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Title: Dubliners

Author: James Joyce

Release Date: September, 2001 [EBook #2814]
Last Updated: April 1, 2016

Language: English

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Produced by David Reed, Karol Pietrzak, and David Widger







DUBLINERS


By James Joyce






Contents

THE SISTERS

AN ENCOUNTER

ARABY

EVELINE

AFTER THE RACE

TWO GALLANTS

THE BOARDING HOUSE

A LITTLE CLOUD

COUNTERPARTS

CLAY

A PAINFUL CASE

IVY DAY IN THE COMMITTEE ROOM

A MOTHER

GRACE

THE DEAD






DUBLINERS





THE SISTERS

THERE was no hope for [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) time: it was the third stroke. Night after night [.....] (PRONOUN) had passed the house (it was vacation time) and studied the lighted square of window: and night after night [.....] (PRONOUN) had found it lighted in the same way, faintly and evenly. If [.....] (PRONOUN) was dead, [.....] (PRONOUN) thought, [.....] (PRONOUN) would see the reflection of candles on the darkened blind for [.....] (PRONOUN) knew [.....] (PRONOUN) two candles must be set at the head of a corpse. [.....] (PRONOUN) had often said to [.....] (PRONOUN) : "[.....] (PRONOUN) am not long for [.....] (PRONOUN) world," and [.....] (PRONOUN) had thought [.....] (PRONOUN) words idle. Now [.....] (PRONOUN) knew [.....] (PRONOUN) were true. Every night as [.....] (PRONOUN) gazed up at the window [.....] (PRONOUN) said softly to [.....] (PRONOUN) the word paralysis. It had always sounded strangely in [.....] (PRONOUN) ears, like the word gnomon in the Euclid and the word simony in the Catechism. But now it sounded to [.....] (PRONOUN) like the name of [.....] (PRONOUN) maleficent and sinful being. It filled [.....] (PRONOUN) with fear, and yet [.....] (PRONOUN) longed to be nearer to it and to look upon its deadly work.

Old Cotter was sitting at the fire, smoking, when [.....] (PRONOUN) came downstairs to supper. While [.....] (PRONOUN) aunt was ladling out [.....] (PRONOUN) stirabout [.....] (PRONOUN) said, as if returning to [.....] (PRONOUN) former remark of [.....] (PRONOUN) :

"No, [.....] (PRONOUN) wouldn't say [.....] (PRONOUN) was exactly ... but there was [.....] (PRONOUN) queer ... there was [.....] (PRONOUN) uncanny about [.....] (PRONOUN) . [.....] (PRONOUN) 'll tell [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) opinion...."

[.....] (PRONOUN) began to puff at [.....] (PRONOUN) pipe, no doubt arranging [.....] (PRONOUN) opinion in [.....] (PRONOUN) mind. Tiresome old fool! When [.....] (PRONOUN) knew [.....] (PRONOUN) first [.....] (PRONOUN) used to be rather interesting, talking of faints and worms; but [.....] (PRONOUN) soon grew tired of [.....] (PRONOUN) and [.....] (PRONOUN) endless stories about the distillery.

"[.....] (PRONOUN) have [.....] (PRONOUN) own theory about it," [.....] (PRONOUN) said. "[.....] (PRONOUN) think it was [.....] (PRONOUN) of [.....] (PRONOUN) ... peculiar cases.... But it's hard to say...."

[.....] (PRONOUN) began to puff again at [.....] (PRONOUN) pipe without giving [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) theory. [.....] (PRONOUN) uncle saw [.....] (PRONOUN) staring and said to [.....] (PRONOUN) :

"Well, so your old friend is gone, [.....] (PRONOUN) 'll be sorry to hear."

"[.....] (PRONOUN) ?" said [.....] (PRONOUN) .

"Father Flynn."

"Is [.....] (PRONOUN) dead?"

"Mr Cotter here has just told [.....] (PRONOUN) . [.....] (PRONOUN) was passing by the house."

[.....] (PRONOUN) knew [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) was under observation so [.....] (PRONOUN) continued eating as if the news had not interested [.....] (PRONOUN) . [.....] (PRONOUN) uncle explained to old Cotter.

"The youngster and [.....] (PRONOUN) were great friends. The old chap taught [.....] (PRONOUN) a great deal, mind [.....] (PRONOUN) ; and [.....] (PRONOUN) say [.....] (PRONOUN) had a great wish for [.....] (PRONOUN) ."

"God have mercy on [.....] (PRONOUN) soul," said [.....] (PRONOUN) aunt piously.

Old Cotter looked at [.....] (PRONOUN) for a while. [.....] (PRONOUN) felt [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) little beady black eyes were examining [.....] (PRONOUN) but [.....] (PRONOUN) would not satisfy [.....] (PRONOUN) by looking up from [.....] (PRONOUN) plate. [.....] (PRONOUN) returned to [.....] (PRONOUN) pipe and finally spat rudely into the grate.

"[.....] (PRONOUN) wouldn't like children of [.....] (PRONOUN) ," [.....] (PRONOUN) said, "to have too much to say to a man like [.....] (PRONOUN) ."

"How do [.....] (PRONOUN) mean, Mr Cotter?" asked [.....] (PRONOUN) aunt.

"[.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) mean is," said old Cotter, "it's bad for children. [.....] (PRONOUN) idea is: let a young lad run about and play with young lads of [.....] (PRONOUN) own age and not be.... Am [.....] (PRONOUN) right, Jack?"

"[.....] (PRONOUN) 's [.....] (PRONOUN) principle, too," said [.....] (PRONOUN) uncle. "Let [.....] (PRONOUN) learn to box [.....] (PRONOUN) corner. [.....] (PRONOUN) 's [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) 'm always saying to [.....] (PRONOUN) Rosicrucian there: take exercise. Why, when [.....] (PRONOUN) was a nipper every morning of [.....] (PRONOUN) life [.....] (PRONOUN) had a cold bath, winter and summer. And [.....] (PRONOUN) 's [.....] (PRONOUN) stands to [.....] (PRONOUN) now. Education is [.....] (PRONOUN) very fine and large.... Mr Cotter might take a pick of [.....] (PRONOUN) leg mutton," [.....] (PRONOUN) added to [.....] (PRONOUN) aunt.

