and Mrs Fleming's breakfasts made one pint, the total quantity originally delivered, two cloves, a halfpenny and a small dish containing a slice of fresh ribsteak. On the upper shelf a battery of jamjars of various sizes.
What attracted his attention lying on the apron of the dresser?
Four polygonal fragments of two lacerated scarlet betting tickets, numbered 8 87, (588 6 8 865).
What reminiscences temporarily corrugated his brow?
Reminiscences of coincidences, truth stranger than fiction, preindicative of the result of the Gold Cup flat handicap, the result of which he had read in the Evening Telegraph late pink edition, in the cabman's shelter, at Butt's bridge.
Where had previous intimations of the result, effected or projected, been received by him?
In Bernard Kiernan's licensed premises 8, 9 and 10 Little Britain
street, in David Byrne's licensed premises, 14 Duke street, in O'Connell street lower, outside Graham Lemon's when a dark man had placed in his hand a throwaway (subsequently thrown away), advertising Elijah, restorer of the church in Zion, in Lincoln place outside the premises of F. W. Sweny and Co (Limited), dispensing chemists, when, when Frederick M. (Bantam) Lyons had rapidly and successively requested, perused and restituted the copy of the current issue of the Freeman's Journal and National Press which he had been about to throw away (subsequently thrown away), he had proceeded towards the oriental edifice of the Turkish and Warm Baths, 11 Leinster street, with the light of
inspiration shining in his countenance and bearing in his arms the secret of the race, graven in the language of prediction.
What qualifying considerations allayed his perturbations?
The difficulties of interpretation since the significance of any event followed its occurence as variably as the acoustic report followed the electrical discharge, and of counterestimating against an actual loss by failure to interpret the total sum of possible losses proceeding originally from a successful interpretation.
What satisfied him?
To have sustained no positive loss. To have brought a positive gain to others. Light to the gentiles.
How did Bloom prepare a collation for a gentile?
He poured into two teacups two level spoonfuls, four in all, of Epps's
soluble cocoa and proceeded according to the directions for use printed on the label, to each adding the
prescribed ingredients in the manner and in the quantity prescribed.
What marks of special hospitality did the host show his guest?
Relinquishing his right to the moustache cup of imitation crown Derby presented to him by his only daughter, Millicent he drank from a cup identical with that of his guest and served to his guest and, in reduced measure, to himself, the cream usually reserved for the breakfast of his wife Marion (Molly).
Was the guest conscious of and did he acknowledge these marks of hospitality?
His attention was directed to them by his host jocosely and he accepted them seriously as they drank in silence.
Were there marks of hospitality which he contemplated but suppressed, reserving them for another and for himself on future occasions?
The reparation of a fissure of the length of 1½ inches in the right side of his guest's jacket. A gift to his guest of one of the four lady's handkerchiefs, if and when ascertained to be in a presentable condition.
Who drank more quickly?
Bloom, having the advantage of ten seconds at the initiation and taking three sips to his opponent's one.
What cerebration accompanied his act?
Concluding by inspection but erroneously that his silent companion was engaged in mental composition he reflected on the pleasures derived from literature of instruction rather than of amusement as he himself had applied to the works of Shakespeare more than once for the solution of difficult problems in imaginary or real life.
Had he found their solution?
In spite of careful and repeated reading of certain classical passages, aided by a glossary, he had derived imperfect conviction from the text, the answers not bearing in all points.
What lines concluded his first piece of original verse written at the age of 11 in 1877 on the occasion of the offering of three prizes of 10/-, 5/- and 2/6 respectively by the Shamrock, a weekly newspaper?
An ambition to squint
At my verses in print
Makes me hope that for these you'll find room.
If you so condescend
Then please place at the end
The name of yours truly, L. Bloom
Did he find four separating forces between his temporary guest and him?
Name, age, race, creed.
What anagrams had he made on his name in youth?
Old Ollebo, M.P.
What acrostic upon the abbreviation of his first name had he sent to Miss Marion Tweedy on the 14 February 1888?
Poets oft have sung in rhyme
Of music sweet their praise divine.
Let them hymn it nine times nine.
Dearer far than song or wine.
You are mine. The world is mine.
What had prevented him from completing a topical song on the events of the past, or fixtures for the actual, years, entitled If Brian Boru could but come back and see old Dublin now, commissioned by Michael Gunn, lessee of the Gaiety Theatre, South Anne street, and to be introduced into the second edition of the Christmas pantomime 1897 and sung by Fay Arthurs, principal girl?
Oscillation between events of imperial and of local interest, the diamond
jubilee of Queen Victoria (born 1820, acceded 1837) and the opening of the new
municipal fish market, apprehension of opposition from extreme circles on the
questions of the respective visits of Their Royal Highnesses the duke and
duchess of York (real) and of His Majesty King Brian Boru (imaginary), a
conflict between professional etiquette and professional emulation concerning
the recent erections of the Grand Lyric Hall on Burgh Quay and the Theatre Royal
in Hawkins Street distraction resultant from compassion for Fay Arthur's
non-intellectual, non-political, non-topical expression of countenance and
concupiscence caused by Fay Arthur's revelations of white articles of
non-intellectual, non-political, non-topical underclothing
while she (Fay Arthur) was in the articles, the difficulties of the selection of appropriate music and humorous allusions from Everybody's Book of Jokes (1000 pages and a laugh in every one), the rhymes, homophonous and cacophonous, associated with the names of the new lord mayor, Daniel Tallon, the new high sheriff, Thomas Pile and the new solicitor-general, Dunbar Plunket Barton.
What relation existed between their ages?
16 years before in 1888 when Bloom was of Stephen's present age Stephen was 6. Sixteen years after in 1920 when Stephen would be of Bloom's present age Bloom would be 54. In 1936 when Bloom would be 70 and Stephen 54 their ages initially in the ratio of 16 to 0 would be as 17½ to 13½, the proportion increasing and the disparity diminishing according as future years were added for if the proportion existing in 1883 had continued immutable till then 1904 when Stephen was 22 Bloom would be 374 and in 1920 when Stephen would be 38, as Bloom then was, Bloom would be 646 while in 1952 when Stephen would have attained the postdiluvian maximum age of 70 Bloom, being 1190 years alive having been born in the year 714 would have surpassed by 221 years the maximum antediluvian age, that of Methusaleh, 969 years, while if Stephen would continue to live until he would attain that age in the year 3072 a.d. Bloom would have been obliged to have been alive 83,300 years, having been obliged to have been born in the year 81,396 b.c.
What events might nullify these calculations?
The cessation of existence of both or either, the inauguration of a new era or calendar, the annihilation of the world and consequent extermination of the human species, inevitable but impredictable.
How many previous encounters proved their preexisting acquaintance?
Two. The first in the lilacgarden of Matthew Dillon's house, Medina
Villa, Kimmage road, Roundtown, in 1887, in the company of his mother, Stephen being then of the age of 5 and reluctant to give his hand in salutation. The second in the coffeeroom of Breslin's hotel on a rainy Sunday in the January of 1892, in the company of his father and his granduncle, Stephen being then 5 years older.
Did Bloom accept the invitation to dinner given by the son and afterwards seconded by the father?
Very gratefully, appreciatively, sincerely, regretfully, he declined.
Did their conversation on the subject of these reminiscences reveal a third connecting link between them?
Mrs Riordan, a widow of independent means, had resided in the house of Stephen's parents from 1 September 1888 to 29 December 1891 and had also resided during the years 1892, 1893 and 1894 in the City Arms Hotel owned by Elizabeth O'Dowd of 54 Prussia street where, during parts of the years 1893 and 1894, she had been a constant informant of Bloom who resided also in the same hotel, being at that time a clerk in the employment of Joseph Cuffe of 5 Smithfield for the superintendence of sales in the adjacent Dublin Cattle market on the North Circular road.
Had he performed any special corporal work of mercy for her?
He had sometimes propelled her on warm summer evenings, an infirm widow of
independent, if limited, means, in her convalescent bathchair with slow
revolutions of its wheels as far as the corner of the North Circular road
opposite Mr Gavin Low's place of business where she had remained for a
certain time scanning through his onelensed fieldglasses unrecognisable citizens
on tramcars, roadster bicycles equipped with inflated pneumatic tyres, hackney
carriages, tandems, private and hired landaus, dogcarts, ponytraps and brakes
passing from the city to the Phoenix Park and vice versa.
Why could he support that his vigil with the greater equanimity?
Because in middle youth he had often sat observing through a rondel of bossed glass of a multicoloured pane the spectacle offered with continual changes of the thoroughfare without, pedestrians, quadrupeds, velocipedes, vehicles, passing slowly, quickly, evenly, round and round and round the rim of a round precipitous globe.
What distinct different memories had each of her now eight years deceased?
The older, her bezique cards and counters, her Skye terrier, her
suppositious wealth, her lapses of responsiveness and incipient catarrhal
deafness: the younger, her lamp of colza oil before the statue of the Immaculate Conception,
her green and maroon brushes for Parnell and for Michael Davitt, her tissue papers.
Were there no means still remaining to him to achieve the rejuvenation which these reminiscences divulged to a younger companion rendered the more desirable?
The indoor exercises, formerly intermittently practised, subsequently abandoned, prescribed in Eugen Sandow's Physical Strength and How to Obtain It which, designed particularly for commercial men engaged in sedentary occupations, were to be made with mental concentration in front of a mirror so as to bring into play the various families of muscles and produce successively a pleasant rigidity, a more pleasant relaxation and the most pleasant repristination of juvenile agility.
Had any special agility been his in earlier youth?
Though ringweight lifting had been beyond his strength and the full circle
gyration beyond his courage yet as a High School scholar he had excelled in his
stable and protracted execution of the half lever movement on the parallel bars
in consequence of his abnormally developed abdominal muscles.
Did either openly allude to their racial difference?
What did Bloom think that Stephen thought about Bloom?
He thought that he thought that he was a jew whereas he knew that he knew that he knew that he was not.
What were their respective parentages?
Bloom, only male heir of Rudolf Virag (subsequently Rudolph Bloom) of
Szombathély, Milan, London and Dublin and of Ellen Higgins, second
daughter of Julius Higgins (born Karoly) and Fanny Higgins (born Hegarty).
Stephen, eldest surviving male heir of Simon Dedalus of Cork and Dublin and of
Mary, daughter of Richard and Christina Goulding (born Grier).
Had Bloom and Stephen been baptised?
Bloom three times, by the reverend Mr Gilmer Johnston M.A., alone, in the protestant church of Saint Nicholas Without, Coombe by James O'Connor, Philip Gilligan and James Fitzpatrick, together, under a pump in the village of Swords, and by the reverend Charles Malone, C.C., in the church of the Three Patrons, Rathgar. Stephen (once) by the reverend Charles Malone, C.C., alone, in the church of the Three Patrons, Rathgar.
Did they find their educational careers similar?
Bloom had passed successively through a dame's school and the high school: Stephen through
the preparatory, junior, middle and senior grades of the intermediate and through the matriculation, first arts, second arts and degree courses of the university.
Why did Bloom refrain from stating that he had frequented the university of life?
Because of his incertitude as to whether this observation had been already made by him to Stephen or by Stephen to him.
What two temperaments did they individually represent?
The scientific. The artistic.
What proofs did Bloom adduce to prove that his tendency was towards applied, rather than to pure, science?
