Noting that his witticism about piers has gone unappreciated by the boys, in Nestor Stephen considers contributing it to "Haines's chapbook," recalling what Haines told him in Telemachus: "I intend to make a collection of your sayings if you will let me." But the prospect of becoming one more entertaining colonial writer read by snooty English overlords contributes to Stephen's depressive sense of historical futility.

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Henry VIII playing a harp in the company of his jester Will Somers, in the King's Psalter, dating probably from the later 16th century and held in the British Museum, London. Source: www.zwoje-scrolls.com.