In this PC we see the main buidling of the Rotunda from the back. The Rotunda is the oldest continuously operating maternity hospital in the world. It is estimated that over 300,000 babies have been born there. The first caesarean section in Ireland was performed at the Rotunda in 1889.
On this later PC, we see the Rotunda proper. This round building was initially the dining room of the maternity hospital. It also served as public meeting rooms, and was rented out for concerts and balls. Since 1928, it houses the Gate theater (here playing the 1926 movie The Sea Beast). Next to the Rotunda we see the Parnell monument; notice that the statue of Parnell is at street level, in contrast to Nelson's pillar where the statue is atop.
"A tiny coffin flashed by. In a hurry to bury. A mourning coach. Unmarried. Black for the married. Piebald for bachelors. Dun for a nun.
- Sad, Martin Cunningham said. A child.
A dwarf's face, mauve and wrinkled like little Rudy's was. Dwarf's body, weak as putty, in a whitelined deal box. Burial friendly society pays." (U6.322)
A post-mortem photograph of a Dublin baby in a whitelined box. On the back is handwritten: "Lawrence Patrick, died - March 28th 1893."
"-Penny a week for a sod of turf. Our. Little. Beggar. Baby. Meant nothing. Mistake of nature." (U6.328)
"If it's healthy it's from the mother. If not from the man. Better luck next time." (U6.329)
"- Poor little thing, Mr Dedalus said. It's well out of it." (U6.331)
"Martin Cunningham's large eyes. Looking away now. Sympathetic human man he is. Intelligent. Like Shakespeare's face." (U6.343)
"The carriage climbed more slowly the hill of Rutland square. Rattle his bones. Over the stones. Only a pauper. Nobody owns.
- In the midst of life, Martin Cunningham said.
- But the worst of all, Mr Power said, is the man who takes his own life." (U6.343)
"He looked at me. And that awful drunkard of a wife of his." (U6.349)
"Setting up house for her time after time and then pawning the furniture on him every Saturday almost. Leading him the life of the damned. Wear the heart out of a stone, that. Monday morning start afresh. Shoulder to the wheel." (U6.350)
"Lord, she must have looked a sight that night Dedalus told me he was in there. Drunk about the place and capering with Martin's umbrella:" (U6.353)
"And they call me the jewel of Asia,
The geisha." (U6.355)
'The jewel of Asia' is a song from 'The Geisha, a Story of a Tea House', a light opera in two acts with score by Sidney Jones, libretto by Owen Hall, and lyrics by Harry Greenbank.
The opera 'The Geisha' tells of the love of Lt. Reggie Fairfax, a naval officer stationed in Japan, with the geisha Mimosa San. Their relationship is thwarted by Reggie's English fiancee Molly. The opera ends with Reggie happily wedding Molly; Mimosa is set free to marry her lover Katana.
The Geisha was first performed April 15th 1896 at Daly's Theatre in London, and produced by George Edwardes. The original production ran for 760 performances, the second longest of any musical up to that time. The cast included Marie Tempest in the role of O Mimosa San, Letty Lind as the dancing soubrette Molly Seamore, C. Hayden Coffin as Lt Reginald Fairfax, and Huntley Wright as Wun-Hi.
"He looked away from me. He knows. Rattle his bones.
That afternoon of the inquest. The redlabelled bottle on the table. The room in the hotel with hunting pictures. Stuffy it was. Sunlight through the slats of the Venetian blind. The coroner's ears, big and hairy. Boots giving evidence. Thought he was asleep first. Then saw like yellow streaks on his face. Had slipped down to the foot of the bed. Verdict: overdose. Death by misadventure. The letter. For my son Leopold.
No more pain. Wake no more. Nobody owns." (U6.359)
"The carriage rattled swiftly along Blessington street. Over the stones.
- We are going the pace, I think, Martin Cunningham said.
- God grant he doesn't upset us on the road, Mr Power said." (U6.366)
"- I hope not, Martin Cunningham said. That will be a great race tomorrow in Germany. The Gordon Bennett." (U6.370)
The 1904 Gordon Bennett race took place June 17th in the Taunus mountains in Germany. It was won by Léon Théry from France, on a Richard-Brasier car.