Certain possible inventions of which he had cogitated when reclining on his back in a state of repletion to aid digestion, stimulated by his appreciation of the importance of inventions now common but once revolutionary, for example, the parachute, the reflecting telescope, the corkscrew, the safety pin, the mineral water syphon, the canal lock.
Were these inventions principally intended for an improved scheme of kindergarten?
Yes. They comprised astronomical kaleidoscopes exhibiting the twelve
constellations of the zodiac from Aries to Pisces, arithmetical gelatine lozenges, geometrical to correspond to zoological biscuits, globemap playing balls, historically costumed dolls.
What also stimulated him in his cogitations?
The financial success achieved by Ephraim Marks and Charles A. James, the former by his 1d(5.º5) bazaar at 42 George's street, south, the latter at 6½d(5.º5) shop and world's fancy fair and waxwork exhibition at 30 Henry Street, admission (56d 6d.5), children 1d(5.5); and the infinite possibilities hitherto unexploited of the modern art of advertisement if condensed in triliteral symbols of magnetising efficacy.
K. 11. Kino's 11/- Trousers.
House of Keys. Alexander J. Keyes.
Such as not?
Look at this long candle. Calculate when it burns out and you receive gratis 1 pair of our special non-compo boots, guaranteed 1 Candle power. Address: Barclay and Cook, 18 Talbot street.
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Such as never?
What is home without Plumtree's Potted Meat?
With it an abode of bliss.
Manufactured by George Plumtree, 23 Merchant's quay, Dublin, put up in
4 oz pots, and inserted by Councillor Joseph P. Nannetti, M.P., Rotunda Ward, 19
Hardwicke street, under the obituary notices and anniversaries of deceases. The
name on the label is Plumtree. A plumtree in a meatpot, registered trade mark. Beware of imitations.
Which example did he adduce to induce Stephen to deduce that originality, though producing its own reward, does not invariably conduce to success?
His own ideated and rejected project of an illuminated showcart, drawn by a beast of burden, in which two smartly dressed girls were to be seated engaged in writing.
What suggested scene was then constructed by Stephen?
A solitary hotel in a mountain pass. Autumn. Twilight. A fire lit. In a dark corner a young man seated. A young woman enters. Restless. She sits. She goes to the window. She stands. She sits. Twilight. She thinks. On solitary hotel paper she writes. She thinks. She writes. She sighs. Wheels and hoofs. She hurries out. He comes from his dark corner. He seizes the solitary paper. He holds it towards the fire. Twilight. He reads.
In sloping, upright and backhands, Queen's Hotel, Queen's Hotel, Queen's Ho …
What suggested scene was then reconstructed by Bloom?
The Queen's Hotel, Ennis, county Clare where Rudolph Bloom (Rudolf
Virag) died on the 27 June 1886 of an overdose of monkhood (aconite) in the form
of a neuralgic liniment composed of 2 parts of aconite liniment to 1 of chloroform liniment.
Did he attribute this homonymity to information or coincidence or intuition?
Did he depict the scene verbally for his guest to see?
He preferred himself to see and listen to another's words by which
potential narration was realised and kinetic temperament relieved.
Did he see only a second coincidence in the second scene narrated to him, described by the narrator as A Pisgah Sight of Palestine or The Parable of the Plums?
It, with the preceding scene and with others unnarrated but existent by implication, to which add essays on various subjects composed during schoolyears, seemed to him to contain in itself and in conjunction with the personal equation certain possibilities of financial, social, personal and sexual success, whether specially collected and selected as model themes (of cent per cent merit) for the use of preparatory and junior grade students or contributed in printed form, following the precedent of Philip Beaufoy or Doctor Dick or Heblon's Studies in Blue, to a publication of certified circulation and solvency or employed verbally as intellectual stimulation for sympathetic auditors, tacitly appreciative of successful narrative and confidently augurative of successful achievement, during the increasingly long nights gradually following the summer solstice.
Which domestic problem as much as, if not more than, any other frequently engaged his mind?
What to do with our wives.
What had been his hypothetical singular solutions?
Parlour games (dominos, bézique, halma, tiddledywinks, draughts, chess or backgammon): embroidery, darning or knitting for the policeaided clothing society: musical duets, mandoline and guitar, piano and flute, guitar and piano: legal scrivenery or envelope addressing: biweekly visits to variety entertainments: commercial activity in a cool dairy shop or warm cigar divan: the clandestine satisfaction of erotic irritation in masculine brothels, state-inspected and medically controlled: social visits, at regular infrequent prevented intervals and with regular frequent preventive superintendance, to and from female acquaintances of recognised respectability in the vicinity: courses of evening instruction specially designed to render instruction agreeable.
What instances of deficient mental development in his wife
inclined him in favour of the (lastmentioned) eighth solution?
In disoccupied moments she had more than once covered a sheet of paper with signs and hieroglyphics which she stated were Greek and Irish characters. She had interrogated constantly at varying intervals as to the correct method of writing the capital initial of the name of a city in Canada, Quebec. She understood little of political complications, internal, or balance of power, external. In calculating the addenda of bills she frequently had recourse to digital aid. Unusual polysyllables of foreign origin she interpreted phonetically or by false analogy or by both: metempsychosis (met him pike hoses), alias (a mendacious person mentioned in sacred scripture).
How had he attempted to remedy this state of comparative ignorance?
Variously. By leaving in a conspicuous place a certain book open at a certain page, by assuming in her when alluding explanatorily latent knowledge, by open ridicule in her presence of some absent other's ignorant lapse.
With what success had he attempted direct instruction?
She followed not all, a part of the whole, gave attention with interest, comprehended with surprise, with care repeated, with greater difficulty remembered, forgot with ease, with misgiving reremembered, rerepeated with error.
What system had proved more effective?
Indirect suggestion implicating self interest.
She disliked umbrella with rain, he liked woman with umbrella, she disliked
new hat with rain, he liked woman with new hat, he bought new hat with rain. She carried umbrella with new hat.
Accepting the analogy implied in his guest's parable which examples of postexilic eminence did he adduce?
Three seekers of the pure truth, Moses of Egypt, Moses Maimonides, author of
More Nebukim (Guide of the Perplexed) and Moses Mendelssohn of such eminence
that from Moses (of Egypt) to Moses (Mendelssohn) there arose none like Moses (Maimonides).
What statement was made, under correction, by Bloom concerning a fourth seeker of pure truth, by name Aristotle, mentioned by Stephen?
That the seeker mentioned had been a pupil of a rabbinical philosopher, name uncertain.
Were other illustrious sons of the law and children of a selected or rejected race mentioned?
Felix Bartholdy Mendelssohn (composer), Baruch Spinoza (philosopher), Mendoza (pugilist).
What fragments of verse from the ancient Hebrew and ancient Irish languages were cited with modulations of voice and translation of texts by guest to host and by host to guest?
By Stephen: suil, suil, suil arun, suil go siocair agus suil go cuin (walk, walk, walk your way, walk in safety, walk with care).
By Bloom: kifeloch, harimon rakatejch m'baad l'zamatejch. (thy temple amid thy hair is as a slice of pomegranate).
How was a glyphic comparison of the phonic symbols of both languages made in substantiation of the oral comparison?
On the penultimate blank page of a book entitled Sweets of Sin
(produced by Bloom and so manipulated that its front cover came in contact with
the surface of the table) with a pencil (supplied by Stephen) Stephen wrote the
Irish characters for gee, eh, dee, em, simple and modified, and Bloom in turn
wrote the Hebrew characters ghimel, aleph, daleth and (in the absence of mem) a
substituted qoph, explaining their arithmetical values of 3, 1, 4, and 100.
Was the knowledge possessed by both of each of these languages,
the extinct and the revived, theoretical or practical?
Theoretical, being confined to some rules of grammar and syntax and practically excluding vocabulary.
What points of contact existed between (5between5) these languages and between the peoples who spoke them?
The presence of guttural sounds in both languages, their antiquity, both having taught on the plain of Shinar 242 years after the deluge in the seminary instituted by Fenius Farsaigh, descendant of Noah, progenitor of Israel, and ascendant of Heber and Heremon, progenitors of Ireland, their vast archaeological genealogical and historical and religious literatures comprising the works of rabbis and culdees, Torah, Talmud, Pentateuch, Book of the Dun Cow, Book of Ballymote, Book of Kells: their dispersal, persecution, survival and revival: the isolation of their rites in ghetto (S. Mary's Abbey) and masshouse (Adam and Eve's tavern): the proscription of their national costumes in penal laws and jewish dress acts: the restoration in Chanah David of Zion and the possibility of Irish political autonomy or devolution.
What anthem did Bloom chant partially in anticipation of that multiple ethnically irreducible consummation?
Kolod balejwaw pnimah
Nefesch, jehudi, homijah.
Why did he not conclude?
In consequence of defective mnemotechnic.
How did he compensate for this deficiency?
By a periphrastic version of the general text.
In what common study did their mutual reflections merge?
The increasing simplification traceable from the Egyptian hieroglyphs to the
Greek and Roman alphabets and the anticipation of modern stenography and
telegraphic code in the cuneiform inscriptions (Semitic) and the virgular ogham writing (Celtic).
Did the guest comply with his host's request?
Doubly, by appending his signature in Irish and Roman characters.
What was Stephen's auditive sensation?
He heard in a profound ancient male unfamiliar melody the accumulation of the past.
What was Bloom's visual sensation?
He saw in a quick young male familiar form the predestination of a future.
What future careers had been possible for him in the past and with what exemplars?
In the church, Roman, Anglican or Nonconformist: exemplars, the very
reverend John Conmee S.J., the reverend T. Salmon,
provost of Trinity college, Dr Alexander J. Dowie. At the bar, English or Irish:
exemplars, Seymour Bushe, K.C., Rufus Isaacs, K.C. On the
stage, modern or Shakespearean: exemplars: Charles Wyndham, high comedian, Osmond Tearle († 1901), exponent of Shakespeare.
Did the host encourage his guest to chant in a modulated voice a strange legend on an allied theme?
Reassuringly, their place, where none could hear them talk, being secluded,
reassured, the decocted beverages, allowing for residual sediment, having been consumed.
Recite the first (major) part of this chanted legend?
Little Harry Hughes and his schoolfellows all
Went out for to play ball.
And the very first ball little Harry Hughes played
He drove it o'er the jew's garden wall.
And the very second ball little Harry Hughes played
He broke the jew's windows all.
How did the son of Rudolph receive this first part?
Smiling, a jew, he heard with pleasure and saw the unbroken kitchen window.
Recite the second part (minor) of the legend.
Then out there came the jew's daughter
And she all dressed in green.
“Come back, come back, you pretty little boy,
And play your ball again(5.5) ”
“I can't come back and I won't come back
Without my schoolfellows all.
For if my master he did hear
He'd make it a sorry ball(5.5) ”
She took him by the lilywhite hand
And led him along the hall
Until she led him to a room
Where none could hear him call.
She took a penknife out of her pocket
And cut off his little head
And now he'll play his ball no more
For he lies among the dead.
How did the father of Millicent receive this second part?
Unsmiling, he heard and saw with wonder a jew's daughter, all dressed in green.
Condense Stephen's commentary.
One of all, the least of all, is the victim predestined. Once by inadvertence, twice by design he challenges his destiny. It comes when he is abandoned and challenges him reluctant and, as an apparition of hope and youth, holds him unresisting. It leads him to a strange habitation, to a secret infidel apartment, and there, implacable, immolates him, consenting.
