Seem to like it

In addition to its anality, another peculiar feature of Bloom's sexuality is a tendency to masochistic self-abasement. These fantasies will not become fully manifest until they are enacted in Circe, most decisively in actions inspired by the writer who lent his name to the phenomenon, Leopold von Sacher Masoch. But their presence is announced early in Calypso when Bloom thinks about his cat, "Cruel. Her nature. Curious mice never squeal. Seem to like it." These sentences appear to show Bloom projecting onto the mice his own proclivity to take pleasure in pain.

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Masochistic Instrument, oil painting by Salvador Dali (1934). Source: