Two fingers

When Bloom changes his mind about having lunch in Burton's restaurant, he performs a little charade: "Mr Bloom raised two fingers doubtfully to his lips. His eyes said: / — Not here. Don't see him. / Out. I hate dirty eaters. / He backed towards the door." The gesture of putting two fingers to one's lips seems perhaps universally to indicate the condition of being absorbed in thought. Bloom uses it to sell a small social fiction covering his actual reasons for leaving the restaurant.

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