The change offered in time is extraordinary. Not only does it mirror the non-linear style of the narrative, but is demonstrates Joyce’s ability to manipulate time. In the passage, the speed at which Stephen is going and the pace of the text changes many times. Once he sees his parents, he runs. As he runs farther away, he begins to slow. Then he walks. Stops at a morgue, and begins to stand in contemplation. Then he focuses on the role of vapours in the setting and even the noticeable scent of vapour makes his heart change from a state of hope to a state of fruition.

The syntax of the sentences in this passage changes the rhythm at which it is read. The length of the sentences change with every moment of physical change. It mimics Stephen’s running pattern in abrupt stops as his mind changes from one state to another. When it comes to his heart however, there is little narrated description, but the sense that his heart has undergone an impossible change: “It will calm my heart. My heart is quite calm now.”

The change creates experience, just as the vapours affect the mental and emotional state of Stephen.