He walked on past Bolton’s Westmoreland house. Tea. Tea. Tea. I forgot
to tap Tom Kernan.
Sss.Dth, dth, dth! Three days imagine groaning on a bed with a vinegared
handkerchief round her forehead, her belly swollen out! Phew! Dreadful
simply! Child’s head too big : forceps. Doubled up inside her trying to butt its
way out blindly, groping for the way out. Kill me that would. Lucky Molly
got over hers lightly. They ought to invent something to stop that. Life with
hard labour. Twilightsleep idea : queen Victoria was given that. Nine she
had. A good layer. Old woman that lived in a shoe she had so many children.
Suppose he was consumptive. Time someone thought about it instead of
gassing about the what was it the pensive bosom of the silver effulgence.
Flapdoodle to feed fools on. They could easily have big establishments. Whole
thing quite painless out of all the taxes give every child born five quid at
compound interest up to twentyone, five per cent is a hundred shillings
and five tiresome pounds, multiply by twenty decimal system, encourage people
to put by money save hundred and ten and a bit twentyone years want to
work it out on paper come to a tidy sum, more than you think.
Not stillborn of course. They are not even registered. Trouble for nothing.
Funny sight two of them together, their bellies out. Molly and Mrs
Moisel. Mothers’ meeting. Phthisis retires for the time being, then returns.
How flat they look after all of a sudden! Peaceful eyes. Weight off their minds.
Old Mrs Thornton was a jolly old soul. All my babies, she said. The spoon
of pap in her mouth before she fed them. O, that’s nyumyum. Got her hand
crushed by old Tom Wall’s son. His first bow to the public. Head like a
prize pumpkin. Snuffy Dr Murren. People knocking them up at all hours. For
God’sake doctor. Wife In her throes. Then keep them waiting months for
their fee. To attendance on your wife. No gratitude in people. Humane
doctors, most of them.
Before the huge high door of the Irish house of parliament a flock of
pigeons flew. Their little frolic after meals. Who will we do it on? I pick the
fellow in black. Here goes. Here’s good luck. Must be thrilling from the air.
Apjohn, myself and Owen Goldberg up in the trees near Goose green playing
the monkeys. Mackerel they called me.
A squad of constables debouched from College street, marching in Indian
file. Goose step. Foodheated faces, sweating helmets, patting their truncheons.
After their feed with a good load of fat soup under their belts. Policeman’s lot
is oft a happy one. They split up into groups and scattered, saluting towards