Dante turned on her and said: --And am I to sit here and listen to the pastors of my church being flouted? --Nobody is saying a word against them, said Mr Dedalus, so long as they don't meddle in politics. He looked round at the others whose faces were bent towards their plates and, receiving no reply, waited for a moment and said bitterly: --Well, my Christmas dinner has been spoiled anyhow. But he had not died then. --Any boys want flogging here, Father Arnall? cried the prefect of studies.