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09 February, 2014

James Joyce, "A Little Cloud"

At lunch, Little Chandler has been remembering seeing his friend, Gallaher, off eight years prior from the North Wall, Dublin. He assumes and believes Gallaher has "become a brilliant figure on the London Press." A paragraph of descriptions explain why Chandler is called "Little Chandler," and we  learn that "as always happened when he thought of life) he became sad" and he is too shy to read the poetry he loves to his wife. Children running around his place of work are compared to mice, vermin.

previous elegant doorway
on Henrietta Street, Dublin
Little Chandler is then on his way to meet Gallaher at Corless's. He only knew the place by reputation and when he walked by it every day, he turned his gaze away. He won't read poetry to his wife; he won't even look in the direction of a famous restaurant. He avoids life. His mind on this day is stunned to think "Ignatius Gallaher on the London Press." Then as he crosses Grattan Bridge he seizes upon the idea that he should write poetry even though "he was not sure what idea he wished to express." Then he is off imagining his published success. Aw, poor sap. He describes himself as melancholy repeatedly. Then he decides his name is not Celtic enough and is considering how to change it when he passes Corless's and has to turn around.

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 He gazes at his wife's photograph and the eyes "repealed him and defied him: there was no passion in them, no rapture."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."

01 January, 2010

James Joyce, "The Dead"

Read, again, James Joyce's short story, "The Dead." Miss Kate, Miss Julia, and Miss Mary Jane host their annual party. Dancing, eating, and general merry making until back at the hotel, Gabriel learns that a sickly young man, Michael Furey, had been in love with his wife before he'd known her. Gabriel then realizes, for the first time, that he's played only a small role in his wife's life.

Nov. 12, 2011, I watched the John Huston directed movie version of "The Dead." I thought it was a very good rendition of the story. The movie was the last directed by John Huston. 

This story is about fifty pages long, written in 3rd person POV and occasionally shifts viewpoint. There's lots of detail about Ireland, religion, politics, culture and Dublin. The edition my story is included in is the Penguin Twentieth-century Classics and includes 98 endnotes for "The Dead." This is helpful for historical references, geography, and colloquialisms.

LINKS:
full text, Literature Network
reviews of the play
Penguin Twentieth-century Classics
full text of the story