Gumley is a friend of Simon Dedalus's that appears in "Eumaeus," where he is paid to watch stones for the city. At one time he had quite a nice job, but gradually fell down the social ladder. Bloom thinks it is on account of his drinking. Elsewhere, we hear that he was sued by Reuben J. Dodd and only got off because he gave the judge a tale of personal woe. When Gumley sees Stephen heading into the cabmen's shelter, Stephen avoids his wave.