Having mocked Stephen's "absurd name," Mulligan says ingratiatingly, "My name is absurd too: Malachi Mulligan, two dactyls." Malachi (probably pronounced MAL-ə-kee, a "dactyl," rather than MAL-ə-KYE, ) is not as unusual an Irish name as Dedalus: the Irish name Malachy is a common Anglicized form of Maoilsheachlainn, a follower of St. Seachlainn. Spelled the way it is in the novel, however, it is uncommon enough to encourage a hunt for symbolic significance. The most obvious analogue makes Mulligan a messenger of God.

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Orthodox icon of the Prophet Malachia. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

The Flying Mercury, by Giovanni da Bologna, 1580. Source: www.myastrologybook.com,