"No, no, not for [.....] (PRONOUN) ," said old Cotter.

[.....] (PRONOUN) aunt brought the dish from the safe and put it on the table.

"But why do [.....] (PRONOUN) think it's not good for children, Mr Cotter?" [.....] (PRONOUN) asked.

"It's bad for children," said old Cotter, "because [.....] (PRONOUN) minds are so impressionable. When children see things like [.....] (PRONOUN) , [.....] (PRONOUN) know, it has an effect...."

[.....] (PRONOUN) crammed [.....] (PRONOUN) mouth with stirabout for fear [.....] (PRONOUN) might give utterance to [.....] (PRONOUN) anger. Tiresome old red-nosed imbecile!

It was late when [.....] (PRONOUN) fell asleep. Though [.....] (PRONOUN) was angry with old Cotter for alluding to [.....] (PRONOUN) as a child, [.....] (PRONOUN) puzzled [.....] (PRONOUN) head to extract meaning from [.....] (PRONOUN) unfinished sentences. In the dark of [.....] (PRONOUN) room [.....] (PRONOUN) imagined [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) saw again the heavy grey face of the paralytic. [.....] (PRONOUN) drew the blankets over [.....] (PRONOUN) head and tried to think of Christmas. But the grey face still followed [.....] (PRONOUN) . It murmured; and [.....] (PRONOUN) understood [.....] (PRONOUN) it desired to confess [.....] (PRONOUN) . [.....] (PRONOUN) felt [.....] (PRONOUN) soul receding into [.....] (PRONOUN) pleasant and vicious region; and there again [.....] (PRONOUN) found it waiting for [.....] (PRONOUN) . It began to confess to [.....] (PRONOUN) in a murmuring voice and [.....] (PRONOUN) wondered why it smiled continually and why the lips were so moist with spittle. But then [.....] (PRONOUN) remembered [.....] (PRONOUN) it had died of paralysis and [.....] (PRONOUN) felt [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) too was smiling feebly as if to absolve the simoniac of [.....] (PRONOUN) sin.

The next morning after breakfast [.....] (PRONOUN) went down to look at the little house in Great Britain Street. It was an unassuming shop, registered under the vague name of <[.....] (PRONOUN) >Drapery(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) >. The drapery consisted mainly of children's bootees and umbrellas; and on ordinary days a notice used to hang in the window, saying: <[.....] (PRONOUN) >Umbrellas Re-covered(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) >. No notice was visible now for the shutters were up. A crape bouquet was tied to the door-knocker with ribbon. Two poor women and a telegram boy were reading the card pinned on the crape. [.....] (PRONOUN) also approached and read:

July 1st, 1895
The Rev. James Flynn (formerly of
S. Catherine's Church, Meath Street),
aged sixty-five years.
<[.....] (PRONOUN) >R. [.....] (PRONOUN) . P.(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) >

The reading of the card persuaded [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) was dead and [.....] (PRONOUN) was disturbed to find [.....] (PRONOUN) at check. Had [.....] (PRONOUN) not been dead [.....] (PRONOUN) would have gone into the little dark room behind the shop to find [.....] (PRONOUN) sitting in [.....] (PRONOUN) arm-chair by the fire, nearly smothered in [.....] (PRONOUN) great-coat. Perhaps [.....] (PRONOUN) aunt would have given [.....] (PRONOUN) a packet of High Toast for [.....] (PRONOUN) and [.....] (PRONOUN) present would have roused [.....] (PRONOUN) from [.....] (PRONOUN) stupefied doze. It was always [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) emptied the packet into [.....] (PRONOUN) black snuff-box for [.....] (PRONOUN) hands trembled too much to allow [.....] (PRONOUN) to do [.....] (PRONOUN) without spilling half the snuff about the floor. Even as [.....] (PRONOUN) raised [.....] (PRONOUN) large trembling hand to [.....] (PRONOUN) nose little clouds of smoke dribbled through [.....] (PRONOUN) fingers over the front of [.....] (PRONOUN) coat. It may have been [.....] (PRONOUN) constant showers of snuff [.....] (PRONOUN) gave [.....] (PRONOUN) ancient priestly garments [.....] (PRONOUN) green faded look for the red handkerchief, blackened, as it always was, with the snuff-stains of a week, with [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) tried to brush away the fallen grains, was quite inefficacious.

[.....] (PRONOUN) wished to go in and look at [.....] (PRONOUN) but [.....] (PRONOUN) had not the courage to knock. [.....] (PRONOUN) walked away slowly along the sunny side of the street, reading [.....] (PRONOUN) the theatrical advertisements in the shopwindows as [.....] (PRONOUN) went. [.....] (PRONOUN) found it strange [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) nor the day seemed in a mourning mood and [.....] (PRONOUN) felt even annoyed at discovering in [.....] (PRONOUN) a sensation of freedom as if [.....] (PRONOUN) had been freed from [.....] (PRONOUN) by [.....] (PRONOUN) death. [.....] (PRONOUN) wondered at [.....] (PRONOUN) for, as [.....] (PRONOUN) uncle had said the night before, [.....] (PRONOUN) had taught [.....] (PRONOUN) a great deal. [.....] (PRONOUN) had studied in the Irish college in Rome and [.....] (PRONOUN) had taught [.....] (PRONOUN) to pronounce Latin properly. [.....] (PRONOUN) had told [.....] (PRONOUN) stories about the catacombs and about Napoleon Bonaparte, and [.....] (PRONOUN) had explained to [.....] (PRONOUN) the meaning of the different ceremonies of the Mass and of the different vestments worn by the priest. Sometimes [.....] (PRONOUN) had amused himself by putting difficult questions to [.....] (PRONOUN) , asking [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) should do in certain circumstances or whether such and such sins were mortal or venial or only imperfections. [.....] (PRONOUN) questions showed [.....] (PRONOUN) how complex and mysterious were certain institutions of the Church [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) had always regarded as the simplest acts. The duties of the priest towards the Eucharist and towards the secrecy of the confessional seemed so grave to [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) wondered how [.....] (PRONOUN) had ever found in himself the courage to undertake [.....] (PRONOUN) ; and [.....] (PRONOUN) was not surprised when [.....] (PRONOUN) told [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) the fathers of the Church had written books as thick as the <[.....] (PRONOUN) >Post Office Directory(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) > and as closely printed as the law notices in the newspaper, elucidating [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) intricate questions. Often when [.....] (PRONOUN) thought of [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) could make no answer or only a very foolish and halting [.....] (PRONOUN) upon [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) used to smile and nod [.....] (PRONOUN) head twice or thrice. Sometimes [.....] (PRONOUN) used to put [.....] (PRONOUN) through the responses of the Mass [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) had made [.....] (PRONOUN) learn by heart; and, as [.....] (PRONOUN) pattered, [.....] (PRONOUN) used to smile pensively and nod [.....] (PRONOUN) head, now and then pushing huge pinches of snuff up [.....] (PRONOUN) nostril alternately. When [.....] (PRONOUN) smiled [.....] (PRONOUN) used to uncover [.....] (PRONOUN) big discoloured teeth and let [.....] (PRONOUN) tongue lie upon [.....] (PRONOUN) lower lip—a habit [.....] (PRONOUN) had made [.....] (PRONOUN) feel uneasy in the beginning of [.....] (PRONOUN) acquaintance before [.....] (PRONOUN) knew [.....] (PRONOUN) well.

