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Bloom picks Stephen up and takes him first to a coffee-stand, then home to his own house. He tries to talk to him of the arts and sciences, of the general ideas which interest him but Stephen is morose and exhausted and makes little response. Bloom begs him to spend the night with them, but Stephen declines. He presently takes his leave. Bloom goes up, goes to bed with Molly. He describes to her his adventures of the day and soon drops off to sleep. But Bloom’s encounter with Stephen has affected both Stephen’s life and the relations between the Blooms. To have rescued and talked with Stephen has somehow restored Bloom’s self-confidence. He has gotten into the habit in the past of cooking breakfast for Molly in the morning and bringing it to her in bed. It is the first thing we have seen him doing at the beginning of the day. But tonight, before he goes to sleep, he gives her to understand that he expects her to get breakfast next morning herself and to bring it up to him. This amazes and disconcerts Mrs. Bloom.


The rest of the book is the record of her meditations, as she lies awake thinking over Bloom’s homecoming. She has been mystified by his recent behavior. Her attitude toward him now is at first a mixture of jealousy and resentment. She congratulates herself upon the fact that, if Bloom neglects her nowadays, her needs are ably supplied by Blazes Boylan. But she begins to ruminate on the possibility of Stephen Dedalus’ coming home to live with them. The idea of Blazes Boylan’s coarseness becomes intolerable to her. The thought of Stephen has made her fastidious. She prefigures a relation between them, which is of ambiguous but intimate character. It will be half-amorous, half-maternal. But it is Bloom himself who has primarily been the cause of this revolution in Molly’s mind. In telling her about Stephen, he has imposed upon her again his own values. In staying away from the house all day and coming back very late at night, and in asking for his breakfast in bed, he has asserted his own will. And she goes back in her mind over her experience of Bloom: their courtship, their married life. She remembers how, when she had promised to marry him, it had been his intelligence and his sympathetic nature, that touch of imagination which distinguished him from other men, which had influenced her in his favor. It is possible that Molly and Bloom, as a result of Bloom’s meeting with Stephen, will resume normal marital relations. But it is certain that Stephen, as a result of this meeting, will go away and write Ulysses. Buck Mulligan has told us that the young poet says he is going "to write something in ten years." That was in 1904. Ulysses is dated at the end as having been begun in 1914.

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