I contradict myself

"God, we'll simply have to dress the character. I want puce gloves and green boots. Do I contradict myself? Very well then, I contradict myself." Mulligan's perpetual spray of quotations from his favorite writers (Swinburne, Russell, Homer, Xenophon, Nietzsche, Yeats, Wilde) continues as he rummages through his clothing trunk, applying Walt Whitman's famous declaration of personal immensity to the superficial business of accessorizing a yellow waistcoat with green boots and dark red gloves.

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Steel engraving of Walt Whitman by Samuel Hollyer from a lost daguerrotype by Gabriel Harrison, published in the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass. Source: Wikimedia Commons.