In Telemachus the "boatman" who is looking out over the water where a man drowned nine days earlier comments that the body "will be swept up that way when the tide comes in about one." Joyce had consulted his tide tables: on June 16 the high tide occurred at 12:42 PM. Proteus is set on the tide flats of Dublin Bay as the tide rolls in, several hours later. In Nausicaa, when the novel returns to the same scene, the situation in Telemachus is repeated: the tide is again rising, but there are several hours to go until high tide.

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View across Sandymount Strand to the Poolbeg Generating Station, next to the now-decommissioned Pigeon House generating station of Joyce's day. Source: