"composed in the grate a pyre of crosslaid resintipped sticks and various coloured papers and irregular polygons of best Abram coal at twentyone shillings a ton from the yard of Messrs Flower and M'Donald of 14 D'Olier street, kindled it at three projecting points of paper with one ignited lucifer match, thereby releasing the potential energy contained in the fuel by allowing its carbon and hydrogen elements to enter into free union with the oxygen of the air." (U17.127)
"Of what similar apparitions did Stephen think?
Of others elsewhere in other times who, kneeling on one knee or on two, had kindled fires for him, [...] of his aunt Sara, wife of Richie (Richard Goulding), in the kitchen of their lodgings at 62 Clanbrassil street: of his mother Mary, wife of Simon Dedalus, in the kitchen of number twelve North Richmond street" (U17.134)
"on the morning of the feast of Saint Francis Xavier 1898: of the dean of studies, Father Butt, in the physics' theatre of university College, 16 Stephen's Green, north: of his sister Dilly (Delia) in his father's house in Cabra." (U17.143)

St Francis Xavier (1506 - 1552) was a Spanish nobleman. He studied philosophy and theology at the University of Paris. He met St Ignatius of Loyola and together they founded the 'Society of Jesus' (= Jesuits). Francis Xavier became the first Jesuit missionary. He traveled thousands of miles, most on foot, tolerated appalling conditions on long sea voyages, and saw the greater part of the Far East. He was a successful missionary for 10 years in India, the East Indies, and Japan, baptizing more than 40,000. He sought and helped the sick and the forgotten, preached in the streets, and taught children the catechism. It is said that he had the gift of tongues, was a healer and miracle worker, and calmed storms. He died in China of a febrile illness. Represented as a young bearded Jesuit. Feast December 3.
"What did Stephen see on raising his gaze to the height of a yard from the fire towards the opposite wall?
Under a row of five coiled spring housebells a curvilinear rope, stretched between two holdfasts athwart across the recess beside the chimney pier, from which hung four smallsized square handkerchiefs folded unattached consecutively in adjacent rectangles and one pair of ladies' grey hose with Lisle suspender tops and feet in their habitual position clamped by three erect wooden pegs, two at their outer extremities and the third at their point of junction." (U17.148)
"What did Bloom see on the range?
On the right (smaller) hob a blue enamelled saucepan: on the left (larger) hob a black iron kettle.

What did Bloom do at the range?
He removed the saucepan to the left hob, rose and carried the iron kettle to the sink in order to tap the current by turning the faucet to let it flow." (U17.157)
"Did it flow?
Yes. From Roundwood reservoir in county Wicklow of a cubic capacity of 2400 million gallons, percolating through a subterranean aqueduct of filter mains of single and double pipeage constructed at an initial plant cost of £5 per linear yard by way of the Dargle, Rathdown, Glen of the Downs and Callowhill" (U17.163)
"to the 26 acre reservoir at Stillorgan" (U17.168)
This PC shows the Water Tower at the Curragh Camp (Co. Kildare), an important British Army installation in Ireland. The tower is a red-brick building dating back to the late 19c.
"What in water did Bloom, waterlover, drawer of water, watercarrier, returning to the range, admire?" (U17.183)
"Its universality: its democratic equality and constancy to its nature in seeking its own level:" (U17.185)
"its properties for cleansing, quenching thirst and fire, nourishing vegetation:" (U17.214)
"What reason did Stephen give for declining Bloom's offer?
That he was hydrophobe, hating partial contact by immersion or total by submersion in cold water (his last bath having taken place in the month of October of the preceding year), disliking the aqueous substances of glass and crystal, distrusting aquacities of thought and language." (U17.236)
"What additional didactic counsels did he similarly repress?
Dietary: concerning the respective percentage of protein and caloric energy in bacon, salt ling and butter, the absence of the former in the lastnamed and the abundance of the latter in the firstnamed.
feat pig

Which seemed to the host to be the predominant qualities of his guest?
Confidence in himself, an equal and opposite power of abandonment and recuperation." (U17.248)
"Heat (convected), a mode of motion developed by such combustion, was constantly and increasingly conveyed from the source of calorification to the liquid contained in the vessel, being radiated through the uneven unpolished dark surface of the metal iron, in part reflected, in part absorbed, in part transmitted, gradually raising the temperature of the water from normal to boiling point, a rise in temperature expressible as the result of an expenditure of 72 thermal units needed to raise 1 pound of water from 50° to 212° Fahrenheit.

What announced the accomplishment of this rise in temperature?
A double falciform ejection of water vapour from under the kettlelid at both sides simultaneously." (U17.263)
"For what personal purpose could Bloom have applied the water so boiled?
To shave himself." (U17.275)
"What advantages attended shaving by night?
A softer beard: a softer brush if intentionally allowed to remain from shave to shave in its agglutinated lather:" (U17.277)
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