Happy warmth

One of the many ways that Ulysses defines Bloom as a fleshly being is his awareness of temperature. From the opening paragraphs of Calypso to his final minutes in Ithaca he registers wellbeing, and particularly sexual wellbeing, as "happy warmth." Although he sometimes appreciates coolness on the hot day of June 16, cold figures in his imagination as a condition of lifelessness. These primal sensations of the reptilian brain color even some of Bloom's more metaphysical thoughts.

JH 2017

A lizard, a girl, and happy warmth. Source: theslinkylizard.tumblr.com.

Map of cold interstellar clouds of carbon monoxide produced by the Planck space observatory, launched in 2009. Source: www.seeker.com.