Ulysses (1922)/Chapter 15
(The Mabbot street entrance of nighttown, before which stretches an uncobbled
tramsiding set with skeleton tracks, red and green will-o’-the-wisps and
danger signals. Rows of flimsy houses with gaping doors. Rare lamps
with faint rainbow fans. Round Rabaiotti’s halted ice gondola stunted
men and women squabble. They grab wafers between which are wedged
lumps of coal and copper snow. Sucking, they scatter slowly. Children.
The swancomb of the gondola, highreared, forges on through the murk,
white and blue under a lighthouse. Whistles call and answer.)
Wait, my love, and I’ll be with you.
Round behind the stable.
(A deafmute idiot with goggle eyes, his shapeless mouth dribbling, jerks past,
shaken in Saint Vitus’ dance. A chain of children’s hands imprisons
(Lifts a palsied left arm and gurgles.) Grhahute!
Where’s the great light?
(They release him. He jerks on. A pigmy woman swings on a rope slung
between the railings, counting. A form sprawled against a dustbin and
muffled by its arm and hat moves, groans, grinding growling teeth, and
snores again. On a step a gnome totting among a rubbishtip crouches
to shoulder a sack of rags and bones. A crone standing by with a smoky
oil lamp rams the last bottle in the maw of his sack. He heaves his
booty, tugs askew his peaked cap and hobbles off mutely. The crone
makes back for her lair swaying her lamp. A bandy child, asquat on
the doorstep with a papershuttlecock, crawls sidling after her in spurts,
clutches her skirt, scrambles up. A drunken navvy grips with both
hands the railings of an area, lurching heavily. At a corner two
night watch in shoulder capes, their hands upon their staffholsters,
loom tall. A plate crashes; a woman screams; a child wails. Oaths
of a man roar, mutter, cease. Figures wander, lurk, peer from
warrens. In a room lit by a candle stuck in a bottleneck a slut combs
out the tatts from the hair of a scrufulous child. Cissy Caffrey’s voice,
still young, sings shrill from a lane.)
I gave it to Molly
Because she was jolly,
The leg of the duck
The leg of the duck.
(Private Cart and Private Compton, swaggersticks tight in their oxters,
as they march unsteadily rightaboutface and burst together from
their mouths a volleyed fart. Laughter of men from the lane. A hoarse
Signs on you, hairy arse. More power the Cavan girl.
More luck to me. Cavan, Cootehill and Belturbet. (She sings.)
I gave it to Nelly
To stick in her belly
The leg of the duck
The leg of the duck.
(Private Carr and Private Compton turn and counterretort, their tunics
bloodbright in a lampglow, black sockets of caps on their blond copped
polls. Stephen Dedalus and Lynch pass through the crowd close to the
(Jerks his finger.) Way for the parson.
(Turns and calls.) What ho, parson!
(Her voice soaring higher.)
She has it, she got it,
Wherever she put it
The leg of the duck.
(Stephen, flourishing the ashplant in his left hand, chants with joy the
introit for paschal time. Lynch, his jockey cap low on his brow,
attends him, a sneer of discontent wrinkling his face.)
Vidi aquam egredientem de templo a latere dextro. Alleluia.
(The famished snaggletusks of an elderly bawd protrude from a doorway.)
(Her voice whispering huskily.) Sst! Come, here till I tell you. Maidenhead
(Altius aliqantulum) Et omnes ad quos pervenit aqua ista.
(Spits in their trail her jet of venom.) Trinity medicals. Fallopian tube. All
prick and no pence.
(Edy Boardman, sniffling, crouched with Bertha Supple, draws her shawl
across her nostrils.)
(Bickering.) And say the one : I seen you up Faithful place with your
squarepusher, the greaser off the railway, in his cometobed hat. Did you, says
I. That’s not for you to say, says I. You never seen me in the mantrap with a
married highlander, says I. The likes of her! Stag that one is. Stubborn as a
mule! And her walking with two fellows the one time, Kildbride the
enginedriver and lancecorporal Oliphant.
(Triumphaliter.) Salvi facti i sunt.
(He flourishes his ashplant shivering the lamp image, shattering light over
the world. A liver and white spaniel on the prowl slinks after him,
growling. Lynch scares it with a kick.)
(Looks behind.) So that gesture, not music not odours, would be a universal
language, the gift of tongues rendering visible not the lay sense but the first
entelechy, the structural rhythm.
Pornosophical philotheology. Metaphysics in Mecklenburg street!
We have shrewridden Shakespeare and henpecked Socrates. Even the
allwisest stagyrite was bitted, bridled and mounted by a light of love.
Anyway, who wants two gestures to illustrate a loaf and a jug! This
movement illustrates the loaf and jug of bread and wine in Omar. Hold my
Damn your yellow stick. Where are we going?
Lecherous lynx, to la belle dame sans merci, Georgina Johnson, ad deam qui
laetificat juventutem meam.
(Stephen thrusts the ashplant on him and slowly holds out his hands, his
head going back till both hands are a span from his breast, down
turned in planes intersecting, the fingers about to part, the left being
Which is the jug of bread? It skills not. That or the customhouse.
Illustrate thou. Here take your crutch and walk.
(They pass. Tommy Caffrey scrambles to a gaslamp and, clasping, climbs
in spasms. From the top spur he slides down. Jacky Caffrey clasps to
climb. The navvy lurches against the lamp. The twins scuttle off in the
dark. The navvy, swaying, presses a forefinger against a wing of his
nose and ejects from the farther nostril a long liquid jet of snot.
Shouldering the lamp he staggers away through the crowd with his
Snakes of river fog creep slowly. From drains, clefts, cesspools, middens
arise on all sides stagnant fumes. A glow leaps in the south beyond the
seaward reaches of the river. The navvy staggering forward cleaves the
crowd and lurches towards the tramsiding. On the farther side under
the railway bridge Bloom appears flushed, panting, cramming bread
and chocolate into a side pocket. From Gillens hairdressers window a
composite portrait shows him gallant Nelson’s image. A concave mirror
at the side presents to him lovelorn longlost lugubru Booloohoom. Grave
Gladstone sees him level, Bloom for Bloom. He passes, struck by the
stare of truculent Wellington but in the convex mirror grin unstruck
the bonham eyes and fatchuck cheekchops of Jollypoldy the rixdix
At Antonio Rabaiotti’s door Bloom halts, sweated under the bright arclamps.
He disappears. In a moment he reappears and hurries on.)
Fish and taters. N. g. Ah!
(He disappears into Olhousen’s, the pork butcher’s, under the downcoming
rollshutter. A few moments later he emerges from under the shutter,
puffing Poldy, blowing Bloohoom. In each hand he holds a parcel, one
containing a lukewarm pig’s crubeen, the other a cold sheep’s trotter
sprinkled with wholepepper He gasps, standing upright. Then bending
to one side he presses a parcel against his rib and groans.)
Stitch in my side. Why did I run?
(He takes breath with care and goes forward slowly towards the lampset
siding. The glow leaps again.)
What is that? A flasher? Searchlight.
(He stands at Cormack’s corner, watching.)
Aurora borealis or a steel foundry? Ah, the brigade, of course. South side
anyhow. Big blaze. Might be his house. Beggar’s bush. We’re safe. (He hums
cheerfully.) London’s burning, London’s burning! On fire, on fire! (He catches
sight of the navvy lurching through the crowd at the farther side of Talbot street.)
I’ll miss him. Run. Quick. Better cross here.
(He darts to cross the road. Urchins shout.)
Mind out, mister!
(Two cyclists, with lighted paper lanterns awsing, swim by him, grazing
him, their bells rattling.)
(Halts erect stung by a spasm.) Ow.
(He looks round, darts forward suddenly. Through rising fog a dragon
sandstrewer, travelling at caution, slews heavily down upon him, its
huge red headlight winking, its trolley hissing on the wire. The
motorman bangs his footgong.)
Bang Bang Bla Bak Blud Bugg Bloo.
(The brake cracks violently. Bloom, raising a policeman’s whitegloved
hand, blunders stifflegged, out of the track. The motorman thrown
forward, pugnosed, on the guidewheel, yells as he slides past over
chains and keys.)
Hey, shitbreeches, are you doing the hattrick?
(Bloom trickleaps to the curbstone and halts again. He brushes a mudflake
from his cheek with a parcelled hand.)
No thoroughfare. Close shave that but cured the stitch. Must take up
Sandow’s exerciser again. On the hands down. Insure against street accident
too. The Providential. (He feels his trouser pocket.) Poor mamma’s panacea. Heel
easily catch in tracks or bootlace in a cog. Day, the wheel of the black Maria,
peeled off my shoe at Leonard’s corner. Third time is the charm. Shoe trick.
Insolent driver. I ought to report him. Tension makes them nervous. Might
be the fellow balked me this morning with that horsey woman. Same style of
beauty. Quick of him all he same. The stiff walk. True word spoken in jest.
That awful cramp in Lad lane. Something poisonous I ate. Emblem of luck.
Why? Probably lost cattle. Mark of the beast. (He closes his eyes an instant.) Bit
light in the head. Monthly or effect of the other. Brainfogfag. That tired
feeling. Too much for me now. Ow!
(A sinister figure leans on plaited legs against O’Beirne’s wall, a visage
unknown, injected with dark mercury. From under a wideleaved
sombrero the figure regards him with evil eye.)
Bueñas noches, señorita Blanca, que calle es esta?
(Impassive, raises a signal arm.) Password. Sraid Mabbot.
Haha. Merci. Esperanto. Slan leath. (He mutters.) Gaelic league spy, sent
by that fireeater.
(He steps forward. A sackshouldered ragman bars his path. He steps left,
(He swerves, sidles, stepaside, slips past and on.)
Keep to the right, right, right. If there is a fingerpost planted by the
Touring Club at Stepaside who procured that public boon? I who lost my way
and contributed to the columns of the Irish Cyclist the letter headed, In
darkset Stepaside. Keep, keep, keep to the right. Rags and bones, at midnight.
A fence more likely. First place murderer makes for. Wash off his sins of the
(Jacky Caffrey, hunted by Tommy Caffrey, runs full tilt against Bloom.)
(Shocked, on weak hams, he halts. Tommy and Jacky vanish there, there.
Bloom pats with parcelled hands watch, fobpocket, bookpocket, pursepoke,
sweets of sin, potato soap.)
Beware of pickpockets. Old thieves dodge. Collide. Then snatch your
(The retriever approches sniffling, nose to the ground. A sprawled form
sneezes. A stooped bearded figure appears garbed in the long caftan of
an elder in Zion and a smoking cap with magenta tassels. Horned
spectacles hang down at the wings of the nose. Yellow poison streaks
are on the drawn face.)
Second halfcrown waste money today. I told you not go with drunken
goy ever. So. You catch no money.
(Hides the crubeen and trotter behind his back and, crestfallen, feels warm and
cold feetmeat.) Ja, ich weiss, papachi.
What you making down this place? Have you no soul? (With feeble vulture
talons he feels the silent face of Bloom.) Are you not my son Leopold, the grand
son of Leopold? Are you not my dear son Leopold who left the house of his
father and left the god of his fathers Abraham and Jacob?
(With precaution.) I suppose so, father. Mosenthal. All that’s left of him.
(Severely.) One night they bring you home drunk as dog after spend your
good money. What you call them running chaps?
(In youth’s smart blue Oxford suit with white vestslips, narrowshouldered, in
brown Alpine hat, wearing gent’s sterling silver waterbury keyless watch and double
curb Albert with seal attached, one side of him coated with stiffening mud.) Harriers,
father. Only that once.
Once! Mud head to foot. Cut your hand open. Lockjaw. They make you
kaput, Leopoldleben. You watch them chaps.
(Weakly.) They challenged me to a sprint. It was muddy. I slipped.
(With contempt.) Goim nachez. Nice spectacles for your poor mother!
(In pantomime dame’s stringed mobcap, crinoline and bustle, widow Twankey’s
blouse with muttonleg sleeves buttoned behind, grey mittens and cameo brooch,
her hair plaited in a crispine net, appears over the staircase banisters, a slanted
candlestick in her hand and cries out in shrill alarm.) O blessed Redeemer, what
have they done to him! My smelling salts! (She hauls up a reef of skirt and
ransacks the pouch of her striped blay petticoat. A phial, an Agnus Dei, a shrivelled
potato and a celluloid doll fall out.) Sacred Heart of Mary, where were you at
all, at all?
(Bloom, mumbling, his eyes downcast, begins to bestow his parcels in his
filled pockets but desists, muttering.)
Who? (He ducks and wards off a blow clumsily.) At your service.
(He looks up. Beside her mirage of datepalms a handsome woman in
Turkish costume stands before him. Opulent curves fill out her scarlet
trousers and jacket slashed with gold. A wide yells cummerbund
girdles her. A white yashmak violet in the night, covers her face, leaving
free only her lace dark eyes and raven hair.)
Welly? Mrs Marion from this out, my dear man, when you speak to me.
(Satirically.) Has poor little hubby cold feet waiting so long?
(Shifts from foot to foot.) No, no. Not the least little bit.
(He breathes in deep agitation, swallowing gulps of air, questions, hopes,
crubeens for her supper, things to tell her, excuses, desire, spellbound.
A coin gleams on her forehead. On her feet are jewelled toerings. Her
ankles are linked by a slender fetterchain. Beside her a camel, hooded
with a turreting turban, waits. A silk ladder of innumerable rungs
climbs to his bobbing howdah. He ambles near with disgruntled
hindquarters. Fiercely she slaps his haunch, her goldcurb wristbangles
angriling, scolding him in Moorish.)
(The camel, lifting a foreleg, plucks from a tree a largee mango fruit, offers
it to his mistress, blinking, in his cloven hoof then droops his head and,
grunting, with uplifted neck, fumbles to kneel. Bloom stoops his back
I can give you... I mean as your business menagerer… Mrs Marion...
So you notice some change? (Her hands passing slowly over her trinketed
stomacher. A slow friendly mockery in her eyes.) O Poldy, Poldy, you are a poor
old stick in the mud! Go and see life. See the wide world.
I was just going back for that lotion whitewax, orangeflower water. Shop
closes early on Thursday. But the first thing in the morning. (He pats divers
pockets.) This moving kidney. Ah!
(He points to the south, then to the east. A cake of new clean lemon soap
arises, diffusing light and perfume.)
We’re a capital couple are Bloom and I
He brightens the earth, I polish the sky.
(The freckled face of Sweny, the druggist, appears in the disc of the soapsun.)
Three and a penny, please.
Yes. For my wife, Mrs Marion. Special recipe.
Ti trema un poco il cuore?
(In disdain she saunters away, plump as a pampered pouter pigeon,
humming the duet from Don Giovanni.)
Are you sure about that Voglio? I mean the pronunciati...
(He follows, followed by the sniffing terrier. The elderly bawd seizes his
sleeve, the bristles of her chinmole glittering.)
Ten shillings a maidenhead. Fresh thing was never touched. Fifteen.
There’s no-one in it only her old father that’s dead drunk.
(She points. In the gap of her dark den furtive, rainbedraggled Bridie
Hatch street. Any good in your mind?
(With a squeak she flaps her bat shawl and runs. A burly rough pursues
with booted strides. He stumbles on the steps, recovers, plunges into
gloom. Weak squeaks of laughter are heard, weaker.)
(Her wolfeyes shining.) He’s getting his pleasure. You won’t get a virgin in
the flash houses. Ten shillings. Don’t be all night before the polis in plain
clothes sees us. Sixtyseven is a bitch.
(Leering, Gerty Mac Dowell limps forward. She draws from behind,
ogling, and shows coyly her bloodied clout.)
With all my worldly goods I thee and thou. (She murmurs.) You did
that. I hate you.
I? When? You’re dreaming. I never saw you.
Leave the gentleman alone, you cheat. Writing the gentleman false letters.
Streetwalking and soliciting. Better for your mother take the strap to you at
the bedpost, hussy like you.
(To Bloom.) When you saw all the secrets of my bottom drawer. (She
paws his sleeve, slobbering.) Dirty married man! I love you for doing that to me.
(She slides away crookedly. Mrs Breen in man’s frieze overcoat with loose
bellows pockets, stands in the causeway, her roguish eyes wideopen,
smiling in all her herbivorous buckteeth.)
(Coughs gravely.) Madam, when we last had this pleasure by letter dated
the sixteenth instant...
Mr Bloom! You down here in the haunts of sin! I caught you nicely!
(Hurriedly.) Not so loud my name. Whatever do you think me? Don’t
give me away. Walls have hears. How do you do? It’s ages since I. You’re
looking splendid. Absolutely it. Seasonable weather we are having this time of
year. Black refracts heat. Short cut home here. Interesting quarter. Rescue of
fallen women Magdalen asylum. I am the secretary...
(Holds up a finger.) Now don’t tell a big fib! I know somebody won’t like
that. O just wait till I see Molly! (Slily.) Account for yourself this very
sminute or woe betide you!
(Looks behind.) She often said she’d like to visit. Slumming. The exotic,
you see. Negro servants too in livery if she had money. Othello black brute.
Eugene Stratton. Even the bones and cornerman at the Livermore christies.
Bohee brothers. Sweep for that matter.
(Tom and Sam Bohee, coloured coons in white duck suits, scarlet socks,
upstarched Sambo chokers and lace scarlet asters in their buttonholes
leap out. Each has his banjo slung. Their paler smaller negroid hands
jingle the twingtwang wires. Flashing white Kaffir eyes and tusks
they rattle through a breakdown in clumsy clogs, twinging, singing,
back to back, toe heel, heel toe, with smackfatclacking nigger lips.)
tom and sam
There’s someone in the house with Dina
There’s someone in the house, I know,
There’s someone in the house with Dina
Playing on the old banjo.
(They whisk black masks from raw babby faces : then, chuckling, chortling,
trumming, twanging they diddle diddle cakewalk dance away.)
(With a sour tenderish smile.) A little frivol, shall we, if you are so
inclined? Would you like me perhaps to embrace you just for a fraction of
(Screams gaily.) O, you ruck! You ought to see yourself!
For old sake’ sake. I only meant a square party, a mixed marriage mingling
of our different little conjugials. You know I had a soft corner for you.
(Gloomily.) ’Twas I sent you that valentine of the dear gazelle.
Glory Alice, you do look a holy show! Killing simply. (She puts out her
hand inquisitively.) What are you hiding behind your back? Tell us, there’s a
(Seizes her wrist with his free hand.) Josie Powell that was, prettiest deb in
Dublin. How time flies by! Do you remember, harking back in a retrospective
arrangement, Old Christmas night Georgina Simpson’s housewarming while
they were playing the Irving Bishop game, finding the pin blindfold and
thoughtreading? Subject, what is in this snuffbox?
You were the lion of the night with your seriocomic recitation and you
looked the part. You were always a favourite with the ladies.
(Squire of dames, in dinner jacket, with watered silkfacings, blue masonic badge
in his buttonhole, black bow and mother-of-pear studs, a prismatic champagne glass
tilted in his hand.) Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Ireland, home and beauty.
The dear dead days beyond recall. Love’s old sweet song.
(Meaningfully dropping his voice.) I confess I’m teapot with curiosity to find
out whether some person’s something is a little teapot at present.
(Gushingly.) Tremendously teapot! London’s teapot and I’m simply teapot
all over me. (She rubs sides with him.) After the parlour mystery games and the
crackers from the tree we sat on the staircase ottoman. Under the mistletoe.
Two is company.
(Wearing a purple Napoleon hat with an amber halfmoon, his fingers and thumb
passing slowly down to her soft moist meaty palm which she surrenders gently.) The
witching hour of night. I took the splinter out of this hand, carefully, slowly.
(Tenderly, as he slips on her finger a ruby ring.) Là ci darem la mano.
(In a onepiece eveningfrock executed in moonlight blue, a tinsel sylph’s diadem
on her brow with her dancecard fallen beside her moonblue satin slipper curves her
palm softly, breathing quickly.) Voglio e non. You’re hot! You’re scalding! The
left hand nearest the heart.
When you made your present choice they said it was beauty and the beast.
I can never forgive you for that. (His clenched fist at his brow.) Think what it
means. All you meant to me then. (Hoarsely.) Woman, it’s breaking me!
(Dennis Breen, whitetallhatted, with Wisdom Hely’s sandwich board, shuffles
past them in carpet slippers, his dull beard thrust out, muttering to
right and left. Little Alf Bergan, cloaked in the pall of the ace of
spades, dogs him to left and right, doubled in laughter.)
(Points jeering at the sandwich boards.) U.p. : Up.
(To Bloom.) High jinks below stairs. (She gives him the glad eye.) Why
didn’t you kiss the spot to make it well? You wanted to.
(Shocked.) Molly’s best friend! Could you?
(Her pulpy tongue between her lips, offers a pigeon kiss.) Hnhn. The answer
is a lemon. Have you a little present for me there?
(Offhandedly.) Kosher. A snack for supper. The home without potted meat
is incomplete. I was at Leah. Mrs Bandman Palmer. Trenchant exponent of
Shakespeare. Unfortunately threw away the programme. Rattling good place
round there for pig’s feet. Feel.
(Richie Goulding, three ladies’ hats pinned on his head, appears weighted
to one side by the black legal bag of Collis and Ward on which a skull
and crossbones are painted in white limewash. He ins it and shows
it full of polonies, kippered, herrings, Findon haddies and tightpacked
Best value in Dub.
(Bald Pat, bothered beetle, stands on the curbstone, folding his napkin,
waiting to wait.)
(Advances with a tilted dish of spillspilling gravy.) Steak and kidney. Bottle
of lager. Hee hee hee. Wait till I wait.
Goodgod. Inev erate inall...
(With hanging head he marches doggedly forward. The navvy, lurching
by, gores him with his flaming pronghorn.)
(With a cry of pain, his hand to his back.) Ah! Bright’s! Lights!
(Points to the navvy.) A spy. Don’t attract attention. I hate stupid crowds.
I am not on pleasure bent. I am in a grave predicament.
Humbugging and deluthering as per usual with your cock and bull story.
I want to tell you a little secret about how I came to be here. But you
must never tell. Not even Molly. I have a most particular reason.
(All agog.) O, not for worlds.
Let’s walk on. Shall us?
(The bawd makes an unheeded sign. Bloom walks on with Mrs Breen. The
terrier follows, whining piteously, wagging his tail.)
(In an oatmeal sporting suit, a sprig of woodbine in the lapel, tony buff shirt,
shepherd’s plaid Saint Andrew’s cross scarftie, white spats, fawn dustcoat on his
arm, tawny red brogues, fieldglasses in bandolier and a grey billycock hat.) Do you
remember a long long time, years and years ago, just after Milly, Marionette we
called her, was weaned when we all went together to Fairyhouse races, was it?
(In smart Saxe tailormade, white velours hat and spider veil.) Leopardstown.
I mean, Leopardstown. And Molly won seven shillings on a three year old
named Nevertell and coming home along by Foxrock in that old fiveseater
shanderadan of a waggonette you were in your heyday then and you had on
that new hat of white velours with a surround of molefur that Mrs Hayes
advised you to buy because it was marked down to nineteen and eleven, a bit
of wire and an old rag of velveteen, and I’ll lay you what you like she did it
She did, of course, the cat! Don’t tell me! Nice adviser!
Because it didn’t suit you one quarter as well as the other ducky little
tammy toque with the bird of paradise wing in it that I admired on you and
you honestly looked just too fetching in it though it was a pity to kill it,
you cruel creature, little mite of a thing with a heart the size of a fullstop.
(Squeezes his arm, simpers.) Naughty cruel I was.
(Low, secretly, ever more rapidly.) And Molly was eating a sandwich of
spiced beef out of Mrs Joe Gallaher’s lunch basket. Frankly, though she had
her advisers or admirers, I never cared much for her style. She was...
Yes. And Molly was laughing because Rogers and Maggot O’Reilly were
mimicking a cock as we passed a farmhouse and Marcus Tertius Moses, the tea
merchant, drove past us in a gig with his daughter, Dancer Moses was her
name, and the poodle in her lap bridled up and you asked me if I ever heard
or read or knew or came across...
(Eagerly.) Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes.
(She fades from his side. Followed by the whining dog he walks on towards
hellsgates. In an archway a standing woman, bent forward, her feet
apart, pisses cowily. Outside a shuttered pub a bunch of loiterers
listen to a tale which their broken snouted gaffer rasps out with raucous
humour. An armless pair of them flop wrestling, growling, in
maimed sodden playfight.)
(Crouches, his voice twisted in his snout.) And when Cairns came down from
the scaffolding in Beaver Street what was he after doing it into only into the
bucket of porter that was there waiting on the shavings for Derwan’s
(Guffaw with cleft palates.) O jays!
(Their paintspeckled hats wag. Spattered with size and lime of their lodges
they frisk limblessly about him.)
Coincidence too. They think it funny. Anything but that. Broad daylight.
Trying to walk. Lucky no woman.
Jays, that’s a good one. Glauber salts. O jays, into the men’s porter.
(Bloom passes. Cheap whores, singly, coupled, shawled, dishevelled, call
from lanes, doors, corners.)
Are you going far, queer fellow?
How’s your middle leg?
Got a match on you?
Eh, come her till I stiffen it for you.
(He plodges through their sump towards the lighted street beyond. From a
bulge of window curtains a gramophone rears a battered brazen trunk.
In the shadow a shebeenkeeper haggles with the navvy and the two
(Belching.) Where’s the bloody house?
Purdon street. Shilling a bottle of stout. Respectable woman.
(Gripping the two redcoats, staggers forward with them.) Come on, you
(Behind his back.) He aint half balmy.
(Laughs.) What ho!
(To the navvy.) Portobello barracks canteen. You ask for Carr. Just Carr.
We are the boys. Of Wexford.
Say! What price the sergeantmajor?
Bennett? He’s my pal. I love old Bennett.
The galling chain.
And free our native land.
(He staggers forward, dragging them with him. Bloom stops, at fault.
The dog approaches, his tongue outlolling, panting.)
Wildgoose chase this. Disorderly houses. Lord knows where they are
gone. Drunks cover distance double quick. Nice mixup. Scene at Westland
row. Then jump in first class with third ticket. Then too far. Train with
engine behind. Might have taken me to Malahide or a siding for the night or
collision. Second drink does it. Once is a dose. What am I following him for?
Still, he’s the best of that lot. If I hadn’t heard about Mrs Beaufoy Purefoy
I wouldn’t have gone and wouldn’t have met. Kismet. He’ll lose that cash.
