Right right

At the beginning of Calypso, an odd verbal mannerism characterizes Bloom's concern for getting his wife's breakfast plate exactly right: "Another slice of bread and butter : three, four : right. She didn't like her plate full. Right." At the beginning of Hades, in all printed texts before Gabler's 1984 edition, a similar, and rhyming, repetition presents his need to make sure that the carriage door has latched tight: "He pulled the door to after him and slammed it tight till it shut tight." (Gabler's text substitutes "twice" for the first "tight.) The need to close the door either twice or tight tight suggests insecurity on Bloom's part. A psychologist might speculate that he suffers from a touch of obsessive-compulsive disorder.

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Carl Friedrich Otto Westphal, in a lithograph by Georg Engelbach. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Wilhelm Griesinger, in a lithograph by Georg Engelbach. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Detail from first page of Hades in the Rosenbach manuscript. Source: John Hunt.