Dringdring

"Dringdring!" sounds three times in one paragraph of Proteus as Stephen imagines priests in various churches and chapels performing their sacred rites: "elevating" the consecrated Host (the priest lifts the wafer toward the heavens and then kneels before the altar), "locking it into a pyx" (a pyx is any receptacle holding the consecrated bread), and "taking housel all to his own cheek" (housel is the act of either giving or receiving the Host, so the priest is ingesting the sacred bread). At each of these moments Stephen hears the sound of the small "sacring bell" or "sanctus bell" that marks important moments in Catholic church ritual.

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Elevation of the Host in a fresco by Simone Martini in Assisi, Italy, ca. 1325. Source: Wikimedia Commons.