Flat Dublin voices

The pinned flower in Martha's letter does not simply make Bloom think of a song about a woman who "lost the pin of her drawers." It evokes a street scene he once witnessed and sends local accents echoing through his head: "Flat Dublin voices bawled in his head. Those two sluts that night in the Coombe, linked together in the rain." The "Flat" quality of some Dublin speech is not referenced often in Joyce's works, and it has not been discussed much by scholars. But there are some hints to work with.

John Hunt 2022

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Corner of Pimlico and the Coombe in a 2012 photograph by William Murphy. Source: www.flickr.com.