(U) Episode 1: “Telemachus” ~pp 1-24.

“Mulligan and the Milk Maid” copyright @ don ward, 2020

Episode References from Stuart Gilbert’s James Joyce’s Ulysses.

  • Title: Telemachus
  • Scene: The Tower
  • Hour: 8 a.m.
  • Organ: (none)
  • Art: Theology
  • Colour: White, gold
  • Symbol: Heir
  • Technic: Narrative (young)

One Favorite Quote among Many

“Horn of a bull, hoof of a horse, smile of a Saxon.”


Stephen’s dangers to the Irish.

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2 thoughts on “(U) Episode 1: “Telemachus” ~pp 1-24.

  1. Original Comment posted on August 9, 2021
    Q ( from Vardhan Le Zuz) Hi…. did anywhere in your writings or would u like to comment regarding the question – why did steven really got insulted Mulligan’s remark. obviously its not just his mother or his act of not kneeling at her side & more Steven refused to bend to any1…. what (& if there is a connetion to Heins behaviour & staying – the other triger of him leaving the martelo not to return
    My Reply: Stephen specifies that it’s not the insult to his mother who Mulligan says is “beastly dead” but the insult to Stephen himself that prompts the break. Stephen has broken with the Church and will soon break with Ireland. He is about to declare himself bound only to his art. Mulligan the Mocker ridicules any conviction. Buck Mulligan’s decisions seem to be only driven by situational ethics, nihilistic. Haines’ presence is an affront against Ireland. As the master, he presumes to look at the culture under a microscope as a butterfly collector might pin his prey. His treatment of the milk maid, who is a representation of Ireland, is insulting. There is also the suggestion of an insult to the Church by Haines. His dream causing him to shoot at the black panther suggests an interference with Irish Religion by England. Pantera was the Roman Legionaire sometimes said to have fathered Christ.

  2. I can’t much agree with the explanation in full. It presupposes a touchiness in Stephen across too wide a terrority of Irish nationa(ist) self-pity. He substantial agrees with Haines about organised religion and a “personal god” and describes himself as “an example” of scepticism. The insult to the milk woman is negligible and has no impact on his feelings given his remote affinity with the Gaelic league.she is certainly reminiscent of “silk of the kine” in Manganese but for Stephen she is also a marker for a degenerate culture — a position Joyce consistently maintained vis a vis Irish revivalism. Mulligan’s remark -which he justifies with reference to his medical experience of commonplace death – is balanced by Stephen’s unspoken witticism about my Sir Tweezle, a character in Sheridan. It islão the car that his mother was attended by a specialist so the analogy isn’t hollow. As to what Mykkigan saysabout Stephen’s commemorative mourning garb, “it’s only Dedalus whose mother is beastly dead”, this really is no insult to her considering the contemporary sense of “beastly” as an Edwardian intensifier. The insult is in “it’s only Stephen ..” which belittles his grief and makes a mockery of his sense of guilt R refusing her last request. (Actually, it was a Murray uncle who asked him to kneel and pray.) it hardly helps that Mylligannrepiets that “the aunt (his own) think Stephen killers his mother by being such anvM atheist.Stephen knows that cancer killed her but has a couple science about her conduct which leeches into but The Dead (“Mrs Conroy”) and Ulysses (viz, Circe) in different ways. All in all he did not – and spore y could not – treat her with normal filial respect but as an infant certainly he thought she has “a nice smell”. I don’t think we have yet unravelled the mother-son relation i Joyce. She does not morph into Molly. Au contraíre. It is also powerfully the case that her early death liberated him as the man and the artist he would become and this is most evident when we hear in The Dead that Mrs Conroy said a character very Nora was “country cute”. Whether she would hold this view is unknown but it is certain that she would not embraces a rural servant girl as a daughter in law. There is much truth in Mulligan’s remark. That is precisely the trouble.

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