Relieving office here. Good biz for cheapjacks, organs. What do ye lack?
Soon got, soon gone. Might have lost my life too with that mangong-
wheeltracktrolleyglarejuggernaut only for presence of mind. Can’t always save
you, though. If I had passed Truelock’s window that day two minutes later
would have been shot. Absence of body. Still if bullet only went through my
coat get damages for shock, five hundred pounds. What was he? Kildare street
club toff. God help his gamekeeper.
(He gazes ahead reading on the wall a scrawled chalk legend Wet Dream
and a phallic design.)
Odd! Molly drawing on the frosted carriagepane at Kingstown. What’s
that like? (Gaudy dollwomen loll in the lighted doorways, in window embrasures,
smoking birdseye cigarettes. The odour of the sicksewet weed floats towards him in slow
round ovalling wreaths.)
Sweet are the sweets. Sweets of sin.
My spine’s a bit limp. Go or turn? And this food? Eat it and get all
pigsticky. Absurd I am. Waste of money. One and eightpence too much.
(The retriever drives a cold snivelling muzzle against his hand, wagging his tail.)
Strange how they take to me. Even that brute today. Better speak to him first.
Like women they like rencontres. Stinks like a polecat. Chacun son goût. He
might be mad. Fido. Uncertain in his movements. Good fellow! Garryowen!
(The wolfdog sprawls on his back, wriggling obscenely with begging paws, his long
black tongue lolling out.) Influence of his surroundings. Give and have done
with it. Provided nobody. (Calling encouraging words he shambles back with a
furtive poacher’s tread, dogged by the setter into a dark stalestunk corner. He
unrolls one parcel and goes to dump the crubeen softly but holds back and feels the
trotter.) Sizeable for threepence. But then I have it in my left hand. Calls for
more effort. Why? Smaller from want of use. O, let it slide. Two and six.
(With regret he lets unrolled crubeen and trotter slide. The mastiff mauls
the bundle clumsily and gluts himself with growling greed, crunching
the bones. Two raincaped watch approach, silent, vigilant. They
Bloom. Of Bloom. For Bloom. Bloom.
(Each lays a hand on Blooms shoulder.)
Caught in the act. Commit no nuisance.
(Stammers.) I am doing good to others.
(A covey of gulls, storm petrels, rises hungrily from Liffey slime with
Banbury cakes in their beaks.)
Kaw kave kankury kake.
The friend of man. Trained by kindness.
(He points. Bob Doran, toppling from a high barstool, sways over the
Towser. Give us the paw. Give the paw.
(The bulldog growls, his scruff standing, a gobbet of pig’s knuckle between
his molars through which rabid scumspittle dribbles. Bob Doran falls
silently into an area.)
Prevention of cruelty to animals.
(Enthusiastically.) A noble work! I scolded that tramdriver on Harold’s
cross bridge for illusing the poor horse with his harness scab. Bad French I got
for my pains. Of course it was frosty and the last tram. All tales of circus life
are highly demoralising.
(Signor Maffei, passion pale, in liontamer’s costume with diamond studs
in his shirtfront steps forward, holding a circus paper hoop, a curling
carriagewhip and a revolver with which he covers the gorging
(With a sinister smile.) Ladies and gentlemen, my educated greyhound. It
was I broke in the bucking broncho Ajax with my patent spiked saddle for
carnivores. Lash under the belly with a knotted thong. Block tackle and a
strangling pully will bring your lion to heel, no matter how fractious, even
Leo ferox there, the Libyan maneater. A redhot crowbar and some liniment
rubbing on the burning part produced Fritz of Amsterdam, the thinking hyena.
(He glares.) I possess the Indian sign. The glint of my eye does it with these
breastsparklers. (With a bewitching smile.) I now introduce Mademoiselle Ruby,
the pride of the ring.
Come. Name and address.
I have forgotten for the moment. Ah, yes! (He takes off his high grade hat,
saluting.) Dr Bloom, Leopold, dental surgeon. You have heard of von Bloom
Pasha. Umpteen millions. Donnerwetter! Owns half Austria. Egypt. Cousin.
(A card falls from inside the leather headband of Bloom’s hat.)
(In red fez, cadi’s dress coat with broad green sash, wearing a false badge of
the Legion of Honour, picks up the card hastily and offers it.) Allow me. My
club is the Junior Army and Navy. Solicitors : Messrs John Henry Menton,
27 Bachelor’s Walk.
(Reads.) Henry Flower. No fixed abode. Unlawfully watching and
An alibi. You are cautioned.
(Produces from his heartpocket a crumpled yellow flower.) This is the flower in
question. It was given me by a man I don’t know his name. (Plausibly.) You
know that old joke, rose of Castile. Bloom. The change of name Virag. (He
murmurs privately and confidentially.) We are engaged you see, sergeant. Lady
in the case. Love entanglement. (He shoulders the second watch gently.) Dash it
all. It’s a way we gallants have in the navy. Uniform that does it. (He turns
gravely to the first watch.) Still, of course, you do get your Waterloo sometimes.
Drop in some evening and have a glass of old Burgundy. (To the second watch
gaily.) I’ll introduce you, inspector. She’s game. Do it in shake of a lamb’s
(A dark mercurialised face appears, leading a veiled figure.)
the dark mercury
The Castle is looking for him. He was drummed out of the army.
(Thickveiled, a crimson halter round her neck, a copy of the Irish Times in
her hand, in tone of reproach, pointing.) Henry! Leopold! Leopold! Lionel, thou
lost one! Clear my name.
(Sternly.) Come to the station.
(Scared, hats himself, steps back then, plucking at his heart and lifting his
right forearm on the square, he gives the sign and dueguard of fellowcraft.) No, no,
worshipful master, light of love. Mistaken identity. The Lyons mail. Lesurques
and Dubosc. You remember the Childs fratricide case. We medical men. By
striking him dead with a hatchet. I am wrongfully accused. Better one guilty
escape than ninetynine wrongfully condemned.
(Sobbing behind her veil.) Breach of promise. My real name is Peggy Griffin.
He wrote to me that he was miserable. I’ll tell my brother, the Bective
rugger fullback, on you, heartless flirt.
(Behind his hand.) She’s drunk. The woman is inebriated. (He murmurs
vaguely the past of Ephraim.) Shitbroleeth.
(Tears in his eyes, to Bloom.) You ought to be thoroughly well ashamed of
Gentlemen of the jury, let me explain. A pure mare’s nest. I am a man
misunderstood. I am being made a scapegoat of I am a respectable married man,
without a stain on my character. I live in Eccles street. My wife, I am the
daughter of a most distinguished commander, a gallant upstanding gentleman,
what do you call him, Majorgeneral Brian Tweedy, one of Britain’s fighting
men who helped to win our battles. Got his majority for the heroic defence
of Rorke’s Drift.
(Turns to the gallery.) The royal Dublins, boys, the salt of the earth,
known the world over. I think I see some old comrades in arms up there
among you. The R. D. F. With our own Metropolitan police, guardians of
our homes, the pluckiest lads and the finest body of men, as physique, in the
service of our sovereign.
Turncoat! Up the Boers! Who booed Joe Chamberlain?
(His hand on the shoulder of the first watch.) My old dad too was a J.P. I’m
as staunch a Britisher as you are, sir. I fought with the colours for king and
country in the absentminded war under general Gough in the park and was
disabled at Spion Kop and Bloemfontein, was mentioned in dispatches. I did
all a white man could. (With quiet feeling.) Jim Bludso. Hold her nozzle again
Profession or trade.
Well, I follow a literary occupation. Author-journalist. In fact we are just
bringing out a collection of prize stories of which I am the inventor, something
that is an entirely new departure. I am connected with the British and Irish
press. If you ring up...
(Myles Crawford strides out jerkily, a quill between his teeth. His scarlet
beak blazes within the aureole of his straw hat. He dangles a hank of
Spanish onions in one hand and holds with the other hand a telephone
receiver nozzle to his ear.)
(His cock’s wattles wagging.) Hello, seventyseven eightfour. Hello.
Freeman’s Urinal and Weekly Arsewiper here. Paralyse Europe. You which?
Bluebags? Who writes? Is it Bloom?
(Mr Philip Beaufoy, palefaced, stands in the witnessbox, in accurate
morning dress, outbreast pocket with peak of handkerchief showing,
creased lavender trousers and patent boots. He cames a lace portfolio
labelled Matcham’s Masterstrokes.)
(Drawls.) No, you aren’t, not by a long shot if I know it. I don’t see it,
that’s all. No born gentleman, no one with the most rudimentary promptings
of a gentleman would stoop to such particularly loathsome conduct. One of
those, my lord. A plagiarist. A soapy sneak masquerading as a literateur. It’s
perfectly obvious that with the most inherent baseness he has cribbed some of
my bestselling books, really gorgeous stuff, a perfect gem, the love passages in
which are beneath suspicion. The Beaufoy books of love and great possessions
with which your lordship is doubtless familiar, are a household word
throughout the kingdom.
(Murmurs with hangdog meekness.) That bit about the laughing witch hand
in hand I take exception to, if I may...
(His lip upcurled, smiles superciliously on the court.) You funny ass, you!
You’re too beastly awfully weird for words! I don’t think you need over
excessively disincommodate yourself in that regard. My literary agent
Mr J. B. Pinker is in attendance. I presume, my lord, we shall receive the usual
witnesses’ fees, shan’t we? We are considerably out of pocket over this bally
pressman johnny, this jackdaw of Rheims, who has not even been to a
(Indistinctly.) University of life. Bad art.
(Shouts.) It’s a damnably foul lie showing the moral rottenness of the
man! (He extends his portfolio.) We have here damning evidence, the corpus
delicti, my lord, a specimen of my maturer work disfigured by the hallmark
of the beast.
a voice from the gallery
Moses, Moses, king of the jews,
Wiped his arse in the Daily News.
You low cad! You ought to be ducked in the horsepond, you rotter!
(To the court.) Why look at the man’s private life! Leading a quadruple existence!
Street angel and house devil. Not fit to be mentioned in mixed society. The
arch conspirator of the age.
(To the court.) And he, a bachelor, how...
The King versus Bloom. Call the woman Driscoll.
Mary Driscoll, scullerymaid!
(Mary Driscoll, a slipshod servant girl, approaches. She has a bucket on
the crook of her arm and a scouringbrush in her hand.)
Another! Are you of the unfortunate class?
(Indignantly.) I’m not a bad one. I bear a respectable character and was
four months in my last place. I was in a situation, six pounds a year and my
chances with Fridays out and I had to leave owing to his carryings on.
What do you tax him with?
He made a certain suggestion but I thought more of myself as poor as I am.
(In housejacket of ripplecloth flannel trousers, heelless slippers, unshaven, his
hair rumpled softly.) I treated you white. I gave you mementos, smart emerald
garters far above your station. Incautiously I took your part when you were
accused of pilfering. There’s a medium in all things. Play cricket.
(Excitedly.) As God is looking down on me this night if ever I laid a
hand to them oysters!
The offence complained of? Did something happen?
He surprised me in the rere of the premises, your honour, when the
missus was out shopping one morning with a request for a safety pin. He held
me and I was discoloured in four places as a result. And he interfered twict
with my clothing.
(Scornfully.) I had more respect for the scouringbrush, so I had. I
remonstrated with him, your lord, and he remarked : Keep it quiet!
(Clerk of the crown and peace, resonantly.) Order in court! The accused will
now make a bogus statement.
(Bloom, pleading not guilty and holding a fullblown waterlily, begins a
long unintelligible speech. They would hear what counsel had to say
in his stirring address to the grandjury. He was down and out but,
through branded as a black sheep, if he might say so, he meant to reform,
to retrieve the memory of the past in a purely sisterly way and return to
nature as a purely domestic animal. A seven months child he had been
carefully brought up and nurtured by an aged bedridden parent. There
might have been lapses of an erring father but he wanted to turn over
a new leaf and now, when at long last in sight of the whipping post, to
lead a homely life in the evening of his days, permeated by the affectionate
surroundings of the heaving bosom of the family. An acclimatised
Britisher, he had seen that summer eve from the footplate of an engine
cab of the Loop line railway company while the rain refrained from
falling glimpses, as it were, through the windows of loveful households
in Dublin city and urban district of scenes truly rural of happiness of
the better land with Dockrell’s wallpaper at one and ninepence a dozen,
innocent Britishborn bairns lisping prayers to the Sacred Infant, youthful
scholars grappling with their pensums, model young ladies playing on the
pianoforte or anon all with fervour reciting the family rosary round
the crackling Yulelog while in the boreens and green lanes the colleens
with their swains strolled what times the strains of the organtoned
melodeon Brittannia metalbound with four acting stops and twelvefold
bellows, a sacrifice, greatest bargain ever...)
(Renewed laughter. He mumbles incoherently. Reporters complain that they
longhand and shorthand
(Without looking up from their notebooks.) Loosen his boots.
(From the presstable, coughs and calls.)
Cough it up, man. Get it out in bits.
(The crossexamination proceeds re Bloom and the bucket. A lace bucket.
Bloom himself. Bowel trouble. In Beaver street. Gripe, yes. Quite bad.
A plasterer’s bucket. By walking stifflegged. Suffered untold misery.
Deadly agony. About noon. Love or burgundy. Yes, some spinach.
Crucial moment. He did not look in the bucket. Nobody. Rather a mess.
Not completely. A Titbits back number.)
(Uproar and cat calls. Bloom, in a torn frockcoat stained with whitewash,
dinged silk hat sideways on his head, a strip of stickingplaster
across his nose, talks inaudibly.)
j. j. o’molloy
(In barrister’s grey wig and stuffgown, speaking with a voice of pained protest.)
This is no place for indecent levity at the expense of an erring mortal
disguised in liquor. We are not in a beargarden nor at an Oxford rag nor is this
a travesty of justice. My client is an infant, a poor foreign immigrant who
started scratch as a stowaway and is now trying to turn an honest penny. The
trumped up misdemeanour was due to a momentary aberration of heredity,
brought on by hallucination, such familiarities as the alleged guilty occurrence
being quite permitted in my client’s native place, the land of the Pharaoh.
Prima facie, I put it to you that there was no attempt at carnally knowing.
Intimacy did not occur and the offence complained of by Driscoll, that her
virtue was solicited, was not repeated. I would deal in especial with atavism.
There have been cases of shipwreck and somnambulism in my client’s family.
If the accused could speak he could a tale unfold one of the strangest that
have ever been narrated between the covers of a book. He himself, my lord,
is a physical wreck from cobbler’s weak chest. His submission is that he is of
Mongolian extraction and irresponsible for his actions. Not all there, in fact.
(Barefoot, pigeonbreasted, in lascar’s vest and trousers, apologetic toes turned in,
opens his tiny mole’s eyes and looks about him dazedly, passing a slow hand across
his forehead. Then he hitches his belt sailor fashion and with a shrug of oriental
obeisance salutes the court, pointing one thumb heavenward.) Him makee velly
muchee fine night. (He begins to lilt simply.)
Li li poo lil chile.
Blingee pigfoot evly night.
Payee two shilly...
(He is howled down.)
j. j. o’molloy
(Hotly to the populace.) This is a lonehand fight. By Hades, I will not have
any client of mine gagged and badgered in this fashion by a pack of curs and
laughing hyenas. The Mosaic code has superseded the law of the jungle.
I say it and I say it emphatically without wishing for one moment
to defeat the ends of justice, accused, was not accessory before the act and
prosecutrix has not been tampered with. The young person was treated by
defendant as if she were his very own daughter. (Bloom takes J. J. O’Molloy’s
hand and raises it to his lips.) I shall call rebutting evidence to prove up to the
hilt that the hidden hand is again at its old game. When in doubt persecute
Bloom. My client, an innately bashful man, would be the last man in the
world to do anything ungentlemanly which injured modesty could object to
or cast a stone at a girl who took the wrong turning when some dastard,
responsible for her condition, had worked his own sweet will on her. He wants
to go straight. I regard him as the whitest man I know. He is down on his
luck at present owing to the mortgaging of his extensive property at Agendath
Netaim in faraway Asia Minor, slides of which will now be shown. (To Bloom.)
I suggest that you will do the handsome thing.
A penny in the pound.
(The mirage of the lake of Kinnereth with blurred cattle cropping in silver
haze is projected ou the wall. Moses Dlugacz, ferreteyed albino, in
blue dungarees, stands up in the gallery, holding in each hand an
orange citron and a pork kidney.)
(Hoarsely.) Bleibtreustrasse, Berlin, W, 13.
(J. J. O’Molloy steps on to a low plinth and holds the lapel of his coat
with solemnity. His face lengthens, grows pale and bearded, with
sunken eyes, the blotches of phthisis and hectic cheekbones of John F.
Taylor. He applies his handkerchief to his mouth and scrutinises the
galloping tide of rosepink blood.)
j. j. o’molloy
(Almost voicelessly.) Excuse me, I am suffering from a severe chill, have
recently come from a sickbed. A few wellchosen words. (He assumes the avine
head, foxy moustache and proboscidal eloquence of Seymour Bushe.) When the angel’s
book comes to be opened if aught that the pensive bosom has inaugurated
of soultransfigured and of soultransfiguring deserves to live I say accord the
prisoner at the bar the sacred benefit of the doubt. (A paper with something
written on it is handed into court.)
(In court dress.) Can give best references. Messrs Callan, Coleman. Mr Wisdom
Hely J. P. My old chief Joe Cuffe. Mr V. B. Dillon, ex-lord mayor of Dublin.
I have moved in the charmed circle of the highest… Queens of Dublin Society.
(Carelessly.) I was just chatting this afternoon at the viceregal lodge to my old pals,
sir Robert and lady Ball, astronomer royal, at the levee. Sir Bob, I said...
mrs yelverton barry
(In lowcorsaged opal balldress and elbowlength ivory gloves, wearing a
sabletrimmed brick quilted dolman, a comb of brilliants and panache of osprey in
her hair.) Arrest him, constable. He wrote me an anonymous letter in prentice
backhand when my husband was in the North Riding of Tipperary on the
Munster circuit, signed James Lovebirch. He said that he had seen from the
gods my peerless globes as I sat in a box of the Theatre Royal at a command
performance of La Cigale. I deeply inflamed him, he said. He made improper
overtures to me to misconduct myself at half past four p.m. on the following
Thursday, Dunsink time. He offered to send me through the post a work of
fiction by Monsieur Paul de Kock, entitled The Girl with the Three Pairs of
(In cap and seal coney mantle, wrapped up to the nose, steps out of her brougham
and scans through tortoiseshell quizzing-glasses which she takes from inside her huge
opossum muff.) Also to me. Yes, I believe it is the same objectionable person.
Because he closed my carriage door outside sir Thornley Stoker’s one sleety day
during the cold snap of February ninetythree when even the grid of the wastepipe
and ballstop in my bath cistern were frozen. Subsequently he enclosed a bloom
of edelweiss culled on the heights, as he said, in my honour. I had it examined
by a botanical expert and elicited the information that it was a blossom of the
homegrown potato plant purloined from a forcingcase of the model farm.
mrs yelverton barry
Shame on him!
(A crowd of sluts and ragamuffins surges forward.)
the sluts and ragamuffins
(Screaming.) Stop thief! Hurrah there, Bluebeard! Three cheers for
(Produces handcuffs.) Here are the darbies.
He addressed me in several handwritings with fulsome compliments as a
Venus in furs and alleged profound pity for my frostbound coachman Palmer
while in the same breath he expressed himself as envious of his earflaps and
ffeecy sheepskins and of his fortunate proximity to my person, when standing
behind my chair wearing my livery and the armorial bearings of the Bellingham
escutcheon garnished sable, a buck’s head couped or. He lauded almost
extravagantly my nether extremities, my swelling calves in silk hose drawn up
to the limit, and eulogised glowingly my other hidden treasures in priceless
lace which, he said, he could conjure up. He urged me, stating that he felt it
his mission in life to urge me, to defile the marriage bed, to commit adultery
at the earliest possible opportunity.
the honourable mrs mervyn talboys
(In amazon costume, hard hat, jackboots cockspurred, vermilion waistcoat, fawn
musketeer gauntlets with braided drums, long train held up and hunting crop with
which she strikes her welt constantly.) Also me. Because he saw me on the polo
ground of the Phœnix park at the match All Ireland versus the Rest of Ireland.
My eyes, I know, shone divinely as I watched Captain Slogger Dennehy of
the Inniskillings win the final chukkar on his darling cob Centaur. This
plebeian Don Juan observed me from behind a hackney car and sent me in
double envelopes an obscene photograph, such as are sold after dark on Paris
boulevards, insulting to any lady. I have it still. It represents a partially nude
señorita, frail and lovely (his wife as he solemnly assured me, taken by him
from nature), practising illicit intercourse with a muscular torero, evidently a
blackguard. He urged me to do likewise, to misbehave, to sin with officers of
the garrison. He implored me to soil his letter in an unspeakable manner, to
chastise him as he richly deserves, to bestride and ride him, to give him a most
mrs yelverton barry
(Several highly respectable Dublin ladies hold up improper letters received
the honourable mrs mervyn talboys
(Stamps her jingling spurs in a sudden paroxysm of sudden fury.) I will, by
the God above me. I’ll scourge the pigeonlivered cur as long as I can stand
over him. I’ll flay him alive.
(His eyes closing, quails expectantly.) Here? (He squirms.) Again! (He pants
cringing.) I love the danger.
the honourable mrs mervyn talboys
Very much so! I’ll make it hot for you. I’ll make you dance Jack Latten
Tan his breech well, the upstart! Write the stars and stripes on it!
mrs yelverton barry
Disgraceful! There’s no excuse for him! A married man!
All these people. I meant only the spanking idea. A warm tingling glow
without effusion. Refined birching to stimulate the circulation.
the honourable mrs mervyn talboys
(Laughs derisively.) O, did you, my fine fellow? Well, by the living God,
you’ll get the surprise of your life now, believe me, the most unmerciful hiding
a man ever bargained for. You have lashed the dormant tigress in my nature
(Shakes her muff and quizzing-glasses vindictively.) Make him smart, Hanna
dear. Give him ginger. Thrash the mongrel within an inch of his life. The
cat–o’–nine-tails. Geld him. Vivisect him.
(Shuddering, shrinking, joins his hands with hangdog mien.) O cold! O
shivery! It was your ambrosial beauty. Forget, forgive. Kismet. Let me off
this once. (He offers the other cheek.)
mrs yelverton barry
(Severely.) Don’t do so on any account, Mrs Talboys! He should be
the honourable mrs mervyn talboys
(Unbuttoning her gauntlet violently.) I’ll do no such thing. Pig dog and always
was ever since he was pupped! To dare address me! I’ll flog him black and blue
in the public streets. I’ll dig my spurs in him up to the rowel. He is a wellknown
cuckold. (She swishes her huntingcrop savagely in the air.) Take down his trousers
without loss of time. Come here, sir! Quick! Ready?
(Trembling, beginning to obey.) The weather has been so warm.
(Davy Stephens, ringletted, passes with a bevy of barefoot newsboys.)
Messenger of the Sacred Heart and Evening Telegraph with Saint Patrick’s
Day Supplement. Containing the new addresses of all the cuckolds in Dublin.
(The very reverend Canon O’Hanlon in cloth of gold cope elevates and
exposes a marble timepiece. Before him Father Conroy and the reverend
John Hughes S.J. bend low.)
(The brass quoits of a bed are heard to jingle.)
Jigjag, Jigajiga. Jigjag.
(A panel of fog rolls back rapidly, revealing rapidly in the jurybox the
faces of Martin Cunningham, foreman, silkhatted, Jack Power,
Simon Dedalus, Tom Kernan, Ned Lambert, John Henry Menton,
Myles Crawford, Lenehan, Paddy Leonard Nosey Flynn, M’Coy
and the featureless face of a Nameless One.)
the nameless one
Bareback riding. Weight for age. Gob, he organised her.
(All their heads turned to his voice.) Really?
the nameless one
(Snarls.) Arse over tip. Hundred shillings to five.
(All their heads lowered in assent.) Most of us thought as much.
He is a marked man. Another girl’s plait cut. Wanted : Jack the Ripper.
A thousand pounds reward.
(Awed, whispers.) And in black. A mormon. Anarchist.
(Loudly.) Whereas Leopold Bloom of no fixed abode is a wellknown
dynamitard, forger, bigamist, bawd and cuckold and a public nuisance to the
citizens of Dublin and whereas at this commission of assizes the most
(His Honour sir Frederick Falkiner recorder of Dublin, in judicial garb
of grey stone rises from the bench, stonebearded. He bears in his arms
an umbrella sceptre. From his forehead arise starkly the Mosaic
I will put an end to this white slave traffic and rid Dublin of this odious
pest. Scandalous! (He dons the black cap.) Let him be taken, Mr Subsheriff,
from the dock where he now stands and detained in custody in Mountjoy
prison during His Majesty’s pleasure and there be hanged by the neck until he
is dead and therein fail not at your peril or may the Lord have mercy on
your soul. Remove him. (A black skullcap descends upon his head.)
(The subsheriff Long John Fanning appears, smoking a pungent Henry
long john fanning
Scowls and calls with rich rolling utterance.) Who’ll hang Judas Iscariot?
(H. Rumbold, master barber, in a bloodcoloured jerk in and tanner’s
apron, a rope coiled over his shoulder, mounts the block. A life
preserver and a nailstudded bludgeon are stuck in his belt. He rubs
grimly his grappling hands, knobbed with knuckledusters.)
(To the recorder with sinister familiarity.) Hanging Harry, your Majesty,
the Mersey terror. Five guineas a jugular. Neck or nothing.
(The bells of George’s church toll slowly, loud dark iron.)
(Desperately.) Wait. Stop. Gulls. Good heart. I saw. Innocence. Girl in
the monkeyhouse. Zoo. Lewd chimpanzees. (Breathlessly.) Pelvic basin. Her
artless blush unmanned me. (Overcome with emotion.) I left the precincts. (He
turns to a figure in the crowd, appealing.) Hynes, may I speak to you? You
know me. That three shillings you can keep. If you want a little more...
(Coldly.) You are a perfect stranger.
(Points to the corner.) The bomb is here.
Infernal machine with a time fuse.
No, no. Pig’s feet. I was at a funeral.
(Draws his truncheon.) Liar!
(The beagle lift his snout, showing the grey scorbutic face of Paddy Dignam.
