Only one skin

Pondering the wonderful effect that the Sweny's lotion has on Molly's skin, Bloom thinks, "Skinfood. One of the old queen's sons, duke of Albany was it? had only one skin. Leopold, yes. Three we have. Warts, bunions and pimples to make it worse." This unfortunate son of Queen Victoria who shared Bloom's given name died prematurely of hemophilia, a genetic bleeding disorder which popular lore attributed to having "only one skin."

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Photograph of Leopold, Duke of Albany, date unknown. Source: Wikimedia Commons.