" He waited so long that I supposed it for the purpose of repudiating the assumption on which my action had been founded; but what he finally said was: "Do you mean now--here?" "There couldn't be a better place or time. --O, Dedalus, he cried, Doyle is in a great bake about you. It was the same in the bath when you undressed yourself. Air! The air of heaven! He stumbled towards the window, groaning and almost fainting with sickness.