Were they indefinitely inactive?
At Stephen's suggestion, at Bloom's instigation both, first Stephen,
then Bloom, in penumbra urinated, their sides contiguous, their
organs of micturition reciprocally rendered invisible by manual
circumposition, their gazes, first Bloom's, then Stephen's, elevated
to the projected luminous and semiluminous shadow.
The trajectories of their, first sequent, then simultaneous, urinations
were dissimilar: Bloom's longer, less irruent, in the incomplete form
of the bifurcated penultimate alphabetical letter who in his ultimate
year at High School (1880) had been capable of attaining the point of
greatest altitude against the whole concurrent strength of the institution,
210 scholars: Stephen's higher, more sibilant, who in the ultimate hours
of the previous day had augmented by diuretic consumption an insistent
What different problems presented themselves to each concerning the
invisible audible collateral organ of the other?
To Bloom: the problems of irritability, tumescence, rigidity, reactivity,
dimension, sanitariness, pelosity. To Stephen: the problem of the sacerdotal
integrity of Jesus circumcised (1st January, holiday of obligation to
hear mass and abstain from unnecessary servile work) and the problem
as to whether the divine prepuce, the carnal bridal ring of the holy
Roman catholic apostolic church, conserved in Calcata, were deserving
of the simple hyperduly or of the fourth degree of latria accorded
to the abscission of such divine excrescences as hair and toenails.