Where is my hat?

On his way to the outhouse, Bloom notices a void in his memory: "Where is my hat, by the way? Must have put it back on the peg. Or hanging up on the floor. Funny, I don't remember that. Hallstand too full. Four umbrellas, her raincloak. Picking up the letters. Drago's shopbell ringing." Acknowledging these discontinuities in consciousness is one aspect of the realism of Joyce's prose style, and in this case it probably registers the shock that Bloom received upon seeing Boylan's letter.

JH 2014

An English oak hallstand ca. 1890, with coat and hat hooks, a drawer for gloves, and drip trays for umbrellas. Source: www.antiques-atlas.com.