The superior, the very reverend John Conmee S. J. reset his smooth
watch in his interior pocket as he came down the presbytery steps. Five
three. Just nice time to walk to Artane. What was that boy's name again?
Dignam. Yes. Vere dignum et iustum est. Brother Swan was the person
see. Mr Cunningham's letter. Yes. Oblige him, if possible. Good practical
catholic: useful at mission time.
A onelegged sailor, swinging himself onward by lazy jerks of his
crutches, growled some notes. He jerked short before the convent of the
sisters of charity and held out a peaked cap for alms towards the very
reverend John Conmee S. J. Father Conmee blessed him in the sun for his
purse held, he knew, one silver crown.
Father Conmee crossed to Mountjoy square. He thought, but not for
long, of soldiers and sailors, whose legs had been shot off by cannonballs,
ending their days in some pauper ward, and of cardinal Wolsey's words:
I had served my God as I have served my king He would not have
abandoned me in my old days. He walked by the treeshade of sunnywinking
leaves: and towards him came the wife of Mr David Sheehy M. P.
Very well, indeed, father. And you, father?
Father Conmee was wonderfully well indeed. He would go to Buxton
probably for the waters. And her boys, were they getting on well at
Belvedere? Was that so? Father Conmee was very glad indeed to hear that.
And Mr Sheehy himself? Still in London. The house was still sitting, to
sure it was. Beautiful weather it was, delightful indeed. Yes, it was very
probable that Father Bernard Vaughan would come again to preach. O,
yes: a very great success. A wonderful man really.
Father Conmee was very glad to see the wife of Mr David Sheehy
M. P. Iooking so well and he begged to be remembered to Mr David Sheehy
M. P. Yes, he would certainly call.
Good afternoon, Mrs Sheehy.
Father Conmee doffed his silk hat and smiled, as he took leave, at the
jet beads of her mantilla inkshining in the sun. And smiled yet again,
going. He had cleaned his teeth, he knew, with arecanut paste.
Father Conmee walked and, walking, smiled for he thought on Father
Bernard Vaughan's droll eyes and cockney voice.
Pilate! Wy don't you old back that owlin mob?
A zealous man, however. Really he was. And really did great good in.
his way. Beyond a doubt. He loved Ireland, he said, and he loved the Irish.
Of good family too would one think it? Welsh, were they not?
O, lest he forget. That letter to father provincial.
Father Conmee stopped three little schoolboys at the corner of
Mountjoy square. Yes: they were from Belvedere. The little house. Aha.
And were they good boys at school? O. That was very good now. And what
was his name? Jack Sohan. And his name? Ger. Gallaher. And the other
little man? His name was Brunny Lynam. O, that was a very nice name to
Father Conmee gave a letter from his breast to Master Brunny Lynam
and pointed to the red pillarbox at the corner of Fitzgibbon street.
But mind you don't post yourself into the box, little man, he said.
The boys sixeyed Father Conmee and laughed:
Well, let me see if you can post a letter, Father Conmee said.
Master Brunny Lynam ran across the road and put Father Conmee's
letter to father provincial into the mouth of the bright red letterbox.
Conmee smiled and nodded and smiled and walked along Mountjoy square
Mr Denis J Maginni, professor of dancing &c, in silk hat, slate
frockcoat with silk facings, white kerchief tie, tight lavender trousers,
canary gloves and pointed patent boots, walking with grave deportment
most respectfully took the curbstone as he passed lady Maxwell at the
corner of Dignam's court. Was that not Mrs Was that not Mrs M'Guinness?
Mrs M'Guinness, stately, silverhaired, bowed to Father Conmee from
the farther footpath along which she sailed. And Father Conmee smiled and
saluted. How did she do?
A fine carriage she had. Like Mary, queen of Scots, something. And to
think that she was a pawnbroker! Well, now! Such a... what should he
say?.... such a queenly mien.
Father Conmee walked down Great Charles street and glanced at the
shutup free church on his left. The reverend T. R. Greene B. A. will (D.
speak. The incumbent they called him. He felt it incumbent on him to say
few words. But one should be charitable. Invincible ignorance. They acted
according to their lights.
Father Conmee turned the corner and walked along the North
Circular road. It was a wonder that there was not a tramline in such an
important thoroughfare. Surely, there ought to be.
A band of satchelled schoolboys crossed from Richmond street. All
raised untidy caps. Father Conmee greeted them more than once benignly.
Christian brother boys.
Father Conmee smelt incense on his right hand as he walked. Saint
Joseph's church, Portland row. For aged and virtuous females. Father
Conmee raised his hat to the Blessed Sacrament. Virtuous: but occasionally
they were also badtempered.
Near Aldborough house Father Conmee thought of that spendthrift
nobleman. And now it was an office or something.
Father Conmee began to walk along the North Strand road and was
saluted by Mr William Gallagher who stood in the doorway of his shop.
Father Conmee saluted Mr William Gallagher and perceived the odours
that came from baconflitches and ample cools of butter. He passed
Grogan's the Tobacconist against which newsboards leaned and told of a
dreadful catastrophe in New York. In America those things were
continually happening. Unfortunate people to die like that, unprepared.
Still, an act of perfect contrition.
Father Conmee went by Daniel Bergin's publichouse against the
window of which two unlabouring men lounged. They saluted him and
Father Conmee passed H. J. O'Neill's funeral establishment where
Corny Kelleher totted figures in the daybook while he chewed a blade of
hay. A constable on his beat saluted Father Conmee and Father Conmee
saluted the constable. In Youkstetter's, the porkbutcher's, Father Conmee
observed pig's puddings, white and black and red, lie neatly curled in
Moored under the trees of Charleville Mall Father Conmee saw a turfbarge,
a towhorse with pendent head, a bargeman with a hat of dirty straw seated
amidships, smoking and staring at a branch of poplar above him. It was
idyllic: and Father Conmee reflected on the providence of the Creator who
had made turf to be in bogs whence men might dig it out and bring it to
town and hamlet to make fires in the houses of poor people.
On Newcomen bridge the very reverend John Conmee S. J. of saint
Francis Xavier's church, upper Gardiner street, stepped on to an outward
Off an inward bound tram stepped the reverend Nicholas Dudley
C. C. of saint Agatha's church, north William street, on to Newcomen
At Newcomen bridge Father Conmee stepped into an outward bound
tram for he disliked to traverse on foot the dingy way past Mud Island.
Father Conmee sat in a corner of the tramcar, a blue ticket tucked
with care in the eye of one plump kid glove, while four shillings, a sixpence
and five pennies chuted from his other plump glovepalm into his purse.
Passing the ivy church he reflected that the ticket inspector usually made
visit when one had carelessly thrown away the ticket. The solemnity of
occupants of the car seemed to Father Conmee excessive for a journey so
short and cheap. Father Conmee liked cheerful decorum.
It was a peaceful day. The gentleman with the glasses opposite Father
Conmee had finished explaining and looked down. His wife, Father
A tiny yawn opened the mouth of the wife of the gentleman with the
glasses. She raised her small gloved fist, yawned ever so gently, tiptapping
her small gloved fist on her opening mouth and smiled tinily, sweetly.
Father Conmee perceived her perfume in the car. He perceived also
that the awkward man at the other side of her was sitting on the edge of
Father Conmee at the altarrails placed the host with difficulty in the
mouth of the awkward old man who had the shaky head.
At Annesley bridge the tram halted and, when it was about to go, an
old woman rose suddenly from her place to alight. The conductor pulled
the bellstrap to stay the car for her. She passed out with her basket and
marketnet: and Father Conmee saw the conductor help her and net and
basket down: and Father Conmee thought that, as she had nearly passed
the end of the penny fare, she was one of those good souls who had always
to be told twice bless you, my child, that they have been absolved,
me. But they had so many worries in life, so many cares, poor creatures.
From the hoardings Mr Eugene Stratton grimaced with thick
niggerlips at Father Conmee.
Father Conmee thought of the souls of black and brown and yellow
men and of his sermon on saint Peter Claver S. J. and the African mission
and of the propagation of the faith and of the millions of black and brown
and yellow souls that had not received the baptism of water when their
hour came like a thief in the night. That book by the Belgian jesuit, Le
Nombre des Élus, seemed to Father Conmee a reasonable plea. Those were
millions of human souls created by God in His Own likeness to whom the
faith had not (D. V.) been brought. But they were God's souls, created
God. It seemed to Father Conmee a pity that they should all be lost, a
if one might say.
