And while he was dressing himself as quickly as he could the prefect said: --We must pack off to Brother Michael because we have the collywobbles! He was very decent to say that. He understood little or nothing of it at first but he became slowly aware that his father had enemies and that some fight was going to take place. "I'll tell you if you'll tell ME--" I heard myself say, then heard the tremor in which it broke. Mr Dedalus put up his eyeglass and, staring down at him, said quietly and kindly: --What are you laughing at, you little puppy, you? The servants entered and placed the dishes on the table.