In an odd amalgamation of literary borrowings, Stephen fuses Douglas Hyde's romantic west-of-Ireland "mouth to my mouth" with a gothic vampire motif: "He comes, pale vampire, through storm his eyes, his bat sails bloodying the sea, mouth to her mouth's kiss." This prose revery in Proteus ripens into a rhymed quatrain before Stephen leaves the strand (though the lines are withheld from the reader until Aeolus), and he continues thinking about vampires in Oxen of the Sun and Circe. His principal source is clearly fellow Dubliner Bram Stoker.

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Photographic portrait of Bram Stoker ca. 1906. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Digital painting by an unknown artist. Source: medium.com.

Plate from William T. Horton's A Book of Images. Source: socks-studio.com.

Cover page of a reprint of the British penny dreadful series (1845), featuring five bat-man figures. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

1931 photograph of Bela Lugosi as Dracula from Universal Studios. Source: Wikimedia Commons.