The carriage turned again its stiff wheels and their trunks swayed gently. Martin Cunningham twirled more quickly the peak of his beard.
- Tom Kernan was immense last night, he said. And Paddy Leonard taking him off to his face.
- O draw him out, Martin, Mr Power said eagerly. Wait till you hear him, Simon, on Ben Dollard's singing of The Croppy Boy.
- Immense, Martin Cunningham said pompously. His singing of that simple ballad, Martin, is the most trenchant rendering I ever heard in the whole course of my experience.
- Trenchant, Mr Power said laughing. He's dead nuts on that. And the retrospective arrangement." (U6.139)
'The Little Flower' is Therese of Lisieux (1873 - 1897), who became a Carmelite nun at the age of 15, and died (of tuberculosis) at 24. In her autobiographical writings (edited and published by her superiors as 'Story of a Soul' in 1898), she refers to herself as a little flower in God's garden. This is her photograph as a little girl.
It is now a month since dear Henry fled
To his home up above in the sky
While his family weeps and mourns his loss
Hoping some day to meet him on high." (U6.161)
Eugene Stratton (1861 - 1918), was an American-born dancer and singer, whose career was mostly spent in Britain. He was born in Buffalo, NY, as Eugene Augustus Rühlmann. He first performed at age 10 in an acrobatic act called the Two Welsleys. He appeared as a dancer in 1873 under the name of Master Jean. He spent some time in a circus then joined a minstrel group. He went to England in 1880 and was by this time using the name of Stratton. There he worked his way up to the main song & dance man in the Moore & Burgess Minstrel Show, and in 1883 he married Moore's daughter, Bella. He left the minstrels to go on the music hall circuit in 1887, first as a double act, then solo. He also performed in pantomime, for the first time in 1896. Although at one time he used an Irish voice, he mainly appeared as a "black-faced" singer. He died in Christchurch, Hampshire, England.
He's coming in the afternoon. Her songs." (U6.187)
- How do you do? Martin Cunningham said, raising his palm to his brow in salute.
- He doesn't see us, Mr Power said. Yes, he does. How do you do?
- Who? Mr Dedalus asked.
- Blazes Boylan, Mr Power said. There he is airing his quiff.
Just that moment I was thinking.
Mr Dedalus bent across to salute." (U6.191)
He clasped his hands between his knees and, satisfied, sent his vacant glance over their faces.
Mr Power asked:
- How is the concert tour getting on, Bloom?
- O, very well, Mr Bloom said. I hear great accounts of it. It's a good idea, you see...
- Are you going yourself?
- Well no, Mr Bloom said. In point of fact I have to go down to the county Clare on some private business. You see the idea is to tour the chief towns. What you lose on one you can make up on the other." (U6.200)
- And madame, Mr Power said smiling. Last but not least.
Mr Bloom unclasped his hands in a gesture of soft politeness and clasped them. " (U6.221)
William Smith O'Brien (1803 - 1864) was a leader of the doomed rebellion of 1848.