In relation to Stephen and Portrait
The girl Stephen sees on the beach seems to him to be a hybrid between a girl and a bird. Icarus and Daedalus, when they donned their wings, morphed into the same sorts of hybrids. It is upon witnessing a form that speaks to his mythical counterpart is the gateway for this moment of clarity and inspiration and revelation.
Why, only now, have I seen and been able to truly recognize these connections?