by James Joyce
Gerty MacDowell Timeline and Summary
Episode 13: Nausicaa
- At 8pm Gerty MacDowell is seated on the rocks down on Sandymount Strand.
- Her thought is rendered in the style of a romantic girl's novel.
- She daydreams of Reggy Wylie, a young boy who used to bicycle up and down outside her window.
- Gerty imagines getting married.
- She remembers her father, who was a drunk and was violent in the house.
- Gerty's nephews are playing ball, and it rolls over to Bloom. When he tries to throw it back he accidentally sends it over in Cissy's direction.
- Looking at Bloom's face, she thinks it is the saddest she has ever seen.
- With the sound of a nearby temperance group (religious group preaching moderation) in the background, Gerty slowly lifts up her skirts so that Bloom can see her underwear.
- She basks in his gaze and imagines a life together.
- When a Roman Candle shoots up, Bloom has an orgasm as he is off masturbating behind a rock.
- Gerty stands up to move on, and he realizes that she is lame in one foot.
Episode 15: Circe
- Gerty appears briefly in one of Bloom's masochistic dreams in Nighttown. At first she seems to yell at Bloom for masturbating to her, but then says that she enjoyed it.