Paddy Dignam's funeral (version two):
Carriage seating in Hades
Map from James Joyces Dublin: see note 3.
Cunningham, as self-appointed leader, entered first and moved across to take his place on right-hand side of the seat of honour, facing the horses. Power followed, taking the nearside place alongside Cunningham. Next came Dedalus, occupying the rear-facing offside place, opposite Cunningham. Bloom, having deferred to Dedalus, went last, sitting into the vacant nearside spot, with his back to the horses.
Grand Canal Bridge
This is a 1926 photograph11 looking in the same general direction as Bloom, showing the dogs’ home he is looking towards and the gasworks that he cannot see (but can smell).
The veiled sun
While the pointsman could have been on either side of the carriage – because there were points on both sides – with Bloom argued to be at the nearside window facing backwards, the pointsman would have been bending down to change over the points in Westland Row. This would have the effect of joining the Westland Row tracks to either Great Brunswick Street or Lombard Street, depending on the tram destination.
Source: Museum of New Zealand
And here is photographic evidence.13 The Smith O’Brien statue is in the foreground; the O’Connell monument (U 6.249) and Nelson’s Pillar (U 6.293) are in the background.
Cunningham nudging Power is further affirmation that they are side by side. Initially only Cunningham and Power would have been able to see Reuben from their back seat.
They passed Nelson’s Pillar on the right (U 6.294) at the bottom of Upper O’Connell Street.
They go on briskly by North Frederick Street, Blessington Street and Berkeley Street, where music can be heard through Bloom’s open nearside window. It is from a streetorgan near Blessington Street basin, a Dublin Corporation reservoir. (U 6.372-5)
The canal lock is on the western side of Crossguns Bridge, Bloom and Power’s side, so they would be in the better positions to see the bargeman dropping to the lower level in the lock.