"Magdalen" (pronounced Maudlin) is one of the colleges that make up Oxford University. A"ragging" (i.e., hazing) such as happens to "Clive Kempthorpe" in Mulligan’s memory may have happened during Oliver Gogarty’s term at Oxford in early 1904, as Gifford speculates. But it seems unlikely that (as he says) both Mulligan and Stephen “recall” it, since Stephen has never been to Oxford. Rather, he must be imagining a scene called up by Mulligan’s words.

JH 2011

Magdalen College quadrangle. Source: www.canstockphoto.com.