Mulligan's "great searching eyes" are the first of many eyes that one becomes aware of in reading this book. Our chief physical access to most of the characters in Ulysses is through descriptions either of their clothes or of their eyes, and the eyes have it in terms of conveying information about their minds.

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A Roman statue of Athena (Minerva) from the 1st century CE, displayed in the Louvre. Source: Wikimedia Commons.