(U) Ulysses, “Circe,” Episode 15~pp 422-593.

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

  • Title: Circe
  • Scene: The Brothel
  • Time: 12 midnight
  • Organ: Locomotor Apparatus
  • Art: Magic
  • Colour: (none)
  • Symbol: Whore
  • Technic: Hallucination

A Few Transformative Quotes among Many

Free money, free rent, free love and a free lay church in a free lay state.

Bloom’s Campaign Slogan for His New Utopia

Belial! Laemlein of Istria, the false Messiah! Abulafia! Recant!

Mastiansky and Citron condemn Bloom

  Shipmates, companions in disastrous time, oh my dear friends, where Dawn dies, and the West,  and where are the great sun, light of men, may go  under the earth by night, and where he rises.

Odysseus to his men after landing on Kirkê’s island

  THE BEATITUDES: _(Incoherently)_ Beer beef battledog buybull businum barnum buggerum bishop.

Bloomsday Blessed Bs

  Beware of the flapper and bogus mournful. Lily of the alley.

A Nighttown Warning

  I’m very fond of what I like.

The Wisdom of Particular Zoe

What’s Important?

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Features Important to the Enjoyment of the Circe Episode


  • Nineteen common themes have been developing slowly but persistently as you read Ulysses. Until this episode, no chapter included every theme,but Circe is the climax if not the conclusion of the novel. Now and for the next two episodes every theme will expand. Most will be further explored and finally resolved. Some will remain until the last episode when Molly will finally have her say. You may wish to review “A Table of Themes as They Appear in Ulysses’ Episodes.”





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