Several details make clear that the old peasant woman lives by a very relaxed sense of time. Haines points out that “We had better pay her, Mulligan, hadn’t we?” To the old woman, “the bill” is something that can be settled now or at some later date. She was probably not going to mention it, even though it has been accumulating every day for ten days, and when Mulligan comes up with a coin to settle most of the tab (prompted by Haines’ exhortation to “Pay up and look pleasant”), the hand in which she receives the florin is “uneager.” To Stephen’s assurance that “We’ll owe twopence,” she says calmly, “Time enough, sir . . . Time enough.

JH 2011

Eric Cross, The Tailor and Ansty (Mercier, 1999).

Tony Hawks, Round Ireland with a fridge (Ebury Press, 1998).