Molly Bloom

The voluptuous and flirtatious wife of Bloom.  Molly (whose full name is Marion, maiden name Tweedy) is a 33-year-old singer.  She was raised in Gibraltar by an Irish military man; her mother, Lunita Laredo, is a dim and exotic memory, possibly a dancer, possibly something more questionable.  She spends virtually the entire day in bed, first alone after Bloom leaves, then with her lover “Blazes” Boylan, and then during her nighttime monologue in the final chapter.

Hugh “Blazes” Boylan

Boylan is Molly’s manager and soon-to-be lover; he is arranging her latest tour and they are using his needing to bring her new music as a cover story for their tryst later in the day.  He’s depicted as something of a player.  He first appears in “Calypso” as a “bold hand”:  Bloom discovers a letter from him in the hallway of 7 Eccles Street.  Bloom’s and Boylan’s paths intersect throughout the day as Bloom travels away from his house and Boylan travels towards it, but they never speak.