(U) Ulysses, “Sirens,” Episode 11~pp 252-86.

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Episode References from Stuart Gilbert’s James Joyce’s Ulysses.

  • Title: Sirens
  • Scene: The Concert Room
  • Time: 4 p.m.
  • Organ: Ear
  • Art: Music
  • Colour: (none)
  • Symbol: Barmaids
  • Technic: Fuga per canonem

Lyrical quotes among many favorites

I carried wax along the line and laid it 
thick on their ears. They tried me up, then, plumb
amidships, back to the mast, lashed to the mast,
and took themselves again to rowing.
Odysseus renders his crew deaf protecting them from the deadly lure of
the Sirens. In the Ormond, only deaf Pat is immune to the Sirens' song.
"Bald Pat at a sign drew nigh. A pen and ink. He went. A pad. He went. 
A pad to blot. He heard, deaf Pat."
Pat percusses the hoofbeat of the carriage nag.
"Tenors get women by the score."
A musical score drives the organization of the episode, and tenors, 

What’s Important?

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Features Important to the Enjoyment of the Sirens Episode

  • The Harmony of Souls: The charms of music draw souls together. This is discussed below in “How Themes Expand.” Note however, the progression of soul-mating from “lost Richie Poldy” through lidlyd and others, ends with “siopold.” Sio joins Simon the crooner to Lionel the operatic character. When “poldy” is added to blend a trio, Bloom is connected to Simon Dedalus the biological father of Stephen. This predicts the spiritual paternity of Bloom for Stephen.

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