The fashionable Mulligan wears a "Panama hat" as he walks from the tower to the swimming hole, its "brims . . . quivering" in the shore breeze. Shortly after, the narrative makes it a "Mercury's hat quivering in the fresh wind," the moving brims having suggested a connection with the ancient messenger god.

JH 2011

Man with Panama Hat (2003), oil painting by Juan Diego Sisay. Source: www.stony-hill-madison.com.