The absent presence of the contemporary Irish playwright John Millicent Synge hovers about the literati in Scylla and Charybdis, and Buck Mulligan parodies the style of Synge's characters' speech. Later, in Oxen of the Sun, that style irrupts briefly into the paragraph written in the Gothic mode as Haines recalls Mulligan's mocking imitations of western Irish speech.

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Drawing of Synge by Jack Yeats, 1907. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Synge's "harsh gargoyle face." Source: Wikimedia Commons.