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Episode 1: Debriefing

"Telemachus" is not a very difficult episode to comprehend -- unlike later episodes, it is written in a fairly normal style, with only a few lapses into stream-of-consciousness.

The main thing to understand from this episode is why Stephen is driven to label Mulligan an "usurper". Even if Mulligan seems likable to you, it's important to understand why Stephen feels their friendship is at an end.

If this isn't clear to you, consider the following:

Connections to the Next Episode

The next two episodes also follow Stephen's thoughts; these will help you get a better grasp on his attitude toward Mulligan. Episode 2 ("Nestor") sees Stephen at his "school kip", teaching boys who do not respect him and picking up his wages from his British master.