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       With what modifications did the narrator reply to this interrogation?
       Negative : he omitted to mention the clandestine correspondence between
Martha Clifford and Henry Flower, the public altercation at, in and in the
vicinity of the licensed premises of Bernard Kiernan and C°, Limited, 8, 9 and
10 Little Britain street, the erotic provocation and response thereto caused by
the exhibitionism of Gertrude (Gerty), surname unknown. Positive : he
included mention of a performance by Mrs Bandmann Palmer of Leah at the
Gaiety Theatre, 46, 47, 48, 49 South King street, an invitation to supper at
Wynn’s (Murphy’s) Hotel, 35, 36, and 37 Lower Abbey street, a volume of
peccaminous pornographical tendency entituled Sweets of Sin, anonymous,
author a gentleman of fashion, a temporary concussion caused by a falsely
calculated movement in the course of postcenal gymnastic display, the victim
(since completely recovered) being Stephen Dedalus, professor and author,
eldest surviving son of Simon Dedalus, of no fixed occupation, an aeronautical
feat executed by him (narrator) in the presence of a witness, the professor and
author aforesaid, with promptitude of decision and gymnastic flexibility.

       Was the narration otherwise unaltered by modifications?
       Absolutely.

       Which event or person emerged as the salient point of his narration?
       Stephen Dedalus, professor and author.

       What limitations of activity and inhibitions of conjugal rights were
perceived by listener and narrator concerning themselves during the course of
this intermittent and increasingly more laconic narration?
       By the listener a limitation of fertility inasmuch as marriage had been
celebrated 2 calendar months after the 18th anniversary of her birth (8
September 1870), viz. 8 October, and consummated on the same date with
female issue born 15 June 1889, having been anticipatorily consummated on
the 10 September of the same year and complete carnal intercourse, with
ejaculation of semen within the natural female organ, having last taken place
5 weeks previous, viz. 27 November 1893, to the birth on 29 December 1893
of second (and only male) issue, deceased 9 January 1895, aged 11 days, there
remained a period of 10 years, 5 months and 18 days during which carnal
intercourse had been incomplete, without ejaculation of semen within the
natural female organ. By the narrator a limitation of activity, mental and