Mulligan says that "The sacred pint alone can unbind the tongue of Dedalus." The sacredness of drink is a joke told with deep conviction in Ulysses. Mulligan has earlier proposed a lunchtime drinkfest by spouting the national creed, "Ireland expects that every man this day will do his duty." And he is right about intoxication unbinding Stephen’s tongue.

JH 2011

Chalk drawing at the Fort George Brewery and Public House in Astoria, Oregon. Source: www.oregonlive.com.

Church of the Immaculate Conception, off Merchant's Quay, Dublin. Source: Wikimedia Commons.