Silent ship

Having lobbed out one highly suggestive image in "crosstrees," the final sentence of the Telemachiad concludes with another: "homing, upstream, silently moving, a silent ship." If Stephen's protean wrestlings in the third chapter somehow reenact the efforts of Homer's Telemachus to learn about his father's whereabouts (by questioning Menelaus, who questioned Proteus), then this silent ship may somehow reenact Odysseus' stealthy return to his home in Ithaca.

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Odysseus at sea on a raft made of amphoras, on a 4th c. BC Boetian black-figure pottery wine cup found at Thebes, held in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

2013 edition of Charles Lamb's The Adventures of Ulysses, the 1808 collection of tales in which the young James Joyce first encountered his classical hero. Source: