“The Hours” Necklace
I sketched the initial design for this necklace about a year ago and it has been a work-in-progress ever since. I had to find the right watch faces—particularly one large enough to hold the names of the Dubliners who inhabit the pages of “Wandering Rocks.”
Lucky for me I finally came across the perfect pocketwatch face! “The Hours” is my favorite creation thus far (and you must pardon my Woolf-humor here). Each episode is represented by its own individual watch face with its corresponding time in Ulysses. For a detailed description of each episode’s time, see Stuart Gilbert’s James Joyce’s Ulysses.
Like my post, two days previous, I used a word or short phrase to represent (and hopefully encapsulate) each episode. A list of episodes and their representative words/phrases is below:
Telemachus: “Stately Plump”
Nestor: “history is a nightmare”
Proteus: “ineluctable modality of the visible”
Calypso: “faintly scented urine”
Lotus-Eaters: “flowers of idleness”
Hades: “Poor Paddy!”
Aeolus: “DEAR DIRTY DUBLIN”
Scylla & Charybdis: “The one about Hamlet”
Wandering Rocks: I used the shortest version of each Dubliner’s name: Conmee, Kelleher, Sailor, Katey, Boody, Boylan, Artifoni, Stephen, Dunne, Lambert, Lenehan, Flynn, Bloom, Dilly, Simon, Kernan, Cowley, Cunningham, Mulligan, Dignam, and cavalcade. I also added “Dublin” as I think that Dublin is the main character of this episode.
Sirens: “Jingle. Bloo”
Cyclops: “the citizen”
Oxen of the Sun: “wombfruit”
Eumaeus: “cabman’s shelter”
Ithaca: “womb weary”
Penelope: “yes”—there are 3 watch faces devoted to Molly’s recurring “yeses” in the episode.
11 more days till Bloomsday!