Trying to close the front door most of the way, but not so far as to engage the lock, Bloom eases it toward him "till the footleaf dropped gently over the threshold, a limp lid," and he is satisfied with the appearance: "Looked shut." It is clear enough what is happening here, generally speaking: something at the foot of the door is covering the threshold, making it appear closed. But what exactly is a "footleaf"?

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Photograph of the door at 7 Eccles shortly before its removal, when the house was in sad shape. Source: David J. Wilson.

Closer view of the foot of the door. Source: David J. Wilson.