The publication of James Joyce's Dubliners in 1914 was the result of ten years battling with publishers, resisting their demands to remove swear words, real place names and much else. Although only twenty-four when he signed his first publishing contract for the book, Joyce already knew its... read more
“"The working-man," said Mr. Hynes, "gets all kicks and no halfpence. But it's labour produces everything. The working-man is not looking for fat jobs for his sons and nephews and cousins. The working-man is not going to drag the honour of Dublin in the mud to please a German monarch"”Mr. Hynes in "Ivy day in the committee room"
“He was tired of knocking about, of pulling the devil by the tail, of shifts and intrigues. He would be thirty-one in November. Would he never get a good job? Would he never have a home of his own? He thought how pleasant it would be to have a warm fire to sit by and good dinners to sit down to. He had walked the streets long enough with friends and with girls. He knew what those friends were worth: he knew the girls too. Experience had embittered his heart against the world. But all hope had not left him.”From "Two Gallants"
“He could hear nothing: the night was perfectly silent. He listened again: perfectly silent. He felt that he was alone.”Mr. Duffy in "A Painful Case"
“I think he's what you call a black sheep. We haven't many of them, thank God! but we have a few.."He's an unfortunate man of some kind'.”Mr. Hency and Mr. O'Connor in "Ivy Day in the Commitee Room"
“His soul swooned slowly as he heard the snow falling faintly through the universe and faintly falling, like the descent of their last end, upon all the living and the dead.”From "The Dead"
“One by one, they were all becoming shades. Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age.”From "The Dead"
“He looked down the slope and, at the base, in the shadow of the wall of the Park, he saw some human figures lying. Those venal and furtive loves filled him with despair. He gnawed the rectitude of his life; he felt that he had been outcast from life’s feast.”From "A Painful Case"
“But delirium passes. He echoed her phrase, applying it to himself "What am I to do?" The instinct of the celibate warned him to hold back. But the sin was there; even his sense of honour told him that reparation must be made for such a sin.”Mr. Doran in "The Boarding House"
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