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His head disappeared and reappeared.

I told him your symbol of Irish art. He says it’s very clever. Touch him for a quid, will you? A guinea, I mean.

I get paid this morning, Stephen said.

The school kip? Buck Mulligan said. How much? Four quid? Lend us one.

If you want it, Stephen said.

Four shining sovereigns, Buck Mulligan cried with delight. We’ll have a glorious drunk to astonish the druidy druids. Four omnipotent sovereigns.

He flung up his hands and tramped down the stone stairs, singing out of tune with a Cockney accent :

O, won’t we have a merry time,
Drinking whisky, beer and wine,
On coronation
Coronation day?
O, won’t we have a merry time
On coronation day?

Warm sunshine merrying over the sea. The nickel shavingbowl shone, forgotten, on the parapet. Why should I bring it down? Or leave it there all day, forgotten friendship?

He went over to it, held it in his hands awhile, feeling its coolness, smelling the clammy slaver of the lather in which the brush was stuck. So I carried the boat of incense then at Clongowes. I am another now and yet the same. A servant too. A server of a servant.

In the gloomy domed livingroom of the tower Buck Mulligan’s gowned form moved briskly about the hearth to and fro, hiding and revealing its yellow glow. Two shafts of soft daylight fell across the flagged floor from the high barbacans : and at the meeting of their rays a cloud of coalsmoke and fumes of fried grease floated, turning.

We’ll be choked, Buck Mulligan said. Haines, open that door, will you? Stephen laid the shavingbowl on the locker. A tall figure rose from the hammock where it had been sitting, went to the doorway and pulled open the inner doors.

Have you the key? a voice asked.

Dedalus has it, Buck Mulligan said. Janey Mack, I’m choked.