Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Quote #10

What birds were they? He thought that they must be swallows who had come back from the south. Then he was to go away for they were birds ever going and coming, building ever an unlasting home under the eaves of men's houses and ever leaving the homes they had built to wander. (5.2.8)

Like the swallows, Stephen feels the tension of homes abandoned and "unlasting." Now, he is on the brink of leaving his home to wander.

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