See it in your face

See it in your face

In Brief

Aeolus employs anaphora as Stephen elaborates Myles Crawford's "I see it in your face" into a repeated initial pattern: "See it in your face. See it in your eye." The rhetorical term refers to a word or phrase repeated at the beginning of successive clauses, sentences, poetic lines, or paragraphs.

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The next sentence reveals that Stephen is recalling the words of a sadistic priest from A Portrait of the Artist. In that passage Father Dolan does repeat (with variation) the phrase "lazy idle loafer," "lazy idle little schemer" again and again across several pages of text. But he says "I see schemer in your face" only once. Ulysses reshapes that statement into anaphora.

In Circe Zoe repeats the phrase: "I see it in your face." In response, Lynch slaps Kitty on the bottom twice and mentions the instrument with which Father Dolan tortured the young Stephen: "Like that. Pandybat." The crack of a pandybat sounds through the air, twice, "the coffin of the pianola flies open, the bald little round jack-in-the-box head of Father Dolan springs up," and Father Dolan reprises his act from A Portrait: "Any boy want flogging? Broke his glasses? Lazy idle little schemer. See it in your eye."

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Anaphora in a speech by Winston Churchill. Source: