In a striking departure from the Christian eschatalogy that Joyce was fed by the Catholic church, he makes Stephen, in Proteus, and Molly and Bloom, in Calypso, introduce the notion of reincarnation—"a past life," "metempsychosis," "the transmigration of souls," "reincarnation." Throughout Ulysses this conception of human immortality maintains a jocoserious presence (it surfaces most often in Molly's garbled "met him pike hoses") as one possible ultimate reality, and as a kind of metaphor or analogue for the mysterious interpenetration of individual identities.

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The Changeling, 1780 chalk and watercolor painting on paper by Henry Fuseli, held in the Kunsthaus Zürich. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Modern rendering of an early 18th century woodcut image of Giordano Bruno, itself based on a drawing in Le Livre du Recteur de l'Académie de Genève (1578). Source: Wikimedia Commons.

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