Ruefully setting off on Deasy's cattle disease business, Stephen thinks that Mulligan will now have yet another mocking nickname for him: "the bullockbefriending bard." But of course it is Stephen who is coining the phrase, and it coheres with other features of his persona, including the mythological associations of his last name, his tastes in philosophy and literature, and, most directly, his connections with his creator.

JH 2012

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