He has gnawed all. He exhales a putrid carcasefed breath. He grows
to human size and shape. His dachshund coat becomes a brown mortuary
habit. His green eyeflashes bloodshot. Half of one ear, all the nose and
both thumbs are ghouleaten.)
(In a hollow voice.) It is true. it was my funeral. Doctor Finucane
pronounced life extinct when I succumbed to the disease from natural causes.
(He lifts his mutilated ashen face moonwards and bays lugubriously.)
(In triumph.) You hear?
Bloom, I am Paddy Dignam’s spirit. List, list, O list!
The voice is the voice of Esau.
(Blesses himself.) How is that possible?
It is not in the penny catechism.
By metempsychosis. Spooks.
(Earnestly.) Once I was in the employ of Mr J. H. Menton, solicitor,
commissioner for oaths and affidavits, of 27 Bachelor’s Walk. Now I am
defunct, the wall of the heart hypertrophied. Hard lines. The poor wife was
awfully cut up. Dow is she bearing it? Keep her off that bottle of sherry. (He
looks round him.) A lamp. I must satisfy an animal need. That buttermilk didn’t
agree with me.
(The portly figure of John O’Connell, caretaker stands forth, holding a
bunch of keys tied with crape. Beside him stands Father Coffey, chaplain,
toadbellied, wrynecked, in a surplice and bandanna nightcap, holding
sleepily a staff of twisted poppies.)
(Yawns, then chants with a hoarse croak.) Namine. Jacobs Vobiscuits. Amen.
(Foghorns stormily through his megaphone.) Dignam, Patrick T, deceased.
(With pricked up ears, winces.) Overtones. (He wriggles forward, places an
ear to the ground.) My master’s voice!
Burial docket letter number U. P. Eightyfive thousand. Field seventeen.
House of Keys, Plot, one hundred and one.
(Paddy Dignam listens with visible effort, thinking, his tail stiffpointed,
his ears cocked.)
Pray for the repose of his soul.
(He worms down through a coalhole, his brown habit trailing its tether
over rattling pebbles. After him toddles an obese grandfather rat on
fungus turtle paws under a grey carapace. Dignam’s voice, muffled,
is heard baying under ground : Dignam’s dead and gone below.
Tom Rochford, robinredbreasted, in cap and breeches, jumps from his
(A hand to his breastbone, bows.) Reuben J. A florin I find him. (He fixes
the manhole with a resolute stare.) My turn now on. Follow me up to Carlow.
(He executes a daredevil salmon leap in the air and is engulfed in the
coalhole. Two discs on the columns wobble eyes of nought. All recedes.
Bloom plodges forward again. He stands before a lighted house, listening.
The kisses, winging from their bowers, fly about him, twittering,
(Warbling.) Leo! (Twittering.) Icky licky micky sticky for Leo! (Cooing.)
Coo coocoo! Yummyumm Womwom! (Warbling.) Big comebig! Pirouette!
Leopopold! (Twittering.) Leeolee! (Warbling.) O Leo!
(They rustle, flutter upon his garments, alight, bright giddy flecks, silvery
A man’s touch. Sad music. Church music. Perhaps here.
(Zoe Higgins, a young whore in a sapphire slip, closed with three bronze
buckles, a slim black velvet fillet round her throat, nods, trips down
the steps and accosts him.)
Are you looking for someone? He’s inside with his friend.
Is this Mrs Mack’s?
No, eightyone. Mrs Cohen’s. You might go farther and fare worse. Mother
Slipperslapper. (Familiarly.) She’s on the job herself tonight with the vet, her
tipster, that gives her all the winners and pays for her son in Oxford. Working
overtime but her luck’s turned today. (Suspiciously.) You’re not his father, are
You both in black. Has little mousey any tickles tonight?
(His skin, alert, feels her fingertips approach. A hand slides over his left
How’s the nuts?
Off side. Curiously they are on the right. Heavier I suppose. One in a
million my tailor, Mesias, says.
(In sudden alarm.) You’ve a hard chancre.
I feel it.
(Her hand slides into his left trouser pocket and brings out a hard black
shrivelled potato. She regards it and Bloom with dumb moist lips.)
A talisman. Heirloom.
For Zoe? For keeps? For being so nice, eh?
(She puts the potato greedily into a pocket, then links his arm, cuddling him
with supple warmth. He smiles uneasily. Slowly, note by note, oriental
music is played. He gazes in the tawny crystal of her eyes, ringed with
kohol. His smile softens.)
You’ll know me the next time.
(Forlornly.) I never loved a dear gazelle but it was sure to...
(Gazelles are leaping, feeding on the mountains. Near are lakes. Round
their shores file shadows black of cedargroves. Aroma rises, a strong
hairgrowth of resin. It burns, the orient, a sky of sapphire, cleft by the
bronze flight of eagles. Under it lies the womancity, nude, white, still,
cool, in luxury. A fountain murmurs among damask roses. Mammoth
roses murmur of scarlet winegrapes. A wine of shame, lust, blood
exudes, strangely murmuring.)
(Murmuring singsong with the music, her odalisk lips lusciously smeared
with salve of swinefat and rosewater.)
Schorach ani wenowach, benoith Hierushaloim.
(Fascinated.) I thought you were of good stock by your accent.
And you know what thought did?
(She bites his ear gently with little goldstopped teeth sending on him a cloying
breath of stale garlic. The roses draw apart, disclose a sepulchre of
the gold of kings and their mouldering bones.)
(Draws back, mechanically caressing her right bub with a flat awkward hand.)
Are you a Dublin girl?
(Catches a stray hair deftly and twists it to her coil.) No bloody fear. I’m
English. Have you a swaggerroot?
(As before.) Rarely smoke, dear. Cigar now and then. Childish device.
(Lewdly.) The mouth can be better engaged than with a cylinder of rank weed.
Go on. Make a stump speech out of it.
(In workman’s corduroy overalls, black gansy with red floating tie and apache
cap.) Mankind is incorrigible. Sir Walter Raleigh brought from the new world
that potato and that weed, the one a killer of pestilence by absorption, the other
a poisoner of the ear, eye, heart, memory, will, understanding, all. That is to
say, he brought the poison a hundred years before another person whose
name I forget brought the food. Suicide. Lies. All our habits. Why, look at our
(Midnight chimes from distant steeples.)
Turn again, Leopold! Lord mayor of Dublin!
(In alderman’s gown and chain.) Electors of Arran Quay, Inns Quay,
Rotunda, Mountjoy and North Dock better run a tramline, I say, from the
cattlemarket to the river. That’s the music of the future. That’s my programme.
Cui bono? But our buccaneering Vanderdeckens in their phantom ship of
Three times three for our future chief magistrate!
(The aurora borealis of the torchlight procession leaps.)
(Several wellknown burgesses, city magnates and freemen of the city shake
hands with Bloom and congratulate him. Timothy Harrington, late
thrice Lord Mayor of Dublin, imposing in mayoral scarlet, gold chain
and white silk tie, confers with councillor Lorcan Sherlock, locum
tenens. They nod vigorously in agreement.)
late lord mayor harrington
(In scarlet robe with mace, gold mayoral chain and lace white silk scarf.)
That alderman, sir Leo Bloom’s speech be printed at the expense of the
ratepayers. That the house in which he was born be ornamented with a
commemorative tablet and that the thoroughfare hitherto known as Cow
Parlour off Cork street be henceforth designated Boulevard Bloom.
councillor lorcan sherlock
(Impassionedly.) These flying Dutchmen or lying Dutchmen as they recline
in their upholstered poop, casting dice, what reck they? Machines is their cry,
their chimera, their panacea. Laboursaving apparatuses, supplanters, bugbears,
manufactured monsters for mutual murder, hideous hobgoblins produced by
a horde of capitalistic lusts upon our prostituted labour. The poor man starves
while they are grassing their royal mountain stags or shooting peasants and
phartridges in their purblind pomp of pelf and power. But their reign is rover
for rever and ever and ev...
(Prolonged applause. Venetian masts, maypoles and festal arches spring
up. A streamer bearing the legends Cead Mile Failte and Mah Ttob
Melek Israel spans the street. All the windows are thronged with
sightseers, chiefly ladies. Along the route the regiments of the royal
Dublin fusiliers, the Kings own Scottish borderers, the Cameron
Highlanders and the Welsh Fusiliers, standing to attention keep back
the crowd. Boys from High school are perched on the lampposts, telegraph
poles, windowsills, cornices, gutters, chimneypots, railings, rainspouts,
whistling and cheering. The pillar of the cloud appears. A fife and
drum band is heard in the distance playing the Kol Nidre. The beaters
approach with imperial eagles hoisted, trailing banners and waving
oriental palms. The chryselephantine papal standard rises high,
surrounded by pennons of the civic flag. The van of the procession appears
headed by John Howard Parnell, city marshal, in a chessboard tabard,
the Athlone Poursuivant and Ulster King of Arms. They are followed
by the Right Honourable Joseph Hutchinson, lord mayor of Dublin, the
lord mayor of Cork, their worships the mayors of Limerick, Galway,
Sligo and Waterford, twentyeight Irish representative peers, sirdars,
grandees and maharajahs bearing the cloth of estate, the Dublin
Metropolitan Fire Brigade, the chapter of the saints of finance in their
plutocratic order of precedence, the bishop of Down and Connor His
Eminence Michael cardinal Logue archbishop of Armagh, primate of
all Ireland, His Grace, the most reverend Dr William Alexander,
archbishop of Armagh, primate of all Ireland, the chief rabbi, the
presbyterian moderator, the heads of the baptist, anabaptist, methodist
and Moravian chapels and the honorary secretary of the society of
friends. After them march the guilds and trades and trainbands with
flying colours : coopers, bird fanciers, millwrights, newspaper
canvassers, law scriveners, masseurs, vintners, trussmakers, chimney
sweeps, lard refiners, tabinet and poplin weavers, farriers, Italian
warehousemen, church decorators, bootjack manufacturers, undertakers,
silk mercers, lapidaries, salesmasters, corkcutters, assessors of fire
losses, dyers and cleaners, export bottlers, fellmongers, ticketwriters,
heraldic seal engravers, horse repository hands, bullion brokers,
cricket and archery outfitters, riddlemakers, egg and potato factors,
hosiers and glovers, plumbing contractors. After them march gentlemen
of the bedchamber Black Rod, Deputy Garter, Gold Stick, the master
of horse, the lord great chamberlain, the earl marshal, the high constable
carrying the sword of state, saint Stephen’s iron crown, the chalice and
bible. Four buglers on foot blow a sennet. Beefeaters reply, winding
clarions of welcome. Under an arch of triumph Bloom appears
bareheaded, in a crimson velvet mantletrimmed with ermine, bearing
Saint Edward’s staff, the orb and sceptre with the dove, the curtana.
He is seated on a milkwhite horse with long flowing crimson tail, richly
ɒכparisoned, with golden headstall. Wild excitement. The ladies from
their balconies throw down rosepetals. The air is perfumed with essences.
The men cheer. Bloom’s boys run amid the bystanders with branches of
hawthorn and wrenbushes.)
The wren, the wren,
The king of all birds,
Saint Stephen’s his day
Was caught in the furze.
(Murmurs.) For the Honour of God! And is that Bloom? He scarcely
a pavior and flagger
That’s the famous Bloom now, the world’s greatest reformer. Hats off!
(All uncover their heads. Women whisper eagerly.)
(Richly.) Isn’t he simply wonderful?
a noble woman
(Nobly.) All that man has seen!
(Masculinely.) And done!
A classic face! He has the forehead of a thinker.
(Bloom’s weather. A sunburst appears in the northwest.)
the bishop of down and connor
I here present your undoubted emperor president and king chairman, the
most serene and potent and very puissant ruler of this realm. God save Leopold
God save Leopold the First!
(In dalmatic and purple mantle, to the bishop of Down and Connor with
dignity.) Thanks, somewhat eminent sir.
william, archbishop of armagh
(In purple stock and shovel hat.) Will you to your power cause law and
mercy to be executed in all your judgments in Ireland and territories thereunto
(Placing his right hand on his testicles, swears.) So may the Creator deal
with me. All this I promise to do.
michael, archbishop of armagh
(Pours a cruse of hairoil over Bloom’s head.) Gaudium magnum annuntio
vobis. Habemus carneficem. Leopold, Patrick, Andrew, David, George, be thou
(Bloom assumes a mantle of cloth of gold and puts on a ruby ring. He
ascends and stands on the stone of destiny. The representative peers put
on at the same time their twentyeight crowns. Joybells ring in Christ
church, Saint Patrick’s, George’s and gay Malahide. Mirus bazaar
fireworks go up from all sides with symbolical phallopyrotechnic designs.
The peers do homage, one by one, approaching and genuflecting.)
I do become your liege man of life and limb to earthly worship.
(Bloom holds up his right hand on which sparkles the Koh-i-Noor diamond.
His palfrey neighs. Immediate silence. Wireless intercontinental and
interplanetary transmitters are set for reception of message.)
My subjects! We hereby nominate our faithful charger Copula Felix
hereditary Grand Vizier and announce that we have this day repudiated our
former spouse and have bestowed our royal hand upon the princess Selene,
the splendour of night.
(The former morganatic spouse of Bloom is hastily removed in the Black
Maria. The princess Selene, in moonblue robes, a silver crescent on her
head, descends from a Sedan chair borne by two giants. An outburst
john howard parnell
(Raises the royal standard.) Illustrious Bloom! Successor to my famous
(Embraces John Howard Parnell.) We thank you from our heart, John,
for this right royal welcome to green Erin, the promised land of our common
(The freedom of the city is presented to him embodied in a charter. The
keys of Dublin, crossed on a crimson cushion, are given to him. He
shows all that he is wearing green socks.)
You deserve it, your honour.
On this day twenty years ago we overcame the hereditary enemy at
Ladysmith. Our howitzers and camel swivel guns played on his lines with
telling effect. Half a league onward! They charge! All is lost now! Do we
yield? No! We drive them headlong! Lo! We charge! Deploying to the left
our light horse swept across the heights of Plevna and, uttering thier warcry,
Bonafide Sabaoth, sabred the Saracen gunners to a man.
the chapel of freeman typesetters
john wyse nolan
There’s the man that got away James Stephens.
a bluecoat schoolboy
an old resident
You’re a credit to your country, sir, that’s what you are.
He’s a man like Ireland wants.
My beloved subjects, a new era is about to dawn. I, Bloom, tell you verily
it is even now at hand. Yea, on the word of a Bloom, ye shall ere long enter
into the golden city which is to be, the new Bloomusalem in the Nova
Hibernia of the future.
(Thirty two workmen wearing rosettes, from all the counties of Ireland,
under the guidance of Derwan the builder, construct the new
Bloomusalem. It is a colossal edifice, with crystal roof built in the
shape of a huge pork kidney, containing forty thousand rooms. In
the course of its extension several buildings and monuments are
demolished. Government offices are temporarily transferred to railway
sheds. Numerous houses are razed to the ground. The inhabitants are
lodged in barrels and boxes, all marked in red with the letters : L. B.
Several paupers fall from a ladder. A part of the walls of Dublin
crowded with loyal sightseers, collapses.)
(Dying.) Morituri te salutant. (They die.)
(A man in a brown macintosh springs up through a trapdoor. He points
an elongated figure at Bloom.)
the man in the macintosh
Don’t you believe a word he says. That man is Leopold M’Intosh, the
notorious fireraiser. His real name is Higgins.
Shoot him! Dog of a christian! So much for M’Intosh!
(A cannonshot. The man in the macintosh disappears. Bloom with his sceptre
strikes down poppies. The instantaneous deaths of many powerful
enemies, graziers, members of parliament, members of standing
committees, are reported. Bloom’s bodyguard distribute Maundy money,
commemoration medals, loaves and fishes, temperance badges, expensive
Henry Clay cigars, free cowbones for soup, rubber preservatives, in
sealed envelopes tied with gold thread, butter scotch, pineapple rock,
billets doux in the form of cocked hats, readymade suits, porringers of
toad in the hole, bottles of Jeyes’ Fluid, purchase stamps, 40 days’
indulgences, spurious coins, dairyfed pork sausages, theatre passes, season
tickets available for all tram lines, coupons of the royal and prvileged
Hungarian lottery, penny dinner counters, cheap reprints of the World’s
Twelve Worst Books : Froggy and Fritz (politic), Care of the Baby
(infantilic), 50 Meals for 7/6 (culinic), Was Jesus a Sun Myth?
(historic), Expel that Pain (medic), Infant’s Compendium of the
Universe (cosmic), Let’s All Chortle (hilaric), Canvasser’s Vade
Mecum (journalic), Loveletters of Mother Assistant (erotic), Who’s
Who in Space (astric), Songs that Reached ’Our Heart (melodic),
Pennywise’s Way to Wealth (parsimonic). A general rush and
scramble. Women press forward to touch the hem of Bloom’s robe.
The lady Gwendolen Dubedat bursts through the throng, leaps on
his horse and kisses him on both cheeks amid great acclamation.
A magnesium flashlight photograph is taken. Babes and sucklings
are held up.)
Little father! Little father!
the babes and sucklings
Clap clap hands till Poldy comes home,
Cakes in his pocket for Leo alone.
(Bloom, bending down, pokes Baby Boardman gently in the stomach.)
(Hiccups, curdled milk flowing from his mouth.) Hajajaja.
(Shaking hands with a blind stripling.) My more than Brother! (Placing
his arms round the shoulders of an old couple.) Dear old friends! (He playes pussy
fourcorners with ragged boys and girls.) Peep! Bopeep! (He wheels twins in a
perambulator.) Ticktacktwo wouldyousetashoe? (He performs juggler’s tricks,
draws red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet silk haudkerchiefs from his
mouth.) Roygbiv. 32 feet per second. (He consoles a widow.) Absence makes the
heart grow younger. (He dances the Highland fling with grotesque antics.)
Leg it, ye devils! (He kisses the bedsores of a palsied veteran.) Honourable
wounds! (He trips up a fat policeman.) U. p. : up. U. p. : up. (He whispers in the
ear of a blushing waitress and laughs kindly.) Ah, naughty, naughty! (He eats a
raw turnip offered him by Maurice Butterly, farmer.) Fine! Splendid! (He refuses
to accept three shillings offered him by Joseph Hynes, journalist.) My dear fellow,
not at all! (He gives his coat to a beggar.) Please accept. (He takes part in a
stomach race with elderly male and female cripples.) Come on, boys! Wriggle it,
(Choked with emotion, brushes aside a tear in his emerald muffler.) May the
good God bless him!
(The ram’s horns sound for silence. The standard of Zion is hoisted.)
(Uncloaks impressively, revealing obesity, unrolls a paper and reads solemnly.)
Aleph Beth Ghimel Daleth Hagadah Tephilim Kosher Yom Kippur Hanukah
Roschaschana Beni Brith Bar Mitzvah Mazzoth Askenazim Meshuggah Talith.
(An official translation is read by Jimmy Henry, assistant town clerk.)
The Court of Conscience is now open. His Most Catholic Majesty will now
administer open air justice. Free medical and legal advice, solution of doubles
and other problems. All cordially invited. Given at this our loyal city of Dublin
in the year i of the Paradisiacal Era.
What am I to do about my rates and taxes?
Pay them, my friend.
Can I raise a mortgage on my fire insurance?
(Obdurately.) Sirs, take notice that by the law of torts you are bound over
in your own recognisances for six months in the sum of five pounds.
j. j. o’molloy
A Daniel did I say? Nay! A Peter O’Brien!
Where do I draw the five pounds?
For bladder trouble?
Acid. nit. hydrochlor dil, 20 minims
Tinct. mix. vom, 5 minims
Extr. taraxel. lig. 30 minims.
Aq. dis. ter in die.
What is the parallax of the subsolar ecliptic of Aldebaran?
Pleased to hear from you, Chris. K. II.
Why aren’t you in uniform?
When my progenitor of sainted memory wore the uniform of the Austrian
despot in a dank prison where was yours?
Embellish (beautify) suburban gardens.
When twins arrive?
Father (pater, dad) starts thinking.
An eight day licence for my new premises. You remember me, sir Leo,
when you were in number seven. I’m sending around a dozen of stout for
(Coldly.) You have the advantage of me. Lady Bloom accepts no
This is indeed a festivity.
(Solemnly.) You call it a festivity. I call it a sacrament.
When will we have our own house of keys?
I stand for the reform of municipal morals and the plain ten commandments.
New worlds for old. Union of all, jew, moslem and gentile. Three acres
and a cow for all children of nature. Saloon motor hearses. Compulsory manual
labour for all. All parks open to the public day and night. Electric
dishscrubbers. Tuberculosis, lunacy, war and mendicancy must now cease.
General amnesty, weekly carnival, with masked licence, bonuses for all,
esperanto the universal brotherhood. No more patriotism of barspongers and
dropsical impostors. Free money, free love and a free lay church in a free lay
Free fox in a free henroost.
Mixed races and mixed marriage.
What about mixed bathing?
(Bloom explains to those near him his schemes for social regeneration. All
agree with him. The keeper of the Kildare Street Museum appears,
dragging a lorry on which are the shaking statues of several naked
goddesses, Venus Callipyge, Venus Pandemos Venus Metempsychosis,
and plaster figures, also naked, representing the new nine muses,
Commerce, Operatic Music, Amor, Publicity, Manufacture, Liberty
of Speech, Plural Voting, Gastronomy, Private Hygiene, Seaside
Concert Entertainments, Painless Obstetrics and Astronomy for the
He is an episcopalian, an agnostic, an anythingarian seeking to overthrow
our holy faith.
(Tears up her will.) I’m disappointed in you! You bad man!
(Removes her boot to throw it at Bloom.) You beast! You abominable person!
Give us a tune, Bloom. One of the old sweet songs.
(With rollicking humour.)
I vowed that I never would leave her,
She turned out a cruel deceiver.
With my tooraloom tooraloom tooralcom tooraloom.
Good old Bloom! There’s nobody like him after all.
What railway opera is like a tramline in Gibraltar? The Rows of Casteele
Plagiarist! Down with Bloom!
the veiled sibyl
(Enthusiastically.) I'm a Bloomite and I glory in it. I believe in him in
spite of all. I'd give my life for him, the funniest man on earth.
(Winks at the bystanders.) I bet she's a bonny lassie.
(In fishing cap and oilskin jacket.) He employs a mechanical device to
frustrate the sacred ends of nature.
the veiled sibyl
(Stabs herself.) My hero god! (She dies.)
(Many most attractive and enthusiastic women also commit suicide by
stabbing, drowning, drinking prussic acid, aconite, arsenic, opening
their veins, refusing food, casting themselves under steamrollers, from
the top of Nelson’s Pillar, into the great vat of Guinness's brewery,
asphyxiating themselves by placing their heads in gas ovens, hanging
themselves in stylish garters, leaping from windows of different storeys.)
alexander j. dowie
(Violently.) Fellowchristians and antiBloomites, the man called Bloom is
from the roots of hell, a disgrace to christian men. A fiendish libertine from
his earliest years this stinking goat of Mendes gave precocious signs of infantile
debauchery recalling the cities of the plain, with a dissolute granddam. This
vile hypocrite, bronzed with infamy, is the white bull mentioned in the
Apocalypse. A worshipper of the Scarlet Woman, intrigue is the very breath of
hisnostrils. The stake faggots and the caldron of boiling oil are for him. Caliban!
Lynch him! Roast him! He's as bad as Parnell was. Mr Fox!
(Mother Grogan throws her boot at Bloom. Several shopkeepers from
upper and lower Dorset street throw objects of little or no commercial
value, hambones, condensed milk tins, unsaleable cabbage, stale bread,
sheeps'tails, odd pieces of fat.)
(Excitedly.) This is midsummer madness, some ghastly joke again. By
heaven, I am guiltless as the unsunned snow! It was my brother Henry. He
is my double. He lives in number 2 Dolphin’s Barn. Slander, the viper, has
wrongfully accused me. Fellowcountrymen, sgenl inn ban bata coisde gan capall.
I call on my old friend, Dr Malachi Mulligan, sex specialist to give medical
testimony on my behalf.
(In motor jerkin, green motoroggles on his brow.) Dr Bloom is bisexually
abnormal. He has recently escaped from Dr Eustace’s private asylum for
demented gentlemen. Born out of bedlock hereditary epilepsy is present, the
consequence of unbridled lust. Traces of elephantiasis have been discovered
among his ascendants. There are marked symptoms of chronic exhibitionism.
Ambidexterity is also latent. He is prematurely bald from selfabuse, perversely
idealistic in consequence, a reformed rake, and has metal teeth. In consequence
of a family complex he has temporarily lost his memory and I believe him to
be more sinned against than sinning. I have made a pervaginal examination
and, after application of the acid test to 5427 anal, axillary, pectoral and
pubic hairs, I declare him to be virgo intacta.
(Bloom holds his high grade hat over his genital organs.)
Hypsospadia is also marked. In the interest of coming generations I suggest
that the parts affected should be preserved in spirits of wine in the national
I have examined the patient’s urine. It is albuminoid. Salivation is
insufficient, the patellar reflex intermittent.
dr punch costello
The fetor judaicus is most perceptible.
(Reads a bill of health.) Professor Bloom is a finished example of the new
womanly man. His moral nature is simple and lovable. Many have found
him a dear man, a dear person. He is a rather quaint fellow on the whole,
coy though not feebleminded in the medical sense. He has written a really
beautiful letter, a poem in itself, to the court missionary of the Reformed
Priests Protection Society which clears up everything. He is practically a total
abstainer and I can affirm that he sleeps on a straw litter and eats the most
Spartan food, cold dried grocer’s peas. He wears a hairshirt winter and summer
and scourges himself every Saturday. He was, I understand, at one time a
firstclass misdemeanant in Glencree reformatory. Another report states that he
was a very posthumous child. I appeal for clemency in the name of the most
sacred word our vocal organs have ever been called upon to speak. He is about
to have a baby.
(General commotion and compassion. Women faint. A wealthy American
makes a street collection for Bloom. Gold and silver coins, blank
cheques, banknotes, jewels, treasury bonds, maturing bills of exchange,
I. O. U’s, wedding rings, watchchains, lockets, necklaces and bracelets
are rapidly collected.)
O, I so want to be a mother.
(In nursetender’s gown.) Embrace me tight, dear. You’ll be soon over it.
(Bloom embraces her tightly and bears eight male yellow and white children.
They appear on a redcarpeted staircase adorned with expensive plants.