At the Howth road stop Father Conmee alighted, was saluted by the
conductor and saluted in his turn.
The Malahide road was quiet. It pleased Father Conmee, road and
name. The joybells were ringing in gay Malahide. Lord Talbot de Malahide,
immediate hereditary lord admiral of Malahide and the seas adjoining.
Then came the call to arms and she was maid, wife and widow in one day.
Those were old worldish days, loyal times in joyous townlands, old times
Father Conmee, walking, thought of his little book Old Times in the
Barony and of the book that might be written about jesuit houses and
Mary Rochfort, daughter of lord Molesworth, first countess of Belvedere.
A listless lady, no more young, walked alone the shore of lough
Ennel, Mary, first countess of Belvedere, listlessly walking in the evening,
not startled when an otter plunged. Who could know the truth? Not the
jealous lord Belvedere and not her confessor if she had not committed
adultery fully, eiaculatio seminis inter vas naturale mulieris,
husband's brother? She would half confess if she had not all sinned
women did. Only God knew and she and he, her husband's brother.
Father Conmee thought of that tyrannous incontinence, needed
however for man's race on earth, and of the ways of God which were not
Don John Conmee walked and moved in times of yore. He was
humane and honoured there. He bore in mind secrets confessed and he
smiled at smiling noble faces in a beeswaxed drawingroom, ceiled with full
fruit clusters. And the hands of a bride and of a bridegroom, noble to
were impalmed by Don John Conmee.
It was a charming day.
The lychgate of a field showed Father Conmee breadths of cabbages,
curtseying to him with ample underleaves. The sky showed him a flock of
small white clouds going slowly down the wind. Moutonner, the French
said. A just and homely word.
Father Conmee, reading his office, watched a flock of muttoning
clouds over Rathcoffey. His thinsocked ankles were tickled by the stubble
of Clongowes field. He walked there, reading in the evening, and heard
cries of the boys' lines at their play, young cries in the quiet evening.
was their rector: his reign was mild.
Father Conmee drew off his gloves and took his rededged breviary
out. An ivory bookmark told him the page.
Nones. He should have read that before lunch. But lady Maxwell had
Father Conmee read in secret Pater and Ave and crossed his
Deus in adiutorium.
He walked calmly and read mutely the nones, walking and reading till
he came to Res in Beati immaculati:
Principium verborum tuorum veritas: in eternum omnia indicia iustitiae
A flushed young man came from a gap of a hedge and after him came
a young woman with wild nodding daisies in her hand. The young man
raised his cap abruptly: the young woman abruptly bent and with slow care
detached from her light skirt a clinging twig.
Father Conmee blessed both gravely and turned a thin page of his
Principes persecuti sunt me gratis: et a verbis tuis formidavit cor meum.
Corny Kelleher closed his long daybook and glanced with his
drooping eye at a pine coffinlid sentried in a corner. He pulled himself
went to it and, spinning it on its axle, viewed its shape and brass
furnishings. Chewing his blade of hay he laid the coffinlid by and came
the doorway. There he tilted his hatbrim to give shade to his eyes
leaned against the doorcase, looking idly out.
Father John Conmee stepped into the Dollymount tram on
Corny Kelleher locked his largefooted boots and gazed, his hat
downtilted, chewing his blade of hay.
Constable 57 C, on his beat, stood to pass the time of day.
That's a fine day, Mr Kelleher.
Ay, Corny Kelleher said.
It's very close, the constable said.
Corny Kelleher sped a silent jet of hayjuice arching from his mouth
while a generous white arm from a window in Eccles street flung forth a
What's the best news? he asked.
I seen that particular party last evening, the constable said with bated
* * *
A onelegged sailor crutched himself round MacConnell's corner,
skirting Rabaiotti's icecream car, and jerked himself up Eccles street.
Towards Larry O'Rourke, in shirtsleeves in his doorway, he growled
For England ....
He swung himself violently forward past Katey and Boody Dedalus,
halted and growled:
home and beauty.
J. J. O'Molloy's white careworn face was told that Mr Lambert was
in the warehouse with a visitor.
A stout lady stopped, took a copper coin from her purse and dropped
it into the cap held out to her. The sailor grumbled thanks, glanced sourly
at the unheeding windows, sank his head and swung himself forward four
He halted and growled angrily:
For England .....
Two barefoot urchins, sucking long liquorice laces, halted near him,
gaping at his stump with their yellowslobbered mouths.
He swung himself forward in vigorous jerks, halted, lifted his head
towards a window and bayed deeply:
home and beauty.
The gay sweet chirping whistling within went on a bar or two, ceased.
The blind of the window was drawn aside. A card Unfurnished Apartments
slipped from the sash and fell. A plump bare generous arm shone, was
held forth from a white petticoatbodice and taut shiftstraps. A woman's
hand flung forth a coin over the area railings. It fell on the path.
One of the urchins ran to it, picked it up and dropped it into the
minstrel's cap, saying:
* * *
Katey and Boody Dedalus shoved in the door of the closesteaming
Did you put in the books? Boody asked.
Maggy at the range rammed down a greyish mass beneath bubbling
suds twice with her potstick and wiped her brow.
They wouldn't give anything on them, she said.
Father Conmee walked through Clongowes fields, his thinsocked
ankles tickled by stubble.
Where did you try? Boody asked.
Boody stamped her foot and threw her satchel on the table.
Bad cess to her big face! she cried.
Katey went to the range and peered with squinting eyes.
What's in the pot? she asked.
Shirts, Maggy said.
Boody cried angrily:
Crickey, is there nothing for us to eat?
Katey, lifting the kettlelid in a pad of her stained skirt, asked:
And what's in this?
A heavy fume gushed in answer.
Peasoup, Maggy said.
Where did you get it? Katey asked.
Sister Mary Patrick, Maggy said.
The lacquey rang his bell.
Boody sat down at the table and said hungrily:
Give us it here.
Maggy poured yellow thick soup from the kettle into a bowl. Katey,
sitting opposite Boody, said quietly, as her fingertip lifted to her mouth
A good job we have that much. Where's Dilly?
Gone to meet father, Maggy said.
Boody, breaking big chunks of bread into the yellow soup, added:
Our father who art not in heaven.
Maggy, pouring yellow soup in Katey's bowl, exclaimed:
Boody! For shame!
A skiff, a crumpled throwaway, Elijah is coming, rode lightly down
the Liffey, under Loopline bridge, shooting the rapids where water chafed
around the bridgepiers, sailing eastward past hulls and anchorchains,
between the Customhouse old dock and George's quay.
* * *
The blond girl in Thornton's bedded the wicker basket with rustling
fibre. Blazes Boylan handed her the bottle swathed in pink tissue paper
a small jar.
Put these in first, will you? he said.
Yes, sir, the blond girl said. And the fruit on top.
That'll do, game ball, Blazes Boylan said.
She bestowed fat pears neatly, head by tail, and among them ripe
Blazes Boylan walked here and there in new tan shoes about the
fruitsmelling shop, lifting fruits, young juicy crinkled and plump red
tomatoes, sniffing smells.
H. E. L. Y'S filed before him, tallwhitehatted, past Tangier lane,
plodding towards their goal.
He turned suddenly from a chip of strawberries, drew a gold watch
from his fob and held it at its chain's length.
Can you send them by tram? Now?
A darkbacked figure under Merchants' arch scanned books on the
Certainly, sir. Is it in the city?
O, yes, Blazes Boylan said. Ten minutes.
The blond girl handed him a docket and pencil.
Will you write the address, sir?
Blazes Boylan at the counter wrote and pushed the docket to her.
Send it at once, will you? he said. It's for an invalid.
Yes, sir. I will, sir.
Blazes Boylan rattled merry money in his trousers' pocket.
What's the damage? he asked.
The blond girl's slim fingers reckoned the fruits.
Blazes Boylan looked into the cut of her blouse. A young pullet. He
took a red carnation from the tall stemglass.
This for me? he asked gallantly.
The blond girl glanced sideways at him, got up regardless, with his tie
a bit crooked, blushing.
Yes, sir, she said.
Bending archly she reckoned again fat pears and blushing peaches.
Blazes Boylan looked in her blouse with more favour, the stalk of the
red flower between his smiling teeth.
May I say a word to your telephone, missy? he asked roguishly.
* * *
Ma! Almidano Artifoni said.
