Stephen sees two middle-aged, unfashionable women coming down the steps to the sand, and the narrative adopts his perspective and thoughts: "Number one swung lourdily her midwife's bag, the other's gamp poked in the beach." Lourdily seems to mean simply "heavily" (from lourd in French, a language that Stephen drops into throughout Proteus). And "gamp" appears to mean "umbrella," because of Mrs. Gamp, the umbrella-carrying nurse in Dickens' Martin Chuzzlewit.

JH 2015

Watercolor sketch of Mrs. Sairey Gamp by Kyd (Joseph Clayton Clarke), the famous illustrator of Dickens characters. Source: www.wordsmith.org.