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[singlepic id=96 w=320 h=240 float=left] Stephen has complained to Mulligan about their visitor, Haines, and Mulligan has threatened some violence against him if he acts up again.  This has led Stephen to a sequence of thoughts about Mulligan’s real or imagined hazing of one Clive Kempthorpe, involving at least the threat of castration. From here, […]

Telemachus 0018

[singlepic id=95 w=320 h=240 float=left] Mulligan sees he has gone too far with his teasing and condescension–more to the point, he is aware that dissheveled and depressed as Stephen may seem now, he has enormous potential as a writer, at least as a crafter of epigrams, and he wants to be on the right side […]

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[singlepic id=92 w=320 h=240 float=left] [Cf. 1922 6:7-28; Gabler 1:112-134] Mulligan is fencing with Stephen fairly aggressively here.  He is by turns generous and condescending, surprisingly dismissive and admiring, charming and intolerable. One thing that strikes me on reading this passage is Mulligan’s none-too-subtle playing of “the class card” with Stephen. “Dogsbody” has all kinds […]

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[singlepic id=91 w=320 h=240 float=right] (cf. 1922, 5.31 – 6.6; Gabler, 1.100-11) Stephen has just been accused by Mulligan of performing more than feeling his grief, of being the “loveliest mummer of them all” who prominently wears his mourning for his mother, but who refused to honor her final wish before she died. Stephen doesn’t […]

Telemachus 0013

[singlepic id=90 w=320 h=240 float=left] [cf. 1922, 5:26-30; Gabler 1:94-99] What does Mulligan mean when he calls Stephen a “lovely mummer”?  Here in Philadelphia, mummery capital of the world, we can’t help but think like this. Sadly, this is probably not what Mulligan has in mind.  Rather, Mulligan means that he’s disguised, he’s pretending to […]