He gazed over Stephen's shoulder at Goldsmith's knobby poll.
Two carfuls of tourists passed slowly, their women sitting fore,
gripping the handrests. Palefaces. Men's arms frankly round their stunted
forms. They looked from Trinity to the blind columned porch of the bank
of Ireland where pigeons roocoocooed.
Anch'io ho avuto di queste idee, Almidano Artifoni said, quand' ero
giovine come Lei. Eppoi mi sono convinto che il mondo é una bestia. È
peccato. Perché la sua voce .... sarebbe un cespite di rendita, via. Invece,
Sacrifizio incruento, Stephen said smiling, swaying his ashplant
swingswong from its midpoint, lightly.
Speriamo, the round mustachioed face said pleasantly. Ma, dia:
me. Ci rifletta.
By the stern stone hand of Grattan, bidding halt, an Inchicore tram
unloaded straggling Highland soldiers of a band.
Ci rifletterò, Stephen said, glancing down the solid trouserleg.
Ma, sul serio, eh? Almidano Artifoni said.
His heavy hand took Stephen's firmly. Human eyes. They gazed
curiously an instant and turned quickly towards a Dalkey tram.
Eccolo, Almidano Artifoni said in friendly haste. Venga a trovarmi
pensi. Addio, caro.
Arrivederla, maestro, Stephen said, raising his hat when his
freed. E grazie.
Di che? Almidano Artifoni said. Scusi, eh? Tante belle cose!
Almidano Artifoni, holding up a baton of rolled music as a signal,
trotted on stout trousers after the Dalkey tram. In vain he trotted, signalling
in vain among the rout of barekneed gillies smuggling implements of music
through Trinity gates.
* * *
Miss Dunne hid the Capel street library copy of The Woman in White
far back in her drawer and rolled a sheet of gaudy notepaper into her
Too much mystery business in it. Is he in love with that one, Marion?
Change it and get another by Mary Cecil Haye.
The disk shot down the groove, wobbled a while, ceased and ogled
Miss Dunne clicked on the keyboard:
16 June 1904.
Five tallwhitehatted sandwichmen between Monypeny's corner and
the slab where Wolfe Tone's statue was not, eeled themselves turning
H. E. L. Y'S and plodded back as they had come.
Then she stared at the large poster of Marie Kendall, charming
soubrette, and, listlessly lolling, scribbled on the jotter sixteens and
esses. Mustard hair and dauby cheeks. She's not nicelooking, is she? The
way she's holding up her bit of a skirt. Wonder will that fellow be at
band tonight. If I could get that dressmaker to make a concertina skirt
Susy Nagle's. They kick out grand. Shannon and all the boatclub swells
never took his eyes off her. Hope to goodness he won't keep me here till
The telephone rang rudely by her ear.
Hello. Yes, sir. No, sir. Yes, sir. I'll ring them up after five. Only
two, sir, for Belfast and Liverpool. All right, sir. Then I can go after
you're not back. A quarter after. Yes, sir. Twentyseven and six. I'll tell
Yes: one, seven, six.
She scribbled three figures on an envelope.
Mr Boylan! Hello! That gentleman from Sport was in looking for
Mr Lenehan, yes. He said he'll be in the Ormond at four. No, sir. Yes,
I'll ring them up after five.
* * *
Two pink faces turned in the flare of the tiny torch.
Who's that? Ned Lambert asked. Is that Crotty?
Ringabella and Crosshaven, a voice replied groping for foothold.
Hello, Jack, is that yourself? Ned Lambert said, raising in salute his
pliant lath among the flickering arches. Come on. Mind your steps there.
The vesta in the clergyman's uplifted hand consumed itself in a long
soft flame and was let fall. At their feet its red speck died: and mouldy
closed round them.
How interesting! a refined accent said in the gloom.
Yes, sir, Ned Lambert said heartily. We are standing in the historic
council chamber of saint Mary's abbey where silken Thomas proclaimed
himself a rebel in 1534. This is the most historic spot in all Dublin.
O'Madden Burke is going to write something about it one of these days.
The old bank of Ireland was over the way till the time of the union and
original jews' temple was here too before they built their synagogue over
Adelaide road. You were never here before, Jack, were you?
He rode down through Dame walk, the refined accent said, if my
memory serves me. The mansion of the Kildares was in Thomas court.
That's right, Ned Lambert said. That's quite right, sir.
If you will be so kind then, the clergyman said, the next time to allow
Certainly, Ned Lambert said. Bring the camera whenever you like. I'll
those bags cleared away from the windows. You can take it from here or
In the still faint light he moved about, tapping with his lath the
seedbags and points of vantage on the floor.
From a long face a beard and gaze hung on a chessboard.
I'm deeply obliged, Mr Lambert, the clergyman said. I won't trespass
your valuable time....
You're welcome, sir, Ned Lambert said. Drop in whenever you like. Next
week, say. Can you see?
Yes, yes. Good afternoon, Mr Lambert. Very pleased to have met you.
Pleasure is mine, sir, Ned Lambert answered.
He followed his guest to the outlet and then whirled his lath away
among the pillars. With J. J. O'Molloy he came forth slowly into Mary's
abbey where draymen were loading floats with sacks of carob and palmnut
meal, O'Connor, Wexford.
He stood to read the card in his hand.
The reverend Hugh C. Love, Rathcoffey. Present address: Saint
Michael's, Sallins. Nice young chap he is. He's writing a book about the
Fitzgeralds he told me. He's well up in history, faith.
The young woman with slow care detached from her light skirt a
I thought you were at a new gunpowder plot, J. J. O'Molloy said.
Ned Lambert cracked his fingers in the air.
God! he cried. I forgot to tell him that one about the earl of Kildare
he set fire to Cashel cathedral. You know that one? I'm bloody sorry
I did it,
says he, but I declare to God I thought the archbishop was inside.
mightn't like it, though. What? God, I'll tell him anyhow. That was the
great earl, the Fitzgerald Mor. Hot members they were all of them, the
The horses he passed started nervously under their slack harness. He
slapped a piebald haunch quivering near him and cried:
He turned to J. J. O'Molloy and asked:
Well, Jack. What is it? What's the trouble? Wait awhile. Hold hard.
With gaping mouth and head far back he stood still and, after an
instant, sneezed loudly.
Chow! he said. Blast you!
The dust from those sacks, J. J. O'Molloy said politely.
No, Ned Lambert gasped, I caught a .... cold night before .... blast
soul ... night before last ... and there was a hell of a lot of draught
He held his handkerchief ready for the coming ...
I was .... Glasnevin this morning ... poor little ... what do you call
Chow! ... Mother of Moses!
* * *
Tom Rochford took the top disk from the pile he clasped against his
See? he said. Say it's turn six. In here, see. Turn Now On.
He slid it into the left slot for them. It shot down the groove, wobbled
a while, ceased, ogling them: six.
Lawyers of the past, haughty, pleading, beheld pass from the
consolidated taxing office to Nisi Prius court Richie Goulding carrying
costbag of Goulding, Collis and Ward and heard rustling from the
admiralty division of king's bench to the court of appeal an elderly female
with false teeth smiling incredulously and a black silk skirt of great
See? he said. See now the last one I put in is over here: Turns Over.
impact. Leverage, see?
He showed them the rising column of disks on the right.
Smart idea, Nosey Flynn said, snuffling. So a fellow coming in late can
see what turn is on and what turns are over.
See? Tom Rochford said.
He slid in a disk for himself: and watched it shoot, wobble, ogle, stop:
four. Turn Now On.
I'll see him now in the Ormond, Lenehan said, and sound him. One good
turn deserves another.
Do, Tom Rochford said. Tell him I'm Boylan with impatience.
Goodnight, M'Coy said abruptly. When you two begin
Nosey Flynn stooped towards the lever, snuffling at it.
But how does it work here, Tommy? he asked.
Tooraloo, Lenehan said. See you later.
He followed M'Coy out across the tiny square of Crampton court.
He's a hero, he said simply.
I know, M'Coy said. The drain, you mean.
Drain? Lenehan said. It was down a manhole.
They passed Dan Lowry's musichall where Marie Kendall, charming
soubrette, smiled on them from a poster a dauby smile.
Going down the path of Sycamore street beside the Empire musichall
Lenehan showed M'Coy how the whole thing was. One of those manholes
like a bloody gaspipe and there was the poor devil stuck down in it, half
choked with sewer gas. Down went Tom Rochford anyhow, booky's vest
and all, with the rope round him. And be damned but he got the rope round
the poor devil and the two were hauled up.
