by James Joyce
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Edy Boardman

Character Analysis

Edy Boardman appears in Episode 13 as one of the girls on Sandymount Strand. She is there with her baby, who Cissy keeps playing with. Edy, being the only mother on the beach, appears a bit more grown up then the rest. When she asks Gerty about a boy who recently dumped her, Gerty thinks that Edy is jealous, though it is impossible to know if this is actually so. Edy, like Cissy, corresponds to one of the handmaidens to Princess Nausicaa (Gerty) in Book 6 of the Odyssey. She also appears very briefly in "Circe," where she is concerned about being seen in Nighttown.

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