by Gerry O'Flaherty
it is written in so many styles of English, this is a very difficult
episode to read. It is about 10 pm. Bloom has come from Sandymount
to Holles Street maternity hospital to enquire after Mrs Purefoy,
who has been in labour for three days.
friend Nurse Callan tells Bloom that she has never seen so hard
a birth. A medical student, Dixon, who treated Bloom's bee sting
when he was in the Mater hospital, invites Bloom to have something
to eat. Inside, with Dixon, he finds Lynch, Madden, Costello,
Lenehan, Crotthers and Stephen Dedalus.
is a thunderstorm and Stephen is terrified and only Bloom tries
to calm him. Mulligan arrives with Bannon, who is Milly's student
friend. Nurse Callan tells Dixon that Mrs Purefoy has, at last,
been delivered of a boy. Suddenly, near eleven o'clock, Stephen
shouts 'Burke's' and everyone rushes to the public house. Stephen
buys drinks for everyone.
slips off to meet Haines in Westland Row station and Bannon realises
that Bloom is Milly's father. Stephen and Lynch decide to go to
a brothel and Bloom follows them.
the Homeric correspondence, Odysseus/Bloom warns his followers
against killing any of the sacred cattle on the Island of the
Sun but they disobey him. Later a thunderbolt hits the ship and
everyone except Odysseus is killed.
Holles Street was a relatively new hospital
in 1904. It was expanding and under Andrew Horne's
tutelage it was a prominent hospital for teaching
midwifery. As in 'Oxen of the Sun' there was friction
between the students and staff in Holles Street.