The act of a hero, he said.
At the Dolphin they halted to allow the ambulance car to gallop past
them for Jervis street.
This way, he said, walking to the right. I want to pop into Lynam's to
Sceptre's starting price. What's the time by your gold watch and chain?
M'Coy peered into Marcus Tertius Moses' sombre office, then at
After three, he said. Who's riding her?
O. Madden, Lenehan said. And a game filly she is.
While he waited in Temple bar M'Coy dodged a banana peel with
gentle pushes of his toe from the path to the gutter. Fellow might damn
get a nasty fall there coming along tight in the dark.
The gates of the drive opened wide to give egress to the viceregal
Even money, Lenehan said returning. I knocked against Bantam Lyons in
there going to back a bloody horse someone gave him that hasn't an
earthly. Through here.
They went up the steps and under Merchants' arch. A darkbacked
figure scanned books on the hawker's cart.
There he is, Lenehan said.
Wonder what he's buying, M'Coy said, glancing behind.
Leopoldo or the Bloom is on the Rye, Lenehan said.
He's dead nuts on sales, M'Coy said. I was with him one day and he
bought a book from an old one in Liffey street for two bob. There were
plates in it worth double the money, the stars and the moon and comets
with long tails. Astronomy it was about.
I'll tell you a damn good one about comets' tails, he said. Come over
They crossed to the metal bridge and went along Wellington quay by
Master Patrick Aloysius Dignam came out of Mangan's, late
Fehrenbach's, carrying a pound and a half of porksteaks.
There was a long spread out at Glencree reformatory, Lenehan said
eagerly. The annual dinner, you know. Boiled shirt affair. The lord mayor
was there, Val Dillon it was, and sir Charles Cameron and Dan Dawson
spoke and there was music. Bartell d'Arcy sang and Benjamin Dollard .....
I know, M'Coy broke in. My missus sang there once.
Did she? Lenehan said.
A card Unfurnished Apartments reappeared on the windowsash of
number 7 Eccles street.
He checked his tale a moment but broke out in a wheezy laugh.
But wait till I tell you, he said. Delahunt of Camden street had the
catering and yours truly was chief bottlewasher. Bloom and the wife were
there. Lashings of stuff we put up: port wine and sherry and curaçoa to
which we did ample justice. Fast and furious it was. After liquids came
solids. Cold joints galore and mince pies ....
I know, M'Coy said. The year the missus was there .....
Lenehan linked his arm warmly.
But wait till I tell you, he said. We had a midnight lunch too after
jollification and when we sallied forth it was blue o'clock the morning
the night before. Coming home it was a gorgeous winter's night on the
Featherbed Mountain. Bloom and Chris Callinan were on one side of the
car and I was with the wife on the other. We started singing glees and
Lo, the early beam of morning. She was well primed with a good load
Delahunt's port under her bellyband. Every jolt the bloody car gave I had
her bumping up against me. Hell's delights! She has a fine pair, God bless
her. Like that.
He held his caved hands a cubit from him, frowning:
I was tucking the rug under her and settling her boa all the time. Know
what I mean?
His hands moulded ample curves of air. He shut his eyes tight in
delight, his body shrinking, and blew a sweet chirp from his lips.
The lad stood to attention anyhow, he said with a sigh. She's a gamey
mare and no mistake. Bloom was pointing out all the stars and the comets
in the heavens to Chris Callinan and the jarvey: the great bear and
Hercules and the dragon, and the whole jingbang lot. But, by God, I was
lost, so to speak, in the milky way. He knows them all, faith. At last
spotted a weeny weeshy one miles away. And what star is that, Poldy?
she. By God, she had Bloom cornered. That one, is it? says Chris
sure that's only what you might call a pinprick. By God, he wasn't
of the mark.
Lenehan stopped and leaned on the riverwall, panting with soft
I'm weak, he gasped.
M'Coy's white face smiled about it at instants and grew grave.
Lenehan walked on again. He lifted his yachtingcap and scratched his
hindhead rapidly. He glanced sideways in the sunlight at M'Coy.
He's a cultured allroundman, Bloom is, he said seriously. He's not one
your common or garden ... you know ... There's a touch of the artist about
* * *
Mr Bloom turned over idly pages of The Awful Disclosures of Maria
Monk, then of Aristotle's Masterpiece. Crooked botched print.
infants cuddled in a ball in bloodred wombs like livers of slaughtered
Lots of them like that at this moment all over the world. All butting with
their skulls to get out of it. Child born every minute somewhere. Mrs
He laid both books aside and glanced at the third: Tales of the Ghetto
by Leopold von Sacher Masoch.
That I had, he said, pushing it by.
The shopman let two volumes fall on the counter.
Them are two good ones, he said.
Onions of his breath came across the counter out of his ruined
mouth. He bent to make a bundle of the other books, hugged them against
his unbuttoned waistcoat and bore them off behind the dingy curtain.
On O'Connell bridge many persons observed the grave deportment
and gay apparel of Mr Denis J Maginni, professor of dancing &c.
Mr Bloom, alone, looked at the titles. Fair Tyrants by James
Lovebirch. Know the kind that is. Had it? Yes.
He opened it. Thought so.
A woman's voice behind the dingy curtain. Listen: the man.
No: she wouldn't like that much. Got her it once.
He read the other title: Sweets of Sin. More in her line. Let us see.
He read where his finger opened.
All the dollarbills her husband gave her were spent in the stores
wondrous gowns and costliest frillies. For him! For Raoul!
Yes. This. Here. Try.
Her mouth glued on his in a luscious voluptuous kiss while his hands
for the opulent curves inside her deshabille.
Yes. Take this. The end.
You are late, he spoke hoarsely, eying her with a suspicious glare.
The beautiful woman threw off her sabletrimmed wrap, displaying her
queenly shoulders and heaving embonpoint. An imperceptible smile played
round her perfect lips as she turned to him calmly.
Mr Bloom read again: The beautiful woman....
Warmth showered gently over him, cowing his flesh. Flesh yielded
amply amid rumpled clothes: whites of eyes swooning up. His nostrils
arched themselves for prey. Melting breast ointments (for him! for Raoul!).
Armpits' oniony sweat. Fishgluey slime (her heaving embonpoint!).
Press! Chrished! Sulphur dung of lions!
An elderly female, no more young, left the building of the courts of
chancery, king's bench, exchequer and common pleas, having heard in the
lord chancellor's court the case in lunacy of Potterton, in the admiralty
division the summons, exparte motion, of the owners of the Lady Cairns
versus the owners of the barque Mona, in the court of appeal reservation
judgment in the case of Harvey versus the Ocean Accident and Guarantee
Phlegmy coughs shook the air of the bookshop, bulging out the dingy
curtains. The shopman's uncombed grey head came out and his unshaven
reddened face, coughing. He raked his throat rudely, puked phlegm on the
floor. He put his boot on what he had spat, wiping his sole along it, and
bent, showing a rawskinned crown, scantily haired.
Mr Bloom beheld it.
Mastering his troubled breath, he said:
I'll take this one.
The shopman lifted eyes bleared with old rheum.
Sweets of Sin, he said, tapping on it. That's a good one.
* * *
The lacquey by the door of Dillon's auctionrooms shook his handbell
twice again and viewed himself in the chalked mirror of the cabinet.
Dilly Dedalus, loitering by the curbstone, heard the beats of the bell,
the cries of the auctioneer within. Four and nine. Those lovely curtains.
Five shillings. Cosy curtains. Selling new at two guineas. Any advance
five shillings? Going for five shillings.
The lacquey lifted his handbell and shook it:
Bang of the lastlap bell spurred the halfmile wheelmen to their sprint.
J. A. Jackson, W. E. Wylie, A. Munro and H. T. Gahan, their stretched
necks wagging, negotiated the curve by the College library.
Mr Dedalus, tugging a long moustache, came round from Williams's
row. He halted near his daughter.
It's time for you, she said.
Stand up straight for the love of the lord Jesus, Mr Dedalus said. Are
trying to imitate your uncle John, the cornetplayer, head upon shoulder?
Dilly shrugged her shoulders. Mr Dedalus placed his hands on them and held
Stand up straight, girl, he said. You'll get curvature of the spine.
know what you look like?
He let his head sink suddenly down and forward, hunching his
shoulders and dropping his underjaw.