All are handsome, with valuable metallic faces, wellmade, respectably
dressed and wellconducted, speaking five modern languages fluently
and interested in various arts and sciences. Each has his name
printed in legible letters on his shirtfront : Nasodoro, Goldfinger,
Chrysostomos, Maindorée, Silversmile, Silberselber Vifargent,
Panargros. They are immediately appointed to positions of high public
trust in several different countries as managing directors of banks,
traffic managers of railways, chairmen of limited liability companies,
vice chairmen of hotel syndicates.)
Bloom, are you the Messiah ben Joseph or ben David?
(Darkly.) You have said it.
Then perform a miracle.
Prophesy who will win the Saint Leger.
(Bloom walks on a net, covers his left eye with his left ear, passes
through several walls, climbs Nelson’s Pillar, hangs from the top
ledge by his eyelids, eats twelve dozen oysters (shells included), heals
several sufferers from king’s evil, contracts his face so as to resemble
many historical personages, Lord Beaconsfield, Lord Byron, Wat
Tyler, Moses of Egypt, Moses Maimonides, Moses Mendelssohn,
Henry Irving, Rip van Winkle, Kossuth, Jean Jacques Rousseau,
Baron Leopold Rothschild, Robinson Crusoe, Sherlock Holmes,
Pasteur, turns each foot simultaneously in different directions, bids the
tide turn back, eclipses the sun by extending his little finger.)
brini, papal nuncio
(In papal zouave’s uniform, steel cuirasses as breastplate, armplates,
thighplates, legplates, large profane moustaches and brown paper
Leopoldi autem generatio. Moses begat Noah and Noah begat Eunuch and
Eunuch begat O’Halloran and O’Halloran begat Guggenheim and Guggenheim
begat Agendath and Agendath begat Netaim and Netaim begat Le Hirsch and
Le Hirsch begat Jesurum and Jesurum begat MacKay and MacKay begat
Ostrolopsky and Ostrolopsky begat Smerdoz and Smerdoz begat Weiss
and Weiss begat Schwarz and Schwarz begat Adrianopoli and Adrianopoli
begat Aranjuez and Aranjuez begat Lewy Lawson and Lewy Lawson begat
Ichabudonosor and Ichabudonosor begat O’Donnell Magnus and O’Donnell
Magnus begat Christbaum and Christbaum begat ben Maimun and ben Maimun
begat Dusty Rhodes and Dusty Rhodes begat Benamor and Benamor begat
Jones-Smith and Jones-Smith begat Savorgnanovich and Savorgnanovich
begat Jasperstone and Jasperstone begat Vingtetunieme and Vingtetunieme
begat Szombathely and Szombathely begat Virag and Virag begat Bloom et
vocabitur nomen eius Emmanuel.
(Writes on the wall.) Bloom is a cod.
(In bushranger’s kit.) What did you do in the cattlecreep behind Kilbarrack?
a female infant
(Shakes a rattle.) And under Ballybough bridge?
And in the devil’s glen?
(Blushes furiously all over from frons to nates, three tears falling from his left
eye.) Spare my past.
the irish evicted tenants
(In bodycoats, kneebreeches, with Donnybrook fair shillelaghs.) Sjambok him!
(Bloom with asses’ ears seats himself in the pillory with crossed arms, his
feet protruding. He whistles Don Giovanni, a cenar teco. Artane
orphans, joining hands, caper round him. Girls of the Prison Gat
Mission, joining hands, caper round in the opposite direction.)
the artane orphans
You hig, you hog, you dirty dog!
You think the ladies love you!
the prison gate girls
If you see kay
Tell him he may
See you in tea
Tell him from me.
(In ephod and huntingcap, announces.) And he shall carry the sins of the
people to Azazel, the spirit which is in the wilderness, and to Lilith, the
nighthag. And they shall stone him and defile him, yea, all from Agendath
Netaim and from Mizraim, the land of Ham.
(All the people cast soft pantomime stones at Bloom. Many bonafide
travellers and ownerless dogs come near him and defile him.
Mastiansky and Citron approach in gaberdines, wearing long earlocks,
They wag their beards at Bloom.)
mastiansky and citron
Belial! Laemlein of Istria! the false Messiah! Abulafia!
(George S. Mesias, Bloom’s tailor, appears, a tailor’s goose under his arm,
presenting a bill.)
To alteration one pair trousers eleven shillings.
(Rubs his hands cheerfully.) Just like old times. Poor Bloom!
(Reuben J. Dodd, black bearded Iscariot, bad shepherd, bearing on his
shoulders the drowned corpse of his son, approaches the pillory.)
(Whispers hoarsely.) The squeak is out. A split is gone for the flatties. Nip
the first rattler.
the fire brigade
(Invests Bloom in a yellow habit with embroidery of painted flames and high
pointed hat. He places a bag of gunpowder round his neck and hands him over to the
civil power, saying.) Forgive him his trespasses.
(Lieutenant Myers of the Dublin Fire Brigade by general request sets fire
to Bloom. Lamentations.)
(In a seamless garment marked I. H. S. stands upright amid phoenix flames.)
Weep not for me, O daughters of Erin.
(He exhibits to Dublin reporters traces of burning. The daughters of Erin,
in black garments with large prayerbooks and long lighted candles in
their hands, kneel down and pray.)
the daughters of erin
Kidney of Bloom, pray for us.
Flower of the Bath, pray for us.
Mentor of Menton, pray for us.
Canvasser for the Freeman, pray for us
Charitable Mason, pray for us.
Wandering Soap, pray for us.
Sweets of Sin, pray for us.
Music without Words, pray for us.
Reprover of the Citizen, pray for us.
Friend of all Frillies, pray for us.
Midwife Most Merciful, pray for us.
Potato Preservative against Plague and Pestilence, pray for us.
(A choir of six hundred voices, conducted by Mr Vincent O’Brien, sings
the Alleluia chorus, accompanied on the organ by Joseph Glynn.
Bloom becomes mute, shrunken, carbonised.)
Talk away till you’re black in the face.
(In caubeen with clay pipe stuck in the band, dsuty brogues, an emigrant’s red
handkerchief bundle in his hand, leading a black bogoak pig by a sugaun, with a
smile in his eye.) Let me be going now, woman of the house, for by all the
goats in Connemara I’m after having the father and mother of a bating.
(With a tear in his eye.) All insanity. Patriotism, sorrow for the dead, music,
future of the race. To be or not to be. Life’s dream is o’er. End it peacefully.
They can live on. (He gazes far away mournfully.) I am ruined. A few pastilles
of aconite. The blinds drawn. A letter. Then lie back to rest. (He breathes
softly.) No more. I have lived. Fare. Farewell.
(Stiffly, her finger in her neckfillet.) Honest? Till the next time. (She sneers.)
Suppose you got up the wrong side of the bed or came too quick with your
best girl. O, I can read your thoughts.
(Bitterly.) Man and woman, love, what is it? A cork and bottle.
(In sudden sulks.) I hate a rotter that’s insincere. Give a bleeding whore a
(Repentantly.) I am very disagreeable. You are a necessary evil. Where are
you from? London?
(Glibly.) Hog’s Norton where the pigs plays the organs. I’m Yorkshire
born (She holds his hand which is feeling for her nipple.) I say, Tommy Tittlemouse.
Stop that and begin worse. Have you cash for a short time? Ten shillings?
(Smiles, nods slowly.) More, houri, more.
And more’s mother? (She pats him offhandedly with velvet paws.) Are you
coming into the musicroom to see our new pianola? Come and I’ll peel off.
(Feeling his occiput dubiously with the unparalleled embarrassment of a harassed
pedlar gauging the symmetry of her peeled pears.) Somebody would be dreadfully
jealous if she knew. The greeneyed monster. (Earnestly.) You know how difficult
it is. I needn’t tell you.
(Flattered.) What the eye can’t see the heart can’t grieve for (She pats him.)
Laughing witch! The hand that rocks the cradle.
(In babylinen and pelisse, bigheaded, with a caul of dark hair, fixes big eyes on
her fluid slip and counts its bronze buckles with a chubby finger, his moist tongue
lolling and lisping.) One two tlee : tlee tlwo tlone.
Love me. Love me not. Love me.
Silent means consent. (With little parted talons she captures his hand, her
forefinger giving to his palm the passtouch of secret monitor, luring him to doom.)
Hot hands cold gizzard.
(He hesitates amid scents, music, temptations. She leads him towards the
steps, drawing him by the odour of her armpits, the vice of her painted
eyes, the rustle of her slip in whose sinuous folds lurks the lion reek
of all the male brutes that have possessed her.)
the male brutes
(Exhaling sulphur of rut and dung and ramping in their loosebox, faintly
roaring, their drugged heads swaying to and fro.) Good!
(Zoe and Bloom reach the doorway where two sister whores are seated. They
examine him curiously from under their pencilled brows and smile to
his hasty bow. He trips awkwardly.)
(Her lucky hand instantly saving him.) Hoopsa! Don’t fall upstairs.
The just man falls seven times. (He stands aside at the threshold.) After you
is good manners.
Ladies first, gentlemen after.
(She crosses the threshold. He hesitates. She turns and, holding out her hands,
draws him over. He hops. On the antlered rack of the hall hang a man’s
hat and waterproof, Bloom uncovers himself but, seeing them, frowns
then smiles, preoccupied. A door on the return landing is thrown open.
A man in purple shirt and grey trousers brownsocked, passes with an
ape’s gait, his bald head and goatee beard upheld, hugging a full
waterjugjar, his twotailed black braces dangling at heels. Averting
his face quickly Bloom bends to examine on the halltable the spaniel
eyes of a running fox : then, his lifted head sniffing, follows Zoe into
the musicroom. A shade of mauve tissuepaper dims the light of the
chandelier. Round and round a moth flies, colliding, escaping. The
floor is covered with an oilcloth mosaic of jade and azure and cinnabar
rhomboids. Footmarks are stamped over it in all senses, heel to heel,
heel to hollow, toe to toe, feet locked, a morris of shuffling feet without
body phantoms, all in a scrimmage higgledypiggledy. The walls are
tapestried with a paper of yewfronds and clear glades. In the grate is
spread a screen of peacock feathers. Lynch squats crosslegged on the
hearthrug of matted hair, his cap back to the front. With a wand he
beats time slowly. Kitty Ricketts, a bony pallid whore in navy
costume, doeskin gloves rolled back from a coral wristlet, a chain purse
in her hand, sits perched on the edge of the table swinging her leg
and glancing at herself in the gilt mirror over the mantelpiece. A tag
of her corset lace hangs slightly below her jacket. Lynch indicates
mockingly the couple at the piano.)
(Coughs behind her hand.) She’s a bit imbecillic. (She signs with a waggling
forefinger.) Blemblem. (Lynch lifts up her skirt and white petticoat with the wand.
She settles them down quickly.) Respect yourself. (She hiccups, then bends quickly
her sailor hat under which her hair glows, red with henna.) O, excuse!
More limelight, Charley. (She goes to the chandelier and turns the gas full cock.)
(Peers at the gasjet.) What ails it tonight?
(Deeply.) Enter a ghost and hobgoblins.
Clap on the back for Zoe.
(The wand in Lynch’s hand flashes : a brass poker. Stephen stands at the
pianola on which sprawl his hat and ashplant. With two fingers he
repeats once more the series of empty fifths. Florry Talbot, a blond
feeble goosefat whore in a tatterdemalion gown of mildewed strawberry,
lolls spreadeagle in the sofa corner, her limp forearm pendent over the
bolster, listening. A heavy stye droops over her sleepy eyelid.)
(Hiccups again with a kick of her horsed foot.) O, excuse!
(Promptly.) Your boy’s thinking of you. Tie a knot on your shift.
(Kitty Ricketts bends her head. Her boa uncoils, slides, glides over her
shoulder, back, arm, chair to the ground. Lynch lifts the curled
catterpillar on his wand. She snakes her neck, nestling. Stephen
glances behind at the squatted figure with its cap back to the front.)
As a matter of fact it is of no importance whether Benedetto Marcello
found it or made it. The rite is the poet’s rest. It may be an old hymn to
Demeter or also illustrate Cœla enarrant gloriam Domini. It is susceptible of
nodes or modes as far apart as hyperphrygian and mixolydian and of texts so
divergent as priests haihooping round David’s that is Circe’s or what am I
saying Ceres’ altar and David’s tip from the stable to his chief bassoonist about
the alrightiness of his almightiness. Mais, nom de nom, that is another pair of
trousers. Jetez la gourme. Faut que jeunesse se passe. (He stops, points at Lynch’s cap,
smiles, laughs.) Which side is your knowledge bump?
(With saturnine spleen.) Bah! It is because it is. Woman’s reason. Jewgreek
is greekjew. Extremes meet. Death is the highest form of life. Bah!
You remember fairly accurately all my errors, boasts, mistakes. How long
shall I continue to close my eyes to disloyalty? Whetstone!
Here’s another for you. (He frowns.) The reason is because the
fundamental and the dominant are separated by the greatest possible interval
Which? Finish. You can’t.
(With an effort.) Interval which. Is the greatest possible elipse. Consistent
with. The ultimate return. The octave. Which.
(Outside the gramophone begins to blare The Holy City.)
(Abruptly.) What went forth to the ends of the world to traverse not
itself. God, the sun, Shakespeare, a commercial traveller, having itself traversed
in reality itself, becomes that self. Wait a moment. Wait a second. Damn that
fellow’s noise in the street. Self which it itself was ineluctably preconditioned
to become. Ecco!
(With a mocking whinny of laughter grins at Bloom and Zoe Higgins.) What
a learned speech, eh?
(Briskly.) God help your head, he knows more than you have forgotten.
(With obese stupidity Florry Talbot regards Stephen.)
They say the last day is coming this summer.
(Explodes in laughter.) Great unjust God!
(Offended.) Well, it was in the papers about Antichrist. O, my foot’s tickling.
(Ragged barefoot newsboys, jogging a wagtail kite, patter past, yelling.)
Stop press edition. Result of the rockinghorse races. Sea serpent in the
royal canal. Safe arrival of Antichrist.
(Stephen turns and sees Bloom.)
A time, times and half a time.
(Reuben J. Antichrist, wandering jew, a clutching hand open on his spine,
stumps forward. Across his loins is slung a pilgrim’s wallet from
which protrude promissory notes and dishonoured bills. Aloft over his
shoulder he bears a long boatpole from the hook of which the sodden
huddled mass of his only son, saved from Liffey waters hangs from
the slack of its breeches. A hobgoblin in the image of Punch Costello,
hipshot, crookbacked, hydrocephalic, prognathic with receding forehead
and Ally Sloper nose tumbles in somersaults through the gathering
(His jaws chattering, capers to and fro, goggling his eyes, squeaking,
kangaroohopping, with outstretched clutching arms then all at once thrusts his
lipless face through the fork of his thighs.) Il vient! C’est moi! L’homme qui rit!
L’homme primigène! (He whirls round and round with dervish howls.) Sieurs et
dames, faites vos jeux! (He crouches juggling. Tiny roulette planets fly from his
hands.) Les jeux sont faits! (The planets rush together, uttering crepitant cracks.)
Rien n’va plus. (The planets, buoyant balloons, sail swollen up and away. He
springs off into vacuum.)
(Sinking into torpor, crosses herself secretly.) The end of the world!
(A female tepid effluvium leaks out from her. Nebulous obscurity occupies
space. Through the drifting fog without the gramophone blares over
coughs and feetshuffling.)
Open your gates and sing
(A rocket rushes up the sky and bursts. A white star falls from it,
proclaiming the consummation of all things and second coming of
Elijah. Along an infinite invisible tightrope taut from zenith to nadir
the End of the World, a twoheaded octopus in gillie’s kilts, busby
and tartan filibegs, whirls through the murk, head over heels, in the
fob of the Three Legs of Man.)
the end of the world
(With a Scotch accent.) Wha’ll dance the keel row, the keel row, the
(Over the passing drift and choking breathcoughs, Elijah’s voice, harsh as
a corncrakes, jars on high. Perspiring in a loose lawn surplice with
funnel sleeves he is seen, vergefaced, above a rostrum about which
the banner of old glory is draped. He thumps the parapet.)
No yapping, if you please, in this booth. Jake Crane, Creole Sue, Dave
Campbell, Abe Kirschner, do your coughing with your mouths shut. Say, I am
operating all this trunk line. Boys, do it now. God’s time is 12.25. Tell mother
you’ll be there. Rush your order and you play a slick ace. Join on right here!
Book through to eternity junction, the nonstop run. Just one word more. Are
you a god or a doggone clod? If the second advent came to Coney Island are
we ready? Florry Christ, Stephen Christ, Zoe Christ, Bloom Christ, Kitty
Christ, Lynch Christ, it’s up to you to sense that cosmic force. Have we cold
feet about the cosmos? No. Be on the side of the angels. Be a prism. You have
that something within, the higher self. You can rub shoulders with a Jesus, a
Gautama, an Ingersoll. Are you all in this vibration? I say you are. You once
nobble that, congregation, and a buck joyride to heaven becomes a back number.
You got me? It’s a lifebrightener, sure. The hottest stuff ever was. It’s the
whole pie with jam in. It’s just the cutest snappiest line out. It is immense,
supersumptuous. It restores. It vibrates. I know and I am some vibrator. Joking
apart and getting down to bedrock, A. J. Christ Dowie and the harmonial
philosophy, have you got that? O. K. Seventyseven west sixtyninth street. Got
me? That’s it. You call me up by sunphone any old time. Bumboosers, save
your stamps. (He shouts.) Now then our glory song. All join heartily in the
singing. Encore! (He sings.) Jeru...
(Drowning his voice.)
Whorusalaminyourhighhohhhh... (The disc rasps gratingly against the
the three whores
(Covering their ears, squawk.) Ahhkkk!
(In rolledup shirtsleeves, black in the face, shouts at the top of his voice, his arms
uplifted.) Big Brother up there, Mr President, you hear what I done just been
saying to you. Certainly, I sort of believe strong in you, Mr President. I
certainly am thinking now Miss Higgins and Miss Ricketts got religion way
inside them. Certainly seems to me I don’t never see no wusser scared female
than the way you been, Miss Florry, just now as I done seed you. Mr President,
you come long and help me save our sisters dear. (He winks at his audience.)
Our Mr President, he twig the whole lot and he ain’t saying nothing.
I forgot myself. In a weak moment I erred and did what I did on
Constitution hill. I was confirmed by the bishop. My mother’s sister married
a Montmorency. It was a working plumber was my ruination when I was pure.
I let him larrup it into me for the fun of it.
It was in consequence of a portwine beverage on top of Hennessy’s three
stars. I was guilty with Whelan when he slipped into the bed.
In the beginning was the word, in the end the world without end. Blessed
be the eight beatitudes.
(The beatitudes, Dixon, Madden, Crotthers, Costello, Lenehan, Bannon,
Mulligan and Lynch in white surgical students’ gowns, four abreast,
goosestepping, tramp fast past in noisy marching.)
(Incoherently.) Beer beef battledog buybull businum barnum buggerum
(In quakergrey kneebreeches and broadbrimmed hat, says discreetly.) He is our
friend. I need not mention names. Seek thou the light.
(He corantos by. Best enters in hairdresser attire, shinily laundered, his
locks in curlpapers. He leads John Eglinton who wears a mandarin’s
kimono of Nankeen yellow, lizardlettered, and a high pagoda hat.)
(Smiling, lifts the hat and displays a shaven poll from the crown of which
bristles a pigtail toupee tied with an orange topknot.) I was just beautifying him,
don’t you know. A thing of beauty, don’t you know. Yeats says, or I mean,
(Produces a greencapped dark lantern and flashes it towards a corner; with car-
ping accent.) Esthetics and cosmetics are for the boudoir. I am out for truth.
Plain truth for a plain man. Tanderagee wants the facts and means to get
(In the cone of the searchlight behind the coalscuttle, ollave, holyeyed, the
bearded figure of Mananann Mac Lir broods, chin on knees. He
rises slowly. A cold seawind blows from his druid mantle. About his
head writhe eels and elvers. He is encrusted with weeds and shells.
His right hand holds a bicycle pump. His left hand grasps a huge
crayfish by its two talons.)
mhananann mac lir
(With a voice of waves.) Aum! Hek! Wal! Ak! Lub! Mor! Ma! White
yoghin of the Gods. Occult pimander of Hermes Trismegistos. (With a voice
of whistling seawind.) Punarjanam patsypunjaub! I won’t have my leg pulled.
It has been said by one : beware the left, the cult of Shakti. (With a cry of
stormbirds.) Shakti, Shiva! Dark hidden Father! (He smites with his bicycle pump the
crayfish in his left hand. On its cooperative dial glow the twelve signs of the zodiac.
He wails with the vehemence of the ocean.) Aum! Baum! Pyjaum! I am the light
of the homestead, I am the dreamery creamery butter.
(A skeleton judashand strangles the light. The green light wanes to mauve.
The gasjet wails whistling.)
(Zoe runs to the chandelier and, crooking her leg, adjusts the mantle.)
Who has a fag as I’m here?
(Tossing a cigarette on to the table.) Here.
(Her head perched aside in mock pride.) Is that the way to hand the pot to a
lady? (She stretches up to light the cigarette over the flame, twirling it slowly, showing
the brown tufts of her armpits. Lynch with his poker lifts boldly a side of her slip.
Bare from her garters up her flesh appears under the sapphire a nixie’s green. She puffs
calmly at her cigarette.) Can you see the beauty spot of my behind?
I’m not looking.
(Makes sheep’s eyes.) No? You wouldn’t do a less thing. Would you suck a
(Squinting in mock shame she glances with sidelong meaning at Bloom
then twists round towards him, pulling her slip free of the poker.
Blue fluid again flows over her flesh. Bloom stands, smiling
desirously, twirling his thumbs. Kitty Ricketts licks her middle finger
with her spittle and gazing in the mirror, smooths both eyebrows.
Lipoti Virag, basilicogrammate, chutes rapidly down through the
chimneyflue and struts two steps to the left on gawky pink stilts. He
is sausaged into several overcoats and wears a brown macintosh under
which he holds a roll of parchment. In his left eye flashes the
monocle of Cashel Boyle O’Connor Fitzmaurice Tisdall Farrell. On his
head is perched an Egyptian pshent. Two quills project over his ears.)
(Heels together, bows.) My name is Virag Lipoti, of Szombathely. (He coughs
thoughtfully, drily.) Promiscuous nakedness is much in evidence hereabouts,
eh? Inadvertently her backview revealed the fact that she is not wearing those
rather intimate garments of which you are a particular devotee. The injection
mark on the thigh I hope you perceived? Good.
Number two on the other hand, she of the cherry rouge and coiffeuse
white, whose hair owes not a little to our tribal elixir of gopherwood is in
walking costume and tightly staysed by her sit, I should opine. Backbone in
front, so to say. Correct me but I always understood that the act so performed
by skittish humans with glimpses of lingerie appealed to you in virtue of its
exhibitionististicicity. In a word. Hippogriff. Am I right?
She is rather lean.
(Not unpleasantly.) Absolutely! Well observed and those pannier pockets of
the skirt and slightly pegtop effect are devised to suggest bunchiness of hip.
A new purchase at some monster sale for which a gull has been mulcted.
Meretricious finery to deceive the eye. Observe the attention to details of
dustspecks. Never put on you tomorrow what you can wear today Parallax! (With
a nervous twitch of his head.) Did you hear my brain go snap? Pollysyllabax!
(An elbow resting in a hand, a forefinger against his cheek.) She seems sad.
(Cynically, his weasel teeth bared yellow, draws down his left eye with a finger
and barks hoarsely.) Hoax! Beware of the flapper and bogus mournful. Lily of
the alley. All possess bachelor’s button discovered by Rualdus Colombus.
Tumble her. Columble her. Chameleon. (More genially.) Well then, permit
me to draw your attention to item number three. There is plenty of her visible
to the naked eye. Observe the mass of oxygenated vegetable matter on her
skull. What ho, she bumps! The ugly duckling of the party, longcasted and
deep in keel.
(Regretfully.) When you come out without your gun.
We can do you all brands, mlld, medium and strong. Pay your money,
take your choice. How happy caould you be with either...
(His tongue upcurling.) Lyum! Look. Her beam is broad. she is coated with
quite a considerable layer of fat. Obviously mammal in weight of bosom you
remark that she has in front well to the fore two protuberances of very
respectable dimensions, inclined to fall in the noonday soupplate, while on her
rere lower down are two additional protuberances, suggestive of potent rectum
and tumescent for palpation which leave nothing to be desired save compactness.
Such fleshy parts are the product of careful nurture. When coopfattened their
livers reach an elephantine size. Pellets of new bread with fennygreek and
gumbenjamin swamped down by potions of green tea endow them during
their brief existence with natural pincushions of quite colossal blubber. That
suits your book, eh? Fleshhotpots of Egypt to hanker after. Wallow in it.
Lycopodium. (His throat twitches.) Slapbang! There he goes again.
The stye I dislike.
(Arches his eyebrows.) Contact with a goldring, they say. Argumentum ad
feminam, as we said in old Rome and ancient Greece in the consulship of
Diplodocus and Ichthyosaurus. For the rest Eve’s sovereign remedy. Not for
sale. Hire only. Huguenot. (He twitches.) It is a funny sound. (He coughs
encouragingly.) But possibly it is only a wart. I presume you shall have
remembered what I will have taught you on that head? Wheatenmeal with
honey and nutmeg.
(Reflecting.) Wheatenmeal with lycopodium and syllabax. This searching
ordeal. It has been an unusually fatiguing day, a chapter of accidents. Wait. I
mean, wartsblood spreads warts, you said...
(Severely, his nose hardhumped, his side eye winking.) Stop twirling your
thumbs and have a good old thunk. See, you have forgotten. Exercise your
mnemotechnic. La causa è santa. Tara. Tara. (Aside.) He will surely remember.
Rosemary also did I understand you to say or will power over parasitic
tissues. Then nay no I have an inkling. The touch of a deadhand cures.
(Excitedly.) I say so. I say so. E’en so. Technic. (He taps his parchment
roll energetically.) This book tells you how to act with all descriptive particulars.
Consult index for agitated fear of aconite, melancholy of muriatic, priapic
pulsatilla. Virag is going to talk about amputation. Our old friend caustic.
They must be starved. Snip off with horsehair under the denned neck. But, to
change the venue to the Bulgar and the Basque, have you made up your mind
whether you like or dislike women in male habiliments. (With a dry snigger.)
