by James Joyce
Ulysses Memory and the Past Quotes
How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Chapter.Paragraph), except for the "Circe" episode, which is (Chapter.Line) and the "Penelope" episode, which is (Chapter.Page). We used the Vintage International edition published in 1990.
He asked me would I yes to say yes my mountain flower and first I put my arms around him 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. (18.783)
These being the last lines of the novel, they could be placed in a number of different "Theme" categories. As you'll notice, though, there are simply too many good quotes for us to repeat them. So we're going to look at these lines in terms of memory and the past. Molly's last lines are resounding lines of affirmation. Does the fact that this affirmation is remembered undermine it? Would it be more powerful if she was thinking these thoughts in relation to the present than to the past? Is she thinking this in relation to the present or the past or both? Does this promise of happiness get undercut by the fact that it is remembered or is happiness sustained through memory?