Having mocked Stephen's "absurd name," Mulligan says ingratiatingly, "My name is absurd too: Malachi Mulligan, two dactyls." Malachi (MAL-ə-kee, a "dactyl") is not as unusual an Irish name as Dedalus, but 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,