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on Henrietta Street, Dublin
He enters the restaurant hesitantly and sees Gallaher immediately. They toast. They speak of two old friends, Paris and London. Little Chandler has only gone to the Isle of Man. Gallaher tells Chandler, "the vices of many capitals" and "revealed many of the secrets of the religious houses on the Continent." Then they discuss marriage and Gallaher claims "I mean to marry money."
Little Chandler is late getting home, his wife is angry and goes out for the tea he forgot to buy. He's left holding the baby. He starts waxing poetically again and calling himself melancholy again. He gazes at his wife's photograph and the eyes "repealed him and defied him: there was no passion in them, no rapture." He tries reading some of Byron's early poems. The child screams, he screams in return. Annie comes home and rushes to comfort the baby.
In my Penguin Books edition of The Dubliners, there are 47 footnotes for "A Little Cloud."