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of whom Mulligan was one, and Arius, warring his life long upon the
consubstantiality of the Son with the Father, and Valentine, spurning Christ’s
terrene body, and the subtle African heresiarch Sabellius who held that the
Father was Himself His own Son. Words Mulligan had spoken a moment
since in mockery to the stranger. Idle mockery. The void awaits surely all
them that weave the wind : a menace, a disarming and a worsting from those
embattled angels of the church, Michael’s host, who defend her ever in the
hour of conflict with their lances and their shields.
       Hear, hear. Prolonged applause. Zut! Nom de Dieu!
        Of course I’m a Britisher, Haine’s voice said, and I feel as one. I
don’t want to see my country fall into the hands of German jews either.
That’s our national problem, I’m afraid, just now.
       Two men stood at the verge of the cliff, watching : businessman,
boatman.
        She’s making for Bullock harbour.
       The boatman nodded towards the north of the bay with some disdain.
        There’s five fathoms out there, he said. It’ll be swept up that way
when the tide comes in about one. It’s nine days today.
       The man that was drowned. A sail veering about the blank bay waiting
for a swollen bundle to bob up, roll over to the sun a puffy face, salt white.
Here I am.
       They followed the winding path down to the creek. Buck Mulligan stood
on a stone, in shirtsleeves, his unclipped tie rippling over his shoulder. A
young man clinging to a spur of rock near him moved slowly frogwise his
green legs in the deep jelly of the water.
        Is the brother with you, Malachi?
        Down in Westmeath. With the Bannons.
        Still there? I got a card from Bannon. Says he found a sweet young
thing down there. Photo girl he calls her.
        Shapshot, eh? Brief exposure.
       Buck Mulligan sat down to unlace his boots. An elderly man shot up
near the spur of rock a blowing red face. He scrambled up by the stones,
water glistening on his pate and on its garland of grey hair, water rilling over
his chest and paunch and spilling jets out of his black sagging loincloth.
       Buck Mulligan made way for him to scramble past and, glancing at
Haines and Stephen, crossed himself piously with his thumbnail at brow and
breastbone.