As [.....] (PRONOUN) walked along in the sun [.....] (PRONOUN) remembered old Cotter's words and tried to remember [.....] (PRONOUN) had happened afterwards in the dream. [.....] (PRONOUN) remembered [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) had noticed long velvet curtains and a swinging lamp of antique fashion. [.....] (PRONOUN) felt [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) had been very far away, in [.....] (PRONOUN) land where the customs were strange—in Persia, [.....] (PRONOUN) thought.... But [.....] (PRONOUN) could not remember the end of the dream.

In the evening [.....] (PRONOUN) aunt took [.....] (PRONOUN) with [.....] (PRONOUN) to visit the house of mourning. It was after sunset; but the window-panes of the houses [.....] (PRONOUN) looked to the west reflected the tawny gold of a great bank of clouds. Nannie received [.....] (PRONOUN) in the hall; and, as it would have been unseemly to have shouted at [.....] (PRONOUN) , [.....] (PRONOUN) aunt shook hands with [.....] (PRONOUN) for [.....] (PRONOUN) . The old woman pointed upwards interrogatively and, on [.....] (PRONOUN) aunt's nodding, proceeded to toil up the narrow staircase before [.....] (PRONOUN) , [.....] (PRONOUN) bowed head being scarcely above the level of the banister-rail. At the first landing [.....] (PRONOUN) stopped and beckoned [.....] (PRONOUN) forward encouragingly towards the open door of the dead-room. [.....] (PRONOUN) aunt went in and the old woman, seeing [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) hesitated to enter, began to beckon to [.....] (PRONOUN) again repeatedly with [.....] (PRONOUN) hand.

[.....] (PRONOUN) went in on tiptoe. The room through the lace end of the blind was suffused with dusky golden light amid [.....] (PRONOUN) the candles looked like pale thin flames. [.....] (PRONOUN) had been coffined. Nannie gave the lead and [.....] (PRONOUN) three knelt down at the foot of the bed. [.....] (PRONOUN) pretended to pray but [.....] (PRONOUN) could not gather [.....] (PRONOUN) thoughts because the old woman's mutterings distracted [.....] (PRONOUN) . [.....] (PRONOUN) noticed how clumsily [.....] (PRONOUN) skirt was hooked at the back and how the heels of [.....] (PRONOUN) cloth boots were trodden down [.....] (PRONOUN) to [.....] (PRONOUN) side. The fancy came to [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) the old priest was smiling as [.....] (PRONOUN) lay there in [.....] (PRONOUN) coffin.

But no. When [.....] (PRONOUN) rose and went up to the head of the bed [.....] (PRONOUN) saw [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) was not smiling. There [.....] (PRONOUN) lay, solemn and copious, vested as for the altar, [.....] (PRONOUN) large hands loosely retaining a chalice. [.....] (PRONOUN) face was very truculent, grey and massive, with black cavernous nostrils and circled by a scanty white fur. There was a heavy odour in the room—the flowers.

[.....] (PRONOUN) blessed [.....] (PRONOUN) and came away. In the little room downstairs [.....] (PRONOUN) found Eliza seated in [.....] (PRONOUN) arm-chair in state. [.....] (PRONOUN) groped [.....] (PRONOUN) way towards [.....] (PRONOUN) usual chair in the corner while Nannie went to the sideboard and brought out a decanter of sherry and [.....] (PRONOUN) wine-glasses. [.....] (PRONOUN) set [.....] (PRONOUN) on the table and invited [.....] (PRONOUN) to take a little glass of wine. Then, at [.....] (PRONOUN) sister's bidding, [.....] (PRONOUN) filled out the sherry into the glasses and passed [.....] (PRONOUN) to [.....] (PRONOUN) . [.....] (PRONOUN) pressed [.....] (PRONOUN) to take [.....] (PRONOUN) cream crackers also but [.....] (PRONOUN) declined because [.....] (PRONOUN) thought [.....] (PRONOUN) would make too much noise eating [.....] (PRONOUN) . [.....] (PRONOUN) seemed to be somewhat disappointed at [.....] (PRONOUN) refusal and went over quietly to the sofa where [.....] (PRONOUN) sat down behind [.....] (PRONOUN) sister. [.....] (PRONOUN) spoke: [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) gazed at the empty fireplace.

[.....] (PRONOUN) aunt waited until Eliza sighed and then said:

"Ah, well, [.....] (PRONOUN) 's gone to a better world."

Eliza sighed again and bowed [.....] (PRONOUN) head in assent. [.....] (PRONOUN) aunt fingered the stem of [.....] (PRONOUN) wine-glass before sipping a little.

"Did [.....] (PRONOUN) ... peacefully?" [.....] (PRONOUN) asked.

