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                                Your funeral’s tomorrow
                                While you’re coming through the rye.
                                Diddlediddle dumdum

        Sad to lose the old friends, Mrs Breen’s womaneyes said melancholily.
       Now that’s quite enough about that. Just quietly : husband.
        And your lord and master?
       Mrs Breen turned up her two large eyes. Hasn’t lost them anyhow.
        O, don’t be talking, she said. He’s a caution to rattlesnakes. He’s
in there now with his lawbooks finding out the law of libel. He has me
heartscalded. Wait till I show you.
       Hot mockturtle vapour and steam of newbaked jampuffs rolypoly poured
out from Harrison’s. The heavy noonreek tickled the top of Mr Bloom’s gullet.
Want to make good pastry, butter, best flour, Demerara sugar, or they’d
taste it with the hot tea. Or is it from her? A barefoot arab stood over the
grating, breathing in the fumes. Deaden the gnaw of hunger that way.
Pleasure or pain is it? Penny dinner. Knife and fork chained to the table.
       Opening her handbag, chipped leather hatpin : ought to have a guard on
those things. Stick it in a chap’s eye in the tram. Rummaging. Open.
Money. Please take one. Devils if they lose sixpence. Raise Cain. Husband
barging. Where’s the ten shillings I gave you on Monday? Ave you feeding
your little brother’s family? Soiled handkerchief : medicinebottle. Pastile
that was fell. What is she?...
        There must be a new moon out, she said. He’s always bad then. Do
you know what he did last night?
       Her hand ceased to rummage. Her eyes fixed themselves on him wide in
alarm, yet smiling.
        What? Mr Bloom asked.
       Let her speak. Look straight in her eyes. I believe you. Trust me.
        Woke me up in the night, she said. Dream he had, a nightmare.
        Said the ace of spades was walking up the stairs.
        The ace of spades! Mr Bloom said.
       She took a folded postcard from her handbag.
        Read that, she said. He got it this morning.
        What is it? Mr Bloom asked, taking the card. U.P.?