You intended to devote an entire year to the study of the religious problem and
the summer months of 1882 to square the circle and win that million.
Pomegranate! From the sublime to the ridiculous is but a step. Pyjamas, let
us say? Or stockingette gussetted knickers, closed? Or, put we the case, those
complicated combinations, camiknickers? (He crows derisively.) Keekeereekee!
(Bloom surveys incertainly the three whores, then gazes at the veiled mauve
light, hearing the everflying moth.)
I wanted then to have now concluded. Nightdress was never. Hence this.
But tomorrow is a new day will be. Past was is today. What now is will then
tomorrow as now was be past yester.
(Prompts into his ear in a pig’s whisper.) Insects of the day spend their
brief existence in reiterated coition, lured by the smell of the inferiorly
pulchritudinous fumale possessing extendified pudendal verve in dorsal region.
Pretty Poll! (His yellow parrotbeak gabbles nasally.) They had a proverb in
the Carpathians in or about the year five thousand five hundred and fifty of
our era. One tablespoonful of honey will attract friend Bruin more than half
a dozen barrels of first choice malt vinegar. Bear’s buzz bothers bees. But of
this apart. At another time we may resume. We were very pleased, we others.
(He coughs and, bending his brow, rubs his nose thoughtfully with a scooping hand.)
You shall find that these night insects follow the light. An illusion for
remember their complex unadjustable eye. For all these knotty points see the
seventeenth book of my Fundamentals of Sexology or the Love Passion
which Doctor L. B. says is the book sensation of the year. Some, to example,
there are again whose movements are automatic. Perceive. That is his
appropriate sun. Nightbird nightsun nighttown. Chase me, Charley! Buzz!
Bee or bluebottle too other day butting shadow on wall dazed self then
me wandered dazed down shirt good job I...
(His face impassive, laughs in a rich feminine key.) Splendid! Spanish fly
in his fly or mustard plaster on his dibble. (He gobbles gluttonously with
turkey wattles.) Bubbly jock! Bubbly jock! Where are we? Open Sesame!
Cometh forth! (He unrolls his parchment rapidly and reads, his glowworm’s nose
running backwards over the letters which he claws.) Stay, good friend. I bring
thee thy answer. Redbank oysters will shortly be upon us. I’m the best o’cook.
Those succulent bivalves may help us and the truffles of Perigord, tubers
dislodged through mister omnivorous porker, were unsurpassed in cases of nervous
debility or viragitis. Though they stink yet they sting. (He wags head with
cackling raillery.) Jocular. With my eyeglass in my ocular.
(Absently.) Ocularly woman’s bivalve case is worse. Always open sesame.
The cloven sex. Why they fear vermin, creeping things. Yet Eve and the
serpent contradict. Not a historical fact. Obvious analogy to my idea. Serpents
too are gluttons for woman’s milk. Wind their way through miles of omnivorous
forest to sucksucculent her breast dry. Like those bubblyjocular Roman matrons
one reads of in Elephantuliasis.
(His mouth projected in hard wrinkles, eyes stonily forlornly closed, psalms in
outlandish monotone.) That the cows with their those distended udders that they
have been the known...
I am going to scream. I beg your pardon. Ah? So. (He repeats.)
Spontaneously to seek out the saurian’s lair in order to entrust their teats to
his avid suction. Ant milks aphis. (Profoundly.) Instinct rules the world. In
life. In death.
(Head askew, arches his back and hunched wingshoulders, peers at the moth
out of blear bulged eyes, points a homing claw and cries.) Who’s Ger Ger? Who’s
dear Gerald? O, I much fear he shall be most badly burned. Will some pleashe
pershon not now impediment so catastrophics mit agitation of firstclass
tablenumpkin? (He mews.) Luss puss puss puss! (He sighs, draws back and
stares sideways down with dropping underjaw.) Well, well. He doth rest anon.
I’m a tiny tiny thing
Ever flying in the spring
Round and round a ringaring.
Long ago I was a king,
Now I do this kind of thing
On the wing, on the wing!
(He rushes against the mauve shade flapping noisily.) Pretty pretty pretty
pretty pretty pretty petticoats.
(From left upper entrance with two sliding steps Henry Flower comes
forward to left front centre. He wears a dark mantle and drooping
plumed sombrero. He carries a silverstringed inlaid dulcimer and a
longstemmed bamboo Jacob’s pipe, its clay bowl fashioned as a female
head. He wears dark velvet hose and silverbuckled pumps. He has
the romantic Saviour’s face with flowing locks, thin beard and
moustache. His spindlelegs and sparrow feet are those of the tenor
Mario, prince of Candia. He settles down his goffered ruffs and
moistens his lips with a passage of his amorous tongue.)
(In a low dulcet voice, touching the strings of his guitar.) There is a flower
(Virag truculent, his jowl set, stares at the lamp. Grave Bloom regards
Zoe’s neck. Henry gallant turns with pendent dewlap to the piano.)
(To himself.) Play with your eyes shut. Imitate pa. Filling my belly with
husks of swine. Too much of this. I will arise and go to my. Expect this is the.
Steve, thou art in a parlous way. Must visit old Deasy or telegraph. Our interview
of this morning has left on me a deep impression. Though our ages. Will
write fully tomorrow. I’m partially drunk, by the way. (He touches the keys
again.) Minor chord comes now. Yes. Not much however.
(Almidano Artifoni holds out a batonroll of music with vigorous
Ci rifletta. Lei rovina tutto.
Sing us something. Love’s old sweet song.
No voice. I am a most finished artist. Lynch, did I show you the letter
about the lute?
(Smirking.) The bird that can sing and won’t sing.
(The Siamese twins, Philip Drunk and Philip Sober, two Oxford dons
with lawnmowers, appear in the window embrasure. Both are masked
with Matthew Arnold’s face.)
Take a fool’s advice. All is not well. Work it out with the buttend of a
pencil, like a good young idiot. Three pounds twelve you got, two notes, one
sovereign, two crowns, if youth but knew. Mooney’s en ville, Mooney’s sur
mer, the Moira, Larchet’s, Holles street hospital, Burke’s. Eh? I am watching
(Impatiently.) Ah, bosh, man. Go to hell! I paid my way. If I could only find
out about octaves. Reduplication of personality. Who was it told me his name?
(His lawnmower begins to purr.) Aha, yes. Zoe mou sas agapo. Have a notion I
was here before. When was it not Atkinson his card I have somewhere. Mac
somebody. Unmack I have it. He told me about, hold on, Swinburne, was it,
And the song?
Spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.
Are you out of Maynooth? You’re like someone I knew once.
Out of it now. (To himself.) Clever.
philip drunk and philip sober
(Their lawnmowers purring with a rigadoon of grasshalms.) Clever ever. Out
of it. Out of it. By the bye have you the book, the thing, the ashplant? Yes,
there it, yes. Cleverever outofitnow. Keep in condition. Do like us.
There was a priest down here two nights ago to do his bit of business with
his coat buttoned up. You needn’t try to hide, I says to him. I know you’ve a
Perfectly logical from his standpoint. Fall of man. (Harshly, his pupils
waxing.) To hell with the pope! Nothing new under the sun. I am the Virag
who disclosed the sex secrets of monks and maidens. Why I left the Church
of Rome. Read the Priest, the Woman and the Confessional. Penrose. Flipperty
Jippert. (He wriggles.) Woman, undoing with sweet pudor her belt of
rushrope, offers her allmoist yoni to man’s lingam. Short time after man
presents woman with pieces of jungle meat. Woman shows joy and covers herself
with featherskins. Man loves her yoni fiercely with big lingam, the stiff one.
(He cries.) Coactus volui. Then giddy woman will run about. Strong man grapses
woman’s wrist. Woman squeals, bites, spucks. Man, now fierce angry, strikes
woman’s fat yadgana. (He chases his tail.) Piffpaff! Popo! (He stops, sneezes.)
Pchp! (He worries his butt.) Prrrrrht!
I hope you gave the good father a penance. Nine glorias for shooting a
(Spouts walrus smoke through her nostrils.) He couldn’t get a connection.
Only, you know, sensation. A dry rush.
(Lightly.) Only for what happened him.
(A diabolic rictus of black luminosity contracting his visage, cranes his scraggy
neck forward. He lifts a mooncalf nozzle and howls.) Verfluchte Goim! He had a
father, forty fathers. He never existed. Pig God! He had two left feet. He was
Judas Iacchias, a Lybian eunuch, the pope’s bastard. (He leans out on tortured
forepaws, elbows bent rigid, his eye agonising in his flat skullneck and yelps over the
mute world.) A son of a whore. Apocalypse.
And Mary Shortall that was in the lock with the pox she got from Jimmy
Pidgeon in the blue caps had a child off him that couldn’t swallow and was
smothered with the convulsions in the mattress and we all subscribed for the
(Gravely.) Qui vous a mis dans cette fichue position, Philippe?
(Gaily.) C’était le sacré pigeon, Philippe.
(Kitty unpins her hat and sets it down calmly, patting her henna hair.
And a prettier, a daintier head of winsome curls was never seen on a
whore’s shoulders. Lynch puts on her hat. She whips it off.)
(Laughs.) And to such delights has Metchnikoff inoculated anthropoid
(Nods.) Locomotor ataxy.
(Gaily.) O, my dictionary.
Three wise virgins.
(Agueschaken, profuse yellow spawn foaming over his bony epileptic lips.)
She sold lovephiltres, whitewax, orange flower. Panther, the Roman centurion,
polluted her with his genitories. (He sticks out a flickering phosphorescent scorpion
tongue, his hand on his fork.) Messiah! He burst her tympanum. (With gibbering
baboon’s cries he jerks his hips in the cynical spasm.) Hik! Hek! Hak! Hok! Huk!
(Ben Jumbo Dollard, rubicund, musclebound, hairynostrilled, hugebearded,
cabbageeared, shaggychested, shockmaned, fatpapped, stands forth,
his loins and genitals tightened into a pair of black bathing bagslops.)
(Nakkering castanet bones in his huge padded paws, yodels jovially in base
barreltone.) When love absorbs my ardent soul.
(The virgins, Nurse Callan and Nurse Quigley, burst through the
ringkeepers and the ropes and mob him with open arms.)
(Gushingly.) Big Ben! Ben Mac Chree!
Hold that fellow with the bad breeches.
(Smites his thigh in abundant laughter.) Hold him now.
(Caressing on his breast a severed female head, murmurs.) Thine heart, mine
love. (He pluks his lutestrings.) When first I saw...
(Sloughing his skins, his multitudinous plumage moulting.) Rats! (He yawns,
showing a coalblack throat and closes his jaws by an upward push of his parchment
roll.) After having said which I took my departure. Farewell. Fare thee well.
(Henry Flower combs his moustache and beard rapidly with a pocketcomb
and gives a cow’s lick to his hair. Steered by his rapier, he glides to
the door, his wild harp slung behind him. Virag reaches the door in
two ungainly stilthops, his tail cocked, and deftly claps sideways on
the wall a pusyellow flybill, butting it with his head.)
K. 11. post no bills. Strictly confidential. Dr Hy Franks.
All is lost now.
(Virag unscrews his head in a trice and holds it under his arm.)
(Over his shoulder to Zoe.) You would have preferred the fighting parson
who founded the protestant error. But beware Antisthenes, the dog sage, and
the last end of Arius Heresiarchus. The agony in the closet.
All one and the same God to her.
(Devoutly.) And Sovereign Lord of all things.
(To Stephen.) I’m sure you are a spoiled priest. Or a monk.
He is. A cardinal’s son.
Cardinal sin. Monks of the screw.
(His Eminence, Simon Stephen Cardinal Dedalus, Primate of all Ireland,
appears in the doorway, dressed in red soutane, sandals and socks.
Seven dwarf simian acolytes, also in red, cardinal sins, uphold his
train, peeping under it. He wears a battered silk hat sideways on his
head. His thumbs are stuck in his armpits and his palms outspread.
Round his neck hangs a rosary of corks ending on his breast in a
corkscrew cross. Releasing his thumbs, he invokes grace from on high
with large wave gestures and proclaims with bloated pomp.)
Conservio lies captured
He lies in the lowest dungeon
With manacles and chains around his limbs
Weighing upwards of three tons.
(He looks at all for a moment, his right eye closed tight, his left cheek
puffed out. Then, unable to repress his merriment, he rocks to and
fro, arms akimbo, and sings with broad rollicking humour.)
O, the poor little fellow
Hi-hi-hi-hi-his legs they were yellow
He was plump, fat and heavy and brisk as a snake
But some bloody savage
To graize his white cabbage
He murdered Nell Flaherty’s duckloving drake.
(A multitude of midges swarms over his robe. He scratches himself with
crossed arms at his ribs, grimacing, and exclaims.)
I’m suffering the agony of the damned. By the hoky fiddle, thanks be to
Jesus those funny little chaps are not unanimous. If they were they’d walk me
off the face of the bloody globe.
(His head aslant, he blesses curtly with fore and middle fingers, imparts
the Easter kiss and doubleshuffles off comically, swaying his hat
from side to side, shrinking quickly to the size of his trainbearers.
The dwarf acolytes, giggling, peeping, nudging, ogling, Easter-
kissing, zigzag behind him. His voice is heard mellow from afar,
merciful, male, melodious.)
Shall carry my heart to thee,
Shall carry my heart to thee,
And the breath of the balmy night
Shall carry my heart to thee.
(The trick doorhandle turns.)
The devil is in that door.
(A male form passes down the creaking staircase and is heard taking the
waterproof and hat from the rack. Bloom starts forward involuntarily
and, half closing the door as he passes, takes the chocolate from his
pocket and offers it nervously to Zoe.)
(Sniffs his hair briskly.) Hum. Thank your mother for the rabbits. I’m
very fond of what I like.
(Hearing a male voice in talk with the whores on the doorstep, pricks his ears.)
If it were he? After? Or because not? Or the double event?
(Tears open the silverfoil.) Fingers was made before forks. (She breaks off
and nibbles a piece, gives a piece to Kitty Ricketts and then turns kittenishly to Lynch.)
No objection to French lozenges? (He nods. She taunts him.) Have it now or
wait till you get it? (He opens his mouth, his head cocked. She whirls the prize
in left circle. His head follows. She whirls it back in right circle. He eyes her.)
(She tosses a piece. With an adroit snap he catches it and bites it through
with a crack.)
(Chewing.) The engineer I was with at the bazaar does have lovely ones.
Full of the best liqueurs. And the viceroy was there with his lady. The gas
we had on the Toft’s hobbyhorses. I’m giddy still.
(In Svengali’s fur overcoat, with folded arms and Napoleonic forelock, frowns
in ventriloquial exorcism with piercing eagle glance towards the door. Then, rigid,
with left foot advanced, he makes a swift pass with impelling fingers and gives the
sign of past master, drawing his right arm downwards from his left shoulder.) Go,
go, go, I conjure you, whoever you are.
(A male cough and tread are heard passing through the mist outside.
Bloom’s features relax. He places a hand in his waistcoat, posing
calmly. Zoe offers him chocolate.)
Do as you’re bid. Here.
(A firm heelclacking is heard on the stairs.)
(Takes the chocolate.) Aphrodisiac? But I thought it. Vanilla calms or?
Mnemo. Confused light confuses memory. Red influences lupus. Colours affect
women’s characters, any they have. This black makes me sad. Eat and be
merry for tomorrow. (He eats.) Influence taste too, mauve. But it is so long
since I. Seems new. Aphro. That priest. Must come. Better late than never.
Try truffles at Andrews.
(The door opens. Bella Cohen, a massive whoremistress enters. She is
dressed in a threequarter ivory gown, fringed round the hem with
tasselled selvedge and cools herself, flirting a black horn fan like
Minnie Hauck in Carmen. On her left hand are wedding and
keeper rings. Her eyes are deeply carboned. She has a sprouting
moustache. Her olive face is heavy, slightly sweated and fullnosed,
with orangetainted nostrils. She has lace pendant beryl eardrops.)
My word! I’m all of a mucksweat.
(She glances around her at the couples. Then her eyes rest on Bloom with
hard insistence. Her lace fan winnows wind towards her heated face,
neck and embonpoint. Her falcon eyes glitter.)
(Flirting quickly, then slowly.) Married, I see.
Yes... Partly, I have mislaid...
(Half opening, then closing.) And the missus is master. Petticoat government.
(Looks down with a sheepish grin.) That is so.
(Folding together, rests against her eardrop.) Have you forgotten me?
(Folded akimbo against her waist.) Is me her was you dreamed before?
Was then she him you us since knew? Am all them and the same now we?
(Bella approaches, gently tapping with the fan.)
(Wincing.) Powerful being. In my eyes read that slumber which women
(Tapping.) We have met. You are mine. It is fate.
(Cowed.) Exuberant female. Enormously I desiderate your domination. I
am exhausted, abandoned, no more young. I stand, so to speak, with an
unposted letter bearing the extra regulation fee before the too late box of the
general postoffice of human life. The door and window open at a right angle
cause a draught of thirtytwo feet per second according to the law of falling
bodies. I have felt this instant a twinge of sciatica in my left glutear muscle. It
runs in our family. Poor dear papa, a widower, was a regular barometer from
it. He believed in animal heat. A skin of tabby lined his winter waistcoat.
Near the end, remembering king David and the Sunamite, he shared his bed
with Athos, faithful after death. A dog’s spittle, as you probably... (He winces.)
(Bagweighted, passes the door.) Mocking is catch. Best value in Dub. Fit for
a prince’s liver and kidney.
(Tapping.) All things end. Be mine. Now.
(Undecided.) All now? I should not have parted with my talisman. Rain,
exposure at dewfall on the sea rocks, a peccadillo at my time of life. Every
phenomenon has a natural cause.
(Points downwards slowly.) You may.
(Looks downwards and perceives her unfastened bootlace.) We are observed.
(Points downwards quickly.) You must.
(With desire, with reluctance.) I can make a true black knot. Learned when
I served my time and worked the mail order line for Kellett’s. Experienced hand.
Every knot says a lot. Let me. In courtesy. I knelt once before today. Ah!
(Bella raises her gown slightly and, steadying her pose, lifts to the edge of
a chair a plump buskined hoof and a full pastern, silksocked. Bloom,
stifflegged, aging, bends over her hoof and with gentle fingers draws
out and in her laces.)
(Murmurs lovingly.) To be a shoefitter in Mansfield’s was my love’s young
dream, the darling joys of sweet buttonhooking, to lace up crisscrossed to
kneelength the dressy kid footwear satinlined, so incredibly small, of Clyde
Road ladies. Even their wax model Raymonde I visited daily to admire her
cobweb hose and stick of rhubarb toe, as worn in Paris.
Smell my hot goathide. Feel my royal weight.
(Crosslacing.) Too tight?
If you bungle, Handy Andy, I’ll kick your football for you.
Not to lace the wrong eyelet as I did the night of the bazaar dance. Bad
luck. Nook in wrong tache of her... person you mentioned. That night she
(He knots the lace. Bella places her foot on the floor. Bloom raises his
head. Her heavy face, her eyes strike him in midbrow. His eyes grow
dull, darker and pouched, his nose thickens.)
(Mumbles.) Awaiting your further orders, we remain, gentlemen...
(With a hard basilisk stare, in a baritone voice.) Hound of dishonour!
(His heavy cheekchops sagging.) Adorer of the adulterous rump!
(With sinews semiflexed.) Magnificence!
Down! (He taps her on the shoulder with his fan.) Incline feet forward!
Slide left foot one pace back. You will fall. You are falling. On the hands down!
(Her eyes upturned in the sign of admiration, closing.) Truffles!
(With a piercing epileptic cry she sinks on all fours, grunting, snuffling,
rooting at his feet, then lies, shamming dead with eyes shut tight,
trembling eyelids, bowed upon the ground in the attitude of most
(With bobbed hair, purple gills, fat moustache rings ronnd his shaven mouth, in
mountaineer’s puttees, green silverbuttoned coat, sport skirt and alpine hat with
moorcock’s feather, his hands stuck deep in his breeches pockets, places his heel on her
neck and grinds it in.) Feel my entire weight. Bow, bondslave, before the
throne of your despot’s glorious heels, so glistening in their proud erectness.
(Enthralled, bleats.) I promise never to disobey.
(Laughs loudly.) Holy smoke! You little know what’s in store for you. I’m
the tartar to settle your little lot and break you in! I’ll bet Kentucky cocktails
all round I shame it out of you, old son. Cheek me, I dare you. If you do
tremble in anticipation of heel discipline to be inflicted in gym costume.
(Bloom creeps under the sofa and peers out through the fringe.)
(Widening her slip to screen her.) She’s not here.
(Closing her eyes.) She’s not here.
(Hiding her with her gown.) She didn’t mean it, Mr Bello. She’ll be good,
Don’t be too hard on her, Mr Bello. Sure you won’t, ma’amsir.
(Coaxingly.) Come, ducky dear. I want a word with you, darling, just to
administer correction. Just a little heart to heart talk, sweety. (Bloom puts out
her timid head.) There’s a good girly now. (Bello grabs her hair violently and
drags her forward.) I only want to correct you for your own good on a soft safe
spot. How’s that tender behind? O, ever so gently, pet. Begin to get ready.
(Fainting.) Don’t tear my...
(Savagely.) The nosering, the pliers, the bastinado, the hanging hook,
the knout I’ll make you kiss while the flutes play like the Nubian slave of
old. You’re in for it this time. I’ll make you remember me for the balance of
your natural life. (His forehead veins swollen, his face congested.) I shall sit on your
ottomansaddleback every morning after my thumping good breakfast of
Matterson’s fat ham rashers and a bottle of Guinness’s porter. (He belches.) And
suck my thumping good Stock Exchange cigar while I read the Licensed
Victualler’s Gazette. Very possibly I shall have you slaughtered and skewered
in my stables and enjoy a slice Of you with crisp crackling from the baking
tin basted and baked like sucking pig with rice and lemon or currant sauce.
It will hurt you.
(He twists her arm. Bloom squeaks, turning turtle.)
Don’t be cruel, nurse! Don’t!
(Screams.) O, it’s hell itself! Every nerve in my body aches like mad!
(Shouts.) Good, by the rumping jumping general! That’s the best bit of
news I heard these six weeks. Here, don’t keep me waiting, damn you. (He
slaps her face.)
(Whimpers.) You’re after hitting me. I’ll tell...
Hold him down, girls, till I squat on him.
Yes. Walk on him! I will.
I will. Don’t be greedy.
No, me. Lend him to me.
(The brothel cook, Mrs Keogh, wrinkled, greybearded, in a greasy bib,
men’s grey and green socks and brogues, floursmeared, a rollingpin
stuck with raw pastry in her bare red arm and hand, appears at the
(Ferociously.) Can I help? (They hold and pinion Bloom.)
(Squats, with a grunt, on Bloom’s upturned face, puffing cigarsmoke, nursing a
fat leg.) I see Keating Clay is elected chairman of the Richmond Asylum and
bytheby Guinness’s preference shares are at sixteen three quarters. Curse me
for a fool that I didn’t buy that lot Craig and Gardner told me about. Just my
infernal luck, curse it. And that Goddamned outsider Throwaway at twenty
to one. (He quenches his cigar angrily on Bloom’s ear.) Where’s that Goddamned
(Goaded, buttocksmothered.) O! O! Monsters! Cruel one!
Ask for that every ten minutes. Beg, pray for it as you never prayed
before. (He thrusts out a figged fist and foul cigar.) Here, kiss that. Both. Kiss.
(He throws a leg astride and, pressing with horseman’s knees, calls in a hard
voice.) Gee up! A cockhorse to Banbury cross. I’ll ride him for the Eclipse
stakes. (He bends sideways and squeezes his mount’s testicles roughly, shouting.) Ho!
off we pop! I’ll nurse you in proper fashion. (He horserides cockhorse, leaping in
the, in the saddle.) The lady goes a pace a pace and the coachman goes a
trot a trot and the gentleman goes a gallop a gallop a gallop a gallop.
(Pulls at Bello.) Let me on him now. You had enough. I asked before you.
(Pulling at Florry.) Me. Me. Are you not finished with him yet, suckeress?
Well, I’m not. Wait. (He holds in his breath.) Curse it. Here. This bung’s
about burst. (He uncorks himself behind : then, contorting his features, farts loudly.)
Take that! (He recorks himself.) Yes, by Jingo, sixteen three quarters.
(A sweat breaking out over him.) Not man. (He sniffs.) Woman.
(Stands up.) No more blow hot and cold. What you longed for has come
to pass. Henceforth you are unmanned and mine in earnest, a thing under the
yoke. Now for your punishment frock. You will shed your male garments,
you understand, Ruby Cohen? and don the shot silk luxuriously rustling over
head and shoulders and quickly too.
(Shrinks.) Silk, mistress said! O crinkly! scrapy! Must I tiptouch it with
(Points to his whores.) As they are now, so will you be, wigged, singed,
perfumesprayed, ricepowdered, with smoothshaven armpits. Tape measurements
will be taken next your skin. You will be laced with cruel force into vicelike
corsets of soft dove coutille, with whalebone busk, to the diamond trimmed
pelvis, the absolute outside edge, while your figure, plumper than when
at large, will be restrained in nettight frocks, pretty two ounce petticoats and
fringes and things stamped, of course, with my houseflag, creations of lovely
lingerie for Alice and nice scent for Alice. Alice will feel the pullpull. Martha
and Mary will be a little chilly at first in such delicate thighcasing but the frilly
flimsiness of lace round your bare knees will remind you...
(A charming soubrette with dauby cheeks, mustard hair and lace male hands
and nose, leering mouth.) I tried her things on only once, a small prank, in
Holles street. When we were hardup I washed them to save the laundry bill.
My own shirts I turned. It was the purest thrift.
(Jeers.) Little jobs that make mother pleased, eh! and showed off
coquettishly in your domino at the mirror behind closedrawn blinds your
unskirted thighs and hegoat’s udders, in various poses of surrender, eh? Ho!
Ho! I have to laugh! That secondhand black operatop shift and short trunk
leg naughties all split up the stitches at her last rape that Mrs Miriam Dandrade
sold you from the Shelbourne Hotel, eh?
Miriam. Black. Demimondaine.
