Naked Eve

Having followed the "strandentwining cable of all flesh" back to Eden, Stephen spends one paragraph in Proteus thinking about the First Woman. An assortment of literary texts informs his meditation on "naked Eve." Here and again later in the chapter, he thinks also of Adam before the Fall. He returns to his thoughts about Eve in Oxen of the Sun, and in Wandering Rocks he again recalls a passage from Thomas Traherne's Centuries of Meditations that inspires his thinking about Edenic perfection.

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Jan van Scorel, Adam and Eve in Paradise, 16th century painting that depicts the first humans as lacking navels. Source: members.bib-arch.org.

Adam Kadmon, in Isaac Myer's Qabbalah (1888). Source: Wikimedia Commons.