Monday, June 15, 2009
"Another slice of bread and butter: three, four: right. She didn't like her plate full. Right. He turned from the tray, lifted the kettle off the hob and set it sideways on the fire. It sat there, dull and squat, its spout stuck out. Cup of tea soon. Good. Mouth dry. The cat walked stiffly round a leg of the table with tail on high. ---Mkgnao!...Mrkgnao! the cat cried" (U 55).
"Calypso," where we first meet Leopold Bloom, is full of so many rich images it was difficult to create just one piece for this particular collection series; however, I decided upon something simpler since several of my pieces were more involved and perhaps less wearable ("Proteus" is a prime example of this!). Bloom making breakfast, with the mewing of a persistent cat, seemed a nice place to start! The necklace quotes the "Mrkgnao!" of the cat and symbolically represents Bloom's morning. The charms I selected all are symbols presented in this episode which reverberate throughout Ulysses: Bloom's keylessness (i.e. the key charm), his Jewish heritage (the Star of David charm), his alternate identity as Henry Flower and flowers in general (the flower charm--in full bloom might I add!), and last but not least the tea kettle, which we return to in the end with Molly's monologue in "Penelope." A very wearable piece!