At the beginning of Calypso, an odd verbal mannerism characterizes Bloom's concern for getting his wife's breakfast plate exactly right: "Another slice of bread and butter : three, four : right. She didn't like her plate full. Right." At the beginning of Hades, a similar, and rhyming, repetition characterizes his need to make sure that the carriage door has latched tight: "He pulled the door to after him and slammed it tight till it shut tight." A psychologist might speculate that Bloom suffers from a touch of obsessive-compulsive disorder.

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Carl Friedrich Otto Westphal, in a lithograph by Georg Engelbach. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Wilhelm Griesinger, in a lithograph by Georg Engelbach. Source: Wikimedia Commons.