"He shows all that he is wearing green socks.
You deserve it, your honour." (U15.1521)
The shamrock (and by extension the color green) was the emblem of the Irish Volunteers in the era of Grattan's Parliament in the 18c., and became an emblem of rebellion in the 19c. It was usually worn in the hat. Queen Victoria forbid such displays by members of her regiments. 'The Wearing of the Green' became a symbol of support for Irish independence. The song by this title is an anonymous street ballad dating to 1798, often attributed to Dion Boucicault (1822 - 1890) who published it. Bloom is showing his green socks to confirm that he is a worthy successor to Parnell. Ironically, Parnell hated the color green.
On this day twenty years ago we overcame the hereditary enemy at Ladysmith." (U15.1524)
The Siege of Ladysmith (South Africa) was a protracted engagement in the Second Boer War between the British who held Ladysmith (Commanders George Stuart White and Sir Redvers Buller), and the Boers (Petrus Jacobus Joubert and Louis Botha). It lasted from 30 October 1899 to 28 February 1900.
"AN OLD RESIDENT
You're a credit to your country, sir, that's what you are.
He's a man like Ireland wants." (U15.1536)
My beloved subjects, a new era is about to dawn. I, Bloom, tell you verily it is even now at hand. Yea, on the word of a Bloom, ye shall ere long enter into the golden city which is to be, the new Bloomusalem in the Nova Hibernia of the future." (U15.1541)
"(Thirtytwo workmen, wearing rosettes, from all the counties of Ireland, under the guidance of Derwan the builder construct the new Bloomusalem. It is a colossal edifice with crystal roof, built in the shape of a huge pork kidney, containing forty thousand rooms." (U15.1546)
"In the course of its extension several buildings and monuments are demolished. Government offices are temporarily transferred to railway sheds. Numerous houses are razed to the ground. The inhabitants are lodged in barrels and boxes, all marked in red with the letters: L.B. Several paupers fall from a ladder. A part of the walls of Dublin, crowded with loyal sightseers, collapses.)" (U15.1550)
"(A cannonshot. The man in the macintosh disappears. Bloom with his sceptre strikes down poppies. The instantaneous deaths of many powerful enemies, graziers, members of parliament, members of standing committees, are reported." (U15.1565)
"Bloom's bodyguard distribute Maundy money, commemoration medals, loaves and fishes, temperance badges, expensive Henry Clay cigars, free cow bones for soup, rubber preservatives in sealed envelopes tied with gold thread, butter scotch, pineapple rock, billets doux in the form of cocked hats, readymade suits, porringers of toad in the hole, bottles of Jeyes' Fluid, purchase stamps, 40 days' indulgences," (U15.1568)
"spurious coins, dairyfed pork sausages, theatre passes, season tickets available for all tram lines, coupons of the royal and privileged Hungarian lottery, penny dinner counters, cheap reprints of the World's Twelve Worst Books: Froggy and Fritz (politic), Care of the Baby (infantilic), so Meals for 7/6 (culinic), Was Jesus a Sun Myth? (historic), Expel That Pain (medic), Infant's Compendium of the Universe (cosmic), Let's All Chortle (hilaric), Canvasser's Vade Mecum (journalic), Loveletters of Mother Assistant (erotic), Who's Who in Space (astric), Songs that Reached Our Heart (melodic), Pennywise's Way to Wealth (parsimonic)." (U15.1574)
"THE BABES AND SUCKLINGS
Clap clap hands till Poldy comes home,
Cakes in his pocket for Leo alone.
(Bloom, bending down, pokes Baby Boardman gently in the stomach.)" (U15.1592)
(Hiccups, curdled milk flowing from his mouth.) Hajajaja." (U15.1597)
(Shaking hands with a blind stripling.) My more than Brother! (Placing his arms round the shoulders of an old couple.) Dear old friends!" (U15.1599)
"(He plays pussy fourcorners with ragged boys and girls.) Peep! Bopeep!" (U15.1601)
" (He wheels twins in a perambulator.) Ticktacktwo wouldyousetashoe?." (U15.1602)
"(He performs juggler's tricks, draws red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet silk handkerchiefs from his mouth.) Roygbiv. 32 feet per second." (U15.1603)