Edge of the paper

After Simon Dedalus curtly asks Bloom not to read out Dan Dawson's speech from his copy of the Freeman's Journal, Bloom sits looking "down the edge of the paper, scanning the deaths," which are clearly as relevant to the theme of Hades as the speech, which will be read aloud in Aeolus, is to that episode. The Freeman listed births, marriages, deaths, and "In Memoriam" notices in the leftmost column of page 1. All the sentences of this paragraph, and perhaps also the four lines of verse following it, present things that Bloom is seeing on the left edge of his newspaper.

John Hunt 2023

Bottom halves of the two leftmost columns of the Freeman's Journal of 29 September 1900. Source: www.newspapers.com.