The "Cousins" listed among Stephen's creditors in Nestor to the tune of "ten shillings" is James Cousins, a Dublin poet, critic, and Theosophist. He was nearly nine years older than Joyce, and at the time represented in the novel he was married and living in Sandymount. Joyce was friends with the couple. He attended evening gatherings at their house and very briefly lived with them in the summer of 1904.

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Photographic portrait of Margaret Cousins and James Cousins, date unknown. Source:

Margaret Cousins in a 1931 or 1932 photograph. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

James Cousins painted by an unknown artist. Source: Wikimedia Commons.