n.1.The marriage bed.
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Stephen's fear of drowning, his anxiety about creative production--as the word "unspeeched" indicates, and repressed guilt associated with his mother come together in this chapter, as he ponders the "tomb, allwombing tomb" (3.402), "bridebed, childbed, bed of death, ghostcandled.
Through such a definition, Stephen traps the mother within her own biology; her position in bed is the means by which her cycle of existence is recorded: "bridebed, childbed, bed of death, ghostcandled" (3.396).