Stephen can see he is winning them over with this ‘gobshite’ and wonders which woman will woo him and perhaps the sky will tell him if he can identify the configuration. The librarian asks if this star on the horizon might be a celestial phenomenon and Stephen equates a star at night with the clouds during the day. Stephen is still wearing Mulligan’s boots and vows to buy his own. John Eglington suggests a fantastical humour is to be expected from someone named Dedalus. When Stephen went to Paris he traveled as a steerage passenger not on wings like the flight from the labyrinth by Dedalus and his son Icarus. He is however aware that he is managing to fly like a Lapwing leading his listeners astray with flights of intellect here in the library. Mr Best earnestly relates stories about brothers from Irish myth and Grimms fairytales. The librarian wants Stephen to elaborate on the misconduct of one of the brothers but is called away to help Father Dineen. Stephen jokes about how easy it is to forget about brothers as he plays for time to work out the next twist in the argument about Richard and Edmund. He is tired of his own voice and wants a drink but manages to continue with the idea that even if all the names were already in the chronicles why did Shakespeare select these particular ones. He goes on to prove that he portrayed them only in derogatory roles. He says that rather than creating something original Shakespeare lifted stories from Arcadia and blended them with Celtic legend. He argues that all his themes are about falsehood, usurpation and adultery. Stephen quotes from the words of the bishops in Maynooth that all goes back to original sin and in Shakespeare’s case his original sin was with Ann Hathaway. After this experience he was doomed to be the lover of an ideal or a perversion. Ultimately he returns to Stratford to die and to be buried with his son because we cannot escape from ourselves. Stephen’s conclusion that if we take Hamlet literally then in heaven man will be an androgynous angel as he becomes his own wife and this gets a rousing cheer from Mulligan. John Edlington knows Stephen has led them a merry chase and asks him if he believes his own theory. Mr Best encourages Stephen to write it in the manner of a Platonic discourse. John Eglington outlines the other theories about mystery in Hamlet. John Eglington chides Stephen for being the only person who wants to be paid for his contribution to the literary journal Dana. Stephen offers for a fee of one guinea his discussion on Shakespeare for publication. Mulligan satirizes Stephen as the Irish bard found in the company of Nelly and Rosalie who have gonorrhea.