Give it up, father, Dilly said. All the people are looking at you.
Mr Dedalus drew himself upright and tugged again at his moustache.
Did you get any money? Dilly asked.
Where would I get money? Mr Dedalus said. There is no-one in Dublin
would lend me fourpence.
You got some, Dilly said, looking in his eyes.
How do you know that? Mr Dedalus asked, his tongue in his cheek.
Mr Kernan, pleased with the order he had booked, walked boldly
along James's street.
I know you did, Dilly answered. Were you in the Scotch house now?
I was not, then, Mr Dedalus said, smiling. Was it the little nuns taught
you to be so saucy? Here.
He handed her a shilling.
See if you can do anything with that, he said.
I suppose you got five, Dilly said. Give me more than that.
Wait awhile, Mr Dedalus said threateningly. You're like the rest of them,
are you? An insolent pack of little bitches since your poor mother died.
wait awhile. You'll all get a short shrift and a long day from me. Low
blackguardism! I'm going to get rid of you. Wouldn't care if I was stretched
out stiff. He's dead. The man upstairs is dead.
He left her and walked on. Dilly followed quickly and pulled his coat.
Well, what is it? he said, stopping.
The lacquey rang his bell behind their backs.
Curse your bloody blatant soul, Mr Dedalus cried, turning on him.
The lacquey, aware of comment, shook the lolling clapper of his bell
Mr Dedalus stared at him.
Watch him, he said. It's instructive. I wonder will he allow us to talk.
You got more than that, father, Dilly said.
I'm going to show you a little trick, Mr Dedalus said. I'll leave you
where Jesus left the jews. Look, there's all I have. I got two shillings
Jack Power and I spent twopence for a shave for the funeral.
He drew forth a handful of copper coins, nervously.
Can't you look for some money somewhere? Dilly said.
Mr Dedalus thought and nodded.
I will, he said gravely. I looked all along the gutter in O'Connell street.
I'll try this one now.
You're very funny, Dilly said, grinning.
Here, Mr Dedalus said, handing her two pennies. Get a glass of milk for
yourself and a bun or a something. I'll be home shortly.
He put the other coins in his pocket and started to walk on.
The viceregal cavalcade passed, greeted by obsequious policemen, out
I'm sure you have another shilling, Dilly said.
The lacquey banged loudly.
Mr Dedalus amid the din walked off, murmuring to himself with a
pursing mincing mouth gently:
The little nuns! Nice little things! O, sure they wouldn't do anything!
sure they wouldn't really! Is it little sister Monica!
* * *
From the sundial towards James's gate walked Mr Kernan, pleased
with the order he had booked for Pulbrook Robertson, boldly along
James's street, past Shackleton's offices. Got round him all right. How
you do, Mr Crimmins? First rate, sir. I was afraid you might be up in your
other establishment in Pimlico. How are things going? Just keeping alive.
Lovely weather we're having. Yes, indeed. Good for the country. Those
farmers are always grumbling. I'll just take a thimbleful of your best
Mr Crimmins. A small gin, sir. Yes, sir. Terrible affair that General
explosion. Terrible, terrible! A thousand casualties. And heartrending
scenes. Men trampling down women and children. Most brutal thing. What
do they say was the cause? Spontaneous combustion. Most scandalous
revelation. Not a single lifeboat would float and the firehose all burst.
I can't understand is how the inspectors ever allowed a boat like that
Now, you're talking straight, Mr Crimmins. You know why? Palm oil. Is
that a fact? Without a doubt. Well now, look at that. And America they
is the land of the free. I thought we were bad here.
I smiled at him. America, I said quietly, just like that. What
is it? The
sweepings of every country including our own. Isn't that true? That's
Graft, my dear sir. Well, of course, where there's money going there's
always someone to pick it up.
Saw him looking at my frockcoat. Dress does it. Nothing like a
dressy appearance. Bowls them over.
Hello, Simon, Father Cowley said. How are things?
Hello, Bob, old man, Mr Dedalus answered, stopping.
Mr Kernan halted and preened himself before the sloping mirror of
Peter Kennedy, hairdresser. Stylish coat, beyond a doubt. Scott of Dawson
street. Well worth the half sovereign I gave Neary for it. Never built
three guineas. Fits me down to the ground. Some Kildare street club toff
had it probably. John Mulligan, the manager of the Hibernian bank, gave
me a very sharp eye yesterday on Carlisle bridge as if he remembered me.
Aham! Must dress the character for those fellows. Knight of the road.
Gentleman. And now, Mr Crimmins, may we have the honour of your
custom again, sir. The cup that cheers but not inebriates, as the old saying
North wall and sir John Rogerson's quay, with hulls and
anchorchains, sailing westward, sailed by a skiff, a crumpled throwaway,
rocked on the ferrywash, Elijah is coming.
Mr Kernan glanced in farewell at his image. High colour, of course.
Grizzled moustache. Returned Indian officer. Bravely he bore his stumpy
body forward on spatted feet, squaring his shoulders. Is that Ned
Lambert's brother over the way, Sam? What? Yes. He's as like it as damn
No. The windscreen of that motorcar in the sun there. Just a flash like
Damn like him.
Aham! Hot spirit of juniper juice warmed his vitals and his breath.
Good drop of gin, that was. His frocktails winked in bright sunshine to
Down there Emmet was hanged, drawn and quartered. Greasy black
rope. Dogs licking the blood off the street when the lord lieutenant's
drove by in her noddy.
Bad times those were. Well, well. Over and done with. Great topers
too. Fourbottle men.
Let me see. Is he buried in saint Michan's? Or no, there was a
midnight burial in Glasnevin. Corpse brought in through a secret door in
the wall. Dignam is there now. Went out in a puff. Well, well. Better turn
down here. Make a detour.
Mr Kernan turned and walked down the slope of Watling street by
the corner of Guinness's visitors' waitingroom. Outside the Dublin
Distillers Company's stores an outside car without fare or jarvey stood,
reins knotted to the wheel. Damn dangerous thing. Some Tipperary
bosthoon endangering the lives of the citizens. Runaway horse.
Denis Breen with his tomes, weary of having waited an hour in John
Henry Menton's office, led his wife over O'Connell bridge, bound for the
office of Messrs Collis and Ward.
Mr Kernan approached Island street. Times of the troubles. Must ask
Ned Lambert to lend me those reminiscences of sir Jonah Barrington.
When you look back on it all now in a kind of retrospective arrangement.
Gaming at Daly's. No cardsharping then. One of those fellows got his hand
nailed to the table by a dagger. Somewhere here lord Edward Fitzgerald
escaped from major Sirr. Stables behind Moira house.
Damn good gin that was.
Fine dashing young nobleman. Good stock, of course. That ruffian,
that sham squire, with his violet gloves gave him away. Course they were
the wrong side. They rose in dark and evil days. Fine poem that is: Ingram.
They were gentlemen. Ben Dollard does sing that ballad touchingly.
At the siege of Ross did my father fall.
A cavalcade in easy trot along Pembroke quay passed, outriders
leaping, leaping in their, in their saddles. Frockcoats. Cream sunshades.
Mr Kernan hurried forward, blowing pursily.
His Excellency! Too bad! Just missed that by a hair. Damn it! What a
* * *
Stephen Dedalus watched through the webbed window the lapidary's
fingers prove a timedulled chain. Dust webbed the window and the
showtrays. Dust darkened the toiling fingers with their vulture nails.
slept on dull coils of bronze and silver, lozenges of cinnabar, on rubies,
leprous and winedark stones.
Born all in the dark wormy earth, cold specks of fire, evil, lights
shining in the darkness. Where fallen archangels flung the stars of their
brows. Muddy swinesnouts, hands, root and root, gripe and wrest them.
She dances in a foul gloom where gum bums with garlic. A
sailorman, rustbearded, sips from a beaker rum and eyes her. A long and
seafed silent rut. She dances, capers, wagging her sowish haunches and
hips, on her gross belly flapping a ruby egg.
Old Russell with a smeared shammy rag burnished again his gem,
turned it and held it at the point of his Moses' beard. Grandfather ape
gloating on a stolen hoard.
And you who wrest old images from the burial earth? The brainsick
words of sophists: Antisthenes. A lore of drugs. Orient and immortal wheat
standing from everlasting to everlasting.
Two old women fresh from their whiff of the briny trudged through
Irishtown along London bridge road, one with a sanded tired umbrella, one
with a midwife's bag in which eleven cockles rolled.