"Oh, quite peacefully, ma'am," said Eliza. "[.....] (PRONOUN) couldn't tell when the breath went out of [.....] (PRONOUN) . [.....] (PRONOUN) had a beautiful death, God be praised."

"And [.....] (PRONOUN) ...?"

"Father O'Rourke was in with [.....] (PRONOUN) a Tuesday and anointed [.....] (PRONOUN) and prepared [.....] (PRONOUN) and [.....] (PRONOUN) ."

"[.....] (PRONOUN) knew then?"

"[.....] (PRONOUN) was quite resigned."

"[.....] (PRONOUN) looks quite resigned," said [.....] (PRONOUN) aunt.

"[.....] (PRONOUN) 's [.....] (PRONOUN) the woman [.....] (PRONOUN) had in to wash [.....] (PRONOUN) said. [.....] (PRONOUN) said [.....] (PRONOUN) just looked as if [.....] (PRONOUN) was asleep, [.....] (PRONOUN) looked [.....] (PRONOUN) peaceful and resigned. [.....] (PRONOUN) would think [.....] (PRONOUN) 'd make such a beautiful corpse."

"Yes, indeed," said [.....] (PRONOUN) aunt.

[.....] (PRONOUN) sipped a little more from [.....] (PRONOUN) glass and said:

"Well, Miss Flynn, at [.....] (PRONOUN) rate it must be a great comfort for [.....] (PRONOUN) to know [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) did [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) could for [.....] (PRONOUN) . [.....] (PRONOUN) were [.....] (PRONOUN) very kind to [.....] (PRONOUN) , [.....] (PRONOUN) must say."

Eliza smoothed [.....] (PRONOUN) dress over [.....] (PRONOUN) knees.

"Ah, poor James!" [.....] (PRONOUN) said. "God knows [.....] (PRONOUN) done [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) could, as poor as [.....] (PRONOUN) are—[.....] (PRONOUN) wouldn't see [.....] (PRONOUN) want [.....] (PRONOUN) while [.....] (PRONOUN) was in it."

Nannie had leaned [.....] (PRONOUN) head against the sofa-pillow and seemed about to fall asleep.

"There's poor Nannie," said Eliza, looking at [.....] (PRONOUN) , "[.....] (PRONOUN) 's wore out. [.....] (PRONOUN) the work [.....] (PRONOUN) had, [.....] (PRONOUN) and [.....] (PRONOUN) , getting in the woman to wash [.....] (PRONOUN) and then laying [.....] (PRONOUN) out and then the coffin and then arranging about the Mass in the chapel. Only for Father O'Rourke [.....] (PRONOUN) don't know [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) 'd have done at [.....] (PRONOUN) . It was [.....] (PRONOUN) brought [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) flowers and [.....] (PRONOUN) two candlesticks out of the chapel and wrote out the notice for the <[.....] (PRONOUN) >Freeman's General(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) > and took charge of [.....] (PRONOUN) the papers for the cemetery and poor James's insurance."

"Wasn't [.....] (PRONOUN) good of [.....] (PRONOUN) ?" said [.....] (PRONOUN) aunt.

Eliza closed [.....] (PRONOUN) eyes and shook [.....] (PRONOUN) head slowly.

"Ah, there's no friends like the old friends," [.....] (PRONOUN) said, "when [.....] (PRONOUN) is said and done, no friends [.....] (PRONOUN) a body can trust."

"Indeed, [.....] (PRONOUN) 's true," said [.....] (PRONOUN) aunt. "And [.....] (PRONOUN) 'm sure now [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) 's gone to [.....] (PRONOUN) eternal reward [.....] (PRONOUN) won't forget [.....] (PRONOUN) and [.....] (PRONOUN) your kindness to [.....] (PRONOUN) ."

"Ah, poor James!" said Eliza. "[.....] (PRONOUN) was no great trouble to [.....] (PRONOUN) . [.....] (PRONOUN) wouldn't hear [.....] (PRONOUN) in the house [.....] (PRONOUN) more than now. Still, [.....] (PRONOUN) know [.....] (PRONOUN) 's gone and [.....] (PRONOUN) to [.....] (PRONOUN) ...."

"It's when it's [.....] (PRONOUN) over [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) 'll miss [.....] (PRONOUN) ," said [.....] (PRONOUN) aunt.

"[.....] (PRONOUN) know [.....] (PRONOUN) ," said Eliza. "[.....] (PRONOUN) won't be bringing [.....] (PRONOUN) in [.....] (PRONOUN) cup of beef-tea [.....] (PRONOUN) more, nor [.....] (PRONOUN) , ma'am, sending [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) snuff. Ah, poor James!"

[.....] (PRONOUN) stopped, as if [.....] (PRONOUN) were communing with the past and then said shrewdly:

"Mind [.....] (PRONOUN) , [.....] (PRONOUN) noticed there was [.....] (PRONOUN) queer coming over [.....] (PRONOUN) latterly. Whenever [.....] (PRONOUN) 'd bring in [.....] (PRONOUN) soup to [.....] (PRONOUN) there [.....] (PRONOUN) 'd find [.....] (PRONOUN) with [.....] (PRONOUN) breviary fallen to the floor, lying back in the chair and [.....] (PRONOUN) mouth open."

[.....] (PRONOUN) laid a finger against [.....] (PRONOUN) nose and frowned: then [.....] (PRONOUN) continued:

"But still and [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) kept on saying [.....] (PRONOUN) before the summer was over [.....] (PRONOUN) 'd go out for a drive [.....] (PRONOUN) fine day just to see the old house again where [.....] (PRONOUN) were [.....] (PRONOUN) born down in Irishtown and take [.....] (PRONOUN) and Nannie with [.....] (PRONOUN) . If [.....] (PRONOUN) could only get [.....] (PRONOUN) of [.....] (PRONOUN) new-fangled carriages [.....] (PRONOUN) makes no noise [.....] (PRONOUN) Father O'Rourke told [.....] (PRONOUN) about, [.....] (PRONOUN) with the rheumatic wheels, for the day cheap—[.....] (PRONOUN) said, at Johnny Rush's over the way there and drive out the three of [.....] (PRONOUN) together of a Sunday evening. [.....] (PRONOUN) had [.....] (PRONOUN) mind set on [.....] (PRONOUN) .... Poor James!"

