Writing on the wall

Amid the welter of attacks in Circe after Bloom's apotheosis as Messiah and before his immolation by the Inquisition comes one silent accusation from "A DEADHAND": "(Writes on the wall.) Bloom is a cod." This hallucination clearly recalls the writing on Belshazzar's wall in the Hebrew Bible, but one must look back to earlier passages in Ulysses, and forward to one in Finnegans Wake, for a full appreciation of its implications.

Senan Molony and John Hunt 2020

Daniel Interprets the Writing on the Wall, engraved illustration by Gustave Doré in English-language The Holy Bible (1866). Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Belshazzar's feast depicted in an oil on canvas painting by Rembrandt van Rijn ca. 1634-39. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Detail from a fresco ca. 1503-8 by Il Sodoma (Giovanni Bazzi) and Luca Signorelli in the cloister at Monteoliveto Maggiore. Source: www.pinterest.com..