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."

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