Why was the host (victim predestined) sad?
He wished that a tale of a deed should be told of a deed not by him should by him not be told.
Why was the host (reluctant, unresisting) still?
Why was the host (secret infidel) silent?
He weighed the possible evidences for and against ritual murder: the incitations of the hierarchy, the superstition of the populace, the envy of opulence: the influence of retaliation, the sporadic reappearance of atavistic delinquency, the mitigating circumstances of fanaticism, hypnotic suggestion and sonambulism.
(5From which of these mental or physical disorders was he not totally immune?
From hypnotic suggestion: once, waking, he had not recognised his sleeping
apartment: more than once, waking, he had been for an indefinite time incapable
of moving or uttering sounds. From sonambulism:
once, sleeping, his body had risen, crouched and crawled in the direction of a heatless fire and, having attained its destination, there, curled, unheated, in night attire had lain, sleeping.5)
Had this latter or any cognate phenomenon declared itself in any member of his family?
Twice, in Holles street and in Ontario terrace, his daughter Millicent
(Milly) at the ages of 6 and 8 years had uttered in sleep an exclamation of
terror and had replied to the interrogations of two figures in night attire with a vacant mute expression.
What other infantile memories had he of her?
15 June 1889. A querulous female infant crying to cause and lessen congestion. A child renamed Padney Socks she shook with shocks her moneybox: counted his three free buttons, one, tloo, tlee: a doll, a boy, a sailor she threw away: blond, born of two dark, she had blond ancestry, remote, a violation, Herr Hauptmann Hainau, Austrian army, proximate, a hallucination, lieutenant Mulvey, British navy.
What endemic characteristics were present?
Conversely the nasal and frontal formation was derived in a direct line of lineage which, though interrupted, would continue at distant intervals to more distant intervals to its most distant intervals.
What memories had he of her adolescence?
She relegated her hoop and skippingrope to a recess. On the duke's lawn
entreated by an English visitor she declined to permit him to make and take away
her photographic image. On the South Circular road in the company of Elsa
Potter, followed by an individual of sinister aspect, she went half way down
Stamer street and turned abruptly back. On the vigil of the 15th anniversary of
her birth she wrote a letter from Mullingar,
county Westmeath, making a brief allusion to a local student.
Did that first division, portending a second division, afflict him?
Less than he had imagined, more than he had hoped.
What second departure was contemporaneously perceived by him similarly, if differently?
A temporary departure of his cat.
Why similarly, why differently?
Similarly, because actuated by a secret purpose the quest of a new male (Mullingar student) or of a healing herb (valerian). Differently, because of different possible returns to the inhabitants or to the habitation.
In other respects were their differences similar?
In passivity, in economy, in the instinct of tradition, in unexpectedness.
Leaning she sustained her blond hair for him to ribbon it for her. On the
free surface of the lake in Stephen's green amid inverted reflections of
trees her uncommented spit, describing concentric circles of waterrings,
indicated by the constancy of its permanence the locus of a somnolent prostrate
fish. In order to remember the date, combatants, issue and consequences of a
famous military engagement she pulled a plait of her hair. Silly Milly, she
dreamed of having had an unspoken unremembered conversation with a horse whose
name had been Joseph to whom (which) she had offered a tumblerful of lemonade
which it (he) had appeared to have accepted.
In what way had he utilised gifts given as matrimonial auguries to interest and to instruct her?
As object lessons to explain: 1) the nature and habits of oviparous animals, the possibility of aerial flight, certain abnormalities of vision, the secular process of imbalsamation: 2) the principle of the pendulum, exemplified in bob, wheelgear and regulator, the translation in terms of human or social regulation of the various positions of moveable indicators on an unmoving dial, the exactitude of the recurrence per hour of an instant in each hour, when the longer and the shorter indicator were at the same angle of inclination, videlicet, 5 5⁄11 minutes past each hour per hour in arithmetical progression.
In what manners did she reciprocate?
She remembered: on the 27th anniversary of his birth she presented to him a
breakfast moustachecup of imitation crown Derby porcelain ware. She provided: at
quarter day or thereabouts if or when purchases had been made by him not for her
she showed herself attentive to his necessities, anticipating his desires. She
admired: a natural phenomenon having been explained by him to her she expressed
the immediate desire to possess without gradual acquisition a fraction of his
science, the moiety, the quarter, a thousandth part.
What proposal did Bloom, diambulist, father of Milly, (5sonambulist somnambulist5), make to Stephen, noctambulist?
To pass in repose the hours intervening between Thursday (proper) and Friday (normal) on an extemporised cubicle in the apartment immediately above the kitchen and immediately adjacent to the sleeping apartment of his host and hostess.
What various advantages would or might have resulted from a prolungation of such an extemporisation?
For the guest: security of domicile and seclusion of study. For the host:
rejuvenation of intelligence, vicarious satisfaction. For the
hostess: disintegration of obsession, acquisition of correct Italian pronunciation.
Why might these several provisional contingency between a guest and a hostess not necessarily preclude or be precluded by a permanent eventuality of reconciliatory union between a boy and a jew's daughter?
Because the way to daughter led through mother, the way to mother through daughter.
To what question of his host did the guest return a monosyllabic negative answer?
If he had known the late Mrs Emily Sinico, accidentally killed at Sydney Parade railway station 14 October 1903.
Was the proposal accepted?
Promptly, inexplicably, with amicability, gratefully it was declined.
What counterproposals were alternately advanced, accepted,
modified, declined, restated in other terms, reaccepted, ratified, reconfirmed?
To inaugurate a course of Italian instruction, place the residence of the instructed. To inaugurate a course of vocal instruction, place the residence of the instructress. To inaugurate a series of static, semistatic and peripatetic intellectual dialogues, places the residence of both speakers (if both speakers were resident in the same place), the Ship hotel and tavern, 6 Lower Abbey street (W. and E. Connery, proprietors), the National Library of Ireland, 10 Kildare street, the National Maternity Hospital, 29, 30 and 31 Holles street, a public garden, the vicinity of a place of worship, a conjunction of two or more public thoroughfares, the point of bisection of a right line drawn between their residences (if both speakers were resident in different places).
What rendered problematic for Bloom the realisation of these mutually selfexcluding propositions?
The irreparability of the past: once at a performance of Albert Hengler's circus in the Rotunda, Rutland square, Dublin an intuitive particoloured clown in quest of paternity had penetrated from the ring to a place in the auditorium where Bloom, solitary, was seated and had publicly declared to an exhilarated audience that he (Bloom) was his (the clown's) papa. The imprevidibility of the future: once in the summer of 1898 he (Bloom) had marked a florin (2/-) with three notches on the milled edge and tendered it in payment of an account due to and received by J. and T. Davy, family grocers, 1 Charlemont Mall, Grand Canal, for circulation on the waters of civic finance, for possible, circuitous or direct, return.
Was the clown Bloom's son?
Had Bloom's coin returned?
Why would a recurrent frustration the more depress him?
Because at the critical turningpoint of human existence he desired to amend
many social conditions, the product of inequality and avarice and international animosity.
He believed then that human life was infinitely perfectible, eliminating these conditions?
There remained the generic conditions imposed by natural, as distinct from human law, as integral parts of the human whole: the necessity of destruction to procure alimentary sustenance, the painful character of birth and death, the monotonous menstruation of simian and (particularly) human females extending from the age of puberty to the menopause, inevitable accidents at sea, in mines and factories, certain very painful maladies and their resultant surgical operations, innate lunacy and criminality, decimating epidemics, catastrophic cataclysms which make terror the basis of human mentality, seismic upheavals the epicentres of which are located in densely populated regions, the fact of vital growth from infancy through maturity to decay.
Why did he desist from speculation?
Because it was a task for a superior intelligence to substitute other phenomena in the place of those to be removed.
Did Stephen participate in his dejection?
He affirmed his significance as a conscious rational reagent between a micro and a macrocosm constructed upon the incertitude of the void.
Was this affirmation apprehended by Bloom?
Not verbally substantially.
What spectacle confronted them when they, first the host, then the guest, emerged silently, doubly dark, from obscurity by a passage from the rere of the house into the penumbra of the garden?
The heaventree of stars hung with humid nightblue fruit.
With what meditations did Bloom accompany his demonstration to his companion of various constellations?
Meditations of evolution increasingly vaster: of the infinite lattiginous scintillating uncondensed milky way, discernible by daylight by an observer placed at the lower end of a cylindrical vertical shaft 5000 ft deep sunk from the surface towards the centre of the earth, of Sirius 9 lightyears distant and in volume 900 times the dimension of our planet, of Arcturus, of Orion with belt and nebula in which 100 of our solar systems could be contained, of moribund, of nascent new stars such as Nova in 1901, of our system plunging towards the constellation of Hercules, of the parallax or parallactic drift of socalled fixed stars, in reality evermoving (5wanderers5) from immeasurably remote eons to infinitely remote futures in comparison with which the years, threescore and ten, of allotted human life formed a parenthesis of infinitesimal brevity.
Were there obverse meditations of involution increasingly less vast?
Of the eons of geological periods recorded in the stratifications of the
earth, of the myriad minute entomological existences concealed in cavities of
the earth, beneath removable stones, in hives and mounds, of microbes, germs,
bacteria, bacills, spermatozoa, of the incalculable trillions of millions of
molecules contained by cohesion of molecular affinity in a single
pinhead, of the universe of human serum constellated with red and white bodies, themselves universes of void space constellated with other bodies, each its universe of divisible component bodies of which was again divisible in divisions of redivisible component bodies, dividends and divisors ever diminishing without actual division till, if the process were carried far enough, nought was never reached.
Why did he not elaborate these calculations to a more precise result?
Because some years previously in 1886 when occupied with the
problem of the quadrature of the circle he had learned of the existence of a number computed to a relative degree of accuracy to be of such magnitude and of so many places, e.g., the 9th power of the 9th power of 9, that the result having been obtained, 33 closely printed volumes of 1000 pages each of innumerable quires and reams of India paper would have to be requisitioned in order to contain the complete tale of its printed integers of units, tens, hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, millions, tens of millions, hundreds of millions, billions, the nucleus of the nebula of every digit of every series containing succinctly the potentiality of being raised to the utmost kinetic elaboration of any power of any of its powers.
Did he find the problem of the inhabitability of the planets and their satellites by a race given in species easier of solution?
Of a different order of difficulty. Conscious that the human organism,
normally capable of sustaining an atmospheric pressure of 19 tons, when elevated
to a considerable altitude in the terrestrial atmosphere suffered with
arithmetical progression of intensity according as the line of demarcation
between troposphere and stratosphere was approximated from nasal hemorrhage,
impeded respiration and vertigo, when proposing this problem for solution, he
had conjectured as a working hypothesis which could not be proved impossible
that a more and differently anatomically constructed race of beings might
subsist otherwise under Martian, Mercurial, Veneral, Jovian, Saturnian,
Neptunian or Uranian sufficient and equivalent conditions, though humanity in
varying forms similar to the whole and to one another would probably there as
here remain inalterably attached to vanities of vanities.
Which various features of the constellations were in turn considered?