(Guffaws.) Christ Almighty, it’s too tickling, this! You were a nicelooking
Miriam when you clipped off your backgate hairs and lay swooning in the
thing across the bed as Mrs Dandrade, about to be violated by Lieutenant
Smythe-Smythe, Mr Philip Augustus Blockwell, M. P., Signor Laci Daremo,
the robust tenor, blueeyed Bert, the liftboy, Henry Fleury of Gordon Bennett
fame, Sheridan, the quadroon Crœsus, the varsity wetbob eight from old
Trinity, Ponto, her splendid Newfoundland and Bobs, dowager duchess of
Manorhamilton. (He guffaws again.) Christ, wouldn’t it make a Siamese cat
(Her hands and features working.) It was Gerald converted me to be a true
corsetlover when I was female impersonator in the High School play Vice Versa.
It was dear Gerald. He got that kink, fascinated by sister’s stays. Now dearest
Gerald uses pinky greasepaint and gilds his eyelids. Cult of the beautiful.
(With wicked glee.) Beautiful! Give us a breather! When you took your
seat with womanish care, lifting your billowy flounces, on the smoothworn
Science. To compare the various joys we each enjoy. (Earnestly.) And really
it’s better the position... because often I used to wet...
(Sternly.) No insubordination. The sawdust is there in the corner for you.
I gave you strict instructions, didn’t I? Do it standing, sir! I’ll teach you to
behave like a jinkleman! If I catch a trace on your swaddles. Aha! By the ass
of the Dorans’ you’ll find I’m a martinet. The sins of your past are rising
against you. Many. Hundreds.
the sins of the past
(In a medley of voices.) He went through a form of clandestine marriage
with at least one woman in the shadow of the Black Church. Unspeakable
messages he telephoned mentally to Miss Dunn at an address in d’Olier Street
while he presented himself indecently to the instrument in the callbox. By
word and deed he encouraged a nocturnal strumpet to deposit fecal and other
matter in an unsanitary outhouse attached to empty premises. In five public
conveniences he wrote pencilled messages offering his nuptial partner to all
strongmembered males. And by the offensively smelling vitriol works did he
not pass night after night by loving courting couples to see if and what and
how much he could see? Did he not lie in bed, the gross boar, gloating over
a nauseous fragment of wellused toilet paper presented to him by a nasty harlot,
stimulated by gingerbread and a postal order?
(Whistles loudly.) Say! What was the most revolting piece of obscenity in
all your career of crime? Go the whole hog. Puke it out. Be candid for once.
(Mute inhuman faces throng forward, leering, vanishing, gibbering,
Booloohoom. Poldy Hock, Bootlaces a penny, Cassidy’s hag, blind
stripling, Larry Rhinoceros, the girl, the woman, the whore, the
Don’t ask me : Our mutual faith. Pleasants street. I only thought the half
of the... I swear on my sacred oath...
(Peremptorily.) Answer. Repugnant wretch! I insist on knowing. Tell me
something to amuse me, smut or a bloody good ghoststory or a line of poetry,
quick, quick, quick! Where? How? What time? With how many? I give
you just three seconds. One! Two! Thr...!
(Docile, gurgles.) I rererepugnosed in rerererepugnant...
(Imperiously.) O get out, you skunk! Hold your tongue! Speak when
you’re spoken to.
(Bows.) Master! Mistress! Mantamer!
(He lifts his arms. His bangle bracelets fall.)
(Satirically.) By day you will souse and bat our smelling underclothes,
also when we ladies are unwell, and swab out our latrines with dress pinned up
and a dishclout tied to your tail. Won’t that be nice? (He places a ruby ring on
her finger.) And there now! With this ring I thee own. Say, thank you, mistress.
Thank you, mistress.
You will make the beds, get my tub ready, empty the pisspots in the
different rooms, including old Mrs Keogh’s the cook’s, a sandy one. Ay, and
rinse the seven of them well, mind, or lap it up like champagne. Drink me
piping hot. Hop! you will dance attendance or I’ll lecture you on your
misdeeds, Miss Ruby, and spank your bare bot right well, miss, with the
hairbrush. You’ll be taught the error of your ways. At night your wellcreamed
braceletted hands will wear fortythreebutton gloves newpowdered with talc and
having delicately scented fingertips. For such favours knights of old laid down
their lives. (He chuckles.) My boys will be no end charmed to see you so ladylike,
the colonel, above all. When they come here the night before the wedding to
fondle my new attraction in gilded heels. First, I’ll have a go at you myself.
A man I know on the turf named Charles Alberta Marsh (I was in bed with
him just now and another gentleman out of the Hanaper and Petty Bag office)
is on the lookout for a maid of all work at a short knock. Swell the bust.
Smile. Droop shoulders. What offers? (He points.) For that lot trained by owner
to fetch and carry, basket in mouth. (He bares his arm and plunges it elbowdeep
in Bloom’s vulva.) There’s fine depth for you! What, boys? That give you a
hardon? (He shoves his arm in a bidder’s face.) Here, wet the deck and wipe it
(Dillon’s lacquey rings his handbell.)
One and eightpence too much.
charles alberta marsh
Must be virgin. Good breath. Clean.
(Gives a rap with his gavel.) Two bar. Rockbottom figure and cheap at the
price. Fourteen hands high. Touch and examine shis points. Handle hrim.
This downy skin, these soft muscles, this tender flesh. If I had only my gold
piercer here! And quite easy to milk. Three newlaid gallons a day. A pure
stockgetter, due to lay within the hour. His sire’s milk record was a thousand
gallons of whole milk in forty weeks. Whoa, my jewel! Beg up! Whoa! (He
brands his initial C on Bloom’s croup.) So! Warranted Cohen! What advance
on two bob, gentlemen?
a darkvisaged man
(In disguised accent.) Hoondert punt sterlink.
(Subdued.) For the Caliph Haroun Al Raschid.
(Gaily.) Right. Let them all come. The scanty, daringly short skirt, riding
up at the knee to show a peep of white pantalette, is a potent weapon and
transparent stockings, emeraldgartered, with the long straight seam trailing up
beyond the knee, appeal to the better instincts of the blasé man about town.
Learn the smooth mincing walk on four inch Louis XV heels, the Grecian
bend with provoking croup, the thighs fluescent, knees modestly kissing. Bring all
your power of fascination to bear on them. Pander to their Gomorrahan vices.
(Bends his blushing face into his armpit and simpers with forefinger in
mouth.) O, I know what you’re hinting at now.
What else are you good for, an impotent thing like you? (He stoops and,
peering, pokes with his fan rudely under the fat suet folds of Bloom’s haunches.)
Up! Up! Manx cat! What have we here? Where’s your curly teapot gone to or
who docked it on you, cockyolly? Sing, birdy, sing. It’s as limp as a boy of six’s
doing his pooly behind a cart. Buy a bucket or sell your pump. (Loudly.) Can
you do a man’s job?
(Sarcastically.) I wouldn’t hurt your feelings for the world but there’s a
man of brawn in possession there. The tables are turned, my gay young fellow!
He is something like a fullgrown outdoor man. Well for you, you muff, if
you had that weapon with knobs and lumps and warts all over it. He shot his
bolt, I can tell you! Foot to foot, knee to knee, belly to belly, bubs to
breast! He’s no eunuch. A shock of red hair he has sticking out of him behind
like a furzebush! Wait for nine months, my lad! Holy ginger, it’s kicking and
coughing up and down in her guts already! That makes you wild, don’t it?
Touches the spot? (He spits in contempt.) Spittoon!
I was indecently treated, I... inform the police. Hundred pounds.
Would if you could, lame duck. A downpour we want not your drizzle.
To drive me mad! Moll! I forgot! Forgive! Moll!... We... Still...
(Ruthlessly.) No, Leopold Bloom, all is changed by woman’s will since
you slept horizontal in Sleepy Hollow your night of twenty years. Return
(Old Sleepy Hollow calls over the wold.)
Rip Van Winkle! Rip Van Winkle!
(In tattered mocassins with a rusty fowlingpiece, tiptoing, fingertipping, his
haggard bony bearded face peering through the diamond panes, cries out.) I see
her! It’s she! The first night at Mat Dillon’s! But that dress, the green! And
her hair is dyed gold and he...
(Laughs mockingly.) That’s your daughter, you owl, with a Mullingar
(Milly Bloom, fairhaired, greenvested, slimsandalled, her blue scarf in the
seawind simply swirling, breaks from the arms of her lover and calls,
her young eyes wonderwide.)
My! It’s Papli! But, O Papli, how old you’ve grown!
Changed, eh? Our whatnot, our writing table where we never wrote,
Aunt Hegarty’s armchair, our classic reprints of old masters. A man and his
menfriends are living there in clover. The Cuckoos’ Rest! Why not? How
many women had you, say? Following them up dark streets, flatfoot, exciting
them by your smothered grunts. What, you male prostitute? Blameless dames
with parcels of groceries. Turn about. Sauce for the goose, my gander, O.
(Cuttingly.) Their heelmarks will stamp the Brusselette carpet you bought
at Wren’s auction. In their horseplay with Moll the romp to find the buck flea
in her breeches they will deface the little statue you carried home in the rain
for art for art’ sake. They will violate the secrets of your bottom drawer. Pages
will be torn from your handbook of astronomy to make them pipespills. And
they will spit in your ten shilling brass fender from Hampton Leedom’s.
Ten and six. The act of low scoundrels. Let me go. I will return. I will
(Bloom clenches his fists and crawls forward, a bowie knife between his teeth.)
As a paying guest or a kept man? Too late. You have made your secondbest
bed and others must lie in it. Your epitaph is written. You are down and out
and don’t you forget it, old bean.
Justice! All Ireland versus one! Has nobody...?
(He bites his thumb.)
Die and be damned to you if you have any sense of decency or grace
about you. I can give you a rare old wine that’ll send you skipping to hell
and back. Sign a will and leave us any coin you have. If you have none see
you damn well get it, steal it, rob it! We’ll bury you in our shrubbery jakes
where you’ll be dead and dirty with old Cuck Cohen, my stepnephew I married,
the bloody old gouty procurator and sodomite with a crick in his neck, and
my other ten or eleven husbands, whatever the buggers’ names were, suffocated
in the one cesspool. (He explodes in a loud phlegmy laugh.) We’ll manure you,
Mr Flower! (He pipes scoffingly.) Byby, Poldy! Byby, Papli!
(Clasps his head.) My will power! Memory! I have sinned! I have suff...
(He weeps tearlessly.)
(Sneers.) Crybabby! Crocodile tears!
(Bloom, broken, closely veiled for the sacrifice, sobs, his face to the earth.
The passing bell is heard. Darkshawled figures of the circumcised,
in sackcloth and ashes, stand by the wailing wall. M. Shulomowitz,
Joseph Goldwater, Moses Herzog, Harris Rosenberg, M. Moisel,
J. Citron, Minnie Watchman, O. Mastiansky, the Reverend Leopold
Abramovitz, Chazen. With swaying arms they wail in pneuma over
the recreant Bloom.)
(In a dark guttural chant as they cast dead sea fruit upon him, no flowers.)
Shema Israel Adonai Elohenu Adonai Echad.
(Sighing.) So he’s gone. Ah, yes. Yes, indeed. Bloom? Never heard of him.
No? Queer kind of chap. There’s the widow. That so? Ah, yes.
(From the suttee pyre the flame of gum camphire ascends. The pall of incense
smoke screens and disperses. Out of her oak frame a nymph with hair
unbound, lightly clad in teabrown art colours, descends from her
grotto and passing under interlacing yews, stands over Bloom.)
(Their leaves whispering.) Sister. Our sister. Ssh.
(Softly.) Mortal! (Kindly.) Nay, dost not weepest!
(Crawls jellily forward under the bought, streaked by sunlight, with dignity.)
This position. I felt it was expected of me. Force of habit.
Mortal! You found me in evil company, high kickers, coster picnic
makers, pugilists, popular generals, immoral panto boys in flesh tights and the
nifty shimmy dancers, La Aurora and Karini, musical act, the hit of the century.
I was hidden in cheap pink paper that smelt of rock oil. I was surrounded by
the stale smut of clubmen, stories to disturb callow youth, adsf or transparencies,
truedup dice and bustpads, proprietary articles and why wear a truss with
testimonial from ruptured gentleman. Useful hints to the married.
(Lifts a turtle head towards her lap.) We have met before. On another star.
(Sadly.) Rubber goods. Neverrip. Brand as supplied to the aristocracy.
Corsets for men. I cure fits or money refunded. Unsolicited testimonials for
Professor Waldmann’s wonderful chest exuber. My bust developed four inches
in three weeks, reports Mrs Gus Rublin with photo.
You mean Photo Bits?
I do. You bore me away, framed me in oak and tinsel, set me above
your marriage couch. Unseen, one summer eve, you kissed me in four places.
And with loving pencil you shaded my eyes, my bosom and my shame.
(Humbly kisses her long hair.) Your classic curves, beautiful immortal. I
was glad to look on you, to praise you, a thing of beauty, almost to pray.
During dark nights I heard your praise.
(Quickly.) Yes, yes. You mean that I... Sleep reveals the worst side of
everyone, children perhaps excepted. I know I fell out of my bed or rather was
pushed Steel wine is said to cure snoring. For the rest there is that English
invention, pamphlet of which I received some days ago, incorrectly addressed.
It claims to afford a noiseless inoffensive vent. (He sighs.) ’Twas ever thus.
Frailty, thy name is marriage.
(Her fingers in her ears.) And words. They are not in my dictionary.
You understood them?
(Covers her face with her hand.) What have I not seen in that chamber?
What must my eyes look down on?
(Apologetically.) I know. Soiled personal linen, wrong side up with care.
The quoits are loose. From Gibraltar by long sea, long ago.
(Bends her head.) Worse! Worse!
(Reflects precautiously.) That antiquated commode. It wasn’t her weight.
She scaled just eleven stone nine. She put on nine pounds after weaning. It
was a crack and want of glue. Eh? And that absurd orangekeyed utensil
which has only one handle.
(The sound of a waterfall is heard in bright cascade.)
(Mingling their boughs.) Listen. Whisper. She is right, our sister. We grew
by Poulaphouca waterfall. We gave shade on languorous summer days.
john wyse nolan
(In the background, in Irish National Forester’s uniform, doffs his plumed
hat.) Prosper! Give shade on languorous days, trees of Ireland!
(Murmuring.) Who came to Poulaphouca with the high school
excursion? Who left his nutquesting classmates to seek our shade?
(Pigeonbreasted, bottleshouldered, padded, in nondescript juvenile grey and black
striped suit, too small for him, white tennis shoes, bordered stockings with turnover
tops, and a red school cap with badge.) I was in my tens, a growing boy. A
little then sufficed, a jolting car, the mingling odours of the ladies’ cloakroom
and lavatory, the throng penned tight on the old Royal stairs for they love
crushes, instincts of the herd, and the dark sexsmelling theatre unbridles vice.
Even a pricelist of their hosiery. And then the heat. There were sunspots that
summer. End of school. And tipsycake. Halcyon days.
(Halcyon Days, high school boys in blue and white football jerseys and
shorts, Master Donald Turnbull, Master Abraham Chatterton,
Master Owen Goldberg, Master Jack Meredith, Master Percy Apjohn,
stand in a clearing of the trees and shout to Master Leopold Bloom.)
the halcyon days
Mackerel! Live us again. Hurray! (They cheer.)
(Hobbledehoy, warmgloved, mammamufflered, stunned with spent snowballs,
struggles to rise.) Again! I feel sixteen! What a lark! Let’s ring all the bells in
Montague Street. (He cheers feebly.) Hurray for the High School!
(Rustling.) She is right, our sister. Whisper. (Whispered kisses are heard in
all the wood. Faces of hamadryads peep out from the boles and among the leaves and
break blossoming into bloom.) Who profaned our silent shade?
(Coyly through parting fingers.) There! In the open air?
(Sweeping downward.) Sister, yes. And on our virgin sward.
(With wide fingers.) O! Infamy!
I was precocious. Youth. The fauns. I sacrificed to the god of the forest.
The flowers that bloom in the spring. It was pairing time. Capillary attraction
is a natural phenomenon. Lotty Clarke, flaxenhaired, I saw at her night
toilette trough illclosed curtains, with poor papa's operaglasses. The wanton ate
grass wildly. She rolled downhill at Rialto Bridge to tempt me with her flow
of animal spirits. She climbed their crooked tree and I... A saint couldn't
resist it. The demon possessed me. Besides, who saw?
(Staggering Bob, a white polled calf, thrusts a ruminating head with
humid nostrils through the foliage.)
Me. Me see.
Simply satisfying a need. (With pathos.) No girl would when I went
girling. Too ugly. They wouldn't play...
(High on Ben Howth through rhododendrons a nannygoat passes,
plumpuddered, buttytailed, dropping currants.)
(Bleats.) Megegaggegg! Nannannanny!
(Hatless, flushed, covered with burrs of thistledown and gorsepine.) Regularly
engaged. Circumstances alter cases. (He gazes intently downwards on the water.)
Thirtytwo head over heels per second. Press nightmare. Giddy Elijah. Fall
from cliff. Sad end of government printer’s clerk. (Through silversilent summer
air the dummy of Bloom, rolled in a mummy, rolls roteatingly from the Lion’s Head
cliff into the purple Waiting waters.)
(Far out in the bay between Bailey and Kish lights the Erin’s King sails,
sending a broadening plume of coalsmoke from her funnel towards the
(Alone on deck, in dark alpaca, yellow kitefaced, his hand in his waistcoat,
opening, declaims.) When my country takes her place among the nations of
the earth, then, and not till then let my epitaph be written. I have...
(Loftily.) We immortals, as you saw today, have not such a place and no
hair there either. We are stonecold and pure. We eat electric light. (She arches
her body in lascivious crispation, placing her forefinger in her mouth.) Spoke to me.
Heard from behind. How then could you...?
(Pacing the heather abjectly.) O, I have been a perfect pig. Enemas too I have
administered. One third of a pint of quassia, to which add a tablespoonful of
rocksalt. Up the fundament. With Hamilton Long’s syringe, the ladies’ friend.
In my presence. The powderpuff. (She blushes and makes a knee.) And the
(Dejected.) Yes. Peccavi! I have paid homage on that living altar where the
back changes name. (With sudden fervour.) For why should the dainty scented
jewelled hand, the hand that rules...?
(Figures wind serpenting in slow woodland pattern around the treestems,
the voice of kitty
(In the thicket.) Show us one of them cushions.
the voice of florry
(A grouse wings clumsily through the underwood.)
the voice of lynch
(In the thicket.) Whew! Piping hot!
the voice of zoe
(From the thicket.) Came from a hot place.
the voice of virag
(A birdchief, bluestreaked and feathered in war panoply with his assegai,
striding through a crackling canebrake over beechmast and acorns.) Hot! Hot! Ware
It overpowers me. The warm impress of her warm form. Even to sit where
a woman has sat, especially with divaricated thighs, as though to grant the last
favours, most especially with previously well uplifted white sateen coatpans. So
womanly full. It fills me full.
Ssh! Sister, speak!
(Eyeless, in nun’s white habit, coif and huge winged wimple, softly, with remote
eyes.) Tranquilla convent. Sister Agatha. Mount Carmel, the apparitions of
Knock and Lourdes. No more desire. (She reclines her head, sighing.) Only the
ethereal. Where dreamy creamy gull waves o’er the waters dull.
(Bloom half rises. His back trousers button snaps.)
(Two sluts of the Coombe dance rainily by, shawled, yelling flatly.)
O Leopold lost the pin of his drawers
He didn’t know what to do,
To keep it up,
To keep it up.
(Coldly.) You have broken the spell. The last straw. If there were only
ethereal where would you all be, postulants and novices? Shy but willing like
an ass pissing.
(Their silverfoil of leaves precipitating, their skinny arms aging and swaying.)
Sacrilege! To attempt my virtue! (A large moist stain appears on her robe.)
Sully my innocence! You are not fit to touch the garment of a pure woman.
(She clutches in her robe.) Wait, Satan. You’ll sing no more lovesongs. Amen.
Amen. Amen. Amen. (She draws a poniard and, clad in the sheathmail of an
elected knight of nine, strikes at his loins.) Nekum!
(Starts up, seizes her hand.) Hoy! Nebrakada! Cat of nine lives! Fair
play, madam. No pruning knife. The fox and the grapes, is it? What do we
lack with your barbed wire? Crucifix not thick enough? (He clutches her veil.)
A holy abbot you want or Brophy, the lame gardener, or the spoutless statue
of the watercarrier or good Mother Alphonsus, eh Reynard?
(With a cry, flees from him unveiled, her plaster cast cracking, a cloud of
stench escaping from the cracks.) Poli...!
(Calls after her.) As if you didn’t get it on the double yourselves. No
jerks and multiple mucosities all over you. I tried it. Your strength our
weakness. What’s our studfee? What will you pay on the nail? You fee men
dancers on the Riviera, I read. (The fleeing nymph raises a keen.) Eh! I have
sixteen years of black slave labour behind me. And would a jury give me five
shillings alimony to morrow, eh? Fool someone else, not me. (He sniffs.) But,
Onions. Stale. Sulphur. Grease.
(The figure of Bella Cohen stands before him.)
You’ll know me the next time.
(Composed, regards her.) Passée. Mutton dressed as lamb. Lone in the
tooth and superfluous hairs. A raw onion the last thing at night would benefit
your complexion. And take some double chin drill. Your eyes are as vapid
as the glass eyes of your stuffed fox. They have the dimensions of your other
features, that’s all. I’m not a triple screw propeller.
(Contemptuously.) You’re not game, in fact. (Her sowcunt barks.) Fohracht!
(Contemptuously.) Clean your nailless middle finger first, the cold spunk o
your bully is dripping from your cockscomb. Take a handful of hay and wipe
I know you, canvasser! Dead cod!
I saw him, kipkeeper! Pox and gleet vendor!
(Turns to the piano.) Which of you was playing the dead march from
Me. Mind your cornflowers. (She darts to the piano and bangs chords on it
with crossed arms.) The cat’s ramble through the slag. (She glances back.) Eh?
Who’s making love to my sweeties? (She darts back to the table.) What’s yours
is mine and what’s mine is my own.
(Kitty disconcerted coats her teeth with the silver paper. Bloom approaches
(Gently.) Give me back that potato, will you?
Forfeits, a fine thing and a superfine thing.
(With feeling.) It is nothing but still a relic of poor mamma.
Give a thing and take it back
God’ll ask you where is that
You’ll say you don’t know
God’ll send you down below.
There is a memory attached to it. I should like to have it.
To have or not to have, that is the question.
Here. (She hauls up a reef of her slip, revealing her bare thigh and unrolls the
potato from the top of her stocking.) Those that hides knows where to find.
(Frowns.) Here. This isn’t a musical peepshow. And don’t you smash that
piano. Who’s paying here?
(She goes to the pianola. Stephen fumbles in his pocket and, taking out a
banknote by its corner, hands it to her.)
(With exagerated politeness.) This silken purse I made out of the sow’s
ear of the public. Madam, excuse me. If you allow me. (He indicates vaguely
Lynch and Bloom.) We are all in the same sweepstake, Kinch and Lynch. Dans
ce bordel où tenons nostre état.
(Calls from the hearth.) Dedalus! Give her your blessing for me.
(Hands Bella a coin.) Gold. She has it.
(Looks at the money, then at Zoe, Florry and Kitty.) Do you want three girls?
It’s ten shillings here.
(Delightedly.) A hundred thousand apologies. (He fumbles again and takes
out and hands her two crowns.) Permit, brevi manu, my sight is somewhat
(Bella goes to the table to count the money while Stephen talks to himself
in monosyllabbes. Zoe bounds over to the table. Kitty leans over Zoe’s
neck. Lynch gets up, rights his cap and clasping Kitty’s waist, adds his
head to the group.)
(Strives heavily to rise.) Ow! My foot’s asleep. (She limps over to the table.
bella, zoe, kitty, lynch, bloom
(Chattering and squabbling.) The gentleman... ten shillings... paying for the
three... allow me a moment... this gentleman pays separate... who’s touching
it?... ow... mind who you’re pinching... are you staying the night or a
short time?... who did?... you’re a liar, excuse me... the gentleman paid down
like a gentleman... drink... it’s long after eleven.
(At the pianola, making a gesture of abhorrence.) No bottles! What,
eleven? A riddle.
(Lifting up her pettigown and folding a half sovereign into the top of her
stocking.) Hard earned on the flat of my back.
(Lifting Kitty from the table.) Come!
Wait. (She clutches the two crowns.)
(He lifts her, carries her and bumps her down on the sofa.)
The fox crew, the cocks flew,
The bells in heaven
Were striking eleven.
’Tis time for her poor soul
To get out of heaven.
(Quietly lays a half sovereign on the table between Bella and Florry.) So.
Allow me. (He takes up the pound note.) Three times ten. We’re square.
(Admiringly.) You’re such a slyboots, old cocky. I could kiss you.
(Points.) Hum? Deep as a drawwell. (Lynch bends Kitty back over the sofa
and kisses her. Bloom goes with the poundnote to Stephen.)
This is yours.
How is that? Le distrait or absentminded beggar. (He fumbles again in his
pocket and draws out a handful of coins. An object falls.) That fell.
(Stooping, picks up and hands a box of matches.) This.
(Quietly.) You had better hand over that cash to me to take care of. Why
(Hands him all his coins.) Be just before you are generous.
I will but is it wise? (He counts.) One, seven, eleven, and five. Six.
Eleven. I don’t answer for what you may have lost.
Why striking eleven? Proparoxyton. Moment before the next Lessing
says. Thirsty fox. (He laughs loudly.) Burying his grandmother. Probably he
That is one pound six and eleven. One pound seven, say.
Doesn’t matter a rambling damn.
(Comes to the table.) Cigarette, please. (Lynch tosses a cigarette from the sofa
to the table.) And so Georgina Johnson is dead and married. (A cigarette appears
on the table. Stephen looks at it.) Wonder. Parlour magic. Married. Hm. (He strikes
a match and proceeds to light the cigarette with enigmatic melancholy.)
(Watching him.) You would have a better chance of lighting it if you held
the match nearer.
(Brings the match nearer his eye.) Lynx eye. Must get glasses. Broke them
yesterday. Sixteen years ago. Distance. The eye sees all flat. (He draws the
match away. It goes out.) Brain thinks. Near : far. Ineluctable modality of the
visible. (He frowns mysteriously.) Hm. Sphinx. The beast that has two backs at
It was a commercial traveller married her and took her away with him.
(Nods.) Mr Lambe from London.
Lamb of London, who takest away the sins of our world.
(Embracing Kitty on the sofa, chants deeply.) Dona nobis pacem.
