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    Annotation author: Amanda Visconti
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    Your absurd name
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    Stephen's last name, Dedalus, is an unusual name for an Irish person. The name comes from the mythical Greek Daedalus, the great inventor who created the labyrinth for King Minos and escaped from Crete using wings he made from birds' feathers; Daedalus' son, Icarus, was given a similar set of wings for escaping, but flew so near the sun that the wings disintegrated and he drowned. Daedalus is often used as a symbol of the rational, unemotive, scientific mind, while Icarus represents the unrestrained artist; Stephen bears far more resemblance to the latter
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    Annotation author: Amanda Visconti
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    Saxon
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    Antiquated term for an English person (England was populated by Saxons before the William of Normandy introduced the French)
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    Annotation author: Amanda Visconti
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    saved men from drowning
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    Mulligan's rescue of a drowning man will be discussed later in the novel; for all that Stephen feels morally superior to the British-toadying Mulligan, he recognizes he would not have been brave enough to save the man's life. I believe Mulligan's real-life counter-part Gogarty might have similarly piqued Joyce with heroics, though I need to track down a reference to this.
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    dactyls
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    Words consisting of one long (or accented) syllable followed by two short (or unaccented) syllables, such as MUL-li-gan
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    Annotation author: Professor Keen
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    Out here in the dark with a man I don't know raving and moaning to himself about shooting a black panther.
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    based on an episode from Joyce's life