The various colours significant of various degrees of vitality (white,
yellow, crimson, dark red), their degrees of brilliancy, their magnitudes
revealed up to and including the 7th, their positions, the waggoner's star,
Walsingham way, the chariot of David, the annular cinctures of Saturn, the
condensation of spiral nebulae into suns, the interdependant gyrations of double
suns, the independant synchronous discoveries of Galileo, Simon Marius, Piazzi,
Le Verrier, Herschel, Galle, the systematisations attempted by Bode and Kepler
of cubes of distances and squares of times of revolution, the almost infinite
compressibility of hirsute comets and their vast elliptical egressive and
reentrant orbits from perihelion to aphelion, the sidereal origin of meteoric
stones: the Libyan floods on Mars about the period of the birth of the younger
astroscopist, the annual recurrence of meteoric showers about the period of the
feast of S. Lawrence, the monthly recurrence known as the new moon with the old
moon in her arms, the posited influence of celestial on human bodies, the
appearance of a star of exceeding brilliancy (a new luminous sun generated by
the collision and amalgamation in incandescence of two non-luminous exsuns)
about the period of the birth of William Shakespeare over delta in the recumbent
neversetting constellation of Cassiopeia, a 9 years' wonder, the attendant
phenomena of eclipses, solar and lunar, abatement of wind, transit of shadow, taciturnity of
winged creatures, emergence of nocturnal or crepuscular animals, obscurity of terrestrial waters, pallor of human beings.
His logical conclusion?
That it was a Utopia, an infinity renderable equally finite by the suppositious apposition of 1 or more bodies equally of the same and different magnitudes, a mobility immobilised in space, remobilised in air, a past which possibly had ceased to exist before its probable spectators had entered actual existence.
Was he more convinced of the esthetic value of the spectacle?
Indubitably in consequence of the reiterated examples of poets in the delirium of the frenzy of love or in the abasement of rejection invoking resplendent constellations or the frigidity of the satellite of their planet(5?.5)
Did he then accept as an article of belief the theory of astrological influences upon sublunary disasters?
It seemed to him as possible of proof as of confutation and the nomenclature employed in its selenographical charts as attributable to verifiable intuition as to fallacious analogy: the lake of dreams, the seas of rains, the gulf of dews, the ocean of fecundity.
What special affinities appeared to him to exist between the moon and woman?
Her antiquity in preceding and surviving successive generations, her
nocturnal predominance, her satellitic dependence, her luminary reflection, her constancy under all her phases, rising
and setting by her appointed times, waxing and waning, the forced invariability of her aspect, her indeterminate response to inaffirmative interrogation, her potency over effluent and refluent waters, her power to enamour, to mortify, to invest with beauty, to render insane, to incite to and aid delinquency, the tranquil inscrutability of her visage, the terribility of her isolated dominant implacable resplendent propinquity, her omens of tempest and of calm, the stimulation of her light, her motion and her presence, the admonition of her craters, her arid seas, her silence: her splendour, when visible, her attraction, when invisible.
What visible luminous sign attracted Bloom's, who attracted Stephen's, gaze(5.?5)
In the second storey (rere) of his Bloom's house the light of a paraffin oil lamp with oblique shade projected on a screen of roller blind supplied by Frank O'Hara, window blind, curtain pole and revolving manufacturer, 16 Aungier street.
How did he elucidate the mystery of an invisible person, his wife Marion (Molly) Bloom, denoted by a visible vigilant sign, a lamp?
With indirect and direct verbal allusions or affirmations: with subdued affection and admiration: with description: with impediment: with suggestion.
Both then were silent?
Silent, each contemplating the other in both mirrors of the flesh of fellowfaces.
Were they indefinitely inactive?
At Stephen's suggestion, at Bloom's instigation both, first
Stephen, then Bloom, in penumbra urinated, their sides contiguous, their organs
of micturition reciprocally rendered invisible by manual circumposition, their
gazes, first Bloom's, then Stephen's, elevated to the projected luminous and semiluminous shadow.
The trajectories of their, first sequent, then simultaneous, urinations were dissimilar: Bloom's longer, less irruent, in the incomplete form of the bifurcated penultimate letter who in his ultimate year at High School (1880) had been capable of attaining the point of greatest altitude against the whole strength of the institution 210 scholars: Stephen's higher, more sibilant, who in the ultimate hours of the previous day had augmented by consumption an insistent vesical pressure.
What different problems presented themselves to each concerning the invisible audible collateral organ of the other?
To Bloom: the problems of irritability, tumescence, rigidity, reactivity,
dimension, sanitariness, pelosity. To Stephen: the problem of the sacerdotal
integrity of Jesus circumcised (1 January, holiday of obligation to hear mass
and abstain from unnecessary servile work) and the problem as to whether the divine prepuce, the carnal bridal ring of the holy Roman catholic apostolic church, conserved in Calcata, were deserving of simple hyperduly or of the 4th degree of latria accorded to the abscission of such divine excrescences as hair and toenails.
What celestial sign was by both simultaneously observed?
A star precipitated with great apparent velocity from Vega in the Lyre above the zenith beyond the stargroup of the Tress of Berenice towards the zodiacal sign of Leo.
How did the centripetal remainer afford egress to the centrifugal departer?
By inserting the barrel of an arruginated male key in the hole of an
unstable female lock, obtaining a purchase on the handle of the key and turning
its wards from right to left, withdrawing a bolt from its staple, pulling inward
spasmodically an obsolescent unhinged door and revealing an aperture for free egress and free ingress.
How did they take leave one of the other in separation?
Standing perpendicular at the same door and on different sides of its base, the lines of their valedictory arms, meeting at any point and forming any angle less than the sum of two right angles.
Alone, what did Bloom hear?
The double reverberation of retreating feet, the double twang of a jew's harp in the resonant lane.
Alone, what did Bloom, feel?
The cold of interstellar space, thousands of degrees below the absolute zero of Fahrenheit, Centigrade or Réaumur: the incipient intimations of proximate dawn.
What prospect of what phenomenon inclined him to remain?
The disparition of three final stars, the diffusion of daybreak, the apparition of a new solar disk.
Had he ever been a spectator of that phenomenon?
Once, in 1887, after a protracted performance of charades in the house of Luke Doyle, Kimmage he had awaited with patience the apparition of the diurnal phenomenon, seated on a wall, his gaze turned in the direction of the east.
He remembered the initial paraphenomena?
More active air, a matutinal distant cock, ecclesiastical clocks at various
points, avine music, the isolated tread of an early wayfarer, the visible diffusion
of the light of an invisible luminous body, the first golden limb of the resurgent sun perceptible low on the horizon.
Did he remain?
With deep inspiration he returned, retraversing the garden,
reentering the passage. With brief suspiration he reassumed the candle, reascended the stairs, reapproached the door of the front room, hallfloor, and entered.
What suddenly arrested his ingress?
His right temporal lobe came into contact with a solid timber angle where, an infinitesimal but sensible fraction of a second later, a painful sensation was located in consequence of antecedent sensations transmitted and registered.
Describe the alterations effected in the disposition of the articles of furniture.
A sofa upholstered in prune plush had been translocated from opposite the door to the ingleside near the compactly furled Union Jack (an alteration which he had frequently intended to execute), the blue and white checker inlaid majolicatopped table had been placed opposite the door in the place vacated by the prune plush sofa: the walnut sideboard (a projecting angle of which had arrested his ingress) had been moved from its position beside the door to a more advantageous but more perilous position in front of the door: two chairs had been moved from right and left of the ingleside to the position originally occupied by the blue and white checker inlaid majolicatopped table.
One: a squat stuffed easychair, with stout arms extended and back slanted to
the rere, which repelled in recoil had upturned an irregular fringe of a
rectangular rug and displayed on its amply upholstered seat a centralised
diffusing and diminishing discolouration. The other: a slender splayfoot chair
of glossy cane curves, placed directly opposite the former, its frame from top
to seat and from seat to base being varnished dark brown, its seat being a bright circle of white plaited rush.
What significances attached to these two chairs?
Significances of similitude, of posture, of symbolism, of circumstantial evidence, of testimonial supermanence.
What occupied the position originally occupied by the sideboard?
A vertical piano (Cadby) with exposed keyboard, its closed coffin supporting a pair of long yellow ladies' gloves and an emerald ashtray containing four consumed matches, a partly consumed cigarette and two discoloured ends of cigarettes, its musicrest supporting the music in the key of G natural for voice and piano of Love's Old Sweet Song (words by G. Clifton Bingham, composed by J.L. Molloy, sung by Madam Antoinette Sterling) open at the last page with the final indications ad libitum, forte, pedal, animato, sustained pedal, ritirando, close.
With what sensations did Bloom contemplate in rotation these objects?
With strain, elevating a candlestick: with pain feeling on his right temple a contused tumescence: with attention, focussing his gaze on a large dull passive and a slender bright active: with amusement, remembering Dr Malachi Mulligan's scheme of colour containing the gradation of green: with pleasure, repeating the words and antecedent act and perceiving through various channels of internal sensibility the consequent and concomitant tepid pleasant diffusion of gradual discolouration.
His next proceeding?
From an open box on the majolicatopped table he extracted a black diminutive
cone, 1 inch in height, placed it on its circular base on a small tin plate,
placed his candlestick on the right corner of the mantelpiece, produced from his
waistcoat a folded typed letter, unfolded the folded letter, examined it
superficially, rolled it into a thin cylinder, ignited it in the candleflame, applied it when ignited to the apex of the cone till the latter reached the stage of rutilance, placed the cylinder in the basin of the candlestick disposing its unconsumed part in such a manner as to facilitate total combustion.
What followed this operation?
The truncated conical crater summit of the diminutive volcano emitted a vertical and serpentine fume redolent of aromatic oriental incense.
What objects, other than the candlestick, stood on the mantelpiece?
A timepiece of striated Connemara marble, stopped at the hour of 4.46 a.m. on the 21 March 1896, matrimonial gift of Matthew Dillon, a dwarf tree of glacial arborescence under a transparent bellshade, matrimonial gift of Luke and Caroline Doyle, an embalmed owl, matrimonial gift of Alderman John Hooper.
What interchanges of looks took place between these three objects and Bloom?
In the mirror of the giltbordered pierglass the undecorated back of the dwarf tree regarded the upright back of the embalmed owl. Before the mirror the matrimonial gift of Alderman John Hooper with a clear melancholy wise bright motionless compassionate gaze regarded Bloom while Bloom with obscure tranquil profound motionless compassionated gaze regarded the matrimonial gift of Luke and Caroline Doyle.
What composite asymmetrical image in the mirror then attracted his attention?
The image of a solitary (ipsorelative) mutable (aliorelative) man.
Why solitary (ipsorelative)?
Brothers and sisters had he none.
Yet that man's father was his grandfather's son.
Why mutable (aliorelative)?
From infancy to maturity he had resembled his maternal procreatrix. From maturity to senility he would increasingly resemble his paternal procreator.
What final visual impression was communicated to him by the mirror?
The optical reflection of several inverted volumes with scintillating titles on the two bookshelves opposite.
Catalogue these books.
Thom's Dublin Post Office Directory, 1886.
Denis Florence M'Carthy's Poetical Works (copper beechleaf bookmark at p. 5).
Shakespeare's Works (dark crimson morocco, goldtooled).
The Useful Ready Reckoner (brown cloth).
The Secret History of the Court of Charles II (red cloth, tooled binding).
The Child's Guide (blue cloth).
When We Were Boys by William O'Brien M.P. (green cloth, slightly faded, envelope bookmark at p. 217).
Thoughts from Spinoza (maroon leather).
