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Lestrygonians
Episode 8
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Synopsis by Gerry O'Flaherty

O'Connell Bridge
It is near one o'clock and Bloom is on his way to copy the Keyes advertisement from the newspaper files in the National Library. Near Lemon's sweetshop he is handed a throwaway announcing the coming of a preacher, Alexander Dowie.

Lemmon & Co.
In Westmoreland Street he meets Mrs Breen, once Molly's rival for his affections. They speak of her mentally unbalanced husband and of Mrs Purefoy, who is in labour in Holles Street maternity hospital.
Davy Byrne's

He decides to have something to eat at the Burton restaurant. But the place is dirty and the patrons are disgusting, so he goes instead to Davy Byrne's public house. Here Nosy Flynn asks him about the upcoming concert tour and whether or not Blazes Boylan is mixed up with it. Bloom says that he is, orders a glass of burgundy and a gorgonzola sandwich and recalls how happy he was when he courted Molly on Howth Head. On his way to the National Library he sees Boylan in the distance and in his confusion he rushes across the road to take refuge in the Museum, which is opposite the Library.

In Homer, the Lestrygonians, who are cannibals, endanger the lives of the followers of Odysseus.

 

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Lizzie Twigg was a real person who wrote poems for the United Irishman in February 1903. She was a protégé of A.E.'s and under her Gaelic name Eilis ni Chraoibhinn published a volume Songs and Poems in 1905.

Bloom remembers that she replied to his ad in the Irish Times requesting a smart lady typist to aid gentleman in literary work. His intentions were less literary than her expectations.