Number eighty

As Bloom returns to his house after his shopping trip, he looks at the "Blotchy brown brick houses" on the other side of Eccles Street: "Number eighty still unlet. Why is that? Valuation is only twenty-eight. Towers, Battersby, North, MacArthur: parlour windows plastered with bills. Plasters on a sore eye." Joyce here transferred what he knew about number 7 to number 88, preserving an impression of the problems plaguing Dublin real estate.

JH 2017

Row of houses, many of them tenements, on York Street in the early 1900s. Source: www.pinterest.com.