"There are directions in which I must not for the present let myself go. Who is the greatest writer, Dedalus? Stephen noted the mockery in the question and said: --Of prose do you mean? --Yes. That is why our constitutional system has proved itself the most superbly enduring political mechanism the modern world has produced. "Quint?" "Peter Quint--his own man, his valet, when he was here!" "When the master was?" Gaping still, but meeting me, she pieced it all together.