Great parcels of groceries and delicacies and dried fruits arrived from the city. He strove to forget them in an act of prayer, huddling his limbs closer together and binding down his eyelids: but the senses of his soul would not be bound and, though his eyes were shut fast, he saw the places where he had sinned and, though his ears were tightly covered, he heard. Vague words for a vague emotion. Ha! Ha! Ha! Mr Dedalus turned to his wife and interjected in his natural voice: --Shows you the spirit in which they take the boys there.