Monthly wash

Unkind as it may seem for Mulligan to say that “The unclean bard makes a point of washing once a month,” he is actually being generous to Stephen, or ignorant of the true magnitude of his problem. Because of a morbid fear of water, Stephen has not had a bath for eight months.

JH 2011


Class of Elements at Clongowes Wood College, 1888, with a tiny and isolated James Joyce, age 6, seated at center. Reproduced courtesy of Father Bruce Bradley, S.J. in David Pierce, James Joyce's Ireland.



The Swimming Hole, ca. 1883 oil on canvas painting by Thomas Eakins, held in the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth. Source: www.wikiart.org.