The money-conscious Mr. Deasy brags to Stephen and challenges him: "I paid my way. I never borrowed a shilling in my life. Can you feel that? I owe nothing. Can you?" Mentally ticking through a list of debts, Stephen acknowledges that he cannot say the same. But the problem is far worse than Deasy knows: Stephen's debts are compounded by mad, self-destructive prodigality. He recognizes the problem, but he cannot help himself, as the succeeding events of June 16 poignantly demonstrate.

JH 2012

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