slams behind him as he enters into this newly minted
morning sunshine so thick
one feels like a fish swimming through it.
Sunlight spangles a tiny puddle
turning it into a jewel that only the eye can cherish.
Ahhhh "...the ineluctable modality of the visible."
He turns right into Upper Dorset Street
pulling an "Ahhh...howya!"out of the man who makes the false teeth.
Then turning left into Eccles Street
giving the nod to No. 7 Bloom's house in ULYSSES.
Here in its run down state though still shining in his fictionality.
Soon they will knock it down and what will the tourists
do then poor things.
Sure some bright spark will rescue it from its rubble
and the door will live again some streets away again.
Ahhh...." the ineluctable modality of the visible."
I go to Quinn's gym to get my Molly
( Philomena her name is )
a cottage cheese with pineapple on a Weetabix base.
It is a 16th of June somewhere in the 80's
as I retrace my own earlier Joycean footsteps.
Rat-a-tat-tat on Bloom's door. "Are ya there Leopold?"
But the bold Leopold doesn't answer.
The 16th of forever I am
"...walking through it howsomever."
The sun smirks as such Joyceisms.
"I am, a stride of a time.
A very short space of time through very short times of space."
A horse and cart as if from the past
saunters by timelessly.
Ah "...the ineluctable modality of the audible."
My Molly who is really a Philomena
spoons the deliciousness of the creamy dessert
into her and yes she says
As the old woman on a bicycle so perfectly puts. . .
Ineluctable – that which cannot be escaped from.
modality– A condition like eyesight. Hearing is a modality. However, from each condition a limitation can also be implied. As eyesight is a modality, it also implies the limitation of not being able to hear, or being limited by the quality of our eyesight. A modality only offers a partial reality. Eyesight doesn’t give us reality in its entirety, because it can’t give us hearing or taste, both which add aspects to reality. Eyesight, hearing, and taste are all visible modalities, and all limiting, even together.
By its nature of being visible, it is an ineluctable modality. That which is visible is limited because it’s being observed by a modality which implies a limitation.
This is the entire sentence as it appears in Ulysses:
“Ineluctable modality of the visible: at least that if no more, thought through my eyes.”
This means his current thought is only about what he is observing through his eyes. “at least that and no more” implies the limitations of eye sight and he is saying here that there is more. There is an old saying that goes “there is more than meets the eye.”