With all the irregular movements in Nausicaa Gerty's limping walk, Bloom's masturbation, the jerky flight of a hovering bat , the abrupt and erratic changes of scene and perspective, and finally the seasick movement of the sea (1189; 1162, "Do fish ever get seasick?") - one can't help but accumulate a sensation of "nausea" (1187) over the chapter's course. But if we can swing with the off-kilter events (and morals) in this chapter, we may begin to intuit that they are a portal to epiphany; Joyce's espoused errata as portal has become "erratic erotica" as portal.
At the outset of Nausicaa, we get many signals that the pending scene is of a special, radiant, and (self-consciously) "religiously marked" quality. Its events take place at a "mysterious" (1) hour, and will be presided over by the "pure radiance [of] a beacon... Mary, star of the sea"(7-8). Chants and incantations to Mary fill the beach; the narrative flashes quickly to evening incantations to her or related ecclesiastic ritual just before (289) and throughout the Bloom-Gerty encounter scene. We are given the slight impression that Gerty is the acting Mary in situ, the special avatar and...
Join Now to View Premium Content
GradeSaver provides access to 819 study guide PDFs and quizzes, 6114 literature essays, 1715 sample college application essays, 245 lesson plans, and ad-free surfing in this premium content, “Members Only” section of the site! Membership includes a 10% discount on all editing orders.
Already a member? Log in