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Eumaeus
Episode 16

Synopsis by Gerry O'Flaherty

Amiens Street Station
It is 1 am on the morning of 17 June. Bloom helps Stephen to his feet. Stephen wants something to drink so they set out for the cabman's shelter near the Liffey. Bloom gives Stephen some fatherly advice and points out how all of his companions have deserted him.

At the loopline railway bridge, Corley, who figures in the story 'Two Gallants' in Dubliners, accosts Stephen and tells him his hard luck story. Stephen lends him half-a-crown. Bloom speaks of Mulligan's bad behaviour at Westland Row station where there seems to have been a quarrel in which Stephen's hand was hurt.

In the shelter Bloom buys Stephen coffee and a bun. A sailor asks Stephen his name and claims to have known a Simon Dedalus who was a sharpshooter in Hengler's Royal Circus in Stockholm. He tells a number of other unlikely stories about his travels.

Georges Church
Talk turns on maritime affairs and Skin-the-Goat, who is in charge of the shelter and was one of the Invincibles, says that Britain is exploiting Ireland. The sailor's counter claim that the Irish are the backbone of the Empire is not well received by those in the shelter. Bloom pays the bill and invites Stephen to come home with him.

Stephen agrees because he has nowhere else to go. On the way to Eccles Street, the two talk of music and poetry, but, although the discussion is friendly, there is no meeting of minds.

'Cabby's Shelter

In the Homeric correspondence Odysseus/Bloom returns home to Ithaca/Eccles Street, disguised as a beggar. He goes to the hut of the swineherd Eumaeus/Skin-the-Goat and tells a false story of his travels. When Telemacus/Stephen arrives they set off for home together to destroy the suitors of Penelope/Molly.

 

 
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Skin the Goat was the nickname of James Fitzharris who drove the decoy cab on the night of the Phoenix Park Murders. The getaway cab was driven in a more circuitous route through the city by Michael Kavanagh, as Myles Crawford describes in the 'Aeolus' episode. Fitzharris was sentenced to life in prison as an accessory to murder, but was released in 1902. It is thought that instead of being the keeper of the cabman's shelter, he was in fact employed by Dublin Corporation as a night-watchman.