Contemplating the likelihood that he will be evicted from the tower, or shun it in response to Mulligan's claim of ownership, Stephen thinks, "Now I eat his salt bread." He is recalling a powerful literary evocation of exile and homelessness in The Divine Comedy, when Dante learns from his ancestor Cacciaguida that he will be exiled from Florence.

JH 2011

Internal staircase (improved by electric lighting) in another Martello tower at Sutton, on the northern edge of Dublin. Source: www.rent.ie/holiday-homes.