What special affinities appeared to him to exist between the moon and woman?

Her antiquity in preceding and surviving successive tellurian generations: her nocturnal predominance: her satellitic dependence: her luminary reflection: her constancy under all her phases, rising, and setting by her appointed times, waxing and waning: the forced invariability of her aspect: her indeterminate response to inaffirmative interrogation: her potency over effluent and refluent waters: her power to enamour, to mortify, to invest with beauty, to render insane, to incite to and aid delinquency: the tranquil inscrutability of her visage: the terribility of her isolated dominant implacable resplendent propinquity: her omens of tempest and of calm: the stimulation of her light, her motion and her presence: the admonition of her craters, her arid seas, her silence: her splendour, when visible: her attraction, when invisible.

– Ulysses, Ithaca


images, top to bottom, left to right:

Oxus Treasure found in Afghanistan from Achaemenian Persian era
Moon herself, by Thimindu Goonattilake
Absurd, the count noticing a big yellow Zero on James Joyce’s head, Max Braun
Nuwara Eliya hill in Sri Lanka, heart of the tea industry, Muhun Sathasivam


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