"My wife too, he said. She's going to sing at a swagger affair in the Ulster hall, Belfast, on the twenty-fifth.
- That so? M'Coy said. Glad to hear that, old man. Who's getting it up?" (U5.151)
"Mrs Marion Bloom. Not up yet. Queen was in her bedroom eating bread and. No book. Blackened court cards laid along her thigh by sevens. Dark lady and fair man. Cat furry black ball. Torn strip of envelope." (U5.154)
Song." (U5.157)
"Comes lo-ove's old ...." (U5.161)
"- It's a kind of a tour, don't you see? Mr Bloom said thoughtfully. Sweeeet song. There's a committee formed. Part shares and part profits.
M'Coy nodded, picking at his moustache stubble.
- O well, he said. That's good news.
He moved to go.
- Well, glad to see you looking fit, he said." (U5.162)
"Meet you knocking around.
- Yes, Mr Bloom said.
- Tell you what, M'Coy said. You might put down my name at the funeral, will you? I'd like to go but I mightn't be able, you see. There's a drowning case at Sandycove may turn up and then the coroner and myself would have to go down if the body is found." (U5.167)
"You just shove in my name if I'm not there, will you?
- I'll do that, Mr Bloom said, moving to get off. That'll be all right.
- Right, M'Coy said brightly. Thanks, old man. I'd go if I possibly could. Well, tolloll. Just C.P. M'Coy will do.
- That will be done, Mr Bloom answered firmly." (U5.172)
"Didn't catch me napping that wheeze. The quick touch. Soft mark. I'd like my job. Valise I have a particular fancy for. Leather. Capped corners, rivetted edges, double action lever lock. Bob Cowley lent him his for the Wicklow regatta concert last year and never heard tidings of it from that good day to this." (U5.178)
"Mr Bloom, strolling towards Brunswick street, smiled. My missus has just got an. Reedy freckled soprano. Cheeseparing nose. Nice enough in its way: for a little ballad. No guts in it. You and me, don't you know: in the same boat. Softsoaping. Give you the needle that would. Can't he hear the difference? Think he's that way inclined a bit. Against my grain somehow." (U5.183)
"Thought that Belfast would fetch him. I hope that smallpox up there doesn't get worse." (U5.188)

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"Suppose she wouldn't let herself be vaccinated again. Your wife and my wife.
Wonder is he pimping after me?" (U5.189)
"Mr Bloom stood at the corner, his eyes wandering over the multicoloured hoardings. Cantrell and Cochrane's Ginger Ale (Aromatic)." (U5.192)
"Clery's Summer Sale. No, he's going on straight." (U5.194)

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"Leah tonight: Mrs Bandmann Palmer. Like to see again her in that. Hamlet she played last night." (U5.194)

The Illustrated London News (July 1st, 1899) comments: "Mrs. Bandmann Palmer confesses to having studied Shakspere's tragedy from the age of fifteen, but only summoned up courage to appear as the distraught Prince since 1895. Since then she has played it some 270 times, and bids fair to hold a woman's record in the role. Making little or no pretence at aping masculinity, she offers her Hamlet rather as a psychological study than a vivid impersonation. For hours before Mrs. Bandmann Palmer appears in the part, she communes with herself in solitude."
The Freeman's Journal reviewed the June 15 performance of Hamlet at the Gaiety Theatre. The reviewer thought Mrs. Bandmann-Palmer played the Prince of Denmark 'creditably' but was critical of the ghost and of the musical score.
"Male impersonator." (U5.196)

In addition to Mrs. Bandmann Palmer, numerous female actresses played Hamlet, most famously the French tragedienne Sarah Bernhardt (1844 - 1923). This photo was taken by Lafayette during her performance of Hamlet (in a French version by Eugene Morand and Marcel Schwab) at the Adelphi Theatre in 1899. Other Hamlet 'male impersonators' included Miss Winetta Montague, Miss Clare Howard, Miss Hanette Steer, Miss Mariott, Miss Louise Pomeroy, Miss Charlotte Compton, Miss Julia Seaman, and Miss Oliph Webb (ILN 1899).
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