Wasn't he looking, through the haunted pane, for something he couldn't see?--and wasn't it the first time in the whole business that he had known such a lapse? The first, the very first: I found it a splendid portent. A tall boy behind Stephen rubbed his hands and said: --That's game ball. --I am afraid you are a heretic. --Ah, it's a scandalous shame for you, Stephen, said his mother, and you'll live to rue the day you set your foot in that place.