As Mulligan is holding Stephen's arm and saying, "I'm the only one that knows what you are. Why don't you trust me more?" Stephen is thinking, "Cranly's arm. His arm." He compares Mulligan's close approach to a very similar moment of physical closeness in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man that ended unhappily.

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George Clancy, J. F. Byrne (the model for Cranly), and Joyce while they were students at University College, Dublin. Reproduced in Ellmann courtesy of Southern Illinois University Library.