Why don't you learn Irish? Why did you drop out of the league class after the first lesson? --You know one reason why, answered Stephen. He is right and the other fellows are wrong because a flogging wears off after a bit but a fellow that has been expelled from college is known all his life on account of it. Perhaps they had stolen a monstrance to run away with and sell it somewhere. We were too far apart to call to each other, but there was a moment at which, at shorter range, some challenge between us, breaking the hush, would have been the right result of our straight mutual stare.