The whirr of flapping leathern bands and hum of dynamos from the
powerhouse urged Stephen to be on. Beingless beings. Stop! Throb always
without you and the throb always within. Your heart you sing of. I between
them. Where? Between two roaring worlds where they swirl, I. Shatter
them, one and both. But stun myself too in the blow. Shatter me you who
can. Bawd and butcher were the words. I say! Not yet awhile. A look
Yes, quite true. Very large and wonderful and keeps famous time. You
say right, sir. A Monday morning. 'Twas so, indeed.
Stephen went down Bedford row, the handle of the ash clacking
against his shoulderblade. In Clohissey's window a faded 186O print of
Heenan boxing Sayers held his eye. Staring backers with square hats stood
round the roped prizering. The heavyweights in tight loincloths proposed
gently each to other his bulbous fists. And they are throbbing: heroes'
He turned and halted by the slanted bookcart.
Twopence each, the huckster said. Four for sixpence.
Tattered pages. The Irish Beekeeper. Life and Miracles of the Cure'
Ars. Pocket Guide to Killarney.
I might find here one of my pawned schoolprizes. Stephano Dedalo,
alumno optimo, palmam ferenti.
Father Conmee, having read his little hours, walked through the
hamlet of Donnycarney, murmuring vespers.
Binding too good probably. What is this? Eighth and ninth book of
Moses. Secret of all secrets. Seal of King David. Thumbed pages: read and
read. Who has passed here before me? How to soften chapped hands.
Recipe for white wine vinegar. How to win a woman's love. For me this.
Say the following talisman three times with hands folded:
Se el yilo nebrakada femininum! Amor me solo! Sanktus! Amen.
Who wrote this? Charms and invocations of the most blessed abbot
Peter Salanka to all true believers divulged. As good as any other abbot's
charms, as mumbling Joachim's. Down, baldynoddle, or we'll wool your
What are you doing here, Stephen?
Dilly's high shoulders and shabby dress.
Shut the book quick. Don't let see.
What are you doing? Stephen said.
A Stuart face of nonesuch Charles, lank locks falling at its sides.
glowed as she crouched feeding the fire with broken boots. I told her of
Paris. Late lieabed under a quilt of old overcoats, fingering a pinchbeck
bracelet, Dan Kelly's token. Nebrakada femininum.
What have you there? Stephen asked.
I bought it from the other cart for a penny, Dilly said, laughing
nervously. Is it any good?
My eyes they say she has. Do others see me so? Quick, far and
daring. Shadow of my mind.
He took the coverless book from her hand. Chardenal's French
What did you buy that for? he asked. To learn French?
She nodded, reddening and closing tight her lips.
Show no surprise. Quite natural.
Here, Stephen said. It's all right. Mind Maggy doesn't pawn it on you.
suppose all my books are gone.
Some, Dilly said. We had to.
She is drowning. Agenbite. Save her. Agenbite. All against us. She will
drown me with her, eyes and hair. Lank coils of seaweed hair around me,
my heart, my soul. Salt green death.
Agenbite of inwit. Inwit's agenbite.
* * *
Hello, Simon, Father Cowley said. How are things?
Hello, Bob, old man, Mr Dedalus answered, stopping.
They clasped hands loudly outside Reddy and Daughter's. Father
Cowley brushed his moustache often downward with a scooping hand.
What's the best news? Mr Dedalus said.
Why then not much, Father Cowley said. I'm barricaded up, Simon, with
two men prowling around the house trying to effect an entrance.
Jolly, Mr Dedalus said. Who is it?
O, Father Cowley said. A certain gombeen man of our acquaintance.
With a broken back, is it? Mr Dedalus asked.
The same, Simon, Father Cowley answered. Reuben of that ilk. I'm just
waiting for Ben Dollard. He's going to say a word to long John to get him
to take those two men off. All I want is a little time.
He looked with vague hope up and down the quay, a big apple
bulging in his neck.
I know, Mr Dedalus said, nodding. Poor old bockedy Ben! He's always
doing a good turn for someone. Hold hard!
He put on his glasses and gazed towards the metal bridge an instant.
Here he is, by God, he said, arse and pockets.
Ben Dollard's loose blue cutaway and square hat above large slops
crossed the quay in full gait from the metal bridge. He came towards them
at an amble, scratching actively behind his coattails.
As he came near Mr Dedalus greeted:
Hold that fellow with the bad trousers.
Hold him now, Ben Dollard said.
Mr Dedalus eyed with cold wandering scorn various points of Ben
Dollard's figure. Then, turning to Father Cowley with a nod, he muttered
That's a pretty garment, isn't it, for a summer's day?
Why, God eternally curse your soul, Ben Dollard growled furiously, I
threw out more clothes in my time than you ever saw.
He stood beside them beaming, on them first and on his roomy
clothes from points of which Mr Dedalus flicked fluff, saying:
They were made for a man in his health, Ben, anyhow.
Bad luck to the jewman that made them, Ben Dollard said. Thanks be to
God he's not paid yet.
And how is that basso profondo, Benjamin? Father Cowley asked.
Cashel Boyle O'Connor Fitzmaurice Tisdall Farrell, murmuring,
glassyeyed, strode past the Kildare street club.
Ben Dollard frowned and, making suddenly a chanter's mouth, gave
forth a deep note.
Aw! he said.
That's the style, Mr Dedalus said, nodding to its drone.
What about that? Ben Dollard said. Not too dusty? What?
He turned to both.
That'll do, Father Cowley said, nodding also.
The reverend Hugh C. Love walked from the old chapterhouse of
saint Mary's abbey past James and Charles Kennedy's, rectifiers, attended
by Geraldines tall and personable, towards the Tholsel beyond the ford
Ben Dollard with a heavy list towards the shopfronts led them
forward, his joyful fingers in the air.
Come along with me to the subsheriff's office, he said. I want to show
the new beauty Rock has for a bailiff. He's a cross between Lobengula and
Lynchehaun. He's well worth seeing, mind you. Come along. I saw John
Henry Menton casually in the Bodega just now and it will cost me a fall
don't ... Wait awhile ..... We're on the right lay, Bob, believe you me.
For a few days tell him, Father Cowley said anxiously.
Ben Dollard halted and stared, his loud orifice open, a dangling
button of his coat wagging brightbacked from its thread as he wiped away
the heavy shraums that clogged his eyes to hear aright.
What few days? he boomed. Hasn't your landlord distrained for rent?
He has, Father Cowley said.
Then our friend's writ is not worth the paper it's printed on, Ben
said. The landlord has the prior claim. I gave him all the particulars.
Windsor avenue. Love is the name?
That's right, Father Cowley said. The reverend Mr Love. He's a minister
in the country somewhere. But are you sure of that?
You can tell Barabbas from me, Ben Dollard said, that he can put that
writ where Jacko put the nuts.
He led Father Cowley boldly forward, linked to his bulk.
Filberts I believe they were, Mr Dedalus said, as he dropped his glasses
his coatfront, following them.
* * *
The youngster will be all right, Martin Cunningham said, as they passed
out of the Castleyard gate.
The policeman touched his forehead.
God bless you, Martin Cunningham said, cheerily.
He signed to the waiting jarvey who chucked at the reins and set on
towards Lord Edward street.
Bronze by gold, Miss Kennedy's head by Miss Douce's head,
appeared above the crossblind of the Ormond hotel.
Yes, Martin Cunningham said, fingering his beard. I wrote to Father
Conmee and laid the whole case before him.
You could try our friend, Mr Power suggested backward.
Boyd? Martin Cunningham said shortly. Touch me not.
John Wyse Nolan, lagging behind, reading the list, came after them
quickly down Cork hill.
On the steps of the City hall Councillor Nannetti, descending, hailed
Alderman Cowley and Councillor Abraham Lyon ascending.
The castle car wheeled empty into upper Exchange street.
Look here, Martin, John Wyse Nolan said, overtaking them at the Mail
office. I see Bloom put his name down for five shillings.
Quite right, Martin Cunningham said, taking the list. And put down the
five shillings too.
Without a second word either, Mr Power said.
Strange but true, Martin Cunningham added.
John Wyse Nolan opened wide eyes.
I'll say there is much kindness in the jew, he quoted, elegantly.
They went down Parliament street.
There's Jimmy Henry, Mr Power said, just heading for Kavanagh's.
Righto, Martin Cunningham said. Here goes.
