None to me

In the words that Stephen mouths as he imagines wandering Dublin in the 14th century, "I spoke to no-one: none to me," some commentators have heard echoes of an 18th century English folk song, The Miller of Dee. Each verse of this good-natured song, sung by a miller who is happy to live alone, concludes with the refrain, "I care for nobody, no, not I, / If nobody cares for me." The song accords with Stephen's resolution in the previous paragraph, "You will not be master of others or their slave," and to what he thinks in the following paragraph: "I want his life still to be his, mine to be mine."

JH 2016

Performance of The Miller of Dee by The City Waites. Source: YouTube.