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In a blighted area at the top of South Cumberland Street, Bloom looks down at the evidence of an outdoor children's game and sees a child practicing another such game: "With careful tread he passed over a hopscotch court with its forgotten pickeystone. Not a sinner. Near the timberyard a squatted child at marbles, alone, shooting the taw with a cunnythumb." There is nothing exotic about these games, but the terms mentioned in Lotus Eaters require some explanation, and several details subtly imply that Bloom is revisiting memories of childhood humiliations.

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A hopscotch player. Source: www.stphilipsjns.ie.

Some standard hopscotch courts at the turn of the last century, as illustrated in Daniel Carter Beard's The Outdoor Handy Book: For the Playground, Field, and Forest (1900). Source: Wikimedia Commons.

The . Source: www.americantoymarbles.com.

The . Source: www.americantoymarbles.com.