(The cigarette slips from Stephen’s fingers. Bloom picks it up and throws
it into the grate.)
Don’t smoke. You ought to eat. Cursed dog I met. (To Zoe.) You have
Is he hungry?
(Extends his hand to her smiling and chants to the air of the bloodoath in the
Dusk of the Gods.)
Macht uns alle kaput.
(Tragically.) Hamlet, I am thy father’s gimlet! (She takes his hand.) Blue
eyes beauty I’ll read your hand. (She points to his forehead.) No wit, no wrinkles
(She counts.) Two, three, Mars, that’s courage. (Stephen shakes his head.) No kid.
Sheet lightning courage. The youth who could not shiver and shake. (To
Zoe.) Who taught you palmistry?
(Turns.) Ask my ballocks that I haven’t got. (To Stephen.) I see it in
your face. The eye, like that. (She frowns with lowered head.)
(Laughing, slaps Kitty behind twice.) Like that. Pandy bat.
(Twice loudly a pandybat cracks, the coffin of the pianola flies open, the
bald tittle round jack-in-the-box head of Father Dolan springs up.)
Any boy want flogging? Broke his glasses? Lazy idle little schemer. See
it in your eye.
(Mild, benign, rectorial, reproving, the head of Don John Connee rises
from the pianola coffin.)
don john connee
Now, Father Dolan! Now. I’m sure that Stephen is a very good little
(Examining Stephen’s palm.) Woman’s hand.
(Murmurs.) Continue. Lie. Hold me. Caress. I never could read His
handwriting except His criminal thumbprint on the haddock.
What day were you born?
Thursday’s child has far to go. (She traces lines on his hand.) Line of fate.
Mount of the moon. You’ll meet with a... (She peers at his hands abruptly.)
I won’t tell you what’s not good for you. Or do you want to know?
(Detaches her fingers and offers his palm.) More harm than good. Here. Read
Show. (She turns up Bloom’s hand.) I thought so. Knobby knuckles, for
(Peering at Bloom’s palm.) Gridiron. Travels beyond the sea and marry
(Quickly.) O, I see. Short little finger. Henpecked husband. That wrong?
(Black Liz, a huge rooster hatching in a chalked circle, rises, stretches her
wings and clucks.)
Gara. Klook. Klook. Klook.
(She sidles from her newlaid egg and waddles off.)
(Points to his hand.) That weal there is an accident. Fell and cut it twenty
two years age. I was sixteen.
I see, says the blind man. Tell us news.
See? Moves to one great goal. I am twentytwo too. Sixteen years ago I
twentytwo tumbled, twentytwo years ago he sixteen fell off his hobbyhorse.
(He winces.) Hurt my hand somewhere. Must see a dentist. Money?
(Zoe whispers to Florry. They giggle. Bloom releases his hand and writes
idly on the table in backhand, pencilling slow curves.)
(A hackneycar, number three hundred and twentyfour, with a gallant
buttocked mare, driven by James Barton, Harmony Avenue,
Donnybrook, trots past. Blazes Boylan and Lenehan sprawl swaying
on the sideseats. The Ormond boots crouches behind on the axle. Sadly
over the crossblind Lydia Douce and Mina Kennedy gaze.)
(Jogging, mocks them with thumb and wriggling wormfingers.) Haw, haw,
have you the horn?
(Bronze by gold they whisper.)
(To Florry.) Whisper.
(They whisper again.)
(Over the well of the car Blazes Boylan leans, his boater straw, set sideways,
a red flower in his mouth. Lenehan, in a yachtsman’s cap and
white shoes, officiously detaches a long hair from Blazes Boylan’s
Ho! What do I here behold? Were you brushing the cobwebs off a few
(Seated, smiles.) Plucking a turkey.
A good night’s work.
(Holding up four thick bluntungulated fingers, winks.) Blazes Kate! Up to
sample or your money back. (He holds out a forefinger.) Smell that.
(Smells gleefully.) Ah! Lobster and mayonnaise. Ah!
zoe and florry
(Laugh together.) Ha ha ha ha.
(Jumps surely from the car and calls loudly for all to hear.) Hello, Bloom!
Mrs Bloom up yet?
(In a flunkey’s plum plush coat and kneebreeches, buff stockings and powdered
wig.) I’m afraid not, sir, the last articles.....
(Tosses him sixpence.) Here, to buy yourself a gin and splash. (He hangs his
hat smartly on a peg of Bloom’s autlered head.) Show me in. I have a little private
business with your wife. You understand?
Thank you, sir. Yes, sir, Madam Tweedy is in her bath, sir.
He ought to feel himself highly honoured. (She plops splashing out of the
water.) Raoul, darling, come and dry me. I’m in my pelt. Only my new hat
and a carriage sponge.
(A merry twinkle in his eye.) Topping!
What? What is it?
(Zoe whispers to her.)
Let him look, the pishogue! Pimp! And scourge himself! I’ll write to
a powerful prostitute or Bartholomona, the bearded woman, to raise weals out
on him an inch thick and make him bring me back a signed and stamped receipt.
(Laughing.) Ho ho ho ho.
(To Bloom, over his shoulder.) You can apply your eye to the keyhole and
play with yourself while I just go through her a few times.
Thank you, sir, I will, sir. May I bring two men chums to witness the deed
and take a snapshot? (He holds an ointment jar.) Vaseline, sir? Orangeflower?...
(From the sofa.) Tell us, Florry. Tell us. What.
(Florry whispers to her. Whispering lovewords murmur liplapping loudly,
(Her eyes upturned.) O, it must be like the scent of geraniums and lovely
peaches! O, he simply idolises every bit of her! Stuck together! Covered with
(Her mouth opening.) Yumyum. O, he’s carrying her round the room doing
it! Ride a cock horse. You could hear them in Paris and New York. Like
mouthfuls of strawberries and cream.
(Laughing.) Hee hee hee.
(Sweetly, hoarsely, in the pit of his stomach.) Ah! Gooblazeqruk
(Hoarsely, sweetly rising to her throat.) O! Weeshwashtkissimapooisth-
(His eyes wildly dilated, clasps himself.) Show! Hide! Show! Plough her!
bella, zoe, florry, kitty
Ho ho! Ha ha! Hee hee!
(Points.) The mirror up to nature. (He laughs.) Hu hu hu hu hu.
(Stephen and Bloom gaze in the mirror. The face of William Shakespeare,
beardless, appears there, rigid in facial paralysis, crowned by the
reflection of the reindeer antlered hatrack in the hall.)
(In dignified ventriloquy.) ’Tis the loud laugh bespeaks the vacant mind. (To
Bloom.) Thou thoughtest as how thou wastest invisible. Gaze. (He crows with
a black capon’s laugh.) Iagogo! How my Oldfellow chokit his Thursdaymomun.
(Smiles yellowly at the whores.) When will I hear the joke?
Before you’re twice married and once a widower.
Lapses are condoned. Even the great Napoleon, when measurements
were taken near the skin after his death...
(Mrs Dignam, widow woman, her snubnose and cheeks flushed with
deathtalk, fears and Tunny’s tawny sherry, hurries by in her weeds,
her bonnet awry, rouging and powdering her cheeks, lips and nose a
pen chivvying her brood of cygnets. Beneath her skirt appear her late
husband’s everyday trousers and turnedup boots, large eights. She
holds a Scottish widow’s insurance policy and large marqueeumbrella
under which her brood runs with her, Patsy, hopping on one short foot,
his collar loose, a hank of porksteaks dangling, Freddy whimpering,
Susy with a crying cods’ mouth, Alice, struggling with the baby. She
cuffs them on, her streamers flaunting aloft.)
Ah, ma, you’re dragging me along!
Mamma, the beeftea is fizzing over!
(With paralytic rage.) Weda seca whokilla farst.
(The face of Martin Cunningham, bearded, refeatures Shakespeare’s beardless
face. The marqueeumbrella sways drunkenly, the children run aside.
Under the umbrella appears Mrs Cunningham in Merry Widow hat
and kimono gown. She glides sidling and bowing, twisting japanesily.)
And they call me the jewel of Asia.
(Gazes on her impassive.) Immense! Most bloody awful demirep!
Et exaltabuntur cornua iusti. Queens lay with prize bulls. Remember
Pasiphae for whose lust my grandoldgrossfather made the first confessionbox.
Forget not Madam Grissel Steevens nor the suine scions of the house of
Lambert. And Noah was drunk with wine. And his ark was open.
None of that here. Come to the wrong shop.
Let him alone. He’s back from Paris.
(Runs to Stephen and links him.) O go on! Give us some parleyvoo.
(Stephen claps hat on head and leaps over to the fireplace, where he stands
with shrugged shoulders, finny hands outspread, a painted smile on
(Pommelling on the sofa.) Rmm Rmm Rmm Rrrrrrmmmmm.
(Gobbles, with marionette jerks.) Thousand places of entertainment to
expenses your evenings with lovely ladies saling gloves and other things perhaps
her heart beerchops perfect fashionable house very eccentric where lots cocottes
beautiful dressed much about princesses like are dancing cancan and walking
there parisian clowneries extra foolish for bachelors foreigns the same if
talking a poor english how much smart they are on things love and sensations
voluptuous. Misters very selects for is pleasure must to visit heaven and hell
show with mortuary candles and they tears silver which occur every night.
Perfectly shocking terrific of religion’s things mockery seen in universal world.
All chic womans which arrive full of modesty then disrobe and squeal loud to
see vampire man debauch nun very fresh young with dessous troublants. (He
clacks his tongue loudly.) Ho, la la! Ce pif qu’il a!
Vive le vampire!
(Grimacing with head back, laughs loudly, clapping himself) Great success of
laughing. Angels much prostitutes like and holy apostles big damn ruffians.
Demimondaines nicely handsome sparkling of diamonds very amiable costumed.
Or do you are fond better what belongs they moderns pleasure turpitude of old
mans? (He points about him with grotesque gestures which Lynch and the whores
reply to.) Caoutchouc statue woman reversible or lifesize tompeeptoms virgins
nudities very lesbic the kiss five ten times. Enter gentlemen to see in mirrors
every positions trapezes all that machine there besides also if desire act awfully
bestial butcher’s boy pollutes in warm veal liver or omlette on the belly pièce de
(Clapping her belly sinks back on the sofa with a shout of laughter.) An
omelette on the... Ho! ho! ho! ho!... Omelette on the...
(Mincingly.) I love you, Sir darling. Speak you englishman tongue for
double entente cordiale. O yes, mon loup. How much cost? Waterloo. Watercloset.
(He ceases suddenly and holds up a forefinger.)
(Laughing.) Encore! Encore!
Mark me. I dreamt of a watermelon.
Go abroad and love a foreign lady.
Across the world for a wife.
Dreams go by contraries.
(Extending his arms.) It was here. Street of harlots. In Serpentine Avenue
Beelzebub showed me her, a fubsy widow. Where’s the red carpet spread?
(Approaching Stephen.) Look...
No, I flew. My foes beneath me. And ever shall be. World without end.
(He cries.) Pater! Free!
I say, look...
Break my spirit, will he? O merde alors! (He cries, his vulture talons
sharpened.) Hola! Hillyho!
(Simon Dedalus’ voice hilloes in answer, somewhat sleepy but ready.)
That’s all right. (He swoops uncertainly through the air, wheeling, uttering cries
of heartening, on strong ponderous buzzard wings.) Ho, boy! Are you going to
win? Hoop! Pschatt! Stable with those halfcastes. Wouldn’t let them within
the bawl of an ass. Head up! Keep our flag flying! An eagle gules volant in a
field argent displayed. Ulster king at arms! hai hoop! (He makes the beagle’s
call giving tongue.) Bulbul! Burblblbrurblbl! Hai, boy!
(The fronds and spaces of the wallpaper file rapidly across country. A
stout fox drawn from covert, brush pointed, having buried his
grandmother, runs swift, for the open brighteyed, seeking badger earth,
under the leaves. The pack of staghounds follows, nose to the ground,
sniffing their quarry, beaglebaying, burblbrbling to be blooded. Ward
Union huntsmen and huntswomen live with them, hot for a kill. From
Six Mile Point, Flathouse, Nine Mile Stone follow the footpeople with
knotty sticks, salmongaffs, lassos, flockmasters with stockwhips,
bearbaiters with tomtoms, toreadors with bullswords, grey negroes
waving torches. The crowd bawls of dicers, crown and anchor players,
thimbleriggers, broadsmen. Crows and touts, hoarse bookies in high
wizard hats clamour deafeningly.)
Card of the races. Racing card!
Ten to one the field!
Tommy on the clay here! Tommy on the clay!
Ten to one bar one. Ten to one bar one.
Try your luck on spinning Jenny!
Ten to one bar one!
Sell the monkey, boys! Sell the monkey!
I’ll give ten to one!
Ten to one bar one!
(A dark horse, riderless, bolts like a phantom past the winningpost, his mane
moonfoaming, his eyeballs stars. The field follows, a bunch of bucking
mounts. Skeleton horses : Sceptre, Maximum the Second, Zinfandel,
the Duke of Westminster’s Shotover, Repulse, the Duke of Beaufort’s
Ceylon, prix de Paris. Dwarfs ride them, rusty armoured, leaping,
leaping in their, in their saddles. Last in a drizzle of rain, on a broken-
winded isabelle nag. Cock of the North, the favourite, honey cap, green
jacket, orange sleeves, Garrett Deasy up, gripping the reins, a hockey
stick at the ready. His nag, stumbling on whitegaitered feet, jogs
along the rocky road.)
the orange lodges
(Jeering.) Get down and push, mister. Last lap! You’ll be home the
(Bolt upright, his nailscraped face plastered with postage stamps, brandishes
his hockeystick, his blue eyes flashing in the prism of the chandelier as
his mount lopes by at a schooling gallop.)
Per vias rectas!
(A yoke of buckets leopards all over him and his rearing nag, a torrent of
mutton broth with dancing coins of carrots, barley, onions, turnips,
the green lodges
Soft day, sir John! Soft day, your honour!
(Private Carr, Private Compton and Cissy Caffrey pass beneath the windows,
singing in discord.)
Hark! Our friend, noise in the street!
(Holds up her hand.) Stop!
private carr, private compton and cissy caffrey
Yet I’ve a sort a
Yorkshire relish for...
That’s me. (She claps her hands.) Dance! Dance! (She runs to the pianola.)
Who has twopence?
(Handing her coins.) Here.
(Cracking his fingers impatiently.) Quick! Quick! Where’s my augur’s
rod? (He runs to the piano and takes his ashplant, beating his foot in tripudium.)
(Turns the drumhandle.) There.
(She drops two pennies in the slot. Gold pink and violet lights start forth.
The drum turns purring in low hesitation waltz. Professor Goodwin,
in a bowknotted periwig, in court dress, wearing a stained inverness
cape, bent in two from incredible age, totters across the room, his
hands fluttering. He sits tinily on the piano stool and lifts and beats
handless sticks of arms on the keyboard, nodding with damsels grace,
his bowknot bobbing.)
(Twirls around herself, heeltapping.) Dance. Anybody here for there?
(The pianola, with changing lights plays in waltz time the prelude of My
Girl’s a Yorkshire Girl. Stephen throws his ashplant on the table and
seizes Zoe around the waist. Florry and Bella push the table towards
the fireplace. Stephen, arming Zoe with exaggerated grace, begins to
waltz her around the room. Her sleeve, falling from gracing arms,
reveals a white fleshflower of vaccination. Bloom stands aside. Between
the curtains, Professor Maginni inserts a leg on the toepoint of
which spins a silk hat. With a deft kick, he sends it spinning to
his crown and jauntyhatted skates in. He wears a slate frockcoat with
claret silk lapels, a gorget of cream tulle, a green lowcut waistcoat,
stock collar with white kerchief, tight lavender trousers, patent pumps
and canary gloves. In his buttonhole is a dahlia. He twirls in reversed
directions a clouded cane, then wedges it tight in his oxter. He places a
hand limply on his breastbone, bows and fondles his flower and
The poetry of motion, art of callisthenics. No connection with Madam
Legget Byrne’s or Levinstone’s. Fancy dress balls arranged. Deportment. The
Katty Lanner steps. So. Watch me! My terpsichorean abilities. (He minuets
forward three paces on tripping bee’s feet.) Tout le monde an avant! Reverence! Tout
le monde en place!
(The prelude ceases. Professor Goodwin, beating vague arms, shrivels,
shrinks, his live cape falling about the stool. The air, in firmer waltz
time, pounds. Stephen and Zoe circle freely. The lights change, glow,
fade, gold, rose, violet.)
Two young fellows were talking about their girls, girls, girls,
Sweethearts they’d left behind...
(From a corner the morning hours run out, goldhaired, slim, in girlish
blue, waspwaisted, with innocent hands. Nimbly they dance, twirling
their skipping ropes. The hours of noon follow in amber gold. Laughing
linked, high haircombs flashing, they catch the sun in mocking
mirrors, lifting their arms.)
(Clipclaps glovesilent hands.) Carré! Avant deux! Breathe evenly! Balance!
(The morning and noon hours waltz in their places, turning, advancing
to each other, shaping their curves, bowing vis a vis. Cavaliers behind
them arch and suspend their arms, with hands descending to, touching,
rising from their shoulders.)
You may touch my...
May I touch your?
O, but lightly!
O, so lightly!
My little shy little lass has a waist.
(Zoe and Stephen turn boldly with looser swing. The twilight hours
advance, from long landshadows, dispersed, lagging, languideyed, their
cheeks delicate with cipria and false faint bloom. They are in grey
gauze with dark bat sleeves that flutter in the land breeze.)
Avant! huit! Traversé! Salut! Cours de mains! Croisé!
(The night hours steal to the last place. Morning, noon and twilight hours
retreat before them. They are masked, with daggered hair and bracelets
of dull bells. Weary, they curchycurchy under veils.)
(Twisting, her hand to her brow.) O!
Les tiroirs! Chaîne de dames! La corbeille! Dos à dos!
(Arabesquing wearily, they weave a pattern on the floor, weaving,
unweaving, curtseying, twisting, simply swirling.)
(She frees herself, droops on a chair, Stephen seizes Florry and turns with
Boulangère! Les ronds! Les ponts! Chevaux de bois! Escargots!
(Twining, receding, with interchanging hands, the night hours link, each
with arching arms, in a mosaic of movements, Stephen and Florry
Dansez avec vos dames! Changez de dames! Donnez le petit bouquet à votre
Best, best of all,
(Jumps up.) O, they played that on the hobbyhorses at the Mirus bazaar!
(She runs to Stephen. He leaves Florry brusquely and seizes Kitty. A
screaming bittern’s harsh high whistle shrieks. Groangrousegurgling
Toft’s cumbersome whirligig turns slowly the room right roundabout
My girl’s a Yorkshire girl.
Yorkshire through and through.
Come on all!
(She seizes Florry and waltzes her.)
(He wheels Kitty into Lynch’s arm’s, snatches up his ashplant from the
table and takes the floor. All wheel, whirl, waltz, twirl. Bloombella,
Kittylynch, Florryzoe, jujuby women. Stephen with hat ashplant
frogsplits in middle highkicks with skykicking mouth shut hand clasp
part under thigh, with clang tinkle boomhammer tallyho hornblower
blue green yellow flashes. Toft’s cumbersome turns with hobbyhorse
riders from gilded snakes dangled, bowels fandango leaping spurn
soil foot and fall again.)
Though she’s a factory lass
And wears no fancy clothes.
(Closeclutched swift swifter with glareblareflare scudding they scotlootshoot
lumbering by. Baraabum!)
Encore! Bis! Bravo! Encore!
Think of your mother’s people!
Dance of death.
(Bang fresh barang bang of lacquey’s bell, horse, nag, steer, piglings,
Conmee on Christass lame crutch and leg sailor in cockboat armfolded
ropepulling hitching stamp hornpipe through and through, Baraabum!
On nags, hogs, bellhorses, Gadarene swine, Corny in coffin. Steel
shark stone onehandled Nelson, two trickies Frauenzimmer plumstained
from pram falling bawling. Gum, he’s a champion. Fuseblue peer
from barrel rev. evensong Love on hackney jaunt Blazes blind
coddoubled bicyclers Dilly with snowcake no fancy clothes. Then in
last wiswitchback lumbering up and down bump mashtub sort of
viceroy and reine relish for tublumber bumpshire rose. Baraabum!)
(The couples fall aside. Stephen whirls giddily. Room whirls back. Eyes
closed, he totters. Red rails fly spacewards. Stars all around suns
turn roundabout. Bright midges dance on wall. He stops dead.)
(Stephen’s mother, emaciated, rises stark through the floor in leper grey with
a wreath of faded orange blossoms and a torn bridal veil, her face
worn and noseless, green with grave mould. Her hair is scant and
lank. She fixes her bluecircled hollow eyesockets on Stephen and opens
her toothless mouth uttering a silent word. A choir of virgins and
confessors sing voicelessly.)
Liliata rutilantium te confessorum...
Jubilantium te virginum...
(From the top of a tower Buck Mulligan, in particoloured jester’s dress of
puce and yellow and clown’s cap with curling bell, stands gaping at
her, a smoking buttered split scone in his hand.)
She’s beastly dead. The pity of it! Mulligan meets the afflicted mother. (He
upturns his eyes.) Mercurial Malachi.
(With the subtle smile of death’s madness.) I was once the beautiful May
Goulding. I am dead.
(Horrorstruck.) Lemur, who are you? What bogey man’s trick is this?
(Shakes his curling capbell.) The mockery of it! Kinch killed her dogsbody
bitchbody. She kicked the bucket. (Tears of molten butter fall from his eyes into the
scone.) Our great sweet mother! Epi oinopa ponton.
(Comes nearer, breathing upon him softly her breath of wetted ashes.) All must
go through it, Stephen. More women than men in the world. You too. Time
(Choking with fright, remorse and horror.) They said I killed you, mother.
He offended your memory. Cancer did it, not I. Destiny.
(A green rill of bile trickling from a side of her mouth.) You sang that song
to me. Love’s bitter mystery.
(Eagerly.) Tell me the word, mother, if you know now. The word known
to all men.
Who saved you the night you jumped into the train at Dalkey with Paddy
Lee? Who had pity for you when you were sad among the strangers? Prayer
is all powerful. Prayer for the suffering souls in the Ursuline manual, and
forty days indulgence. Repent, Stephen.
The ghoul! Hyena!
I pray for you in my other world. Get Dilly to make you that boiled rice
every night after your brain work. Years and years I loved you, O my son, my
firstborn, when you lay in my womb.
(Fanning herself with the grate fan.) I’m melting!
(Points to Stephen.) Look! He’s white.
(Goes to the window to open it more.) Giddy.
(With smouldering eyes.) Repent! O, the fire of hell!
(Panting.) The corpsechewer! Raw head and bloody bones!
(Her face drawing near and nearer, sending out an ashen breath.) Beware!
(She raises her blackened, withered right arm slowly towards Stephen’s breast with
outstretched fingers.) Beware! God’s hand! (A green crab with malignant red eyes
sticks deep its grinning claws in Stephen’s heart.)
(Strangled with rage.) Shite! (His features grow drawn and grey and old.)
(At the window.) What?
Ah non, par exemple! The intellectual imagination! With me all or not at
all. Non serviam!
Give him some cold water. Wait. (She rushes out.)
(Wrings her hands slowly, moaning desperately.) O Sacred Heart of Jesus,
have mercy on him! Save him from hell, O divine Sacred Heart!
No! No! No! Break my spirit all of you if you can! I’ll bring you all to
(In the agony of her deathrattle.) Have mercy on Stephen, Lord, for my
sake! Inexpressible was my anguish when expiring with love, grief and agony
on Mount Calvary.
(He lifts his ashplant high with both hands and smashes the chandelier.
Time’s livid final flame leaps and, in the following darkness, ruin
of all space, shattered glass and toppling masonry.)
(Rushes forward and seizes Stephen’s hand.) Here! Hold on! Don’t run amok!
(Stephen, abandoning his ashplant, his head and arms thrown back stark,
beats the ground and flees from the room past the whores at the door.)
(Screams.) After him!
(The two whores rush to the halldoors. Lynch and Kitty and Zoe stampede
from the room. They talk excitedly. Bloom follows, returns.)
(Jammed in the doorway, pointing.) Down there.
(Pointing.) There. There’s something up.
Who pays for the lamp? (She seizes Bloom’s coattail.) There. You were
with him. The lamp’s broken.
(Rushes to the hall, rushes back.) What lamp, woman?
He tore his coat.
(Her eyes hard with anger and cupidity, points.) Who’s to pay for that? Ten
shillings. You’re a witness.
(Snatches up Stephen’s ashplant.) Me? Ten shillings? Haven’t you lifted
enough off him? Didn’t he...!
(Loudly.) Here, none of your tall talk. This isn’t a brothel. A ten shilling
(His hand under the lamp, pulls the chain. Pulling, the gasjet lights up a crushed
mauve purple shade. He raises the ashplant.) Only the chimney’s broken. Here
is all he...
(Shrinks back and screams.) Jesus! Don’t!
(Warding off a blow.) To show you how he hit the paper. There’s not a
sixpenceworth of damage done. Ten shillings!
(With a glass of water enters.) Where is he?
Do you want me to call the police?
O, I know. Bulldog on the premises. But he’s a Trinity student. Patrons
of your establishment. Gentlemen that pay the rent. (He makes a masonic
sign.) Know what I mean? Nephew of the vicechancellor. You don’t want
(Angrily.) Trinity! Coming down here ragging after the boat races and
paying nothing. Are you my commander here? Where is he? I’ll charge him.
Disgrace him, I will. (She shouts.) Zoe! Zoe!
(Urgently.) And if it were your own son in Oxford! (Warningly.) I know.
(Almost speechless.) Who are you incog?
(In the doorway.) There’s a row on.
What? Where? (He throws a shilling on the table and shouts.) That’s for
the chimney. Where? I need mountain air.
