Dante said: --Nice language for any catholic to use! --Mrs Riordan, I appeal to you, said Mrs Dedalus, to let the matter drop now. It is peopled by the images of fabulous kings, set in stone. --Well, I must go now, said Stephen, who cared little for such points of honour. Stephen, in the act of being led away, caught sight of MacCann's flushed blunt-featured face.