Boustrophedontic cryptogram

Among the contents of the drawers in Bloom's desk described in Ithaca are three typewritten letters from Martha Clifford to Henry Flower, and, perhaps on a separate slip of paper, "the transliterated name and address of the addresser of the 3 letters in reversed alphabetic boustrophedontic punctated quadrilinear cryptogram (vowels suppressed)." The cryptic writing is reproduced more or less (in various editions of the novel) as follows: "N. IGS. /WI. UU. OX/W. OKS. MH/Y. IM." Its meaning is fun to decode, but not at all surprising.

JH 2020

Source: Wikimedia Commons.

2009 photograph by PRA of a fragmentary 5th century BC boustrophedon inscription from the agora of Gortyn in Crete. Source: Wikimedia Commons.