Currying favor with Stephen in Telemachus, Mulligan promises to take his side against the frighteningly aggressive Haines: "If he makes any noise here I'll bring down Seymour and we'll give him a ragging worse than they gave Clive Kempthorpe." He seems to be recalling an incident of schoolboy hazing from his time at Oxford University (Oliver Gogarty spent a term there in early 1904), and Stephen responds with a revery about such an event happening at "Magdalen" (pronounced Maudlin), one of the Oxford colleges. The violence implicit in the scene softens his stance toward Haines.

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Magdalen College quadrangle. Source: www.canstockphoto.com.