“Not now”—Breakfast at No. 7

  • Peter Kuch


While he removed the explicit reference to divorce from his account of the Blooms’ breakfasts from the final draft, Joyce nevertheless retained the scenario of them eating separately and sleeping head to toe as a way of indicating that by 16 June 1904 Molly and Bloom were already divorced a mensa et thoro—that is, separated from bed and board. This chapter further argues that their breakfasts are more conventional, more class-conscious, and more gendered than has hitherto been recognized; that Bloom is more strategic and more self-protective; and that his post-midnight consideration—“divorce, not now”—is prefigured by the breakfasts eaten and ordered and by his preference for probabilistic inductive reasoning framed as “not now.”


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  1. Crispi, Luca. Joyce’s Creative Process and the Construction of Characters in “Ulysses”: Becoming the Blooms. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Kuch
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  1. 1.University of OtagoDunedinNew Zealand

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