Portals of discovery

In the library Stephen utters two of the most frequently quoted sentences in all of Ulysses, which happen also to be two of the most misunderstood: "A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery." And the narrator, whoever that might be, seems to think something memorable has been said, because the following sentence reads, "Portals of discovery opened to let in the quaker librarian, softcreakfooted, bald, eared and assiduous." This strange echo of a character's words signals important changes that are coming in the book's narrative method.

John Hunt 2023

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The door to the Librarian's office in the National Library of Ireland, photographed in July 2023. Source: Randall Cone.