Jingle

The word "jingle," in Joyce's prose, generates an extraordinarily dense web of aural associations. In Calypso the "quoits" of the Blooms' brass bed sound the word early on when Molly turns over in bed ("the loose brass quoits of the bedstead jingled"), and later when she raises herself on an elbow ("She set the brasses jingling"). Their tinkling onomatopoeia resonates throughout the novel, gathering associations with the business that Molly will transact with Blazes Boylan in the bed. In Lestrygonians jingling becomes associated not only with sexual activity but with the harness bells of horses, and in Sirens a jingling horse brings Boylan to his love nest on Eccles Street. Still more associations accrue: the sound of horses' hooves, the strains of a Christmas song, sexual bell-ringing in a foreign language.

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Jennifer Steyn playing Molly Bloom, in a photograph by Nicky Rebelo. Source: astridstark1.wordpress.com.

Photochrome print of an Irish jaunting car ca. 1890-1900, held in the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress, Washington. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Sleigh Bells, watercolor ca. 2008 by Ally Benbrook. Source: fineartamerica.com.

1908 photograph of a woman depositing money in a garter purse. Source: www.old-photos.blogspot.com.

La Toilette, 1742 oil painting by François Boucher, held in the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid. Source: www.wikiart.org.