Walking home along Dorset Street in Calypso, Bloom sees someone he barely knows: "There's whatdoyoucallhim out of. How do you? Doesn't see. Chap you know just to salute bit of a bore. His back is like that Norwegian captain's. Wonder if  I'll meet him today." The Norwegian captain, who perhaps pops into Bloom's mind because he has just been thinking about merchant shipping between Palestine and Ireland, is a hunchbacked figure in a story told by Joyce's father. This familial inheritance makes only an obscure and inconsequential contribution to Ulysses, but in Finnegans Wake it inspires a twenty-page narrative.

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The Norwegian merchant vessel Normandie, in a photo held by the Sverresborg Trondelag Folk Museum, Trondheim. Source: www.norwayheritage.com.