Molly as a young girl in Gibraltar

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Original watercolour painting based on the final chapter of Ulysses by James Joyce.
46 × 61 cm.
There are quite a number of references to Spain and the Andalusian women in Molly Bloom’s soliloquy at the end, last 30 pages, of Ulysses, by James Joyce.

In this sequence Molly is reminiscing on her early sexual experience with her first taste of sexuality with a serving British soldier while she lived with her father in Gibraltar.

She shared this experience while leaning against a Moorish wall in the old town of Gibraltar. The whole passage is quite explicit in nature and uses the “stream of consciousness” technique, which Joyce brought to literature for the first time. The section is referred to as Molly Bloom’s soliloquy or the Penelope episode/chapter.

Theyd die down dead off their feet if ever they got the chance
of walking down the Alameda on an officers arm like me on the bandnight..

I knew more about men when I was 15 than they’ll all know at 50..

The sardines and the bream in Catalan bay round the back of the rock..

He kissed me under the Moorish wall and I thought well as well him as another..

He asked me would I say yes.. my mountain flower..

And yes I said yes I will Yes.

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