Saturday, June 16, 2007

Hypertextually speaking, yes they said yes

To celebrate Bloomsday, 2007, here's a brief selection of affirmations from Ulysses by James Joyce, an online concordance that describes itself as "a hypertextual, self-referential edition of Ulysses by James Joyce." There are 360 occurrences of the word "yes" in Ulysses, and here are a few of them, concluding with the most famous. (The numbers in brackets are the line numbers in the Project Gutenberg online edition.)

[Telemachus] [72] --Yes, my love?
[Telemachus] [284] --Yes? Buck Mulligan said. What did I say? I forget.
[Telemachus] [1049] --Yes.
[Telemachus] [1075] --Yes. Make room in the bed.
[Nestor] [1276] --Yes, sir. Hockey at ten, sir.
[Proteus] [2412] Yes, evening will find itself in me, without me.
[Calypso] [2900] --Yes. Who's he when he's at home?
[Calypso] [2920] --Yes, she said. There's nothing smutty in it.
[Lotus-Eaters] [3360] --Yes, yes, Mr Bloom said after a dull sigh. Another gone
[Lotus-Eaters] [3370] --O, yes, Mr Bloom said. Tiptop, thanks.
[Lotus-Eaters] [3415] --Yes, Mr Bloom said.
[Sirens] [12660] None nought said nothing. Yes.
[Cyclops] [15374] --Yes, says Bloom. That's well known. Did you not know that?
[Cyclops] [15500] --Who? says Bloom. Ah, yes. That's quite true.
[Cyclops] [15505] --My wife? says Bloom. She's singing, yes.
[Hades] [4346] --Yes, Mr Bloom said. But the funny part is ...
[Hades] [4479] --Yes, by Jove, Mr Dedalus said.
[Aeolus] [6585] --Bushe? the editor said. Well, yes: Bushe, yes.
[Lestrygonians] [7896] Touch. Fingers. Asking. Answer. Yes.
[Scylla and Charybdis] [9209] --O, yes. If he considers it important it will go in.
[Wandering Rocks] [11293] Know the kind that is. Had it? Yes.
[Wandering Rocks] [11308] Yes. This. Here. Try.
[Wandering Rocks] [11313] Yes. Take this. The end.
[Nausicaa] [17908] Wait. Hm. Hm. Yes. That's her perfume.
[Oxen of the Sun] [19917] TIENS, TIENS, but it is well sad, that, my faith, yes.
[Circe] [20587] MRS BREEN: (EAGERLY) Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes.
[Circe] [20748] BLOOM: I have forgotten for the moment. Ah, yes!
[Eumeus] [25820] --Yes, to be sure, Mr Bloom unaffectedly concurred.
[Ithaca] [27802] Yes, entering softly, he helped to close and chain the door and followed
[Penelope] [32361] I asked him with my eyes to ask again yes and then he asked me would I
[Penelope] [32362] yes to say yes my mountain flower and first I put my arms around him yes
[Penelope] [32363] and drew him down to me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and
[Penelope] [32364] his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will Yes.

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