Molly Bloom's Speech

...the sun shines for you he said the day we were lying among the rhododendrons on Howth head in the grey tweed suit and his straw hat the day I got him to propose to me yes like now yes 16 years ago my God after that long kiss I near lost my breath yes he said I was a flower of the mountains yes so we are flowers all a womans body yes that was one true thing he said in his life and the sun shines for you today yes...

...I was a Flower of the mountains yes when I put the rose in my hair like the Andalusian girls used or shall I wear a red yes and how he kissed me under the Moorish wall and I thought well as well him as another and then I asked him with my eyes to ask again yes and then he asked me would I yes to say yes my mountain flower and first I put my arms around him and yes and drew him down to me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will yes.


1914, 1918 by Margaret Caroline Anderson; renewed 1942, 1946 by Nora Joseph Joyce; renewed 1962 by Lucia and George Joyce.


(Adopting the style of Joyce for a moment yes the speech from which the above passages were lifted goes on seemingly forever in fact it closes out the final chapter of the book in what amounts to a forty page stream of consciousness rant yes in essence a run-on sentence full of loads of rambling with quite a bit of fairly explicit sexual content yes I won't pretend to understand even a small portion of what's actually going on here yes but it appears Molly is remembering the day she received her marriage proposal yes how Kate transformed this extremely abstruse material into The Sensual World is a testament to her brilliance...)


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