"The Lord have mercy on [.....] (PRONOUN) soul!" said [.....] (PRONOUN) aunt.

Eliza took out [.....] (PRONOUN) handkerchief and wiped [.....] (PRONOUN) eyes with it. Then [.....] (PRONOUN) put it back again in [.....] (PRONOUN) pocket and gazed into the empty grate for [.....] (PRONOUN) time without speaking.

"[.....] (PRONOUN) was too scrupulous always," [.....] (PRONOUN) said. "The duties of the priesthood was too much for [.....] (PRONOUN) . And then [.....] (PRONOUN) life was, [.....] (PRONOUN) might say, crossed."

"Yes," said [.....] (PRONOUN) aunt. "[.....] (PRONOUN) was a disappointed man. [.....] (PRONOUN) could see [.....] (PRONOUN) ."

A silence took possession of the little room and, under cover of it, [.....] (PRONOUN) approached the table and tasted [.....] (PRONOUN) sherry and then returned quietly to [.....] (PRONOUN) chair in the corner. Eliza seemed to have fallen into a deep revery. [.....] (PRONOUN) waited respectfully for [.....] (PRONOUN) to break the silence: and after a long pause [.....] (PRONOUN) said slowly:

"It was [.....] (PRONOUN) chalice [.....] (PRONOUN) broke.... [.....] (PRONOUN) was the beginning of it. Of course, [.....] (PRONOUN) say it was [.....] (PRONOUN) right, [.....] (PRONOUN) it contained [.....] (PRONOUN) , [.....] (PRONOUN) mean. But still.... [.....] (PRONOUN) say it was the boy's fault. But poor James was so nervous, God be merciful to [.....] (PRONOUN) !"

"And was [.....] (PRONOUN) it?" said [.....] (PRONOUN) aunt. "[.....] (PRONOUN) heard [.....] (PRONOUN) ...."

Eliza nodded.

"[.....] (PRONOUN) affected [.....] (PRONOUN) mind," [.....] (PRONOUN) said. "After [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) began to mope by himself, talking to [.....] (PRONOUN) and wandering about by himself. So [.....] (PRONOUN) night [.....] (PRONOUN) was wanted for to go on a call and [.....] (PRONOUN) couldn't find [.....] (PRONOUN) anywhere. [.....] (PRONOUN) looked high up and low down; and still [.....] (PRONOUN) couldn't see a sight of [.....] (PRONOUN) anywhere. So then the clerk suggested to try the chapel. So then [.....] (PRONOUN) got the keys and opened the chapel and the clerk and Father O'Rourke and another priest [.....] (PRONOUN) was there brought in a light for to look for [.....] (PRONOUN) .... And [.....] (PRONOUN) do [.....] (PRONOUN) think but there [.....] (PRONOUN) was, sitting up by himself in the dark in [.....] (PRONOUN) confession-box, wide-awake and laughing-like softly to himself?"

[.....] (PRONOUN) stopped suddenly as if to listen. [.....] (PRONOUN) too listened; but there was no sound in the house: and [.....] (PRONOUN) knew [.....] (PRONOUN) the old priest was lying still in [.....] (PRONOUN) coffin as [.....] (PRONOUN) had seen [.....] (PRONOUN) , solemn and truculent in death, an idle chalice on [.....] (PRONOUN) breast.

Eliza resumed:

"Wide-awake and laughing-like to himself.... So then, of course, when [.....] (PRONOUN) saw [.....] (PRONOUN) , [.....] (PRONOUN) made [.....] (PRONOUN) think [.....] (PRONOUN) there was [.....] (PRONOUN) gone wrong with [.....] (PRONOUN) ...."





AN ENCOUNTER

IT was Joe Dillon [.....] (PRONOUN) introduced the Wild West to [.....] (PRONOUN) . [.....] (PRONOUN) had a little library made up of old numbers of <[.....] (PRONOUN) >The Union Jack(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) >, <[.....] (PRONOUN) >Pluck(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) > and <[.....] (PRONOUN) >The Halfpenny Marvel(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) >. Every evening after school [.....] (PRONOUN) met in [.....] (PRONOUN) back garden and arranged Indian battles. [.....] (PRONOUN) and [.....] (PRONOUN) fat young brother Leo, the idler, held the loft of the stable while [.....] (PRONOUN) tried to carry it by storm; or [.....] (PRONOUN) fought a pitched battle on the grass. But, however well [.....] (PRONOUN) fought, [.....] (PRONOUN) never won siege or battle and [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) bouts ended with Joe Dillon's war dance of victory. [.....] (PRONOUN) parents went to eight-o'clock mass every morning in Gardiner Street and the peaceful odour of Mrs Dillon was prevalent in the hall of the house. But [.....] (PRONOUN) played too fiercely for [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) were younger and more timid. [.....] (PRONOUN) looked like [.....] (PRONOUN) kind of an Indian when [.....] (PRONOUN) capered round the garden, an old tea-cosy on [.....] (PRONOUN) head, beating a tin with [.....] (PRONOUN) fist and yelling:

"Ya! yaka, yaka, yaka!"

[.....] (PRONOUN) was incredulous when it was reported [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) had a vocation for the priesthood. Nevertheless it was true.

A spirit of unruliness diffused itself among [.....] (PRONOUN) and, under its influence, differences of culture and constitution were waived. [.....] (PRONOUN) banded [.....] (PRONOUN) together, [.....] (PRONOUN) boldly, [.....] (PRONOUN) in jest and [.....] (PRONOUN) almost in fear: and of the number of [.....] (PRONOUN) latter, the reluctant Indians [.....] (PRONOUN) were afraid to seem studious or lacking in robustness, [.....] (PRONOUN) was [.....] (PRONOUN) . The adventures related in the literature of the Wild West were remote from [.....] (PRONOUN) nature but, at least, [.....] (PRONOUN) opened doors of escape. [.....] (PRONOUN) liked better [.....] (PRONOUN) American detective stories [.....] (PRONOUN) were traversed from time to time by unkempt fierce and beautiful girls. Though there was [.....] (PRONOUN) wrong in [.....] (PRONOUN) stories and though [.....] (PRONOUN) intention was sometimes literary [.....] (PRONOUN) were circulated secretly at school. [.....] (PRONOUN) day when Father Butler was hearing the four pages of Roman History clumsy Leo Dillon was discovered with a copy of <[.....] (PRONOUN) >The Halfpenny Marvel(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) >.

