Set in the newspaper offices of the Weekly Freeman and National Press and Freeman’s Journal and National Press, this chapter finds Bloom attempting to close a deal to run an advertisement for Alexander Keyes. Bloom rushes to and fro to get all parties to agree, leaving the offices for most of the chapter, phoning near its end, and reappearing only to be given the brush-off by the editor, Myles Crawford. The remainder of the chapter deals with the windy conversation of Crawford’s friends and co-workers. Bloom and Stephen cross paths briefly in the newspaper offices, but do not exchange any words. First timers: see if you can spot where Joyce blurs the line between news and advertising—and asks us if there really is much of a difference after all.
Associate Professor | English | U. of Victoria