Crouched in flight

For a person who did not much like dogs, Joyce represented them skillfully in his novel. The three paragraphs describing the cocklepickers' dog in Proteus display masterfully close observation, undiminished by Stephen's frequent metaphysical intrusions and the narrative's even more frequent evocations of other animal forms (hare, buck, bear, wolf, calf, fox, pard, panther, vulture). Most of the actions in these paragraphs make immediate visual sense, but one of them, "crouched in flight," is odd enough to give a reader pause.

JH 2021

Coyote being chased away by an otter. Source:

Domestic dog fleeing in fear. Source:

Subordinate wolf retreating from a dominant pack member. Source: