Esprit de corps

Bloom's thoughts as he gazes longingly at the woman in front of the Grosvenor hotel make clear that such voyeuristic acts are not unusual for him: "Girl in Eustace street hallway Monday was it settling her garter. Her friend covering the display of esprit de corps. Well, what are you gaping at?" His pun on a common expression is also evidence that he is capable of what he elsewhere calls "wit."

John Hunt 2022

Detail of Woman at her Toilette, an oil painting by Niclas Lafrensen (1737-1807). Source: