I am sorry if someone has already posted this question but I've searched several places as well as this forum before I decided to ask.
In the first Chapter of Ulysses (Telemachus) while eating their breakfast, Buck makes a joke that I am afraid I just don't get.
Here's the quote:
"I'm melting, he said, as the candle remarked when ... But ..."
In Gifford and Seidman's Ulysses Annotated the footnote reads "almost as obviously, the prelude to a dirty joke about female masturbation." Does anyone know what this joke is? Is this a popular joke from Joyce's time that has perhaps fallen out of use?