The Story of the Heavens by Sir Robert Ball (blue cloth)(5.5)
Ellis's Three Trips to Madagascar (brown cloth, title obliterated)(5.5)
The Stark-Munro Letters by A. Conan Doyle, property of City of Dublin
Public Library, 106 Capel Street, lent 21 May (Whitsun Eve) 1904, due 4 June
1904, 13 days overdue (black cloth binding, bearing white letter-number ticket).
Voyages in China by “Viator” (recovered with brown paper, red ink title).
Philosophy of the Talmud (sewn pamphlet).
Lockart's Life of Napoleon (cover wanting, marginal annotations, minimising victories, aggrandising defeats of the protagonist).
Soll und Haben (black boards, cigarette coupon bookmark at p. 24)(5.5)
A Handbook of Astronomy (cover, brown leather, detached, 5 plates, antique letterpress long primer, author's footnotes pica, marginal clues brevier).
The Hidden Life of Christ (black
In the Track of the Sun (yellow cloth, titlepage missing)(5.5)
Physical Strength and How to Obtain It by Eugen Sandow (red cloth)(5.5)
Short but yet Plain Elements of Geometry written in French by F.
Ignat. Pardies and rendered into Engliſh by John Harris D.D. London,
printed for R. Knaplock at the Biſhop's Head, MDCCXI, with dedicatory
epiſtle to his worthy friend Charles Cox, eſquire, Member of
Parliament for the burgh of Southwark and having ink calligraphed statement on
the flyleaf certifying that the book was the property of Michael Gallagher,
dated this 10th day of May 1822, and requeſting the perſon who should
find it, if the book should be lost or go aſtray, to restore it to Michael
Gallagher, carpenter, Dufery Gate, Enniscorthy, county Wicklow, the finest place in the world.
What reflections occupied his mind during the process of reversion of the inverted volumes?
The necessity of order, a place for everything and everything in its place: the deficient appreciation of literature possessed by females: the incongruity of an apple incuneated in a tumbler and of an umbrella inclined in a closestool: the insecurity of hiding any secret document behind, beneath or between the pages of a book.
Why, firstly and secondly, did he not consult the work in question?
Firstly, in order to exercise mnemotechnic: secondly, because after an
interval of amnesia, when, seated at the central table, about to consult the work
in question, he remembered by mnemotechnic the name of the military engagement, Plevna.
What caused him irritation in his sitting posture?
Inhibitory pressure of collar (size 17) and waistcoat (5 buttons),
two articles of clothing superfluous in the costume of mature males and inelastic to alterations of mass by expansion.
How was the irritation allayed?
He removed his collar, with contained black necktie and collapsible stud, from his neck to a position on the left of the table. He unbuttoned successively in reversed direction waistcoat, trousers, shirt and vest along the medial line of irregular incrispated black hairs extending in triangular convergence from the pelvic basin over the circumference of the abdomen and umbilicular fossicle along the medial line of nodes to the intersection of the sixth pectoral vertebrae, thence produced both ways at right angles and terminating in circles described about two equidistant points, right and left, on the summits of the mammary prominences.
What involuntary actions followed?
He compressed between 2 fingers the flesh circumjacent to a cicatrice in the
left infracostal region below the diaphragm resulting from a sting inflicted 2
weeks and 3 days previously (23 May 1904) by a bee. He scratched imprecisely
with his right hand, though insensible of prurition, various points and surfaces
of his partly exposed wholly abluted skin. He inserted his left hand into the
left lower pocket of his waistcoat and extracted and replaced a silver coin (1
shilling), placed there (presumably) on the occasion (10 October 1903) of the
interment of Mrs Emily Sinico, Sydney Parade.
Compile the budget for 16 June 1904.
|£. S. D.||£. S. D.|
|1 Pork kidney …||0. 0. 3||Cash in Hand …||0. 4. 9|
|1 Copy Freeman's Journal …||0. 0. 1||Commission recd. Freeman's Journal …||1. 7. 6|
|1 Bath and Gratification …||0. 1. 6||Loan (Stephen Dedalus) …||1.11. 0|
|Tramfare …||0. 0. 1|
|2 Banbury cakes …||0. 0. 1|
|1 Lunch …||0. 0. 7|
|1 Renewal fee for book …||0. 1. 0|
|1 Packet Notepaper and Envelopes …||0. 0. 2|
|1 Dinner and Gratification …||0. 2. 0|
|1 Postal Order and Stamp …||0. 2. 8|
|Tramfare …||0. 0. 1|
|1 Pig's Foot …||0. 0. 4|
|1 Sheep's Trotter …||0. 0. 3|
|1 Cake Fry's Plain Chocolate …||(50. 1. 0 0. 0. 15)|
|1 Square Soda Bread …||0. 0. 4|
|1 Coffee and Bun …||0. 0. 4|
|Loan (Stephen Dedalus) refunded …||1. 11. 0|
|Balance …||1. 1. 6|
|£ 3. 3. 3||£ 3. 3. 3|
Did the process of (5disvestiture divestiture5) continue?
Sensible of a benignant persistent ache in his footsoles he extended his
foot to one side and observed the creases, protuberances and salient points
caused by foot pressure in the course of walking repeatedly in several different
directions, then, inclined, he disnoded the laceknots, unhooked and loosened the
laces, took off each of his two boots for the second time, detached the
partially moistened right sock through the fore part of which the nail of his
great toe had again effracted, raised his right and, having unhooked a purple
elastic sock suspender, took off his right sock, placed his unclothed right foot
on the margin of the seat of his chair, picked at and gently lacerated the
protruding part of the great toenail, raised the part lacerated to his nostrils
and inhaled the odour of the quick, then, with satisfaction, threw away the lacerated unghial fragment.
Why with satisfaction?
Because the odour inhaled corresponded to other odours inhaled of other unghial fragments, picked and lacerated by Master Bloom, pupil of Mrs Ellis's juvenile school, patiently each night in the act of brief genuflection and nocturnal prayer and ambitious meditation.
In what ultimate ambition had all concurrent and consecutive ambitions now coalesced?
Not to inherit or posses in perpetuity extensive demesne of a sufficient
number of acres, roods and perches, statute land measure, of grazing turbary
surrounding a baronial hall with gatelodge and carriage drive nor, on the other
hand, a terracehouse or semidetached villa, described as Rus in Urbe or
Qui si sana but to purchase by private treaty in fee simple a thatched
bungalowshaped 2 storey dwellinghouse of southerly aspect, with porch covered by
parasitic plants (ivy or Virginia creeper), halldoor, olive green, with smart carriage finish
and neat doorbrasses, stucco front with gilt tracery at eaves and gable, rising, if possible, upon a gentle eminence with agreeable prospect from balcony with stone pillar parapet and standing in 5 or 6 acres of its own ground, at such a distance from the nearest public thoroughfare as to render its houselights visible at night above and through a quickset hedge of topiary cutting, situate at a given point not less than 1 statute mile from the periphery of the metropolis, within a time limit of not more than 15 minutes from tram or train line, (e.g., Dundrum, south, or Sutton, north, both localities equally reported by trial to resemble the terrestrial poles in being favourable climates for phthysical subjects), the premises to be held under feefarm grant, lease 999 years, the messuage to consist of 1 drawingroom with baywindow (2 lancets), thermometer affixed, 1 sittingroom, 4 bedrooms, bathroom (hot and cold), tiled kitchen with close range and scullery, lounge hall fitted with linen wallpresses, fumed oak sectional bookcase containing the Encyclopaedia Brittanica and New Century Dictionary, transverse obsolete medieval and oriental weapons, dinner gong, alabaster lamp, bowl pendant, handtufted carpet with cream ground and trellis border, loo table with pillar and claw legs, hearth with firebrasses and ormolu mantel clock, guaranteed timekeeper with cathedral chime, barometer with hygrographic chart, and
comfortable corner fitments and cuspidors (club style, rich winecoloured leather, gloss renewable with a minimum of labour by use of linseed oil and vinegar) and pyramidically prismatic central chandelier lustre, bentwood perch with fingertame parrot (expurgated language), embossed mural paper at 10/- per dozen with transverse swags of carmine floral design and top crown frieze, staircase, three flights at right angles, of varnished oak, treads and risers, balusters and handrail, with steppedup panel dado: bathroom, hot and cold, reclining and shower: water closet with tipup seat, bracket lamp, brass tierod and brace, armrests, footstool and artistic oleograph on inner face of door: ditto, plain: servants' apartments with separate sanitary and hygienic necessaries for cook, general and betweenmaid (salary, annual bonus and retiring allowance after 30 years' service), outoffices, coal and wood cellarage with winebin (still and sparkling vintages) for distinguished guests, if entertained to dinner (evening dress), carbon monoxide gas throughout.
What facilities of transit were desirable?
When citybound frequent connection by train or tram from their respective intermediate station or terminal. When countrybound velocipedes, a chainless freewheel roadster cycle with side basketcar attached, or draught conveyance, a donkey with wicker trap or smart phaeton with good working cob.
What additional attractions might the grounds contain?
As addenda, a tennis and fives court, a glass summerhouse with tropical palms, equipped in the best botanical manner, a rockery with waterspray, a beehive arranged on humane principles, oval flowerbeds in rectangular grassplots set with eccentric ellipses of scarlet and chrome tulips, an orchard, kitchen garden and vinery, protected against illegal trespassers by glasstopped mural enclosures, a lumbershed with padlock for various implements.
Eeltraps, lobsterpots, fishingrods, hatchet, grindstone, clodcrusher,
swatheturner, carriagesack, telescope ladder, washing clogs, haytedder, tumbling
rake, billhook, paintpot, brush, hoe and so on.
What improvements might be subsequently introduced?
A rabbitry and fowlrun, a dovecote, 2 hammocks (lady's and gentleman's), a sundial shaded and sheltered by
laburnum or lilac trees, an exotically harmonically accorded Japanese tinkle gatebell affixed to left lateral gatepost, a capacious waterbutt, a lawnsprinkler with hydraulic hose.
What might be the name of this residence?
Bloom Cottage. Saint Leopold's. Flowerville.
Could Bloom of 7 Eccles Street foresee Bloom of Flowerville?
In loose allwool garments with Harris tweed cap, price 8(sup)s/6(sup)d, and garden boots with elastic gussets and wateringcan, planting aligned young firtrees, sowing hayseed, trundling a weedladen wheelbarrow without excessive fatigue at sunset amid the scent of newmown hay.
What pursuits were simultaneously possible as mental occupation?
Snapshot photography, comparative study of religions, folklore relative to various amatory and superstitious practices, contemplation of the celestial constellations.
What lighter recreations?
Outdoor: garden and fieldwork, cycling on level macadamised causeways, ascents of moderately high hills, natation in secluded fresh water and unmolested river boating on reaches free from weirs and rapids (summer), vespertinal perambulation or equestrian circumprocession with inspection of sterile landscape and contrastingly agreeable cottagers' fires of smoking turves (winter). Indoor: House carpentry with a toolbox containing hammer, awl, nails, screws, tintacks, gimlet, tweezers, bullnose plane and turnscrew.
Might he become a gentleman farmer of field produce and live stock?
Not impossibly, with 1 or 2 stripper cows, 1 pike of upland hay and requisite farming implements, e.g., an end-to-end churn, a turnip pulper etc.
What would be his civic functions and social status among the county families and landed gentry?