(He hurries out through the hall. The whores point. Florry follows, spilling
water from her tilted tumbler. On the doorstep all the whores clustered
talk volubly, pointing to the right where the fog has cleared off From the
left arrives a jingling hackney car. It slows to in front of the house. Bloom
at the halldoor perceives Corny Kelleher who is about to dismount from
the car with two silent lechers. He averts his face. Bella from within
the hall urges on her whores. They blow ickylickysticky yumyum
kisses. Corny Kelleher replies with a ghostly lewd smile. The silent
lechers turn to pay the jarvey. Zoe and Kitty still point right. Bloom,
parting them swiftly, draws his caliph’s hood and poncho and hurries
down the steps with sideways face. Incog Haroun al Raschid, he flits
behind the silent lechers and hastens on by the railings with fleet step
of a pard strewing the drag behind him, torn envelopes drenched in
aniseed. The ashplant marks his stride. A pack of bloodhounds led by
Hornblower of Trinity brandishing a dogwhip in tallyho cap, and
an old pair of grey trousers, follows from far, picking up the scent,
nearer, baying, panting, at fault, breaking away, throwing their
tongues, biting his heels, leaping at his tail. He walks, runs, zigzags,
gallops, lugs laid back. He is pelted with gravel, cabbagestumps,
biscuitboxes, eggs, potatoes, dead codfish, womans slipperslappers.
After him, freshfound, the hue and cry zigzag gallops in hot pursuit
of follow my leader : 65 C 66 C night watch, John Henry Menton,
Wisdom Hely, V. B. Dillon, Councillor Nannetti, Alexander Keyes,
Larry O’Rourke, Joe Cuffe, Mrs O’Dowd, Pisser Burke, The Nameless
One, Mrs Riordan, The Citizen, Garryowen, Whatdoyoucallhim,
Strangeface, Fellowthatslike, Sawhimbefore, Chapwith, Chris Callinan,
sir Charles Cameron, Benjamin Dollard, Lenehan, Bartell d’Arcy,
Joe Hynes, red Murray, editor Brayden, T. M. Healy, Mr Justice
Fitzgibbon, John Howard Parnell, the reverend Tinned Salmon,
Professor Joly, Mrs Breen, Denis Breen, Theodore Purefoy, Mina
Purefoy, the Westland Row postmistress, C. P. McCoy, friend of
Lyons, Hoppy Holohan, man in the street, other man in the street,
Footballboots, pugnosed driver, rich protestant lady, Davy Byrne,
Mrs Ellen Mc Guinness, Mrs Joe Gallaher George Lidwell, Jimmy
Henry on corns, Superintendent Laracy, Father Cowley, Crofton out
of the Collector General’s, Dan Dawson, dental surgeon Bloom with
tweezers, Mrs Bob Doran, Mrs Kennefick, Mrs Wyse Nolan, John
Wyse Nolan, handsomemarriedwomanrubbedagainstwidebehindin-
Clonskea tram, the bookseller of Sweets of Sin, Miss Dubedatandshe-
didbedad, Mesdames Gerald and Stanislaus Moran of Roebuck, the
managing clerk of Drimmie’s, colonel Hayes, Mastiansky, Citron,
Penrose, Aaron Figatner, Moses Herzog, Michael E. Geraghty,
Inspector Troy, Mrs Galbraith, the constable off Eccles Street corner,
old doctor Brady with stethoscope, the mystery man on the beach,
a retriever, Mrs Miriam Dandrade and all her lovers.)
the hue and cry
(Helterskelterpelterwelter.) He’s Bloom! Stop Bloom! Stopabloom! Stopper-
robber! Hi! Hi! Stop him on the corner!
(At the corner of Beaver Street beneath the scaffolding Bloom panting stops
on the fringe of the noisy quarrelling knot, a lot not knowing a jot what
hi! hi! row and wrangle round the whowhat brawlaltogether.)
(With elaborate gestures, breathing deeply and slowly.) You are my guests.
The uninvited. By virtue of the fifth of George and seventh of Edward.
History to blame. Fabled by mothers of memory.
(To Cissy Caffrey.) Was he insulting you?
Addressed her in vocative feminine. Probably neuter. Ungenitive.
No, he didn’t. The girl’s telling lies. He was in Mrs Cohen’s. What’s
up? Soldiers and civilians.
I was in company with the soldiers and they left me to do — you know
and the young man ran up behind me. But I’m faithful to the man that’s
treating me though I’m only a shilling whore.
(Catches sight of Kitty’s and Lynch’s heads.) Hail, Sisyphus. (He points to
himself and the others.) Poetic. Neopoetic.
Yes, to go with him. And me with a soldier friend.
He doesn’t half want a thick ear, the blighter. Biff him one, Harry.
(To Cissy.) Was he insulting you while me and him was having a piss?
(In Union Jack blazer and cricket flannels, bareheaded, flowingbearded.) Their’s
not to reason why.
Biff him, Harry.
(To Private Compton.) I don’t know your name but you are quite right.
Doctor Swift says one man in armour will beat ten men in their shirts. Shirt
is synechdoche. Part for the whole.
(To the crowd.) No, I was with the private.
(Amiably.) Why not? The bold soldier boy. In my opinion every lady for
(His cap awry, advancing to Stephen.) Say, how would it be, governor, if
I was to bash in your jaw?
(Looks up in the sky.) How? Very unpleasant. Noble art of selfpretence.
Personally, I detest action. (He waves his hand.) Hand hurts me slightly.
Enfin, ce sont vos oignons. (To Cissy Caffrey.) Some trouble is on here. What is
(From her balcony waves her handkerchief giving the sign of the heroine of
Jericho.) Rahab. Cook’s son, goodbye. Safe home to Dolly. Dream of the girl
you left behind and she will dream of you.
(The soldiers turn their swimming eyes.)
(Elbowing through the crowd plucks Stephen’s sleeve vigorously.) Come now,
professor, that carman is waiting.
(Turns.) Eh? (He disengages himself.) Why should I not speak to him or
to any human being who walks upright upon this oblate orange? (He points his
finger.) I’m not afraid of what I can talk to if I see his eye. Retaining the
(He staggers a pace back.)
(Propping him.) Retain your own.
(Laughs emptily.) My centre of gravity is displaced. I have forgotten the
trick. Let us sit down somewhere and discuss. Struggle for life is the law of
existence but modern philirenists, notably the tsar and the king of England,
have invented arbitration. (He taps his brow.) But in here it is I must kill the
priest and the king.
biddy the clap
Did you hear what the professor said? He’s a professor out of the college.
I did. I heard that.
biddy the clap
He expresses himself with much marked refinement of phraseology.
Indeed, yes. And at the same time with such apposite trenchancy.
(Pulls himself free and comes forward.) What’s that you’re saying about my
(Edward the Seventh appears in an archway. He wears a white jersey on
which an image of the Sacred Heart is stitched, with the insignia of
Garter and Thistle, Golden Fleece, Elephant of Denmark, Skinner’s
and Probyn’s horse, Lincoln’s Inns’ bencher and ancient and
honourable artillery company of Massachussets. He sucks a red jujube.
He is robed as a grand elect perfect and sublime mason with trowel and
apron, marked made in Germany. In his left hand he holds a
plasterer’s bucket on which is printed : Défense d’uriner. A roar of
welcome greets him.)
edward the seventh
(Slowly, solemnly but indistinctly.) Peace, perfect peace. For identification
bucket in my hand. Cheerio, boys. (He turns to his subjects.) We have come
here to witness a clean straight fight and we heartily wish both men the best
of good luck. Mahak makar a back.
(He shakes hands with Private Carr, Private Compton, Stephen, Bloom
and Lynch. General applause. Edward the Seventh lifts the bucket
graciously in acknowledgement.)
(To Stephen.) Say it again.
(Nervous, friendly, pulls himself up.) I understand your point of view, though
I have no king myself for the moment. This is the age of patent medicine.
A discussion is difficult down here. But this is the point. You die for your
country, suppose. (He places his arm on Private Carr’s sleeve.) Not that I wish
it for you. But I say : Let my country die for me. Up to the present it has done
so. I don’t want it to die. Damn death. Long live life!
edward the seventh
(Levitates over heaps of slain in the garb and with the halo of Joking Jesus, a
white jujube in his phosphorescent face.)
My methods are new and are causing surprise.
To make the blind see I throw dust in their eyes.
Kings and unicorns! (He falls back a pace.) Come somewhere and we’ll...
What was that girl saying?...
Eh, Harry, give him a kick in the knackers. Stick one into Jerry.
(To the privates, softly.) He doesn’t know what he’s saying. Taking a little
more than is good for him. Absinthe, the greeneyed monster. I know him.
He’s a gentleman, a poet. It’s all right.
(Nods, smiling and laughing.) Gentleman, patriot, scholar and judge of
I don’t give a bugger who he is.
We don’t give a bugger who he is.
I seem to annoy them. Green rag to a bull.
(Kevin Egan of Paris in black Spanish tasselled shirt and peep-o’-day boy’s
hat signs to Stephen.)
H’lo. Bonjour! The vieille ogresse with the dents jaunes.
(Patrice Egan peeps from behind, his rabbit face nibbling a quince leaf.)
don emile patrizio franz rupert pope hennessy
(In medieval hauberk, two wild geese valant on his helm, with noble indignation
points a mailed hand against the privates.) Werf those eykes to footboden, big
grand porcos of johnyellows todos covered of gravy!
(To Stephen.) Come home. You’ll get into trouble.
(Swaying.) I don’t avoid it. He provokes my intelligence.
biddy the clap
One immediately observes that he is of patrician lineage.
Green above the red, says he. Wolfe Tone.
The red’s as good as the green, and better. Up the soldiers! Up King
(Laughs.) Ay! Hands up to De Wet.
(With a huge emerald muffler and shillelagh, calls.)
May the God above
Send down a dove
With teeth as sharp as razors
To slit the throat
Of the English dogs
That hanged our Irish leaders.
the croppy boy
(The rope noose round his neck, gripes in his issuing bowels with both hands.)
I bear no hate to a living thing,
But I love my country beyond the king.
rumbold, demon barber
(Accompanied by two blackmasked assistants, advances with a gladstone bag
which he opens.) Ladies and gents, cleaver purchased by Mrs Pearcy to slay Mogg.
Knife with which Voisin dismembered the wife of a compatriot and hid remains
in a sheet in the cellar, the unfortunate female’s throat being cut from ear
to ear. Phial containing arsenic retrieved from the body of Miss Barron which
sent Seddon to the gallows.
(He jerks the rope, the assistants leap at the victim’s legs and drag him
downward, grunting : the croppy boy’s tongue protrudes violently.)
the croppy boy
Horhot ho hray ho rhother’s hest
(He gives up the ghost. A violent erection of the hanged sends gouts of
sperm spouting through his death clothes on to the cobblestones.
Mrs Bellingham, Mrs Yelverton Barry and the Honourable Mrs
Mervy Talboys rush forward with their handkerchiefs to sop it up.)
I’m near it myself. (He undoes the noose.) Rope which hanged the awful
rebel. Ten shillings a time as applied to His Royal Highness. (He plunges his
head into the gaping belly of the hanged and draws out his head again clotted with
coiled and smoking entrails.) My painful duty has now been done. God save the
edward the seventh
(Dances slowly, solemnly, rattling his bucket and sings with soft contentment.)
On coronation day, on coronation day,
O, Won’t We have a merry time,
Drinking whisky, beer and wine!
Here. What are you saying about my king?
(Throws up his hands.) O, this is too monotonous! Nothing. He wants my
money and my life, though want must be his master, for some brutish empire
of his. Money I haven’t. (He searches his pockets vaguely.) Gave it to someone.
Who wants your bleeding money?
(Tries to move off.) Will some one tell me where I am least likely to meet
these necessary evils? Ça se voit aussi à Paris. Not that I... But by Saint
(The women’s heads coalesce. Old Gummy Granny in sugarloaf hat
appears seated on a toadstool, the deathflower of the potato blight on
Aha! I know you, gammer! Hamlet, revenge! The old sow that eats
old gummy granny
(Rocking to and fro.) Ireland’s sweetheart, the king of Spain’s daughter,
alanna. Strangers im my house, bad manners to them! (She keens with banshee
woe.) Ochone! Ochone! Silk of the kine! (She wails.) You met with poor
old Ireland and how does she stand?
How do I stand you? The hat trick! Where’s the third person of the
Blessed Trinity? Soggarth Aroon? The reverend Carrion Crow.
(Shrill.) Stop them from fighting!
Our men retreated.
(Tugging at his belt.) I’ll wring the neck of any bugger says a word against
my fucking king.
(Terrified.) He said nothing. Not a word. A pure misunderstanding.
Erin go hragh!
(Major Tweedy and the Citizen exhibit to each other medals, decorations,
trophies of war, wounds. Both salute with fierce hostility.)
Go it, Harry. Do him one in the eye. He’s a proboer.
Did I? When?
(To the redcoats.) We fought for you in South Africa, Irish missile troops.
Isn’t that history? Royal Dublin Fusiliers. Honoured by our monarch.
(Staggering past.) O, yes. O, God, yes! O, make the kwawr a krowawr!
(Casqued halberdiers in armour thrust forward a pentice of gutted spear
points. Major Tweedy, moustached like Turko the terrible, in bearskin
cap with hackle plume and accoutrements, with epaulette, gilt chevrons
and sabretache, his breast bright with medals, toes the line. He gives
the pilgrim warrior’s sign of the knights templars.)
(Growls gruffly.) Rorke’s Drift! Up, guards, and at them! Mahal shalal
I’ll do him in.
(Waves the crowd back.) Fair play, here. Make a bleeding butcher’s shop of
(Massed bands blare Garryowen and God save the king.)
They’re going to fight. For me!
The brave and the fair.
biddy the clap
Methinks yon sable knight will joust it with the best.
(Blushing deeply.) Nay, Madam. The gules doublet and merry Saint
George for me!
The harlot’s cry from street to street
Shall weave old Ireland’s windingsheet.
(Loosening his belt, shouts.) I’ll wring the neck of any fucking bastard says
a word against my bleeding fucking king.
(Shakes Cissy Caffrey’s shoulders.) Speak, you! Are you struck dumb? You
are the link between nations and generations. Speak, woman, sacred life
(Alarmed, seizes Private Carr’s sleeve.) Amn’t I with you? Amn’t I your
girl? Cissy’s your girl. (She cries.) Police!
(Ecstatically, to Cissy Caffrey.)
White thy fambles, red thy gan
And thy quarrons dainty is.
Dublin’s burning! Dublin’s burning! On fire, on fire!
(Brimstone fires spring up. Dense clouds roll past. Heavy Gatling guns
boom. Pandemonium. Troops deploy. Gallop of hoofs. Artillery.
Hoarse commands. Bells clang. Backers shout. Drunkards bawl
Whores screech. Foghorns hoot. Cries of valour. Shrieks of dying.
Pikes clash on cuirasses. Thieves rob the slain. Birds of prey, winging
from the sea, rising from marshlands, swooping from eyries, hover
screaming, gannets, cormorants, vultures, goshawks, climbing
woodcocks, peregrines, merlins, blackgrouse, sea eagles, gulls, albatrosses,
barnacle geese. The midnight sun is darkened. The earth trembles.
The dead of Dublin from Prospect and Mount Jerome in white
sheepskin overcoats and black goatfell cloaks arise and appear to many.
A chasm opens with a noiseless yawn. Tom Rochford, winner in
athlete’s singlet and breeches, arrives at the head of the national hurdle
handicap and leaps into the void. He is followed by a race of runners
and leapers. In wild attitudes they spring from the brink. Their bodies
plunge. Factory lasses with fancy clothes toss redhot Yorkshire
baraabombs. Society ladies lift their skirts above their heads to protect
themselves. Laughing witches in red cutty sarks ride through the air
on broomsticks. Quakerlyster plasters blisters. It rains dragon’s teeth.
Armed heroes spring up from furrows. They exchange in amity
the pass of knights of the red cross and fight duels with cavalry sabres :
Wolfe Tome against Henry Grattan, Smith O’Brien against Daniel
O’Connell, Michael Davitt against Isaac Butt, Justin M’Carthy
against Parnell, Arthur Griffith against John Redmond, John O’Leary
against Lear O’Johnny, lord Edward Fitzgerald against Lord
Gerald Fitzedward, The O’Donoghue of the Glens against The Glens
of The Donoghue. On an eminence, the centre of the earth, rises the field
altar of Saint Barbara. Black candles rise from its gospel and epistle
horns. From the high barbacans of the tower two shafts of light fall
on the smokepalled altarstone. On the altarstone Mrs Mina Purefoy,
goddess of unreason, lies, naked, fettered, a chalice resting on her
swollen belly. Father Malachi O’Flynn in a long petticoat and reversed
chasuble, his two left feet back to the front, celebrates camp mass. The
Reverend Mr Hugh C Haines Love M. A. in a plain cassock and
mortar board, his head and collar back to the front, holds over the
celebrant’s head an open umbrella.)
father malachi o’flynn
Introibo ad altare diaboli.
the reverend mr haines love
To the devil which hath made glad my young days.
father malachi o’flynn
(Takes from the chalice and elevates a blooddripping host.) Corpus Meum.
the reverend mr haines love
(Raises high behind the celebrant’s petticoats, revealing his grey bare hairy
buttocks between which a carrot is stuck.) My body.
the voice of all the damned
Htengier Lnetopinmo Dog Drol eht rof, Aiulella!
(From on high the voice of Adonai calls.)
the voice of all the blessed
Alleluia, for the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth!
(From on high the voice of Adonai calls.)
(In strident discord peasants and townsmen of Orange and Green factions
sing Kick the Pope and Daily, daily sing to Mary.)
(With ferocious articulation.) I’ll do him in, so help me fucking Christ!
I’ll wring the bastard fucker’s bleeding blasted fucking windpipe!
old gummy granny
(Thrusts a dagger towards Stephen’s hand.) Remove him, acushla. At 8.35
a.m. you will be in heaven and Ireland will be free. (She prays.) O good God,
(Runs to Lynch.) Can’t you get him away?
He likes dialectic, the universal language. Kitty! (To Bloom.) Get him
away, you. He won’t listen to me.
(He drags Kitty away.)
(Points.) Exit Judas. Et laqueo se suspendit.
(Runs to Stephen.) Come along with me now before worse happens. Here’s
Stick, no. Reason. This feast of pure reason.
(Pulling Private Carr.) Come on, you’re boosed. He insulted me but
I forgive him. (Shouting in his ear.) I forgive him for insulting me.
(Over Stephen’s shoulder.) Yes, go. You see he’s incapable.
(Breaks loose.) I’ll insult him.
(He rushes towards Stephen, fists outstretched, and strikes him in the face.
Stephen totters, collapses, falls stunned. He lies prone, his face to the
sky, his hat rolling to the wall. Bloom follows and picks it up.)
(Loudly.) Carbine in bucket! Cease fire! Salute!
(Barking furiously.) Ute ute ute ute ute ute ute ute.
Let him up! Don’t strike him when he’s down! Air! Who? The soldier
hit him. He’s a professor. Is he hurted? Don’t manhandle him! he’s fainted!
(The retriever, nosing on the fringe of the crowd, barks noisily.)
What call had the redcoat to strike the gentleman and he under the
influence? Let them go and fight the Boers!
Listen to who’s talking! Hasn’t the soldier a right to go with his girl? He
gave him the coward’s blow.
(They grab at each other’s hair, claw at each other and spit.)
(Barking.) Wow wow wow.
(Shoves them back, loudly.) Get back, stand back!
(Tugging his comrade.) Here bugger off, Harry. There’s the cops! (Two
raincaped watch, tall, stand in the group.)
What’s wrong here?
We were with this lady and he insulted us and assaulted my chum. (The
retriever barks.) Who owns the bleeding tyke?
(With expectation.) Is he bleeding?
(Rising from his knees.) No. Gone off. He’ll come to all right.
(Glances sharply at the man.) Leave him to me. I can easily...
Who are you? Do you know him?
(Lurches towards the watch.) He insulted my lady friend.
(Angrily.) You hit him without provocation. I’m a witness. Constable,
take his regimental number.
I don’t want your instructions in the discharge of my duty.
(Pulling his comrade.) Here, bugger off, Harry. Or Bennett’ll have you in
(Staggering as he is pulled away.) God fuck old Bennett! He’s a whitearsed
bugger. I don’t give a shit for him.
(Taking out his notebook.) What’s his name?
(Peering over the crowd.) I just see a car there. If you give me a hand a
Name and address.
(Corny Kelleher, weepers round his hat, a death wreath in his hand, appears
among the bystanders.)
(Quickly.) O, the very man! (He whispers.) Simon Dedalus’ son. A bit
sprung. Get those policemen to move those loafers back.
Night, Mr Kelleher.
(To the watch, with drawling eye.) That’s all right. I know him. Won a
bit on the races. Gold cup. Throwaway. (He laughs.) Twenty to one. Do you
(Turns to the crowd.) Here, what are you all gaping at? Move on out of
(The crowd disperses slowly, muttering, down the lane.)
Leave it to me, sergeant. That’ll be all right. (He laughs, shaking his head.)
We were often as bad ourselves, ay or worse. What? Eh, what?
(Laughs.) I suppose so.
(Nudges the second watch.) Come and wipe your name off the slate. (He
lilts, wagging his head.) With my tooraloom tooraloom tooraloom tooraloom.
What, eh, do you follow me?
(Genially.) Ah, sure we were too.
(Winking.) Boys will be boys. I’ve a car round there.
All right, Mr Kelleher. Good night.
I’ll see to that.
(Shakes hands with both of the watch in turn.) Thank you very much,
gentlemen, thank you. (He mumbles confidentially.) We don’t want any scandal,
you understand. Father is a well known, highly respected citizen. Just a little
wild oats, you understand.
O, I understand, sir.
That’s all right, Sir.
It was only in case of corporal injuries I’d have had to report it at the station.
(Nods rapidly.) Naturally. Quite right. Only your bounden duty.
It’s our duty.
Good night, men.
(Saluting together.) Night, gentlemen. (They move off with slow heavy tread.)
(Blows.) Providential you came on the scene. You have a car?...
(Laughs, pointing his thumb over his right shoulder to the car brought up
against the scaffolding.) Two commercials that were standing fizz in Jammet’s.
Like princes, faith. One of them lost two quid on the race. Drowning his grief
and were on for a go with the jolly girls. So I landed them up on Behan’s car
and down to nighttown.
I was just going home by Gardiner street when I happened to...
(Laughs.) Sure they wanted me to join in with the mots. No, by God,
says I. Not for old stagers like myself and yourself. (He laughs again and leers
with lacklustre eye.) Thanks be to God we have it in the house what, eh, do
you follow me? Hah! hah! hah!
(Tries to laugh.) He, he, he! Yes. Matter of fact I was just visiting an old
friend of mine there, Virag, you don’t know him (poor fellow he’s laid up
for the past week) and we had a liquor together and I was just making my
(The horse neighs.)
Sure it was Behan, our jarvey there, that told me after we left the two
commercials in Mrs Cohen’s and I told him to pull up and got off to see. (He
laughs.) Sober hearsedrivers a specialty. Will I give him a lift home? Where
does he hang out? Somewhere in Cabra, what?
No, in Sandycove, I believe, from what he let drop.
(Stephen, prone, breathes to the stars. Corny Kelleher, asquint, drawls at the
horse. Bloom in gloom, looms down.)
(Scratches his nape.) Sandycove! (He bends down and calls to Stephen.) Eh!
(He calls again.) Eh! He’s covered with shavings anyhow. Take care they
didn’t lift anything off him.
No, no, no. I have his money and his hat here and stick.
Ah well, he’ll get over it. No bones broken. Well, I’ll shove along. (He
laughs.) I’ve a rendezvous in the morning. Burying the dead. Safe home!
Good night. I’ll just wait and take him along in a few...
(Corny Kelleher returns to the outside car and mounts it. The horse
(From the car, standing.) Night.
(The jarvey chucks the reins and raises his whip encouragingly. The
car and horse back slowly, awkwardly and turn. Corny Kelleher on
the sideseat sways his head to and fro in sign of mirth at Blooms plight.
The jarvey joins in the mute pantomimic merriment nodding from
the farther seat. Bloom shakes his head in mute mirthful reply. With
thumb and palm Corny Kelleher reassures that the two bobbies will
allow the sleep to continue for what else is to be done. With a slow
nod Bloom conveys his gratitude as that is exactly what Stephen
needs. The car jingles tooraloom round the corner of the tooraloom
lane. Corny Kelleher again reassuralooms with his hand. Bloom with
his hand assuralooms Corny Kelleher that he is reassuraloomtay. The
tinkling hoofs and jingling harness grow fainter with their tooralooloo
looloo lay. Bloom, holding in his hand Stephens hat festooned with
shavings and ashplant, stands irresolute. Then he bends to him and
shakes him by the shoulder.)
Eh! Ho! (There is no answer; he bends again.) Mr Dedalus! (There is no
answer.) The name if you call. Somnambulist. (He bends again and, hesitating,
brings his mouth near the face of the prostrate form.) Stephen! (There is no
answer. He calls again.) Stephen!
(Groans.) Who? Black panther vampire. (He sighs and stretches himself,
then murmurs thickly with prolonged vowels.)
Who... drive... Fergus now.
And pierce... wood’s woven shade?...
(He turns on his left side, sighing, doubling himself together.)
Poetry. Well educated. Pity. (He bends again and undoes the buttons of
Stephen’s waistcoat.) To breathe. (He brushes the woodshavings from Stephen’s clothes
with light hands and fingers.) One pound seven. Not hurt anyhow. (He listens.)
...shadows... the woods.
...white breast... dim...
(He stretches out his arms, sighs again and curls his body. Bloom holding
his hat and ashplant stands erect. A dog barks in the distance. Bloom
tightens and loosens his grip on the ashplant. He looks down on
Stephen’s face and form.)
(Communes with the night.) Face reminds me of his poor mother. In the
shady wood. The deep white breast. Ferguson, I think I caught. A girl. Some
girl. Best thing could happen him... (He murmurs.)... swear that I will always
hail, ever conceal, never reveal, any part or parts, art or arts... (He murmurs.)...
in the rough sands of the sea... a cabletow’s length from the shore... where
the tide ebbs... and flows...
(Silent, thoughtful, alert, he stands on guard, his fingers at his lips in
the attitude of secret master. Against the dark wall a figure appears
slowly, a fairy boy of eleven, a changeling, kidnapped, dressed in an
Eton suit with glass shoes and a little bronze helmet, holding a book
in his hand. He reads from right to left inaudibly, smiling, kissing the
(Wonderstruck, calls inaudibly.) Rudy!
(Gazes unseeing into Bloom’s eyes and goes on reading, kissing, smiling.
He has a delicate mauve face. On his suit he has diamond and ruby
buttons. In his free left hand he holds a slim ivory cane with a violet
bowknot. A white lambskin peeps out of his waistcoat pocket.)