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n. Greek Mythology
A goddess who turned Odysseus's men temporarily into swine but later gave him directions for their journey home.

Cir′ce·an (sûr′sē-ən, sər-sē′ən) adj.
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As when a Ship by skilful Stearsman wrought Nigh Rivers mouth or Foreland, where the Wind Veres oft, as oft so steers, and shifts her Saile; So varied hee, and of his tortuous Traine Curld many a wanton wreath in sight of EVE, To lure her Eye; shee busied heard the sound Of rusling Leaves, but minded not, as us'd To such disport before her through the Field, From every Beast, more duteous at her call, Then at CIRCEAN call the Herd disguis'd.
Hence, Backus labels the "climax" of the novel: "it is Bloom who will wield scandal fragments so as to protect Joyce/ Stephen from moral martyrdom and lead him safely out of the Circean labyrinth.
Being Good Versus Looking Good: Business Schools Rankings and the Circean Transformation from Substance to Image.