"[.....] (PRONOUN) page or [.....] (PRONOUN) page? [.....] (PRONOUN) page? Now, Dillon, up! <[.....] (PRONOUN) >'Hardly had the day'....(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) > Go on! [.....] (PRONOUN) day? <[.....] (PRONOUN) >'Hardly had the day dawned'....(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) > Have [.....] (PRONOUN) studied it? [.....] (PRONOUN) have [.....] (PRONOUN) there in your pocket?"

[.....] (PRONOUN) 's heart palpitated as Leo Dillon handed up the paper and [.....] (PRONOUN) assumed an innocent face. Father Butler turned over the pages, frowning.

"[.....] (PRONOUN) is [.....] (PRONOUN) rubbish?" [.....] (PRONOUN) said. "<[.....] (PRONOUN) >The Apache Chief!(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) > Is [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) read instead of studying your Roman History? Let [.....] (PRONOUN) not find [.....] (PRONOUN) more of [.....] (PRONOUN) wretched stuff in [.....] (PRONOUN) college. The man [.....] (PRONOUN) wrote it, [.....] (PRONOUN) suppose, was [.....] (PRONOUN) wretched fellow [.....] (PRONOUN) writes [.....] (PRONOUN) things for a drink. [.....] (PRONOUN) 'm surprised at boys like [.....] (PRONOUN) , educated, reading such stuff. [.....] (PRONOUN) could understand it if [.....] (PRONOUN) were ... National School boys. Now, Dillon, [.....] (PRONOUN) advise [.....] (PRONOUN) strongly, get at your work or...."

[.....] (PRONOUN) rebuke during the sober hours of school paled much of the glory of the Wild West for [.....] (PRONOUN) and the confused puffy face of Leo Dillon awakened [.....] (PRONOUN) of [.....] (PRONOUN) consciences. But when the restraining influence of the school was at a distance [.....] (PRONOUN) began to hunger again for wild sensations, for the escape [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) chronicles of disorder alone seemed to offer [.....] (PRONOUN) . The mimic warfare of the evening became at last as wearisome to [.....] (PRONOUN) as the routine of school in the morning because [.....] (PRONOUN) wanted real adventures to happen to [.....] (PRONOUN) . But real adventures, [.....] (PRONOUN) reflected, do not happen to people [.....] (PRONOUN) remain at home: [.....] (PRONOUN) must be sought abroad.

The summer holidays were near at hand when [.....] (PRONOUN) made up [.....] (PRONOUN) mind to break out of the weariness of school-life for [.....] (PRONOUN) day at least. With Leo Dillon and a boy named Mahony [.....] (PRONOUN) planned a day's miching. [.....] (PRONOUN) of [.....] (PRONOUN) saved up sixpence. [.....] (PRONOUN) were to meet at ten in the morning on the Canal Bridge. Mahony's big sister was to write an excuse for [.....] (PRONOUN) and Leo Dillon was to tell [.....] (PRONOUN) brother to say [.....] (PRONOUN) was sick. [.....] (PRONOUN) arranged to go along the Wharf Road until [.....] (PRONOUN) came to the ships, then to cross in the ferryboat and walk out to see the Pigeon House. Leo Dillon was afraid [.....] (PRONOUN) might meet Father Butler or [.....] (PRONOUN) out of the college; but Mahony asked, very sensibly, [.....] (PRONOUN) would Father Butler be doing out at the Pigeon House. [.....] (PRONOUN) were reassured: and [.....] (PRONOUN) brought the first stage of the plot to an end by collecting sixpence from the other two, at the same time showing [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) own sixpence. When [.....] (PRONOUN) were making the last arrangements on the eve [.....] (PRONOUN) were [.....] (PRONOUN) vaguely excited. [.....] (PRONOUN) shook hands, laughing, and Mahony said:

"Till tomorrow, mates!"

[.....] (PRONOUN) night [.....] (PRONOUN) slept badly. In the morning [.....] (PRONOUN) was first-comer to the bridge as [.....] (PRONOUN) lived nearest. [.....] (PRONOUN) hid [.....] (PRONOUN) books in the long grass near the ashpit at the end of the garden where [.....] (PRONOUN) ever came and hurried along the canal bank. It was a mild sunny morning in the first week of June. [.....] (PRONOUN) sat up on the coping of the bridge admiring [.....] (PRONOUN) frail canvas shoes [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) had diligently pipeclayed overnight and watching the docile horses pulling a tramload of business people up the hill. [.....] (PRONOUN) the branches of the tall trees [.....] (PRONOUN) lined the mall were gay with little light green leaves and the sunlight slanted through [.....] (PRONOUN) on to the water. The granite stone of the bridge was beginning to be warm and [.....] (PRONOUN) began to pat it with [.....] (PRONOUN) hands in time to an air in [.....] (PRONOUN) head. [.....] (PRONOUN) was very happy.

When [.....] (PRONOUN) had been sitting there for five or ten minutes [.....] (PRONOUN) saw Mahony's grey suit approaching. [.....] (PRONOUN) came up the hill, smiling, and clambered up beside [.....] (PRONOUN) on the bridge. While [.....] (PRONOUN) were waiting [.....] (PRONOUN) brought out the catapult [.....] (PRONOUN) bulged from [.....] (PRONOUN) inner pocket and explained [.....] (PRONOUN) improvements [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) had made in it. [.....] (PRONOUN) asked [.....] (PRONOUN) why [.....] (PRONOUN) had brought it and [.....] (PRONOUN) told [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) had brought it to have [.....] (PRONOUN) gas with the birds. Mahony used slang freely, and spoke of Father Butler as Old Bunser. [.....] (PRONOUN) waited on for a quarter of an hour more but still there was no sign of Leo Dillon. Mahony, at last, jumped down and said:

"Come along. [.....] (PRONOUN) knew Fatty'd funk it."

