The women: Little father! Little father!
The babes and SUCKLINGS:
Clap clap hands till Poldy
Cakes in his pocket for Leo alone.
(BLOOM, BENDING DOWN, POKES BABY BOARDMAN GENTLY IN THE STOMACH.)
Baby Boardman: (Hiccups, curdled milk flowing from his mouth) Hajajaja.
Bloom: (Shaking hands with A blind stripling) My more than Brother! (Placing his arms round the shoulders of an old couple) Dear old friends! (He plays pussy FOURCORNERS with ragged boys and girls) Peep! Bopeep! (He wheels twins in A perambulator) Ticktacktwo wouldyousetashoe? (He performs JUGGLER’S tricks, draws red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet silk handkerchiefs from his mouth) Roygbiv. 32 feet per second. (He consoles A widow) Absence makes the heart grow younger. (He dances the highland Fling with grotesque antics) Leg it, ye devils! (He kisses the bedsores of A palsied veteran) Honourable wounds! (He trips up A fit policeman) U. p: up. U. p: up. (He whispers in the ear of A blushing waitress and laughs kindly) Ah, naughty, naughty! (He eats A raw turnip offered him by Maurice Butterly, farmer) Fine! Splendid! (He refuses to accept three shillings offered him by Joseph Hynes, journalist) My dear fellow, not at all! (He gives his coat to A beggar) Please accept. (He takes part in A stomach race with elderly male and female cripples) Come on, boys! Wriggle it, girls!
The citizen: (Choked with
emotion, brushes aside A tear in
muffler) May the good God bless him!
(The rams’ horns sound for silence. The standard of Zion is hoisted.)
Bloom: (UNCLOAKS impressively, revealing
obesity, unrolls A paper and
reads solemnly) Aleph Beth Ghimel Daleth Hagadah Tephilim Kosher Yom
Kippur Hanukah Roschaschana Beni Brith Bar Mitzvah Mazzoth Askenazim