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Part 1, Episode 1 The first episode begins at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 16, 1904. The action takes place on the outskirts of Dublin. Buc... Read More
Part 1, Episode 2 It is ten o'clock in the morning. Stephen is teaching a history class at the Dalkey School. The lesson is about a battle... Read More
Part 1, Episode 3 Stephen walks on the beach at Sandymount, his streams of thought rambling over time, philosophy, his youthful literary a... Read More
Part 2, Episode 4 In Part 2, "The Odyssey," the focus widens. The first episodes were Stephen's, but from here on readers meet many more c... Read More
Part 2, Episode 5 It is 10 a.m. and Bloom walks to a post office where he picks up a letter addressed to "Henry Flower," his pseudonym. He... Read More
Part 2, Episode 6 It is nearly 11 a.m. on Thursday. Bloom, Simon Dedalus, Martin Cunningham, and Mr. Power travel in a carriage to Dignam'... Read More
Part 2, Episode 7 At noon Bloom goes to the combined newspaper offices of the Weekly Freeman and National Press, the Freeman's Journal and... Read More
Part 2, Episode 8 On the way to lunch at 1 p.m. Bloom walks past a candy store where a boy gives him a religious handbill, a "throwaway" a... Read More
Part 2, Episode 9 At 2 p.m. Stephen is in the National Library in Dublin. He talks about literary matters with "the Quaker librarian," Mr.... Read More
Part 2, Episode 10 This episode includes 19 short vignettes of life in Dublin on June 16, 1904. In the first vignette Father John Conmee, a... Read More
Part 2, Episode 11 As the episode opens, it is almost 4 p.m. at the bar of the Ormond Hotel. Two barmaids, Lydia Douce and Mina Kennedy, wa... Read More
Part 2, Episode 12 Just before 5 p.m. an unnamed, first-person narrator is talking with a policeman and almost has his eye poked out by a c... Read More
Part 2, Episode 13 At 8 p.m. Bloom is at Sandymount Strand, where Stephen walked in the "Proteus" episode. Nearby are three girls: Edy Boar... Read More
Part 2, Episode 14 It is 10 p.m. at the National Maternity Hospital on Holles Street. The episode begins with a prayer for fertility. In th... Read More
Part 2, Episode 15 It is midnight in "Nighttown," Joyce's name in Ulysses for a district of Dublin where prostitutes work. The episode is f... Read More
Part 3, Episode 16 Bloom and Stephen go to a cabman's shelter for food and drink. They can't find a carriage, so they walk there. Bloom tal... Read More
Part 3, Episode 17 This episode in written in the form of catechism, a summary of religious doctrine meant to instruct new members and ofte... Read More
Part 3, Episode 18 Molly narrates this episode, which consists of eight very long, unpunctuated sentences or paragraphs. It is nearing dawn... Read More
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