What parallel courses did Bloom and Stephen follow returning?
Starting united both at normal walking pace from Beresford Place they
followed in the order named Lower and Middle Gardiner streets and Mountjoy
square, west : then, at reduced pace, each bearing left, Gardiner’s place by an
inadvertance as far as the farther corner of Temple street, north : then at
reduced pace with interruptions of halt, bearing right, Temple street, north,
as far as Hardwicke place. Approaching, disparate, at relaxed walking pace they
crossed both the circus before George’s church diametrically, the chord in
any circle being less than the arc which it subtends.
Of what did the duumvirate deliberate during their itinerary?
Music, literature, Ireland, Dublin, Paris, friendship, woman, prostitution,
diet, the influence of gaslight or the light of arc and glowlamps on the growth
of adjoining paraheliotropic trees, exposed corporation emergency dustbuckets,
the Roman catholic church, ecclesiastical celibacy, the Irish nation, jesuit
education, careers, the study of medicine, the past day, the maleficent
influence of the presabbath, Stephen’s collapse.
Did Bloom discover common factors of similarity between their respective
like and unlike reactions to experience?
Both were sensitive to artistic impressions musical in preference to plastic
or pictorial. Both preferred a continental to an insular manner of life, a
cisatlantic to a transatlantic place of residence. Both indurated by early domestic
training and an inherited tenacity of heterodox resistance professed their disbelief
in many orthodox religions, national, social and ethical doctrines. Both
admitted the alternately stimulating and obtunding influence of heterosexual