[cf. Gabler 20: 9-10; 1922 24:6-10]
While the student pauses, Stephen is stuck on Blake; Rob illustrates Stephen’s thoughts by sampling from Blake’s apocalyptic illuminations. The first of these is from The Book of Urizen the deity of religions and laws
Next, whereas Blake’s “Ancient of Days” depicts God creating the cosmos, Rob uses it to show Stephen contemplating a fiery end of the world, linking ends and beginnings–a combination that animated the work of Blake, and that will lurk in Stephen’s thoughts. Has he reached an endpoint in his life? If so, what comes next; what will be born from the ashes of his old existence?