Successively in ascending hierarchical order, that of gardener, groundsman, cultivator, breeder, and at the zenith of his career, resident magistrate or justice of the peace with a family crest and coat of arms and appropriate classical motto (Semper paratus), duly recorded in the court directory (Bloom, Leopold P., M.P., P.C., K.P., L.L.D. (5(5) honoris causa(5),5) Bloomville, Dundrum) and mentioned in fashionable intelligence (Mr and Mrs Leopold Bloom have left Kingstown for England).
What course of action did he outline for himself in such capacity?
A course that lay between undue clemency and excessive rigour the
dispensation in a heterogeneous society of arbitrary classes of unbiassed
homogeneous indisputable justice, tempered with mitigants of the widest possible
latitude but exactable to the uttermost farthing. Loyal to the
highest power in the land, actuated by an innate love of rectitude his aims would be the strict maintenance of public order, the repression of many abuses though not of all simultaneously, the upholding of the letter of the law (common, statute and law merchant) against all instigators of international persecution, all perpetuators of international animosities, all violators of domestic connubiality.
Prove that he had loved rectitude from his earliest youth.
To Master Percy Apjohn at High School in 1880 he had divulged his disbelief
in the tenets of the Irish (protestant) church (to which his father Rudolph
had been converted from the Israelitish faith and communion in 1865 by the
Society for promoting Christianity among the jews) subsequently abjured by him
at the epoch of and with a view to his matrimony in 1888 in favour of Roman
catholicism. To Daniel Magrane and Francis Wade in 1882 during a juvenile
friendship (terminated by the premature emigration of the former) he had
advocated during nocturnal perambulations the evolutionary theories of Charles
Darwin, expounded in The Descent of Man and The Origin of Species.
In 1885 he had publicly expressed his adherence to the collective and national
economic programme advocated by James Fintan Lalor, John Fisher Murray, John
Mitchel, J.F.X. O'Brien and others, the agrarian policy of Michael Davitt,
the constitutional agitation of Charles Stewart Parnell (M.P. for Cork City),
the programme of peace, retrenchment and reform of William Ewart Gladstone (M.P.
for Midlothian) and, in support of his political convictions, had climbed up into a secure position amid the
ramifications of a tree on Northumberland road to see the entrance into the capital of a demonstrative torchlight procession in escort of Viscount Ripon and John Morley.
How much and how did he propose to pay for this country residence?
As per prospectus of the Irish Civil Service Building Society (incorporated
1874), a maximum of £60 per annum, being 1⁄6 of an assured income,
derived from giltedged securities, representing at 5% simple interest a capital
of £1200 (estimate of price at 20 years' purchase), of which
1⁄3 to be paid on acquisition and the balance in the form of rent, viz,
£800 plus 2½% interest on the same, repayable quarterly in equal
until extinction of loan advanced for purchase within a period of 20 years,
amounting to an annual rental of £64, headrent included, the titledeeds to
remain in possession of the lender or lenders with a saving clause envisaging
forced sale, foreclosure and mutual compensation in the event of protracted
failure to pay the terms assigned otherwise the messuage to become
the absolute property of the tenant occupier upon expiry of the period of years stipulated.
What rapid but insecure means to opulence might facilitate immediate purchase?
A private wireless telegraph which would transmit by dot and dash system the result of a national won by an outsider at odds of 50 to 1 at 3 hr(5.5) 8 m(5.5) p.m(5.5) at Ascot (Greenwich time) the message being received and available for betting purposes in Dublin at 2.59 p.m(5.5) (Dunsink time). The unexpected discovery of an object of great monetary value (precious stone, black Mauritius postage stamp, antique dynastical ring, unique relic) in unusual repositories or by unusual means: from the air (dropped by an eagle in flight), by fire (amid the carbonised remains of an incendiated edifice), in the sea (amid flotsam, jetsam, lagan and derelict), on earth (in the gizzard of a commestible fowl). A Spanish prisoner's donation of a distant treasure of valuables or bullion lodged with a solvent banking corporation 100 years previously at 5% compound interest of the collective worth of £5,000,000 stg (five million pounds sterling). A contract with an inconsiderate contractee for the delivery of 32 consignments of some given commodity in consideration of cash payment on delivery per delivery at the initial rate of ¼d(5.5) to be increased constantly in the geometrical progression of 2 ((5¼d, ½d, ¼, ½,5) 1d(5.5), 2d(5.5), 4d(5.5), 8d(5.5), 1s(5.5) 4d(5.5), 2s(5.5) 8d(5.5) to 32 terms). A prepared scheme based on a study of the laws of probability to break the bank at Monte Carlo. A solution of the secular problem of the quadrature of the circle, premium £1,000,000 sterling.
Was vast wealth acquirable through industrial channels?
The reclamation of dunams of waste arenary soil proposed in the prospectus of Agendath Netaim, Bleibtreustrasse, Berlin, W. 15, by the cultivation of orange plantations and melonfields and reafforestation. The utilisation of waste paper, fells of sewer rodents, human excrement possessing chemical properties, in the view of the vast production of the first, vast number of the second and immense quantity of the third, every normal human being of average vitality and appetite producing annually a sum total of 3 cwt to be multiplied by 4,235,000 the total population of Ireland according to the census returns of 1901.
Were there schemes of wider scope?
A scheme to be formulated and submitted for approval to the harbour
commissioners for the exploitation of white coal (hydraulic
power), obtained at peak of tide at Dublin bar or at head of water at Poulaphouca or Powerscourt for the economic production of electricity. A scheme to enclose the peninsular delta of the North Bull at Dollymount and erect on the space of the foreland used for golf links and rifle ranges casinos, booths, shooting galleries, hotels, boardinghouses, readingrooms, establishments for mixed bathing. A scheme for the use of dogvans and goatvans for the delivery of early morning milk. A scheme for the development of Irish tourist traffic in and around Dublin by means of petrolpropelled riverboats, plying between Island bridge and Ringsend, charabancs, narrow gauge local railways, and pleasure steamers for coastwise navigation (10/- per person per day, guide included). A scheme for the repristination of passenger and goods traffics over Irish waterways, when freed from weedbeds. A scheme to connect by tramline the Cattle Market (North Circular road and Prussia street) with the quays (Sheriff street, lower and East Wall), parallel with the Link line railway laid (in conjunction with the Great Southern and Western railway line) between the cattle park, Liffey junction, and terminus of Midland Great Western railway, 43 to 45 North Wall, in proximity to the terminal stations or Dublin branches of Great Central railway, Midland Railway of England, City of Dublin Steam Packet Company, Lancashire and Yorkshire railway Company, Dublin and Glasgow Steam Packet Company, Glasgow, Dublin and Londonderry Steam Packet Company (Laird line), British and Irish Steam Packet Company, Dublin and Morecambe Steamers, London and North Western Railway Company, Dublin Port and Docks Board Landing Sheds and transit sheds of Palgrave, Murphy and Company, steamship owners, agents for steamers from Mediterranean, Spain, Portugal, France, Belgium and Holland and for Liverpool Underwriters' Association, the cost of acquired rolling stock for animal transport and of additional mileage operated by the Dublin United Tramways Company, limited, to be covered by graziers' fees.
Was it possible to contract for these several schemes?
Given a guarantee equal to the sum sought, the support, by deed of gift during donor's lifetime or by bequest after donor's painless extinction, of eminent financiers (Blum Pasha, Rothschild, Guggenheim, Hirsch, Montefiore, Morgan, Rockefeller) possessing fortunes in 6 figures, (5ammassed amassed5) during a successful life, and joining capital with opportunity the thing required was done.
What eventuality would render him independent of such aliorelative wealth?
The independent discovery of an ipsorelative goldseam of inexhaustible ore.
For what reason did he meditate on schemes so difficult of realisation?
It was one of his axioms that similar meditations or the automatic relation to himself of a narrative concerning himself or tranquil recollection of the past when practised habitually before retiring for the night allievated fatigue and produced as a result sound repose and renovated vitality.
As a physicist he had learned that of the 70 years of complete human life at least 2⁄7, viz, 20 years are passed in sleep. As a philosopher he knew that at the termination of any allotted life only an infinitesimal part of any person's desires has been realised. As a physiologist he believed in the artificial placation of malignant agencies chiefly operative during somnolence.
What did he fear?
The commital of homicide or suicide during sleep by an aberration of the
light of reason, the incommensurable categorical intelligence situated in the cerebral convolutions.
What were habitually his final meditations?
Of some one sole unique advertisement to cause passers to stop in wonder, a
poster novelty, with all extraneous accretions excluded, reduced to its simplest
and most efficient terms not exceeding the span of casual vision and congruous with the velocity of modern life.
What did the first drawer unlocked contain?
A Vere Foster's handwriting copybook, property of Milly (Millicent)
Bloom, certain pages of which bore diagram drawings, marked Papli, which
showed a large globular head with 5 hairs erect, 2 eyes in profile, the trunk
full front with 3 large buttons, 1 triangular foot: 2 fading photographs of
queen Alexandra of England and of Maud Branscombe, actress and beauty: a
Yuletide card, bearing on it a pictorial representation of a parasitic plant,
the legend Mizpah, the date Xmas 1892, the name of the senders: from Mr
& Mrs M. Comerford, the versicle: May this Yuletide bring to thee, Joy
and peace and welcome glee: a butt of red partly liquefied sealing wax,
obtained from the stores department of Messrs Hely's, Ltd, 89, 90, and 91
Dame street: an old sandglass which rolled containing sand which rolled: a
sealed prophecy (never unsealed) written by Leopold Bloom in 1886 concerning the
consequences of the passing into law of William Ewart Gladstone's Home rule
bill of 1886 (never passed into law): a bazaar ticket, N° 2004, of S.
Kevin's Charity Fair, price
100 prizes: an infantile epistle, dated, small em monday, reading: capital pee
Papli comma capital aitch How are you note of interrogation capital eye I am
very well full stop new paragraph signature with flourishes capital em Milly no
stop: a cameo brooch, property of Ellen
(born Higgins), deceased: 3 typewritten letters, addressee, Henry Flower, c/o
P.O. Westland Row, addresser, Martha Clifford, c/o P.O. Dolphin's Barn: the
name and address of the addresser of the 3 letters in reversed alphabetic
cipher, Nzigsz Xoruuliw, Wloksrmh Yzim: a press cutting from an English weekly
periodical Modern Society, subject corporal chastisement in girls'
schools: a pink ribbon which had festooned an Easter egg in the year 1899: two
partly uncoiled rubber preservatives with reserve pockets, purchased by post
from Box 320, P.O., Charing Cross, London, W.C.: 1 pack of 1 dozen creamlaid
envelopes and feintruled notepaper, watermarked, now reduced by 3: some assorted
Austrian-Hungarian coins: 2 coupons of the Royal and Privileged Hungarian
lottery: a lowpower magnifying glass: 2 erotic photocards showing a) buccal
coition between nude senorita (rere presentation, superior position) and nude
torero (fore presentation, inferior position) b) anal violation by male
religious (fully clothed, eyes abject) of female religious (partly clothed, eyes
direct), purchased by post from Box 320, P.O., Charing Cross, London, W.C.: a press cutting
of recipe for renovation of old tan boots: a 1d stamp, lavender, of the reign of Queen Victoria: a chart of the measurements of Leopold Bloom compiled before during and after 2 months' consecutive use of Sandow-Whiteley's pulley exerciser, men's 15/-, athlete's 20/-, viz, chest 28 in and 29½ in, biceps 9 in and 10 in, forearm 8½ in and 9 in, thigh 10 in and 12 in, calf 11 in and 12 in: 1 prospectus of The Wonderworker, the world's greatest remedy for rectal complaints, direct from Wonderworker, Coventry House, South Place, London E.C., addressed to Mrs L. Bloom with brief accompanying note commencing: Dear Madam.
