Bloom extricates himself from his idyllic reverie of floating lightly in the Dead Sea by trying to recall exactly how a floating body's displacement of water reduces its weight, and then he extends that scientific line of thought by wondering, "What is weight really when you say the weight? Thirtytwo feet per second per second. Law of falling bodies: per second per second. They all fall to the ground. The earth. It's the force of gravity of the earth is the weight." Here once again his memories of high school science may have dimmed a bit, but he retains the essential idea. Gravity is the force responsible both for weight and for the fact that, with every passing second, the speed of "falling bodies" increases by about 32 feet per second. His awareness of gravitational force pulling on the human body is maintained throughout the novel.

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  Graphic illustrating the relations between mass, distance, weight, and gravity. Source: vhmsscience.weebly.com.

Graphic illustrating the dependence of a body's weight on the strength of gravity. Source: vhmsscience.weebly.com.

Two equations, one showing gravitational force as a function of two objects with mass and the distance between them, the other showing weight as a function of an object's mass and gravitational accleration. Source: www.grc.nasa.gov.

  Photo from a medical article about reasons that one's head may feel heavy. Source: www.healthline.com.

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 Still from 2017 video of a Chinese man whose foot got caught in iron railings. Source: www.newsflare.com.