From ``Dear Dirty Dublin'' to ``Hibernian Metropolis'' A Vision of the City through the Tramways of Ulysses JULIE MCCORMICK WENG . . . season tickets available for all tramlines (U 15.1576) The ``Wandering Rocks'' episode in Joyce's Ulysses functions as a microcosm of the text and a panorama of 1904 Dublin. Among the episode's nineteen vignettes, almost all of the novel's major characters make a cameo in various settings of the city. Readers encounter Father Conmee riding a tramcar bound for Howth Road, Blazes Boylan scheduling a delivery of wine and pears for Molly while flirting with Thornton's shopgirl, Lenehan showing M'Coy the manhole where Tom Rochford rescued some ``poor devil stuck down in it, half choked with sewer gas'' (U 10.499500), Leopold Bloom perusing the offerings of a bookshop before purchasing the Sweets of Sin for Molly, Stephen Dedalus considering the rhythmic music of the electric generators as he ambles past the powerhouses, and Gerty MacDowell, while delivering her father's letters to the post office, attempting to assess the Lady Lieutenant's fashion, if only the tramcar and furniture van were not blocking her view. Although this panorama of Dublin includes instances of economic exchange, private reflection, flirtation,
Joyce Studies Annual – Fordham University Press
Published: Dec 30, 2015
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