Quote the textual terms in which the prospectus claimed advantages for this thaumaturgic remedy.
It heals and soothes while you sleep, in case of trouble in breaking wind,
assists nature in the most formidable way insuring instant relief in discharge
of gases, keeping parts clean and free natural action, an initial outlay of 7/6
making a new man of you and life worth living. Ladies find Wonderworker
especially useful, a pleasant surprise when they note delightful result like a cool drink of fresh spring water on
a sultry summer's day. Recommend it to your lady and gentlemen friends, lasts a lifetime. Insert long round end. Wonderworker.
Were their testimonials?
Numerous. From clergyman, British Naval officer, wellknown author, city man, hospital nurse, lady, mother of five, absentminded beggar.
How did absentminded beggar's testimonial conclude?
What a pity the government did not supply our men with wonderworkers during the South African campaign! What a relief it would have been!
What object did Bloom add to this collection of objects?
A 4th typewritten letter received by Henry Flower from Martha Clifford.
What pleasant reflection accompanied this action?
The reflection that, apart from the letter in question, his face, form and
address had been favourably received during the course of the preceding day by a
wife (Mrs Josephine Breen, born Josie Powell), a nurse, Miss Callan (Christian
name unknown), a maid Gertrude, (Gerty), (family name unknown).
What possibility suggested itself?
The possibility of exercising virile power of fascination in the not immediate future after an expensive repast in a private apartment in the company of an elegant courtesan, of corporal beauty, moderately mercenary, variously instructed, a lady by origin.
What did the 2nd drawer contain?
Documents: the birth certificate of Leopold Paula Bloom: an
endowment policy of £100 in the Scottish Widows' Assurance Society, intestated Milicent (Milly) Bloom, payable at 21 years: a bank passbook issued by the Ulster Bank, College Green branch showing statement of a/c for halfyear ending 31 December 1903, balance in depositor's favour: £18-14-6 (eighteen pounds, fourteen shillings and sixpence, sterling), net personalty: dockets of the Catholic Cemeteries' (Glasnevin) Committee, relative to a graveplot purchased: a local press cutting concerning change of name by deedpoll.
Quote the textual terms of this notice.
I, Rudolph Virag, now resident at n° 52 Clanbrassil street, Dublin, formerly of Szombathely in the kingdom of Hungary, hereby give notice that I have assumed and intend henceforth upon all occasions and at all times to be known by the name of Rudolph Bloom.
What other objects relative to Rudolph Bloom (born Virag) were in the 2nd drawer?
An indistinct daguerrotype of Rudolph Virag and his father Leopold Virag
executed in the year 1852 in the portrait atelier of their (respectively) 1st
and 2nd cousin, Stefan Virag of Szesfehervar, Hungary. An ancient hagadah book
in which a pair of hornrimmed convex spectacles inserted marked the passage of
thanksgiving in the ritual prayers for Pessach (Passover): a photocard of the
Queen's Hotel, Ennis, proprietor, Rudolph Bloom: an envelope addressed: To My Dear Son Leopold.
What reminiscences did these objects evoke in Bloom?
An old man, widower, unkempt of hair, in bed, with head covered, sighing: an infirm dog, Athos: veronal, resorted to by increasing doses of grains and scruples as a palliative of recrudescent neuralgia: the face in death of a septuagenarian, suicide by poison.
Why did Bloom experience a sentiment of remorse?
Because in immature impatience he had treated with disrespect certain beliefs and practices.
The prohibition of the use of fleshmeat and milk at one meal: the circumcision of male infants: the supernatural character of Judaic scripture: the sanctity of the sabbath.
How did these beliefs and practices now appear to him?
Not more rational than they had then appeared, not less rational than other beliefs and practices now appeared.
What first reminiscence had he of Rudolph Bloom (deceased)?
Rudolph Bloom (deceased) narrated to his son Leopold Bloom (aged 6) a
retrospective arrangement of migrations and settlements in and between Dublin,
London, Florence, Milan, Szombathely with statements of satisfaction (his grandfather having
seen Maria Theresia, empress of Austria, queen of Hungary), with commercial advice (having taken care of pence, the pounds having taken care of themselves). Leopold Bloom (aged 6) had accompanied this narrations by constant consultation of a geographical map
of Europe (political) and by suggestions for the establishment of affiliated business premises in the various centres mentioned.
Had time equally but differently obliterated the memory of these migrations in narrator and listener?
In narrator by the access of years and in consequence of the use of narcotic toxin: in listener by the access of years and in consequence of the action of distraction upon vicarious experiences.
What idiosyncracies of the narrator were concomitant products of amnesia?
Occasionally he ate without having previously removed his hat. Occasionally he drank voraciously the juice of gooseberry fool from an inclined plate. Occasionally he removed from his lips the traces of food by means of a lacerated envelope or other fragment of paper.
What two phenomena of senescence were more frequent?
The myopic digital calculation of coins, eructation consequent upon repletion.
What object offered partial consolation for these reminiscences?
The endowment policy, the bank passbook, the certificate of the possession of scrip.
From what reverse of fortune did these supports protect their possessor?
Successively, in descending helotic order, Poverty: that of the
outdoor hawker of imitation jewellery, the dun for the recovery of bad and doubtful debts, the poor rate and deputy cess collector. Mendicancy: that of the fraudulent bankrupt with negligible assets paying ¼d. in the £, sandwichman, distributor of throwaways, nocturnal vagrant, maimed sailor, blind stripling, superannuated bailiff's man, eccentric public laughingstock seated on bench of public park under perforated umbrella. Destitution: the inmate of Old Man's House (Royal Hospital), Kilmainham, the inmate of Simpson's Hospital for reduced but respectable men permanently disabled by gout or want of sight. Nadir of
misery: the aged impotent disfranchised ratesupported moribund lunatic pauper.
With which attendant indignities?
The unsympathetic indifference of previously amiable females, the contempt of males, the acceptance of fragments of bread, the simulated ignorance of casual acquaintances, the latration of illegitimate vagabond dogs, the infantile discharge of decomposed vegetable missiles, worth little or nothing, nothing or less than nothing.
By what could such a situation be precluded?
By decease (change of state): by departure (change of place).
What considerations rendered it not entirely undesirable(5.?5)
Constant cohabitation impeding mutual toleration of personal defects. The
habit of independent purchase increasingly cultivated.
What considerations rendered it not irrational?
The parties concerned, uniting, had increased and multiplied, which being done, offspring produced and educed to maturity, the parties, if not disunited for increase and multiplication were obliged to reunite, which was absurd, to form the original couple of uniting parties, which was impossible.
What considerations rendered it desirable?
The attractive character of certain localities in Ireland and abroad, as represented in general geographical maps of polychrome design or in special ordnance survey charts by employment of scale numerals and hachures.
The cliffs of Moher, the windy wilds of Connemara, lough Neagh with
submerged petrified city, the Giant's Causeway, Fort Camden and Fort
Carlisle, the Golden Vale of Tiperrary, the islands of Aran, the pastures of
royal Meath, Brigid's elm in Kildare, the Queen's Island shipyard in
Belfast, the Salmon Leap, the lakes of Killarney.
Ceylon (with spicegardens supplying tea to Tom Kernan), the temple of
Jerusalem (where meeting was convened from year to year), the straits of
Gibraltar (the unique birthplace of Marion Tweedy), the Parthenon (containing
statues of nude Grecian divinities), the Wall street money market (which
controlled international finance), the Plaza de Toros at La Linea, Spain (where
O'Hara of the Camerons had slain the bull), Niagara (over which no human
being had passed with impunity), the land of the
(eaters of soap), the forbidden country of Thibet (from which no traveller
returns), the bay of Naples (to see which was to die), the
What public advertisement would divulge the occultation of the departed?
£5 reward, lost, stolen or strayed from his residence 7 Eccles street, missing gent about 40, answering to the name of Bloom, Leopold (Poldy), height 5 ft 8½ inches, full build, olive complexion, may have since grown a beard, when last seen was wearing a black suit. Above sum will be paid for information leading to his discovery.
What universal denomination would be his?
Assumed by any or known to none. Everyman or Noman.
What tributes his?
Honour and gifts of strangers, the friends of Everyman. A nymph immortal, Beauty, the bride of Noman.
Would the departed never nowhere nohow reappear?
Ever he would wander to the extreme limit of his cometary orbit, beyond the
fixed stars and variable suns and telescopic planets, astronomical waifs and
strays, to the extreme boundary of
passing from land to land, among peoples, amid events. Somewhere imperceptibly
he would hear and somehow reluctantly obey the summons of recall. Whence, disappearing from the constellation
of the Northern Crown he would somehow reappear reborn above delta in the constellation of Cassiopeia and after incalculable eons of peregrination return an avenger, a wreaker of justice on malefactors, a dark crusader, a sleeper awakened, with financial resources (by supposition) surpassing those of Rothschild or the silver king.
What would render such return irrational?
An unsatisfactory equation between an exodus and return in time through reversible space and an exodus and return in space through irreversible time.
What rendered departure undesirable?
The lateness of the hour, rendering procrastinatory, the obscurity of the night, rendering invisible, the uncertainty of thoroughfares, rendering perilous, the necessity for repose, obviating movement, the proximity of an occupied bed, obviating research, the anticipation of warmth (human) tempered with coolness (linen) obviating desire and rendering desirable.
What advantages were possessed by an occupied, as distinct from an unoccupied bed?
The removal of nocturnal solitude, the superior quality of human (mature female) to inhuman (hotwaterjar) calefaction, the stimulation of matutinal contact, the economy of mangling done on the premises in the case of trousers accurately folded and placed lengthwise between the spring mattress (striped) and the woollen mattress (biscuit section).
What past consecutive causes of accumulated fatigue did Bloom, before rising, silently recapitulate?
The preparation of breakfast, the bath, the funeral, the advertisement of Alexander Keyes, the unsubstantial lunch, the visit to museum and national library, the bookhunt along Bedford row, Merchants Arch, Wellington Quay, the music in the Ormond Hotel, the altercation in Bernard Kiernan's premises, a blank period of time including a cardrive, a visit to a house of mourning, a leavetaking, the eroticism produce by feminine exhibitionism, the prolonged delivery of Mrs Mina Purefoy, the visit to the disorderly house of Mrs Bella Cohen, 82 Tyrone street, lower and subsequent brawl in Beaver street, nocturnal perambulation to and from the cabman's shelter, Butt Bridge.
What enigma pondered with desultory constancy during 30 years did Bloom now, having effected natural obscurity by the extinction of artificial light, silently suddenly comprehend?
Where was Moses when the candle went out?
What imperfections in a perfect day did Bloom, walking, silently, successively, enumerate?
A provisional failure to obtain renewal of an advertisement, to obtain a
certain quantity of tea from Thomas Kernan, agent for Pulbrook, Robertson and Co, Mincing Lane, London
E.C., to obtain admission (gratuitous or paid) to the performance of Leah by Mrs Bandmann Palmer at the Gaiety Theatre, South Anne street.
What impression of an absent face did Bloom, arrested, silently recall?
