Bloom was stung in the garden area behind his house on May 23. In Calypso he has a fragmentary thought: "Still gardens have their drawbacks. That bee or bluebottle here Whitmonday." In Lestrygonians readers learn what the insect did: "Still I got to know that young Dixon who dressed that sting for me in the Mater."

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A bluebottle fly, Calliphora vomitoria, photographed by Jens Buurgaard Nielsen. Source: Wikimedia Commons.