"And [.....] (PRONOUN) sixpence...?" [.....] (PRONOUN) said.

"[.....] (PRONOUN) 's forfeit," said Mahony. "And so much the better for [.....] (PRONOUN) —a bob and a tanner instead of a bob."

[.....] (PRONOUN) walked along the North Strand Road till [.....] (PRONOUN) came to the Vitriol Works and then turned to the right along the Wharf Road. Mahony began to play the Indian as soon as [.....] (PRONOUN) were out of public sight. [.....] (PRONOUN) chased a crowd of ragged girls, brandishing [.....] (PRONOUN) unloaded catapult and, when two ragged boys began, out of chivalry, to fling stones at [.....] (PRONOUN) , [.....] (PRONOUN) proposed [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) should charge [.....] (PRONOUN) . [.....] (PRONOUN) objected [.....] (PRONOUN) the boys were too small and so [.....] (PRONOUN) walked on, the ragged troop screaming after [.....] (PRONOUN) : <[.....] (PRONOUN) >"Swaddlers! Swaddlers!"(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) > thinking [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) were Protestants because Mahony, [.....] (PRONOUN) was dark-complexioned, wore the silver badge of a cricket club in [.....] (PRONOUN) cap. When [.....] (PRONOUN) came to the Smoothing Iron [.....] (PRONOUN) arranged a siege; but it was a failure because [.....] (PRONOUN) must have at least three. [.....] (PRONOUN) revenged [.....] (PRONOUN) on Leo Dillon by saying [.....] (PRONOUN) a funk [.....] (PRONOUN) was and guessing how [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) would get at three o'clock from Mr Ryan.

[.....] (PRONOUN) came then near the river. [.....] (PRONOUN) spent a long time walking about the noisy streets flanked by high stone walls, watching the working of cranes and engines and often being shouted at for [.....] (PRONOUN) immobility by the drivers of groaning carts. It was noon when [.....] (PRONOUN) reached the quays and, as [.....] (PRONOUN) the labourers seemed to be eating [.....] (PRONOUN) lunches, [.....] (PRONOUN) bought two big currant buns and sat down to eat [.....] (PRONOUN) on [.....] (PRONOUN) metal piping beside the river. [.....] (PRONOUN) pleased [.....] (PRONOUN) with the spectacle of Dublin's commerce—the barges signalled from far away by [.....] (PRONOUN) curls of woolly smoke, the brown fishing fleet beyond Ringsend, the big white sailing-vessel [.....] (PRONOUN) was being discharged on the opposite quay. Mahony said it would be right skit to run away to sea on [.....] (PRONOUN) of [.....] (PRONOUN) big ships and even [.....] (PRONOUN) , looking at the high masts, saw, or imagined, the geography [.....] (PRONOUN) had been scantily dosed to [.....] (PRONOUN) at school gradually taking substance under [.....] (PRONOUN) eyes. School and home seemed to recede from [.....] (PRONOUN) and [.....] (PRONOUN) influences upon [.....] (PRONOUN) seemed to wane.

[.....] (PRONOUN) crossed the Liffey in the ferryboat, paying [.....] (PRONOUN) toll to be transported in the company of two labourers and a little Jew with a bag. [.....] (PRONOUN) were serious to the point of solemnity, but once during the short voyage [.....] (PRONOUN) eyes met and [.....] (PRONOUN) laughed. When [.....] (PRONOUN) landed [.....] (PRONOUN) watched the discharging of the graceful threemaster [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) had observed from the other quay. [.....] (PRONOUN) bystander said [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) was a Norwegian vessel. [.....] (PRONOUN) went to the stern and tried to decipher the legend upon it but, failing to do so, [.....] (PRONOUN) came back and examined the foreign sailors to see had [.....] (PRONOUN) of [.....] (PRONOUN) green eyes for [.....] (PRONOUN) had [.....] (PRONOUN) confused notion.... The sailors' eyes were blue and grey and even black. The only sailor whose eyes could have been called green was a tall man [.....] (PRONOUN) amused the crowd on the quay by calling out cheerfully every time the planks fell:

"[.....] (PRONOUN) right! [.....] (PRONOUN) right!"

When [.....] (PRONOUN) were tired of [.....] (PRONOUN) sight [.....] (PRONOUN) wandered slowly into Ringsend. The day had grown sultry, and in the windows of the grocers' shops musty biscuits lay bleaching. [.....] (PRONOUN) bought [.....] (PRONOUN) biscuits and chocolate [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) ate sedulously as [.....] (PRONOUN) wandered through the squalid streets where the families of the fishermen live. [.....] (PRONOUN) could find no dairy and so [.....] (PRONOUN) went into a huckster's shop and bought a bottle of raspberry lemonade [.....] (PRONOUN) . Refreshed by [.....] (PRONOUN) , Mahony chased a cat down a lane, but the cat escaped into a wide field. [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) felt rather tired and when [.....] (PRONOUN) reached the field [.....] (PRONOUN) made at once for a sloping bank over the ridge of [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) could see the Dodder.

It was too late and [.....] (PRONOUN) were too tired to carry out [.....] (PRONOUN) project of visiting the Pigeon House. [.....] (PRONOUN) had to be home before four o'clock lest [.....] (PRONOUN) adventure should be discovered. Mahony looked regretfully at [.....] (PRONOUN) catapult and [.....] (PRONOUN) had to suggest going home by train before [.....] (PRONOUN) regained [.....] (PRONOUN) cheerfulness. The sun went in behind [.....] (PRONOUN) clouds and left [.....] (PRONOUN) to [.....] (PRONOUN) jaded thoughts and the crumbs of [.....] (PRONOUN) provisions.

