Edward Quinn, James Joyce's Dublin, with Selected Writings from Joyce's Works (Nice, 1974).
"On now. Dare it. Let there be life.
They want to see the views of Dublin from the top of
Nelson’s pillar. They save up three and tenpence in a red tin letterbox
moneybox. They shake out the threepenny bits and a sixpence and coax out the
pennies with the blade of a knife. Two and three in silver and one and seven in
coppers. They put on their bonnets and best clothes and take their umbrellas
for fear it m ay come on to rain.
Wise virgins, professors MacHugh said.
LIFE ON THE RAW
They buy one and fourpenceworth of brawn and four slices
of panloaf at the north city dining rooms in Marlborough street from Miss Kate
They purchase four and twenty ripe plums from a girl at
the foot of Nelson’s pillar to take off the thirst of the brawn. They give two
threepenny bits to the gentleman at the turnstile and begin to waddle slowly up
the winding staircase, grunting, encouraging each other, afraid of the dark,
panting, one asking the other have you the brawn, praising God and the Blessed
Virgin, threatening to come down, peeping at the airslits. Glory be to God.
They had no idea it was that high."