Outside la maison Claire Blazes Boylan waylaid Jack Mooney's
brother-in-law, humpy, tight, making for the liberties.
John Wyse Nolan fell back with Mr Power, while Martin
Cunningham took the elbow of a dapper little man in a shower of hail suit,
who walked uncertainly, with hasty steps past Micky Anderson's watches.
The assistant town clerk's corns are giving him some trouble, John
Nolan told Mr Power.
They followed round the corner towards James Kavanagh's
winerooms. The empty castle car fronted them at rest in Essex gate. Martin
Cunningham, speaking always, showed often the list at which Jimmy Henry
did not glance.
And long John Fanning is here too, John Wyse Nolan said, as large as
The tall form of long John Fanning filled the doorway where he
Good day, Mr Subsheriff, Martin Cunningham said, as all halted and
Long John Fanning made no way for them. He removed his large
Henry Clay decisively and his large fierce eyes scowled intelligently over
Are the conscript fathers pursuing their peaceful deliberations? he said
with rich acrid utterance to the assistant town clerk.
Hell open to christians they were having, Jimmy Henry said pettishly,
about their damned Irish language. Where was the marshal, he wanted to
know, to keep order in the council chamber. And old Barlow the
macebearer laid up with asthma, no mace on the table, nothing in order,
quorum even, and Hutchinson, the lord mayor, in Llandudno and little
Lorcan Sherlock doing locum tenens for him. Damned Irish language,
language of our forefathers.
Long John Fanning blew a plume of smoke from his lips.
Martin Cunningham spoke by turns, twirling the peak of his beard, to
the assistant town clerk and the subsheriff, while John Wyse Nolan held
What Dignam was that? long John Fanning asked.
Jimmy Henry made a grimace and lifted his left foot.
O, my corns! he said plaintively. Come upstairs for goodness' sake till
sit down somewhere. Uff! Ooo! Mind!
Testily he made room for himself beside long John Fanning's flank
and passed in and up the stairs.
Come on up, Martin Cunningham said to the subsheriff. I don't think
you knew him or perhaps you did, though.
With John Wyse Nolan Mr Power followed them in.
Decent little soul he was, Mr Power said to the stalwart back of long
Fanning ascending towards long John Fanning in the mirror.
Rather lowsized. Dignam of Menton's office that was, Martin
Long John Fanning could not remember him.
Clatter of horsehoofs sounded from the air.
What's that? Martin Cunningham said.
All turned where they stood. John Wyse Nolan came down again.
From the cool shadow of the doorway he saw the horses pass Parliament
street, harness and glossy pasterns in sunlight shimmering. Gaily they
past before his cool unfriendly eyes, not quickly. In saddles of the leaders,
leaping leaders, rode outriders.
What was it? Martin Cunningham asked, as they went on up the
The lord lieutenantgeneral and general governor of Ireland, John Wyse
Nolan answered from the stairfoot.
* * *
As they trod across the thick carpet Buck Mulligan whispered behind
his Panama to Haines:
Parnell's brother. There in the corner.
They chose a small table near the window, opposite a longfaced man
whose beard and gaze hung intently down on a chessboard.
Is that he? Haines asked, twisting round in his seat.
Yes, Mulligan said. That's John Howard, his brother, our city marshal.
John Howard Parnell translated a white bishop quietly and his grey
claw went up again to his forehead whereat it rested. An instant after,
its screen, his eyes looked quickly, ghostbright, at his foe and fell once
upon a working corner.
I'll take a mélange, Haines said to the waitress.
Two mélanges, Buck Mulligan said. And bring us some scones and
and some cakes as well.
When she had gone he said, laughing:
We call it D. B. C. because they have damn bad cakes. O, but you missed
Dedalus on Hamlet.
Haines opened his newbought book.
I'm sorry, he said. Shakespeare is the happy huntingground of all minds
that have lost their balance.
The onelegged sailor growled at the area of 14 Nelson street:
England expects .....
Buck Mulligan's primrose waistcoat shook gaily to his laughter.
You should see him, he said, when his body loses its balance. Wandering
Aengus I call him.
I am sure he has an idée fixe, Haines said, pinching his chin
with thumb and forefinger. Now I am speculating what it would be likely
be. Such persons always have.
Buck Mulligan bent across the table gravely.
They drove his wits astray, he said, by visions of hell. He will never
capture the Attic note. The note of Swinburne, of all poets, the white
and the ruddy birth. That is his tragedy. He can never be a poet. The joy
Eternal punishment, Haines said, nodding curtly. I see. I tackled
morning on belief. There was something on his mind, I saw. It's rather
interesting because professor Pokorny of Vienna makes an interesting point
out of that.
Buck Mulligan's watchful eyes saw the waitress come. He helped her to unload
He can find no trace of hell in ancient Irish myth, Haines said, amid
cheerful cups. The moral idea seems lacking, the sense of destiny, of
retribution. Rather strange he should have just that fixed idea. Does he
write anything for your movement?
He sank two lumps of sugar deftly longwise through the whipped
cream. Buck Mulligan slit a steaming scone in two and plastered butter
its smoking pith. He bit off a soft piece hungrily.
Ten years, he said, chewing and laughing. He is going to write something
in ten years.
Seems a long way off, Haines said, thoughtfully lifting his spoon. Still,
shouldn't wonder if he did after all.
He tasted a spoonful from the creamy cone of his cup.
This is real Irish cream I take it, he said with forbearance. I don't
be imposed on.
Elijah, skiff, light crumpled throwaway, sailed eastward by flanks of
ships and trawlers, amid an archipelago of corks, beyond new Wapping
street past Benson's ferry, and by the threemasted schooner Rosevean
Bridgwater with bricks.
* * *
Almidano Artifoni walked past Holles street, past Sewell's yard.
Behind him Cashel Boyle O'Connor Fitzmaurice Tisdall Farrell, with
stickumbrelladustcoat dangling, shunned the lamp before Mr Law Smith's
house and, crossing, walked along Merrion square. Distantly behind him
blind stripling tapped his way by the wall of College park.
Cashel Boyle O'Connor Fitzmaurice Tisdall Farrell walked as far as
Mr Lewis Werner's cheerful windows, then turned and strode back along
Merrion square, his stickumbrelladustcoat dangling.
At the corner of Wilde's house he halted, frowned at Elijah's name
announced on the Metropolitan hall, frowned at the distant pleasance of
duke's lawn. His eyeglass flashed frowning in the sun. With ratsteeth bared
He strode on for Clare street, grinding his fierce word.
As he strode past Mr Bloom's dental windows the sway of his
dustcoat brushed rudely from its angle a slender tapping cane and swept
onwards, having buffeted a thewless body. The blind stripling turned his
sickly face after the striding form.
God's curse on you, he said sourly, whoever you are! You're blinder
I am, you bitch's bastard!
* * *
Opposite Ruggy O'Donohoe's Master Patrick Aloysius Dignam,
pawing the pound and a half of Mangan's, late Fehrenbach's, porksteaks
had been sent for, went along warm Wicklow street dawdling. It was too
blooming dull sitting in the parlour with Mrs Stoer and Mrs Quigley and
Mrs MacDowell and the blind down and they all at their sniffles and
sipping sups of the superior tawny sherry uncle Barney brought from
Tunney's. And they eating crumbs of the cottage fruitcake, jawing the
whole blooming time and sighing.
After Wicklow lane the window of Madame Doyle, courtdress
milliner, stopped him. He stood looking in at the two puckers stripped
their pelts and putting up their props. From the sidemirrors two mourning
Masters Dignam gaped silently. Myler Keogh, Dublin's pet lamb, will meet
sergeantmajor Bennett, the Portobello bruiser, for a purse of fifty
sovereigns. Gob, that'd be a good pucking match to see. Myler Keogh,
that's the chap sparring out to him with the green sash. Two bar entrance,
soldiers half price. I could easy do a bunk on ma. Master Dignam on his
turned as he turned. That's me in mourning. When is it? May the
twentysecond. Sure, the blooming thing is all over. He turned to the right
and on his right Master Dignam turned, his cap awry, his collar sticking
Buttoning it down, his chin lifted, he saw the image of Marie Kendall,
charming soubrette, beside the two puckers. One of them mots that do be
the packets of fags Stoer smokes that his old fellow welted hell out of
for one time he found out.
