Turkish costume

In Nausicaa Bloom twice recalls a dream of the previous night in which Molly was wearing red slippers and Turkish pants. In Oxen of the Sun the Pepys-like narrator omnisciently reports this dream and implies that it has predictive significance: "he having dreamed tonight a strange fancy of his dame Mrs Moll with red slippers on in a pair of Turkey trunks which is thought by those in ken to be for a change." What kind of change? Circe supplies a clue when Florry says that "Dreams go by contraries." According to a common superstition, dreaming about something predicts that its opposite will happen. By this logic, Bloom will start wearing the pants again in his house, regaining a measure of home rule. 

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18th century painting by Jean-Étienne Liotard of a Turkish woman and her slave. Source: www.neh.gov.

19th century image of a Turkish woman in white yashmak and blue plaid trousers. Source: www.neh.gov.

Image of Amelia Bloomer in one of her Turkish costumes, held in the Library of Congress. Source: www.neh.gov.

One of Léon Bakst's costume designs for a 1910 Ballets Russes production of Scheherazade. Source: www.neh.gov.