The face of her father, the late Major Brian Cooper Tweedy, Royal Dublin Fusiliers, of Gibraltar and Rehoboth, Dolphin's Barn.
What miscellaneous effects of female personal wearing apparel were perceived by him?
A pair of new inodorous halfsilk black ladies' stockings, a pair of new violet garters, a pair of outsize ladies' drawers of India mull, cut on generous lines, redolent of opoponax, jessamine and Muratti's Turkish cigarettes and containing a long bright steel safety pin, folded curvilinear, a camisole of batiste with thin lace border, a short blue silk petticoat, all these objects being disposed irregularly on the top of a rectangular trunk, quadruple battened, having capped corners, with multicoloured labels, initialled on its fore side in white lettering B.C.T. (Brian Cooper Tweedy).
What impersonal objects were perceived?
A commode, one leg fractured, totally covered by square cretonne cutting,
apple design, on which rested a black straw lady's hat. Orangekeyed ware,
bought of Henry Price, basket, fancy goods,
chinaware and ironmongery manufacturer 21 to 23 Moore street, disposed irregularly on the washstand and floor, and consisting of basin, soapdish and brushtray (on the washstand, together), pitcher and night article (on the floor, separate).
He deposited the articles of clothing on a chair, removed his other articles
of clothing, took from beneath the bolster at the head of the bed a folded long
white nightshirt, inserted his head and arms into the proper apertures of the
nightshirt, removed a pillow from the head to the foot of the bed, prepared the
bedlinen accordingly and entered the bed.
With circumspection, as invariably when entering an abode (his own or not his own): with solicitude, the snakespiral springs of the mattress being old, the brass quoits and pendent viper radii loose and tremulous under stress and strain: prudently, as entering a lair or ambush of lust or adders: lightly, the less to disturb: reverently, the bed of conception and birth, of consummation of marriage and breach of marriage, of sleep, of death.
What did his limbs when gradually extended encounter?
New clean bedlinen, additional odours, the presence of a human form, female, hers, the imprint of a human form, male, not his, some crumbs, some flakes of potted meat, recooked, which he removed.
If he had smiled why would he have smiled?
To reflect that each one who enters imagines himself to be the first to
enter whereas he is always the last term of a preceding series even if the first
term of a succeeding one, each imagining himself to be first, last, only and
alone whereas he is neither first nor last nor only nor alone in a series originating in and repeated to infinity.
What preceding series?
Assuming Mulvey to be the first term of his series, Penrose, Bartell d'Arcy, professor Goodwin, Julius Mastiansky, John Henry Menton, Father Bernard Corrigan, a farmer at the Royal Dublin Society's Horse Show, Maggot O'Reilly, Matthew Dillon, Valentine Blake Dillon (Lord Mayor of Dublin), Christopher Callinan, Lenehan, an Italian organgrinder, an unknown gentleman in the Gaiety Theatre, Benjamin Dollard, Simon Dedalus, Andrew (Pisser) Burke, Joseph Cuffe, Wisdom Hely, Alderman John Hooper, Dr Brady, Father Sebastian of Mount Argus, a bootblack at the General Post Office, Edward (Blazes) Boylan and so each and so on to no last term.
What were his reflections concerning the last member of this series and last occupant of the bed?
Reflections on his vigour (a bounder), corporal proportion (a billsticker),
business ability (a bester), impressionability (a boaster).
Why this last quality?
Because he had observed with augmenting frequency in the preceding members of the same series the same concupiscence, inflammably transmitted, first with alarm, then with understanding, then with desire, finally with fatigue, with alternating symptoms of comprehension and apprehension.
With what antagonistic sentiments were his subsequent reflections affected?
Envy, jealousy, abnegation, equanimity.
Of a bodily and mental male organism specially adapted for the
superincumbent posture of energetic human copulation and energetic
piston and cylinder movement necessary for the complete satisfaction of a constant but not acute concupiscence resident in a bodily and mental female organism passive but not obtuse.
Because a nature full and volatile, in her free state, was alternately the agent and reagent of attraction. Because attraction between agents and reagents at all instants varied, with inverse proportion of increase and decrease, with incessant circular extension and radial reentrance. Because the controlled contemplation of the fluctuation of attraction produced, if desired, a fluctuation of pleasure.
In virtue of a) acquaintance initiated in September 1903 in the establishment of George Mesias, merchant tailor and outfitter, 5 Eden Quay, b) hospitality extended and received in kind, reciprocated and reappropriated in person, c) comparative youth subject to impulses of ambition and magnanimity, colleagual altruism and amorous egoism.
As as natural as any and every natural act of a nature expressed or
understood executed in natured nature by natural creatures in accordance with
his, her and their natured natures, of dissimilar similarity. As not (5so5) calamitous as a cataclysmic annihilation of the planet in consequence of a collision with a dark sun. As less reprehensible than theft, highway robbery, cruelty to children and animals, obtaining money under false pretences, forgery, embezzlement, misappropriation of public money, betrayal of public trust, malingering, mayhem, corruption of minors, criminal liber, blackmail, contempt of court, arson, treason, felony, mutiny on the high seas, trespass, burglary, jailbreaking, practice
of unnatural vice, desertion from armed forces in the field, perjury, poaching, usury, intelligence with the king's enemies, impersonation, criminal assault, manslaughter, wilful and premeditated murder. As not more abnormal than all other parallel processes of adaptation to altered conditions of existence, resulting in a reciprocal equilibrium between the bodily organism and its attendant circumstances, foods, beverages, acquired habits, indulged inclinations, significant disease. As more than inevitable, irreparable.
Why more abnegation than jealousy, less envy than equanimity?
From outrage (matrimony) to outrage (adultery) there arose nought but outrage (copulation) yet the matrimonial violator of the matrimonially violated had not been outraged by the adulterous violator of the adulterously violated.
What retribution, if any?
Assassination, never, as two wrongs did not make one right. Duel by combat, no. Divorce, not now. Exposure by mechanical artifice (automatic bed) or individual testimony (concealed ocular witnesses), not yet. Suit for damages by legal influence or simulation of assault with evidence of injuries sustained (selfinflicted), not impossibly. If any, positively, connivance, introduction of emulation (material, a prosperous rival agency of publicity: moral, a successful rival agent of intimacy), depreciation, alienation, humiliation, separation protecting one separated from the other, protecting the separator from both.
By what reflections did he justify to himself his sentiments?
The preordained frangibility of the hymen: the presupposed intangibility of
the thing in itself: the incongruity and disproportion between the
selfprolonging tension of the thing proposed to be done and the selfabbreviating
relaxation of the thing done: the fallaciously
inferred debility of the female: the muscularity of the male: the variations of ethical codes: the continued product of seminators by generation: the continual production of semen by distillation: the futility of triumph or protest or vindication: the apathy of the stars.
In what final satisfaction did these antagonistic sentiments and reflections converge?
Satisfaction at the ubiquity in eastern and western terrestrial hemispheres of adipose anterior and posterior female hemispheres, redolent of excretory sanguine and seminal warmth, expressive of mute immutable mature animality.
The visible signs of antesatisfaction?
An approximate erection: a solicitous adversion: a gradual elevation: a tentative revelation: a silent contemplation.
He kissed the plump mellow yellow smellow melons of her rump, on each plump
melonous hemisphere, in their mellow yellow furrow, with obscure prolonged provocative melonsmellonous osculation.
The visible signs of postsatisfaction?
A silent contemplation: a tentative velation: a gradual abasement: a solicitous aversion: a proximate erection.
What followed this silent action?
Somnolent invocation, less somnolent recognition, incipient excitation, catechetical interrogation.
With what modifications did the narrator reply to this interrogations(5.?º5)
Negative: he omitted to mention the clandestine correspondence between Martha Clifford and Henry Flower, the public altercation at, in and in the vicinity of the licensed premises of Bernard Kiernan and Co, Limited, 8, 9 and 10 Little Britain street, the erotic provocation and response thereto caused by the exhibitionism of Gertrude (Gerty), surname unknown. Positive: he included mention of a performance by Mrs Bandmann Palmer of Leah at the Gaiety Theatre, South Anne street, an invitation to supper at Wynn's (Murphy's) Hotel 35, 36 and 37 Lower Abbey street, a temporary concussion caused by a falsely calculated movement in the course of a postcenal gymnastic display, the victim (since completely recovered) being Stephen Dedalus, professor and author, eldest surviving son of Simon Dedalus, of no fixed occupation.
Was the narration otherwise unaltered by modifications?
Which event or person emerged as the salient point of his narration?
Stephen Dedalus, professor and author.
What limitations of activity and inhibitions of conjugal rights were perceived by listener and narrator concerning themselves during the course of this intermittent and increasingly more laconic narration?
By the listener a limitation of fertility inasmuch as marriage have been
celebrated 2 calendar months after the 18th anniversary of her birth (8
September 1870), viz, 8 October, and consummated on the same date with female
issue born 15 June 1889, having been anticipatorily consummated on the 10
September of the same year and complete carnal intercourse, with ejaculation of
semen within the female natural organ, having taken place 5 weeks previous, viz,
27 November 1894, to the birth on 29 December 1894 of second (and only male)
issue, deceased 9 January 1895, aged 11 days, there remained a period of 9
years, 5 months and 18 days during which carnal intercourse had been incomplete,
without ejaculation of semen within the natural female organ. By the narrator a limitation of activity, mental and
corporal, inasmuch as complete mental intercourse between himself and the listener had not taken place since the consummation of puberty, indicated by catamenic hemorrhage, of the female issue of narrator and listener, 15 September 1903, there remained a period of 9 months and 1 day during which, in consequence of a preestablished natural comprehension in incomprehension between the consummated females (listener and issue), complete corporal liberty of action had been circumscribed.
By various reiterated interrogation concerning the destination whither, the place where, the time at which, the duration for which, the object with which in the case of temporary absences, projected or effected.
What moved visibly above the listener's and the narrator's invisible thoughts?
The upcast reflection of a lamp and shade, an inconstant series of
concentric circles of varying gradations of light and shadow.
In what directions did listener and narrator lie?
Listener: S.E. by E.: Narrator N.W. by W.: on the 53° parallel of latitude, N., and 6° meridian of longitude, W.: at an angle of 45° to the terrestrial equator.
In what state of rest or motion?
At rest relatively to themselves and to each other. In motion being each and both carried westward, forward and rereward respectively, by the proper perpetual motion of the earth through everchanging tracks of neverchanging space.
In what posture?
Listener: reclined semilaterally, left, left hand under head, right leg
extended in a straight line and resting on left leg, flexed, in the attitude of
Gea-Tellus, fulfilled, recumbent, big with seed. Narrator: reclined laterally,
left, with right and left legs flexed, the index and thumb of the right hand
resting on the bridge of the nose, in the attitude depicted in a snapshot
photograph made by Percy Apjohn, the childman weary, the manchild in the womb.
He rests. He has travelled.
Sinbad the Sailor and Tinbad the Tailor and Jinbad the Jailer and Whinbad
the Whaler and Ninbad the Nailer and Finbad the Failer and Binbad the Bailer and
Pinbad the Pailer and Minbad the Mailer and Hinbad the Hailer and Rinbad the
Railer and Dinbad the Kailer and Vinbad the Gailer and Linbad the Yailer and Xinbad the Phthailer.
Going to dark bed there was a square round Sinbad the Sailor rok's auk's egg in the night of bed of all the auks of the roks of the Darkinbad the Brightdayler.