"What parallel courses did Bloom and Stephen follow returning?

Starting united both at normal walking pace from Beresford Place they followed in the order named Lower and Middle Gardiner streets and Mountjoy square, west:" (U17.1)
"then, at reduced pace, each bearing left, Gardiner's place by an inadvertence as far as the farther corner of Temple street: then, at reduced pace with interruptions of halt, bearing right, Temple street, north, as far as Hardwicke place." (U17.4)
"Approaching, disparate, at relaxed walking pace they crossed both the circus before George's church diametrically, the chord in any circle being less than the arc which it subtends." (U17.7)
"Of what did the duumvirate deliberate during their itinerary?

Music, literature, Ireland, Dublin, Paris, friendship, woman, prostitution, diet, the influence of gaslight or the light of arc and glowlamps on the growth of adjoining paraheliotropic trees," (U17.11)

This PC of Rathmines Rd shows a gaslight lamppost on the left side of the street, and electric light on the right.
In 1892, Dublin’s first electricity power station began operations in Fleet Street. In 1904, Dublin was still largely lit by gaslight. This image of O'Connell statue in 1900s show gaslight on the right, and electric light on the left.
"exposed corporation emergency dustbuckets, the Roman catholic church, ecclesiastical celibacy, the Irish nation," (U17.14)

A 19c. photograph of an Irish Nationalist. Please email me if you recognize who it is!
"jesuit education, careers, the study of medicine, the past day, the maleficent influence of the presabbath, Stephen's collapse." (U17.16)
"Did Bloom discover common factors of similarity between their respective like and unlike reactions to experience?

Both were sensitive to artistic impressions, musical in preference to plastic or pictorial. Both preferred a continental to an insular manner of life, a cisatlantic to a transatlantic place of residence. Both indurated by early domestic training and an inherited tenacity of heterodox resistance professed their disbelief in many orthodox religious, national, social and ethical doctrines." (U17.18)
"Both admitted the alternately stimulating and obtunding influence of heterosexual magnetism.

Were their views on some points divergent?
Stephen dissented openly from Bloom's views on the importance of dietary and civic selfhelp while Bloom dissented tacitly from Stephen's views on the eternal affirmation of the spirit of man in literature." (U17.25)
"Bloom assented covertly to Stephen's rectification of the anachronism involved in assigning the date of the conversion of the Irish nation to christianity from druidism by Patrick son of Calpornus, son of Potitus, son of Odyssus, sent by pope Celestine I in the year 432 in the reign of Leary to the year 260 or thereabouts in the reign of Cormac MacArt ( 266 A.D.), suffocated by imperfect deglutition of aliment at Sletty and interred at Rossnaree. The collapse which Bloom ascribed to gastric inanition and certain chemical compounds of varying degrees of adulteration and alcoholic strength, accelerated by mental exertion and the velocity of rapid circular motion in a relaxing atmosphere, Stephen attributed to the reapparition of a matutinal cloud (perceived by both from two different points of observation Sandycove and Dublin) at first no bigger than a woman's hand." (U17.30)
"Was there one point on which their views were equal and negative?

The influence of gaslight or electric light on the growth of adjoining paraheliotropic trees." (U17.43)
"What act did Bloom make on their arrival at their destination?

At the housesteps of the 4th of the equidifferent uneven numbers, number 7 Eccles street," ([U17.70])
"he inserted his hand mechanically into the back pocket of his trousers to obtain his latchkey." (U17.72)
"Was it there?

It was in the corresponding pocket of the trousers which he had worn on the day but one preceding." (U17.74)
"Why was he doubly irritated?

Because he had forgotten and because he remembered that he had reminded himself twice not to forget." (U17.77)
"What were then the alternatives before the, premeditatedly (respectively) and inadvertently, keyless couple?
To enter or not to enter. To knock or not to knock.

Bloom's decision?
A stratagem. Resting his feet on the dwarf wall, he climbed over the area railings, compressed his hat on his head, grasped two points at the lower union of rails and stiles, lowered his body gradually by its length of five feet nine inches and a half to within two feet ten inches of the area pavement and allowed his body to move freely in space by separating himself from the railings and crouching in preparation for the impact of the fall." (U17.80)
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