Cyclops: Comments by Joyce

"Does this episode strike you as being futuristic?" said Joyce.
. . .
"You see," said Joyce, "'I' is really a great admirer of Bloom who, besides being a better man, is also more cunning, a better talker, and more fertile in expedients. If you reread Troilus and Cressida you will see that of all the heroes Thersites respects only Ulysses. Thersites admires Ulysses."

(Frank Budgen, James Joyce and the Making of "Ulysses," pp. 153, 165 / p. 156, 169)