The Ulysses Watch by jjqblog
November 9, 2011, 1:39 PM
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According to the Irish Times, on December 5th an unusual bit of Joyceana will be up for sale at a Dublin auction house: John O’Connell’s pocket watch.  Astute readers of Ulysses will recall that “Hades” describes the caretaker of Glasnevin Cemetery hanging “his thumbs in the loops of his gold watch chain” while speaking in “a discreet tone” to the “vacant smiles” of mourners.  The family apparently preserved the object after O’Connell’s death in 1925, fondly calling it “the Ulysses watch.”  The auctioneers expect to command bids of up to €8,000–an extraordinary price for one of many such everyday items cataloged in Ulysses.  No word on whether Oliver Gogarty’s cracked mirror or Mr. Nanetti’s shears will be up for bid next!


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