A buck, trippant

Authorial simile in Proteus briefly changes the dog on the beach into a different animal: "Suddenly he made off like a bounding hare, ears flung back, chasing the shadow of a lowskimming gull." Further protean animal metamorphoses ensue, anticipating the kaleidoscopic transformations of the dog in Circe. The comparisons must be instances of free indirect narration approximating the contents of Stephen's consciousness, because soon after the first of them his interior monologue turns the dog into a deer, using the language of heraldry: "On a field tenney a buck, trippant, proper, unattired." At the end of the chapter, Stephen himself is presented in the language of heraldry.

JH 2015

Heather Pockock, mixed-media painting of the sentence "His snout lifted, barked at the wavenoise, herds of seamorse," from an exhibit called "Jumping for Joyce: Contemporary painters revel in the world of James Joyce" at the Francis Kyle Gallery, London, 2013. Source: kebury.wordpress.com.

Heraldic image of a buck, trippant, proper, attired. Source: www.heraldsnet.org.