“Pineapple rock, lemon platt, butter scotch. A sugarsticky girl shovelling scoopfuls of creams for a christian brother. Some school treat. Bad for their tummies. Lozenge and comfit manufacturer to His Majesty the King. God. Save. Our. Sitting on his throne sucking red jujubes white.
A sombre Y.M.C.A. young man, watchful among the warm sweet fumes of Graham Lemon‘s, placed a throwaway in a hand of Mr Bloom.”
and in Episode 11 – Sirens:
“By Graham Lemon‘s pineapple rock, by Elvery’s elephant jingly jogged.”
Above, we also see a mention of Elvery’s elephant, the story of which is detailed in Antonia Hart’s Ghost Signs of Dublin book. In Bloom’s time, the elephant would have resided on a plinth above what is now Supermacs on O’Connell Street. (Irish Times article, 15 Nnovember 2014)
Elvery’s Elephant House receives a mention earlier in Ulysses in Episode 6 – Hades:
“A tall blackbearded figure, bent on a stick, stumping round the corner of Elvery’s Elephant house, showed them a curved hand open on his spine.”
“In Youkstetter‘s, the porkbutcher’s, Father Conmee observed pig’s puddings, white and black and red, lie neatly curled in tubes.”
Can you think of any other signs around the city which were mentioned in Ulysses? Leave suggestions in the comments below.
2015 post on the ghost signs of James Joyce’s Ulysses
One of the most iconic ghost signs in Dublin is that of Finn’s Hotel on South Leinster Street, home of the infamous first meeting of James Joyce and Nora Barnacle in June 1904. Nora Barnacle worked as a chambermaid in Finn’s Hotel. Joyce and Barnacle had their first date on 16 June 1904. This subsequently was the day on which Ulysses was set and is now celebrated annually as “Bloomsday”.