Eyes of a toad

In a development that will continue in later chapters, Hades briefly blurs the line separating the consciousness of the narrator from the consciousness of a character: "The whitesmocked priest came after him, tidying his stole with one hand, balancing with the other a little book against his toad's belly. Who'll read the book? I, said the rook." The first sentence is third-person narration, while the second and third are Bloom's interior monologue, but they share the verbal fancy of comparing the priest in the mortuary chapel to an animal. The exchange continues in several subsequent sentences, concluding with a supremely strange one: "Eyes of a toad too."

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Parson Rook, reading his book, in The Death and Burial of Cock Robin (London: William Darton and Son). Source: www.gutenberg.org.

E. H. Shepard's Mr. Toad of Toad Hall, from The Wind in the Willows. Source: sellingout.com.