James Carey

In Lotus Eaters, as Bloom watches the pious worshipers in St. Andrew's church and imagines how women may confess some of their sins to a priest "and do the other thing all the same on the sly," he thinks of "That fellow that turned queen's evidence on the invincibles he used to receive the, Carey was his name, the communion every morning. This very church. Peter Carey. No, Peter Claver I am thinking of. Denis Carey. And just imagine that. Wife and six children at home. And plotting that murder all the time." In Lestrygonians he is still searching for the first name: "Like that Peter or Denis or James Carey that blew the gaff on the invincibles. Member of the corporation too." The man's name was James Carey, but Bloom remembers his story quite accurately.

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Portrait of James Carey by an unknown engraver, published in 1883 and held in the National Portrait Gallery, London. Source: Wikimedia Commons.