He felt some dark presence moving irresistibly upon him from the darkness, a presence subtle and murmurous as a flood filling him wholly with itself. --These questions are very profound, Mr Dedalus, said the dean. --What is it for? --QUOD? --What is it for? Cranly turned his pale face to Stephen and said blandly and bitterly: --PER PAX UNIVERSALIS. Why did he feel that it was not unwatchful? Was it because he had heard that in Buck Whaley's time there was a secret staircase there? Or was the jesuit house extra-territorial and was he walking among aliens? The Ireland of Tone and of Parnell seemed to have receded in space.