Past Windmill lane
At the beginning of Lotus Eaters Bloom walks eastward
on Sir John Rogerson's Quay,
"past Windmill Lane, Leask's the linseed crusher, the
postal telegraph office. Could have given that address too.
And past the sailors' home." As his interruption
indicates, one of these four addresses holds some slight
interest for him.
Windmill Lane opens off the quay to the right, travels a
single city block, turns right, and dead-ends at Creighton
Street, forming a short "L." Just past it Bloom sees the
shopfront of Leask's, which Gifford, reading Thom's,
identifies as "H. M. Leask & Co., linseed crushers, oil
and linseed cake manufacturers, 14-15 Rogerson's Quay." The
business is long gone, but the brick structure remains. Gareth
Collins notes that it is "pretty much the only original
building remaining on Sir John Rogerson's Quay."
19 Rogerson's Quay held the "Shipwrecked Mariners' Society." Between Leask's and the old salts' home, Gifford observes, was the "Town Sub-Post Office, Savings Bank, and Money Order Office at 18 Rogerson's Quay. Bloom reflects that he could have used this post office as a blind in addition to the one in Westland Row toward which he is circling." Unlike his wife, he is quite surreptitious about his adulterous correspondence.