Hollow shells

As Mr. Deasy counts out Stephen's wages in Nestor, Stephen's "embarrassed hand" passes over a collection of sea shells that the old man keeps in a "cold stone mortar," including one that Stephen thinks of as "the scallop of St. James." A scallop shell is the symbol associated with St. James the Greater, whose shrine at Compostela, Spain, has drawn many thousands of religious pilgrims from the Middle Ages to the present—hence Stephen's fancy that the mortar full of shells is "An old pilgrim's hoard."

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