"Howth a while ago amethyst. Glass flashing. That's how that wise man what's his name with the burning glass. Then the heather goes on fire. It can't be tourists' matches. What? Perhaps the sticks dry rub together in the wind and light. Or broken bottles in the furze act as a burning glass in the sun." (U13.1137)
"Archimedes. I have it! My memory's not so bad." (U13.1142)
"Ba. Who knows what they're always flying for. Insects? That bee last week got into the room playing with his shadow on the ceiling. Might be the one bit me, come back to see. Birds too. Never find out. Or what they say. Like our small talk. And says she and says he. Nerve they have to fly over the ocean and back. Lots must be killed in storms, telegraph wires." (U13.1143)
"Dreadful life sailors have too. Big brutes of oceangoing steamers floundering along in the dark, lowing out like seacows. Faugh a ballagh! Out of that, bloody curse to you!" (U13.1150)
"Others in vessels, bit of a handkerchief sail, pitched about like snuff at a wake when the stormy winds do blow. Married too." (U13.1150)
"Sometimes away for years at the ends of the earth somewhere. No ends really because it's round. Wife in every port they say. She has a good job if she minds it till Johnny comes marching home again. If ever he does. Smelling the tail end of ports. How can they like the sea? Yet they do. The anchor's weighed. Off he sails with a scapular or a medal on him for luck. Well. And the tephilim no what's this they call it poor papa's father had on his door to touch. That brought us out of the land of Egypt and into the house of bondage." (U13.1152)
"Something in all those superstitions because when you go out never know what dangers. Hanging on to a plank" (U13.1159)"
"or astride of a beam for grim life, lifebelt round him, gulping salt water, and that's the last of his nibs till the sharks catch hold of him." (U13.1160)
The Linati scheme for Nausicaa includes the correspondences Phaeacia - Star of the Sea; Gerty - Nausicaa. Nausicaa is the daughter of Alcinous, the King of Phaecia; she is the first to meet Ulysses when he reaches their shores. This engraving (1886) shows Ulysses hanging on to a plank, shipwrecked on the coast of Phaecia.
"Do fish ever get seasick?
Then you have a beautiful calm without a cloud, smooth sea, placid, crew and cargo in smithereens, Davy Jones' locker, moon looking down so peaceful. Not my fault, old cockalorum." (U12.1162)
"A lost long candle wandered up the sky from Mirus bazaar in search of funds for Mercer's hospital and broke, drooping, and shed a cluster of violet but one white stars. They floated, fell: they faded. The shepherd's hour: the hour of folding: hour of tryst." (U13.1166)
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"From house to house, giving his everwelcome double knock, went the nine o'clock postman, the glowworm's lamp at his belt gleaming here and there through the laurel hedges. And among the five young trees a hoisted lintstock lit the lamp at Leahy's terrace." (U13.1169)
"By screens of lighted windows, by equal gardens a shrill voice went crying, wailing: Evening Telegraph, stop press edition! Result of the Gold Cup races! and from the door of Dignam's house a boy ran out and called. Twittering the bat flew here, flew there. Far out over the sands the coming surf crept, grey." (U13.1173)
"Howth settled for slumber, tired of long days, of yumyum rhododendrons (he was old) and felt gladly the night breeze lift, ruffle his fell of ferns. He lay but opened a red eye unsleeping, deep and slowly breathing, slumberous but awake. And far on Kish bank the anchored lightship twinkled, winked at Mr Bloom." (U13.1177).
"Life those chaps out there must have, stuck in the same spot. Irish Lights board. Penance for their sins. Coastguards too. Rocket and breeches buoy and lifeboat. Day we went out for the pleasure cruise in the Erin's King, throwing them the sack of old papers." (U13.1182)
"Bears in the zoo." (U13.1185)
Dublin Zoo (located in Phoenix Park, and initially called the Zoological Gardens), opened on September 1st 1831 under the auspices of the Zoological Society of Dublin (founded in 1830 for that purpose). It is the third oldest zoo in the world, after London and Paris. The original animals, 46 mammals and 72 birds, were donated by the London Zoo. In this period ad, we see the Zoo's opening hours as well as the entrance fees. The zoo was proud of its lions; one of them went on to become a roaring lion in the MGM movie credits.
"Bears in the zoo. Filthy trip." (U13.1185)