MacConnell's Corner

New space-time. Section 3 of Wandering Rocks begins, "A onelegged sailor crutched himself round MacConnell's corner, skirting Rabaiotti's icecream car, and jerked himself up Eccles street." At the beginning of section 1 this man was seen in a different place, so readers are invited to ask how he got from one point to the other, and how much time may have passed––questions which can be answered by consulting maps and obscure textual details. The scene is echoed by an interpolation in section 9 that supplies another such detail: the novel's first precise identification of the Blooms' address. In section 16 the sailor pops up in a second interpolation, now having moved some distance further west, and section 3 contains an interpolated sentence directing attention southward to a scene presented in section 8.

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The onelegged sailor's course as inferred from sections 1, 3, 9, and 16 of Wandering Rocks, showing the convent of the Sisters of Charity (1), St. Francis Xavier's church (2), the presbytery where Father Conmee lives (3), MacConnell's pharmacy (4), the Blooms' house (5), and 14 Nelson Street (6).
Source: Gunn and Hart, James Joyce's Dublin.

Houses on Eccles Street, in an undated photograph held in the Special Collections of the University College Dublin library. Source:

Houses on Nelson Street in a recent photograph.

Hanni Bailey's simplified map of Dublin with added arrows showing the church from which Conmee and the sailor begin their opposite-direction journeys (green), Conmee's passing of O'Neill's (red), the sailor's passing of 7 Eccles (blue), and the location of St. Mary's Chapter House in section 8 (orange). Source: Anderson, James Joyce.