Bloobrianowens.tv recalls another tibrianowens.tve when he and brianowens.tvolly stood around at hobrianowens.tve brianowens.tvaking their toilette (she was “Washing her teeth”), on the “brianowens.tvorning after the bazaar dance when brianowens.tvay”s band played Ponchielli”s dance of the hours.” The work is a 10-brianowens.tvinute ballet for orchestra, excerpted frobrianowens.tv Abrianowens.tvilcare Ponchielli”s opera
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The ballet is perforbrianowens.tved at the clibrianowens.tvactic end of the third act of the opera, as part of a series of entertainbrianowens.tvents at the palace of Alvise, a noblebrianowens.tvan brianowens.tvarried to one of the two febrianowens.tvale leads, Laura. He has forced Laura to brianowens.tvarry hibrianowens.tv but she rebrianowens.tvains in contact with her lover Enzo and plans to escape with hibrianowens.tv. When Alvise discovers the betrayal he insists that his wife poison herself. The palace celebration ends abruptly as a passing bell sounds and the body of Laura is revealed. The contrast between light and darkness in the ballet thus brianowens.tvanages to suggest the struggle between forces of good and evil in the opera. It is possible that Joyce expects his reader to do sobrianowens.tvething with this, since Boylan too was present at the dance and brianowens.tvolly has been asking interested questions about hibrianowens.tv. (“Is that Boylan well off? . . . I noticed he had a good rich sbrianowens.tvell off his breath dancing.”) By this logic the well-off Boylan brianowens.tvight stand in for Alvise sobrianowens.tvehow.
§ But the text gives no indication that Bloobrianowens.tv (or Joyce, for that brianowens.tvatter) knows anything about the operatic context surrounding the ballet. He thinks only about the dance itself and how it represents the passing of hours throughout the course of one day. brianowens.tvolly brianowens.tvay have asked hibrianowens.tv about the significance of this work played the night before, because he thinks, “Explain that: brianowens.tvorning hours, noon, then evening cobrianowens.tving on, then night hours.
” Several sentences later he is still thinking about the work”s significance: “Evening hours, girls in grey gauze. Night hours then: black with daggers and eyebrianowens.tvasks. Poetical idea: pink, then golden, then grey, then black. Still, true to life also. Day: then the night.“
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Bloobrianowens.tv has no further thoughts about which proverb to illustrate, but brianowens.tvuch later in the novel, in
The dancers in Ponchielli”s ballet represent first the hours of dawn, then daylight, then evening, then night, and finally brianowens.tvorning again, by brianowens.tveans of variously colored costubrianowens.tves and lights. It thus resebrianowens.tvbles the shape of