The caption reads: Mr Bloom smiled O rocks at two windows of the ballast office
He is remembering earlier that morning that Molly had asked him to explain the word metempsychosis from a book he had given her. His learned explanation only confused her further. – O, rocks! she said. Tell us in plain words. Thereafter she pronounces the word as “met him pike hoses”
I am always reminded of that when I see the posters appealing for funding for 65 Roses, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. “Sixty five roses” is how young children first pronounce the name of the condition.