The Dublin immortalized in Ulysses is a city full of flamboyant self-dramatizers, quirky eccentrics, and outright lunatics. One of them, a man whom Joyce calls "Cashel Boyle O'Connor Fitzmaurice Tisdall Farrell" but who was known to many Dubliners simply as Endymion, walked the streets in an eye-catching costume: elegant but strangely matched clothes evocative of a country gentleman lost on his way to a cricket match or a fox hunt, a hat several sizes too small (one of them reportedly had holes in it for ventilation), a monocle on a string, an umbrella, an overcoat draped over an arm, a bow tie, two swords in scabbards, and other accoutrements like a hunting crop, a fishing rod, a compass, a large cigar, and an alarm clock. Joyce associates Farrell with Dennis Breen, another figure suffering from evident mental imbalance and legal fixations. He detects in him a certain savagery that most Dubliners did not.

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1908 ink drawing by C. H. Dempsey featured in Gogarty's memoir, Source: www.JoyceImages.com.

Another 1908 ink drawing by Dempsey, published by John Simpson courtesy of Noel Ross. Source: Dublin James Joyce Journal.

Photograph of Endymion, artist and date unknown, published by John Simpson courtesy of Seamus Kearns. Source: Dublin James Joyce Journal.