Master Dignam got his collar down and dawdled on. The best pucker
going for strength was Fitzsimons. One puck in the wind from that fellow
would knock you into the middle of next week, man. But the best pucker
for science was Jem Corbet before Fitzsimons knocked the stuffings out
him, dodging and all.
In Grafton street Master Dignam saw a red flower in a toff's mouth
and a swell pair of kicks on him and he listening to what the drunk was
telling him and grinning all the time.
No Sandymount tram.
Master Dignam walked along Nassau street, shifted the porksteaks to
his other hand. His collar sprang up again and he tugged it down. The
blooming stud was too small for the buttonhole of the shirt, blooming end
to it. He met schoolboys with satchels. I'm not going tomorrow either,
away till Monday. He met other schoolboys. Do they notice I'm in
mourning? Uncle Barney said he'd get it into the paper tonight. Then
they'll all see it in the paper and read my name printed and pa's name.
His face got all grey instead of being red like it was and there was
fly walking over it up to his eye. The scrunch that was when they were
screwing the screws into the coffin: and the bumps when they were bringing
Pa was inside it and ma crying in the parlour and uncle Barney telling
the men how to get it round the bend. A big coffin it was, and high and
heavylooking. How was that? The last night pa was boosed he was standing
on the landing there bawling out for his boots to go out to Tunney's for
boose more and he looked butty and short in his shirt. Never see him again.
Death, that is. Pa is dead. My father is dead. He told me to be a good
ma. I couldn't hear the other things he said but I saw his tongue and his
teeth trying to say it better. Poor pa. That was Mr Dignam, my father.
hope he's in purgatory now because he went to confession to Father
Conroy on Saturday night.
* * *
William Humble, earl of Dudley, and lady Dudley, accompanied by
lieutenantcolonel Heseltine, drove out after luncheon from the viceregal
lodge. In the following carriage were the honourable Mrs Paget, Miss de
Courcy and the honourable Gerald Ward A. D. C. in attendance.
The cavalcade passed out by the lower gate of Phoenix park saluted
by obsequious policemen and proceeded past Kingsbridge along the
northern quays. The viceroy was most cordially greeted on his way through
the metropolis. At Bloody bridge Mr Thomas Kernan beyond the river
greeted him vainly from afar Between Queen's and Whitworth bridges lord
Dudley's viceregal carriages passed and were unsaluted by Mr Dudley
White, B. L., M. A., who stood on Arran quay outside Mrs M. E. White's,
the pawnbroker's, at the corner of Arran street west stroking his nose
his forefinger, undecided whether he should arrive at Phibsborough more
quickly by a triple change of tram or by hailing a car or on foot through
Smithfield, Constitution hill and Broadstone terminus. In the porch of
Courts Richie Goulding with the costbag of Goulding, Collis and Ward saw
him with surprise. Past Richmond bridge at the doorstep of the office of
Reuben J Dodd, solicitor, agent for the Patriotic Insurance Company, an
elderly female about to enter changed her plan and retracing her steps
King's windows smiled credulously on the representative of His Majesty.
From its sluice in Wood quay wall under Tom Devan's office Poddle river
hung out in fealty a tongue of liquid sewage. Above the crossblind of the
Ormond hotel, gold by bronze, Miss Kennedy's head by Miss Douce's head
watched and admired. On Ormond quay Mr Simon Dedalus, steering his
way from the greenhouse for the subsheriff's office, stood still in midstreet
and brought his hat low. His Excellency graciously returned Mr Dedalus'
greeting. From Cahill's corner the reverend Hugh C. Love, M. A., made
obeisance unperceived, mindful of lords deputies whose hands benignant
had held of yore rich advowsons. On Grattan bridge Lenehan and M'Coy,
taking leave of each other, watched the carriages go by. Passing by Roger
Greene's office and Dollard's big red printinghouse Gerty MacDowell,
carrying the Catesby's cork lino letters for her father who was laid up,
knew by the style it was the lord and lady lieutenant but she couldn't
what Her Excellency had on because the tram and Spring's big yellow
furniture van had to stop in front of her on account of its being the lord
lieutenant. Beyond Lundy Foot's from the shaded door of Kavanagh's
winerooms John Wyse Nolan smiled with unseen coldness towards the lord
lieutenantgeneral and general governor of Ireland. The Right Honourable
William Humble, earl of Dudley, G. C. V. O., passed Micky Anderson's
alltimesticking watches and Henry and James's wax smartsuited
freshcheeked models, the gentleman Henry, dernier cri James. Over
Dame gate Tom Rochford and Nosey Flynn watched the approach of the
cavalcade. Tom Rochford, seeing the eyes of lady Dudley fixed on him,
took his thumbs quickly out of the pockets of his claret waistcoat and
doffed his cap to her. A charming soubrette, great Marie Kendall, with
dauby cheeks and lifted skirt smiled daubily from her poster upon William
Humble, earl of Dudley, and upon lieutenantcolonel H. G. Heseltine, and
also upon the honourable Gerald Ward A. D. C. From the window of the
D. B. C. Buck Mulligan gaily, and Haines gravely, gazed down on the
viceregal equipage over the shoulders of eager guests, whose mass of forms
darkened the chessboard whereon John Howard Parnell looked intently. In
Fownes's street Dilly Dedalus, straining her sight upward from
Chardenal's first French primer, saw sunshades spanned and wheelspokes
spinning in the glare. John Henry Menton, filling the doorway of
Commercial Buildings, stared from winebig oyster eyes, holding a fat gold
hunter watch not looked at in his fat left hand not feeling it. Where the
foreleg of King Billy's horse pawed the air Mrs Breen plucked her
hastening husband back from under the hoofs of the outriders. She shouted
in his ear the tidings. Understanding, he shifted his tomes to his left
and saluted the second carriage. The honourable Gerald Ward A. D. C.,
agreeably surprised, made haste to reply. At Ponsonby's corner a jaded
white flagon H. halted and four tallhatted white flagons halted behind
E. L. Y'S, while outriders pranced past and carriages. Opposite Pigott's
music warerooms Mr Denis J Maginni, professor of dancing &c, gaily
apparelled, gravely walked, outpassed by a viceroy and unobserved. By the
provost's wall came jauntily Blazes Boylan, stepping in tan shoes and socks
with skyblue clocks to the refrain of My girl's a Yorkshire girl.
Boylan presented to the leaders' skyblue frontlets and high action a skyblue
tie, a widebrimmed straw hat at a rakish angle and a suit of indigo serge.
His hands in his jacket pockets forgot to salute but he offered to the
ladies the bold admiration of his eyes and the red flower between his lips.
they drove along Nassau street His Excellency drew the attention of his
bowing consort to the programme of music which was being discoursed in
College park. Unseen brazen highland laddies blared and drumthumped
after the cortege:
Thither of the wall the quartermile flat handicappers, M. C. Green,
Shrift, T. M. Patey, C. Scaife, J. B. Jeffs, G. N. Morphy, F. Stevenson,
Adderly and W. C. Huggard, started in pursuit. Striding past Finn's hotel
Cashel Boyle O'Connor Fitzmaurice Tisdall Farrell stared through a fierce
eyeglass across the carriages at the head of Mr M. E. Solomons in the
window of the Austro-Hungarian viceconsulate. Deep in Leinster street by
Trinity's postern a loyal king's man, Hornblower, touched his tallyho cap.
As the glossy horses pranced by Merrion square Master Patrick Aloysius
Dignam, waiting, saw salutes being given to the gent with the topper and
raised also his new black cap with fingers greased by porksteak paper.
collar too sprang up. The viceroy, on his way to inaugurate the Mirus
bazaar in aid of funds for Mercer's hospital, drove with his following
towards Lower Mount street. He passed a blind stripling opposite
Broadbent's. In Lower Mount street a pedestrian in a brown macintosh,
eating dry bread, passed swiftly and unscathed across the viceroy's path.
the Royal Canal bridge, from his hoarding, Mr Eugene Stratton, his blub
lips agrin, bade all comers welcome to Pembroke township. At Haddington
road corner two sanded women halted themselves, an umbrella and a bag in
which eleven cockles rolled to view with wonder the lord mayor and lady
mayoress without his golden chain. On Northumberland and Lansdowne
roads His Excellency acknowledged punctually salutes from rare male
walkers, the salute of two small schoolboys at the garden gate of the house
said to have been admired by the late queen when visiting the Irish capital
with her husband, the prince consort, in 1849 and the salute of Almidano
Artifoni's sturdy trousers swallowed by a closing door.