The morpheme "cuck" appears in several different guises in Ulysses. The book refers repeatedly to cuckolds and the cuckoo bird whose call taunts unhappy spouses. But the "cuckstool" in Bloom's privy brings in a different, scatological significance. This excremental meaning surfaces again, combined with the theme of sexual humiliation, in Bella Cohen's memories of her husband "Cuck Cohen."

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Woodblock print representation of a cucking stool in John Ashton's 1834 Chapbooks of the Eighteenth Century. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

A close-stool ca. 1870. Source: