The Irish playwright John Millington Synge does not walk the pages of Ulysses, but as a talented and recently accomplished Irish writer he is much on the minds of the literati in Scylla and Charybdis. It is fitting that a chapter concerned with drama should mention the most promising dramaturge on Dublin's nascent theatrical scene. Synge also seems to serve as a kind of foil to Stephen Dedalus, who is equally talented but younger and not yet accomplished. Stephen has some history with Synge, and several details in the chapter suggest that he feels envious rivalry, as Joyce did at the same age.

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Photographic portrait of John Millington Synge, date unknown. Source:

Synge on the island of Inishmaan during his residence there in 1898. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Synge's "harsh gargoyle face" and black clothes. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Nora Barnacle in costume as an Aran islander in a 1918 performance of Riders to to the Sea. Source: Ellmann, James Joyce.