Shine on, Harvest Moon
U 8.600-3: Where Pat Kinsella had his Harp theatre before Whitbred ran the Queen's. Broth of a boy. Dion Boucicault business with his harvestmoon face in a poky bonnet. Three Purty Maids from School. How time flies eh? Showing long red pantaloons under his skirts.
Bloom's memory seems to take him back to the early 1880s, as J. W. Whitbread took over the Queen's Theatre in 1884. The specific reference may be to Henry Byron's burlesque Miss Eily O'Connor (founded on Boucicault's drama The Colleen Bawn), which was performed at the Queen's Theatre in Dublin in February 1882 “with the additional attraction of new local and topical songs, dances and dresses”1 and with Pat Kinsella in the title role. One of the stage directions in the play says that Miss Eily “[…] puts on her red cloak and bonnet”.2
1 Freeman’s Journal (1882), 27 February
2 Henry J. Byron, Miss Eily O'Connor (London, ?1861), scene 3, p. 24
3 The analogy itself is much older, though. See, for example, William Kennedy’s Siege of Antwerp (1838), act. 1, scene 1, p. 2: "Why thy face like a harvest moon, and thy girth as ample as a German abbot's, are the very types of high feasting!"
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