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Joyce - Molly's monologue
The passage is drawn from the very last part of the novel, revolves around Molly’s interior monologue. Molly is Leopold’s wife and the main character in the last part of the novel. Unlike Ulysses’ wife, Penelope, she’s unfaithful to her husband
Molly is lying in her bed, half awake half asleep, and thinking about her past and present life. Although there’s no punctuation, the word “yes” works as a connector between sentences and creates a sort of punctuation.
At the beginning of the passage Molly remembers the day when Leopold asked her to marry him. She liked him because he was a sensitive man. Actually, Molly encouraged Leopold to ask her to get married; she didn’t answer immediately and looked at the sea and the sky.
Then she thinks about what happened to her even before she knew Leopold. She remembers her youth in Gibraltar, other men and other kisses.
In the last part of the monologue there’s a climax of her stream of consciousness and erotic thoughts. Molly’s flux of thoughts is now back at when she and Leopold got engaged. She remembers she told him to ask again with her eyes and then she put her arms around him and said “ yes”.
The interior monologue is the techinique employed by Joyce to translate the stream of consciousness, that is the flux of thoughts in an individual's mind, into words.