"But ours is the omphalos." (U1.544)|
From Wikipedia: An omphalos is an ancient religious stone artifact, or baetylus. In Greek, the word omphalos means "navel". According to the ancient Greeks, Zeus sent out two eagles to fly across the world to meet at its center, the "navel" of the world. Omphalos stones used to denote this point were erected in several areas surrounding the Mediterranean Sea; the most famous of those was at the oracle in Delphi (shown). Most accounts locate the Omphalos in the temple adyton near the Pythia. The stone itself (which may have been a copy) has a carving of a knotted net covering its surface, and has a hollow centre, which widens towards its base. The Omphalos at Delphi came to be identified as the stone which Rhea wrapped in swaddling clothes, pretending it was Zeus. This was to deceive Cronus, his father, who swallowed his children so they could not grow up and depose him as he had deposed his own father, Uranus.
"- What is your idea of Hamlet? Haines asked Stephen. |
- No, no, Buck Mulligan shouted in pain. I'm not equal to Thomas Aquinas and the fiftyfive reasons he has made to prop it up. Wait till I have a few pints in me first.
He turned to Stephen, saying, as he pulled down neatly the peaks of his primrose waistcoat:
- You couldn't manage it under three pints, Kinch, could you?
- It has waited so long, Stephen said listlessly, it can wait longer.
- You pique my curiosity, Haines said amiably. Is it some paradox?
- Pooh! Buck Mulligan said. We have grown out of Wilde and paradoxes. It's quite simple. He proves by algebra that Hamlet's grandson is Shakespeare's grandfather and that he himself is the ghost of his own father." (U1.545)
"- What? Haines said, beginning to point at Stephen. He himself? |
Buck Mulligan slung his towel stolewise round his neck and, bending in loose laughter, said to Stephen's ear:
- O, shade of Kinch the elder! Japhet in search of a father!" (U1.558)
In the Bible, Japhet is the son of Noah. 'Japhet in Search of a Father' is also the title of a father-quest novel by Captain Frederick Marryat (1792 - 1848), published in 1836.
"The seas' ruler, he gazed southward over the bay, empty save for the smokeplume of the mailboat vague on the bright skyline and a sail tacking by the Muglins." (U1.575)|
This PC shows RMS (= Royal Mail Service) Leinster, one of the mailboats in service on the Irish Sea in 1904. The others were RMS Munster, Ulster, and Connaught. They carried the mail from Kingstown to Holyhead (Wales), from whence it was distributed by train to its various destinations. The mailboats also took passengers. RMS Leinster was built and started service in 1897; she was sunk by a German U-boat on her way to Holyhead in 1918.
"Buck Mulligan at once put on a blithe broadly smiling face. He looked at them, his wellshaped mouth open happily, his eyes, from which he had suddenly withdrawn all shrewd sense, blinking with mad gaiety. He moved a doll's head to and fro, the brims of his Panama hat quivering, and began to chant in a quiet happy foolish voice: |
- I'm the queerest young fellow that ever you heard.
My mother's a jew," (U1.579)
|"my father's a bird." (U1.585)|
"With Joseph the joiner I cannot agree. |
So here's to disciples and Calvary." (U1.586)
|"He held up a forefinger of warning." (U1.588)|
"- If anyone thinks that I amn't divine |
He'll get no free drinks when I'm making the wine
But have to drink water and wish it were plain
That I make when the wine becomes water again." (U1.589)
"- Goodbye, now, goodbye! Write down all I said |
And tell Tom, Dick and Harry I rose from the dead.
What's bred in the bone cannot fail me to fly
And Olivet's breezy - Goodbye, now, goodbye!" (U1.596)
"- The ballad of joking Jesus, Stephen answered. |
- O, Haines said, you have heard it before?
- Three times a day, after meals, Stephen said drily." (U1.608)
"- You're not a believer, are you? Haines asked. I mean, a believer in the narrow sense of the word. Creation from nothing and miracles and a personal God. |
- There is only one sense of the word, it seems to me, Stephen said." (U1.611)
"- After all, Haines began... |
Stephen turned and saw that the cold gaze which had measured him was not all unkind.
- After all, I should think you are able to free yourself. You are your own master, it seems to me." (U1.633)
"- I am the servant of two masters, Stephen said, an English and an Italian. |
- Italian? Haines said.
A crazy queen, old and jealous. Kneel down before me.
- And a third, Stephen said, there is who wants me for odd jobs." (U1.638)
"- Italian? Haines said again. What do you mean? |
- The imperial British state, Stephen answered, his colour rising, and the holy Roman catholic and apostolic church. " (U1.642)
Pope Pius X (1835 - 1914), born Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto, was Pope 1903 - 1914. His pontificate was noted for its conservative theology and reforms in liturgy and church law. He was canonized in 1954.