Eton suit

Hearing Simon Dedalus talk about his son, Bloom thinks, "If little Rudy had lived. See him grow up. Hear his voice in the house. Walking beside Molly in an Eton suit. My son." This daydream returns as a hallucination at the end of Circe, when "a figure appears slowly, a fairy boy of eleven, a changeling, kidnapped, dressed in an Eton suit with glass shoes and a little bronze helmet." The attire that Bloom envisions was developed at England's prestigious Eton College in the late 19th century and soon became popular in other social settings.

John Hunt 2023

1917 photograph of a boy, the son of one Sidney Smith, in an Eton suit.