"- Ay, Blazes, says Alf. He let out that Myler was on the beer to run up the odds and he swatting all the time.
- We know him, says the citizen. The traitor's son. We know what put English gold in his pocket.
- rue for you, says Joe.
And Bloom cuts in again about lawn tennis and the circulation of the blood, asking Alf:
- Now, don't you think, Bergan?
- Myler dusted the floor with him, says Alf. Heenan and Sayers was only a bloody fool to it. Handed him the father and mother of a beating. See the little kipper not up to his navel and the big fellow swiping. God, he gave him one last puck in the wind. Queensberry rules and all, made him puke what he never ate." (U12.947)
The Queensberry rules are a code of popular boxing rules, written by John Graham Chambers in 1865, and published in 1867. They were so named because the 9th Marquess of Queensberry publicly endorsed them. They include: 1. the size of the boxing ring 24-foot, or as near that size as practicable, 2. No wrestling or hugging allowed, 3. the rounds to be of 3 minutes duration, and 1 minute between rounds, 4. if either man falls through weakness or otherwise, he must get up unassisted, 10 seconds allowed him to do so etc. Though modified over time, the rules have paved the way for modern boxing.
"The Englishman, whose right eye was nearly closed, took his corner where he was liberally drenched with water and, when the bell went, came on gamey and brimful of pluck, confident of knocking out the fistic Eblanite in jigtime. It was a fight to a finish and the best man for it." (U12.974)
"Dirty Dan the dodger's son off Island bridge that sold the same horses twice over to the government to fight the Boers. Old Whatwhat. I called about the poor and water rate, Mr Boylan. You what? The water rate, Mr Boylan. You whatwhat? That's the bucko that'll organise her, take my tip. 'Twixt me and you Caddereesh." (U12.998)
"Pride of Calpe's rocky mount, the ravenhaired daughter of Tweedy. There grew she to peerless beauty where loquat and almond scent the air. The gardens of Alameda knew her step: the garths of olives knew and bowed. The chaste spouse of Leopold is she: Marion of the bountiful bosoms." (U12.1003)
"Pawning his gold watch in Cummins of Francis street where no-one would know him in the private office when I was there with Pisser releasing his boots out of the pop." (U12.1026)
"What's your name, sir? Dunne, says he. Ay, and done says I. Gob, ye'll come home by weeping cross one of those days, I'm thinking." (U12.1028)
"- How half and half? says Bloom. Do you mean he...
- Half and half I mean, says the citizen. A fellow that's neither fish nor flesh.
- Nor good red herring, says Joe.
- That what's I mean, says the citizen. A pishogue, if you know what that is." (U12.1055)
"Picture of him on the wall with his Smashall Sweeney's moustaches, the signior Brini from Summerhill, the eyetallyano, papal Zouave to the Holy Father, has left the quay and gone to Moss street. And who was he, tell us? A nobody, two pair back and passages, at seven shillings a week," (U12.1065)
The original 'Zouaves' were an infantry corps in the French army, created in Algeria in 1831, and formally recognised by a Royal decree in 1833. Their uniform was an 'oriental' dress with a fez, braided blue jackets with waistcoats, and voluminous red trousers. The name 'zouave' was later used for armies that imitated their attire.
The Papal Zouaves ('Zuavi Pontifici') were a volunteer unit formed in 1860 by Lamoricière (shown here) to help protect the papal states, during Pope Pius IX's struggle against the Italian Risorgimento. They had to be young men, unmarried and Roman Catholic. They were of diverse origins, the Dutch being the largest group. They were disbanded in 1870.
The papal zouave uniform was grey with red trim, and did not include breastplates.
"and he covered with all kinds of breastplates bidding defiance to the world." (U12.1069)
Breastplates, on the other hand, are part of the uniform of the Swiss Guards, a corps of papal bodyguards. Swiss Guards have to be Swiss, 19-30 year old, over 174cm (5'8) tall, unmarried, and Roman Catholic of irreproachable character. They complete rigorous entrance requirements and Swiss army training. The papal Swiss Guard tradition was instituted in the 1500s, making it the oldest, continually active military corps in history. In view of the citizenship requirement, signior Brini could not have been a Swiss Guard.
"One of the bottlenosed fraternity it was went by the name of James Wought alias Saphiro alias Spark and Spiro, put an ad in the papers saying he'd give a passage to Canada for twenty bob. What? Do you see any green in the white of my eye? Course it was a bloody barney. What? Swindled them all, skivvies and badhachs from the county Meath, ay, and his own kidney too. J. J. was telling us there was an ancient Hebrew Zaretsky or something weeping in the witnessbox with his hat on him, swearing by the holy Moses he was stuck for two quid." (U12.1086)
"- Who tried the case? says Joe.
- Recorder, says Ned.
- Poor old sir Frederick, says Alf, you can cod him up to the two eyes.
- Heart as big as a lion, says Ned. Tell him a tale of woe about arrears of rent and a sick wife and a squad of kids and, faith, he'll dissolve in tears on the bench." (U12.1094)
"- Ay, says Alf. Reuben J was bloody lucky he didn't clap him in the dock the other day for suing poor little Gumley that's minding stones, for the corporation there near Butt bridge." (U12.1100)
"And he starts taking off the old recorder letting on to cry:
- A most scandalous thing! This poor hardworking man! How many children? Ten, did you say?
- Yes, your worship. And my wife has the typhoid.
- And a wife with typhoid fever! Scandalous! Leave the court immediately, sir. No, sir, I'll make no order for payment. How dare you, sir, come up before me and ask me to make an order! A poor hardworking industrious man! I dismiss the case." (U12.1103)