Forestalling any performance of Stephen's Shakespeare theory until later, Mulligan declares in Telemachus, "I'm not equal to Thomas Aquinas and the fiftyfive reasons he has made to prop it up. Wait till I have a few pints in me first." Stephen thinks of the philosopher in Proteus: "Morose delectation Aquinas tunbelly calls this." When he finally expounds his theory in Scylla and Charybdis, he does not use Aquinian ideas nearly as much as he did in articulating his aesthetic theorizings in A Portrait; but he does refer affectionately to Aquinas as a philosopher “whose gorbellied works I enjoy reading in the original.” 

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Saint Thomas Aquinas as painted in the fifteenth century by Fra Angelico. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Roman marble copy of a Greek bronze bust of Aristotle made by Lysippus ca. 330 BC, held in the National Museum of Rome. The alabaster mantle was added later. Source: