Stealing upon larks
Though Bloom may not be exactly slow here, his step obviously looks sneaky to the boys and to the observers in the office. We are reminded of the impression Bloom's walk makes on Stephen when he passes through the library gate before him: "step of a pard" (9.1214) .
Addition (5 July 2020):
1 In a group of notes for the Aeolus episode in one of the Ulysses notebooks (NLI 36,639/5b, p. 23 of 24 unnumbered pages) we find: "LB's boots small nines."
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