As Stephen remembers Kevin Egan talking about his Irish nationalist aspirations, he recalls a coinage from Shakespeare's Henry V: "To yoke me as his yokefellow, our crimes our common cause." The allusion indicates that Stephen has no interest in becoming an apprentice revolutionary.

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Mistress Quickly, Nym, and Pistol in a watercolor painting of a scene from Henry V by Charles Cattermole, ca. 1880, held in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Source: Wikimedia Commons.