Norman W. Tupper and the policeman’s lap
U 12.1165-74: -- And here she is, says Alf, that was giggling over the Police Gazette with Terry on the counter, in all her warpaint [...]
A number of people have very aptly drawn attention recently to a story in the National Police Gazette of 16 September 1893, which tells how Norman W. Tupper returned unexpectedly early from work one day to find his wife in the arms of a local policeman. Joyce is certainly referring to this story, and must have had the issue with him in Zurich in the summer of 1919 when he added “<Molly: Police Gazette>” to his Cyclops notesheets (Herring, p. 102).
But Joyce was at times influenced by images, and we should pay particular attention to the sketch which accompanied the story, several pages further on (p. 5). The image shows a distraught and moustachioed Tupper bursting in on the couple, with Mrs Tupper draped suggestively over an equally moustachioed and seated Officer Taylor’s. In Joyce’s description Tupper is wielding a gun ('peashooter'), whereas in the sketch he is just flailing his arms (it was Taylor who had the revolver).
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