Doffing his dressing gown, Mulligan likens himself to the Savior humiliated by Roman soldiers: "Mulligan is stripped of his garments." In Scylla and Charybdis Stephen follows suit, reciting apparently for Mulligan's benefit (he has just been thinking of the "Brood of mockers: Photius, pseudomalachi, Johann Most") the fact that Jesus, "stripped and whipped, was nailed like bat to barndoor." This event from Christ's passion is one of fourteen stages in the Catholic devotional practice called the Stations of the Cross.

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The 10th station, by an unknown artist. Source: www.catholicculture.org.