Ruefully setting off at the end of Nestor with Deasy's letter warning about cattle disease, Stephen thinks that Mulligan will now have yet another mocking nickname for him: "the bullockbefriending bard." But it is Stephen who is coining the phrase, and the mission is one that James Joyce himself briefly embraced. The name evokes several distinctive threads in Joyce's art and Stephen's character.

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