"Goatish figures with human faces, hornybrowed, lightly bearded and grey as india-rubber."

The symbol of the goat-like creature in Joyce's works has a whole spectrum of meanings and associations, from the natural symbol of lust to a definition of the vile, disgusting, condemned and inhuman. Joyce's frame of reference is the background of the image in satiric literature from Classical on into Renaissance and Elizabethan times. The image dates from the mythic satyr – half goat, half man, prototype of sensuality and coarseness.