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." Then, as he comes back,"trott[ing] on twinkling shanks" like a horse, Stephen's imagination turns the dog into a deer, in the language of heraldry: "On a field tenney a buck, trippant, proper, unattired." Further protean animal metamorphoses ensue, anticipating the kaleidoscopic transformations of the dog in Circe. At the end of the chapter, Stephen himself is captured in the field of animal heraldry: "He turned his face over a shoulder, rere regardant."

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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.