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After all the acting and gesturing, he finally recites the words

“as well as [he] can bring them to mind” (116), and “ceased

and looked at [the listeners], enjoying a silence” (117) upon

finishing the recitation. “That is oratory,” MacHugh

emphasizes (118). Taylor’s speech, in summary, refers to

Moses’s repudiation of the Egyptian priest’s command that

Israelites accept the language, religion, and culture of Egypt, a

reference suggesting that the Irish reject the ruler’s attempt at

Anglicizing Ireland. Despite the patriotism manifest in Taylor’s

speech, MacHugh focuses on the oratory rather than the

content, on the orator’s phrasing rather than his objective, and

what follows the recitation is the decision to have drinks at

Mooney’s. As MacHugh says of Dawson’s speech,

“Bombast! . . . Enough of the inflated windbag!” (104). He is

himself an inflated windbag full of bombast, being led away by,

and meanwhile leading people away with, words. This

ravenous, failure-loving, and bombastic professor, ironically,

represents an intellectual in the field of Classics in charge of

the edification of the younger generation.

MacHugh’s unreserved praise of the Hellenistic and

fierce rejection of the Roman world, Mikics suggests, links him

to his ideological opponent Garrett Deasy, the headmaster of

the “Nestor” episode (1990: 542-543). Also an educator,

Deasy forms a striking contrast to MacHugh in terms of his

attitude toward the materialistic and the British ruler. While

the professor detests the country which sees time as money and

stresses material domination (Joyce, 1986: 115), the

headmaster preaches the value of money: “You don’t know yet

what money is. Money is power” (25). Giving Stephen his

wages, Deasy thus has power over the young man

he wants

Stephen, with his literary connections, to have the letter on

foot-and-mouth disease published. Unsurprisingly, the

preacher of the value of money has a high regard for the very

country whose people boast “

I paid my way

” (25). Pro-British