ITHACA, JOYCE ' ULYSSES'
What parallel courses did Bloom and Stephen follow returning?
Starting united both at normal walking pace from Beresford place they followed in order named Lower and Middle Gardiner streets and Mountjoy square, west; then , at reduced pace, each bearing left, Gardiner's place by an inadvertence as far as the farther corner of Temple street, north; then at reduced pace with interruption of halt, bearing right, Temple street, north, as far as Hardwicke place. approaching, disparate, at relaxed walking pace they crossed both the circus before Georg's church diametrically, the chord in any circle being les than the arc which it subtends.
Of what did duumvirate deliberate during their itinerary?
Music, literature, Ireland, Dublin, Paris, friendship, woman, prostitution, diet, the influence of gaslight or the light of arc and grow-lamps on the growth of adjoining paraheliotropic trees, exposed corporation emergency dustbuckers, the Roman catholic church, ecclesiastical celibacy, the Irish nation, jesuit education, carrees, the study of medicine, the past day, the maleficent influence of the presabbath, Stephem's collapse.
Did Bloom discover common factors of similarity between their respective like and unlike reactions to experience ?
Both were sensitive to artistic impressions musical in preference to plastic or pictorial. Both preferred a continental to an insular manner of life, a cisatlantic to a transatlantic place of residence. Both indurated by early domestic training and an inherited tenacity of heterodox resistence professed their disbelief in many orthodox religious, national, social and ethical doctrines. Both admtted the alternately stimulating and obtunding influence of heterosexual magnetism.
Were their views on some points divergent ?
Stephen dissented openly from Bloom's view on the importance of dietary and civic selfhelp while Bloom dissented tacitly from Stephen's views on the eternal affirmation of the spirit of man in literature. Bloom assented covertly to Stephen's rectification of the anachronism involved in assigning the date of the conversion of Irish nation to christianity from druidism by Patrick son of Calpornus, son of Potitus, son of Odyssus, sent ...by pope Celestine I in the year 432 in the reign of Cormac MacArt (266 A.D.) suffocated by imperfect deglutition of aliment at Sletty and interred at Rossnaree. The collapse which Bloom ascribed to gastric inanition and certain chemical compounds of vaying degrees of adulteration and alcoholic strength, accelerated by mental exertion and the velocity of rapid circular motion in a relaxing atmosphere, Stephen attributed to the reapparition of a matutinal cloud (perceid by from two different points of observation, Sandycove and Dublin) at first no bigger than a woman's hand.
Was there one point on which their views were equal and negative ?
The influence of gaslight or electric light on the growth of adjoining paraheliotropic trees.
Had Bloom discussed similar subjects during noctural perambulations in the past ?
In 1884 with Owen Goldberg and Cecil Turnbull at night on public thoroughfares between Longwood avenue and Leonard's corner and Leoard's corner and Synge street and Synge street and Bloomfield avenue. In 1885 with Percy Apjohn in the evenings, reclined against the wall between Gilbraltar villa and Bloomfield house in Crumlin, barcony of Uppercross. In 1886 occasionaly with casual acqaintances an...d prospective purchasers on doorsteps, in front parlours, in third class railway carriages of suburban lines. In 1888 frequently with major Brian Tweedy and his daughter Miss Marion Tweedy, together and separately on the lounge in Matthew Dillon's house in Roundtown.Once in 1892 and once in 1893 with Julius Mastianisky, on both occasions in the parlour of his (Bloom's) house in Lombard street, west. (Itacha)