As Bloom reads Philip Beaufoy's Matcham's Masterstroke on the toilet, the first sentence of the story and a later sentence (probably the last) surface in his internal monologue: "Neat certainly. Matcham often thinks of the masterstroke by which he won the laughing witch who now. Begins and ends morally. Hand in hand. Smart." In defining the story through these details, Joyce selected one minor part of a story he himself had submitted to Titbits when he was younger, and he added allusions to an Irish saying and a Miltonic trope that evoke the difficulty of Bloom's marital situation.

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William Blake's 1808 pen and watercolor drawing of Adam and Eve sleeping. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

William Blake's 1808 pen and watercolor drawing of Satan watching Adam and Eve embrace. Source: Wikimedia Commons.