There was [.....] (PRONOUN) but [.....] (PRONOUN) in the field. When [.....] (PRONOUN) had lain on the bank for [.....] (PRONOUN) time without speaking [.....] (PRONOUN) saw a man approaching from the far end of the field. [.....] (PRONOUN) watched [.....] (PRONOUN) lazily as [.....] (PRONOUN) chewed [.....] (PRONOUN) of [.....] (PRONOUN) green stems on [.....] (PRONOUN) girls tell fortunes. [.....] (PRONOUN) came along by the bank slowly. [.....] (PRONOUN) walked with [.....] (PRONOUN) hand upon [.....] (PRONOUN) hip and in the other hand [.....] (PRONOUN) held a stick with [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) tapped the turf lightly. [.....] (PRONOUN) was shabbily dressed in a suit of greenish-black and wore [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) used to call a jerry hat with a high crown. [.....] (PRONOUN) seemed to be fairly old for [.....] (PRONOUN) moustache was ashen-grey. When [.....] (PRONOUN) passed at [.....] (PRONOUN) feet [.....] (PRONOUN) glanced up at [.....] (PRONOUN) quickly and then continued [.....] (PRONOUN) way. [.....] (PRONOUN) followed [.....] (PRONOUN) with [.....] (PRONOUN) eyes and saw [.....] (PRONOUN) when [.....] (PRONOUN) had gone on for perhaps fifty paces [.....] (PRONOUN) turned about and began to retrace [.....] (PRONOUN) steps. [.....] (PRONOUN) walked towards [.....] (PRONOUN) very slowly, always tapping the ground with [.....] (PRONOUN) stick, so slowly [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) thought [.....] (PRONOUN) was looking for [.....] (PRONOUN) in the grass.

[.....] (PRONOUN) stopped when [.....] (PRONOUN) came level with [.....] (PRONOUN) and bade [.....] (PRONOUN) good-day. [.....] (PRONOUN) answered [.....] (PRONOUN) and [.....] (PRONOUN) sat down beside [.....] (PRONOUN) on the slope slowly and with great care. [.....] (PRONOUN) began to talk of the weather, saying [.....] (PRONOUN) it would be a very hot summer and adding [.....] (PRONOUN) the seasons had changed greatly since [.....] (PRONOUN) was a boy—a long time ago. [.....] (PRONOUN) said [.....] (PRONOUN) the happiest time of [.....] (PRONOUN) 's life was undoubtedly [.....] (PRONOUN) 's school-boy days and [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) would give [.....] (PRONOUN) to be young again. While [.....] (PRONOUN) expressed [.....] (PRONOUN) sentiments [.....] (PRONOUN) bored [.....] (PRONOUN) a little [.....] (PRONOUN) kept silent. Then [.....] (PRONOUN) began to talk of school and of books. [.....] (PRONOUN) asked [.....] (PRONOUN) whether [.....] (PRONOUN) had read the poetry of Thomas Moore or the works of Sir Walter Scott and Lord Lytton. [.....] (PRONOUN) pretended [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) had read every book [.....] (PRONOUN) mentioned so [.....] (PRONOUN) in the end [.....] (PRONOUN) said:

"Ah, [.....] (PRONOUN) can see [.....] (PRONOUN) are a bookworm like [.....] (PRONOUN) . Now," [.....] (PRONOUN) added, pointing to Mahony [.....] (PRONOUN) was regarding [.....] (PRONOUN) with open eyes, "[.....] (PRONOUN) is different; [.....] (PRONOUN) goes in for games."

[.....] (PRONOUN) said [.....] (PRONOUN) had [.....] (PRONOUN) Sir Walter Scott's works and [.....] (PRONOUN) Lord Lytton's works at home and never tired of reading [.....] (PRONOUN) . "Of course," [.....] (PRONOUN) said, "there were [.....] (PRONOUN) of Lord Lytton's works [.....] (PRONOUN) boys couldn't read." Mahony asked why couldn't boys read [.....] (PRONOUN) —a question [.....] (PRONOUN) agitated and pained [.....] (PRONOUN) because [.....] (PRONOUN) was afraid the man would think [.....] (PRONOUN) was as stupid as Mahony. The man, however, only smiled. [.....] (PRONOUN) saw [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) had great gaps in [.....] (PRONOUN) mouth between [.....] (PRONOUN) yellow teeth. Then [.....] (PRONOUN) asked [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) of [.....] (PRONOUN) had the [.....] (PRONOUN) sweethearts. Mahony mentioned lightly [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) had three totties. The man asked [.....] (PRONOUN) how [.....] (PRONOUN) had [.....] (PRONOUN) . [.....] (PRONOUN) answered [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) had [.....] (PRONOUN) . [.....] (PRONOUN) did not believe [.....] (PRONOUN) and said [.....] (PRONOUN) was sure [.....] (PRONOUN) must have [.....] (PRONOUN) . [.....] (PRONOUN) was silent.

"Tell [.....] (PRONOUN) ," said Mahony pertly to the man, "how [.....] (PRONOUN) have [.....] (PRONOUN) yourself?"

The man smiled as before and said [.....] (PRONOUN) when [.....] (PRONOUN) was [.....] (PRONOUN) age [.....] (PRONOUN) had lots of sweethearts.

"Every boy," [.....] (PRONOUN) said, "has a little sweetheart."

[.....] (PRONOUN) attitude on [.....] (PRONOUN) point struck [.....] (PRONOUN) as strangely liberal in a man of [.....] (PRONOUN) age. In [.....] (PRONOUN) heart [.....] (PRONOUN) thought [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) said about boys and sweethearts was reasonable. But [.....] (PRONOUN) disliked the words in [.....] (PRONOUN) mouth and [.....] (PRONOUN) wondered why [.....] (PRONOUN) shivered once or twice as if [.....] (PRONOUN) feared [.....] (PRONOUN) or felt a sudden chill. As [.....] (PRONOUN) proceeded [.....] (PRONOUN) noticed [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) accent was good. [.....] (PRONOUN) began to speak to [.....] (PRONOUN) about girls, saying [.....] (PRONOUN) nice soft hair [.....] (PRONOUN) had and how soft [.....] (PRONOUN) hands were and how [.....] (PRONOUN) girls were not so good as [.....] (PRONOUN) seemed to be if [.....] (PRONOUN) only knew. There was [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) liked, [.....] (PRONOUN) said, so much as looking at a nice young girl, at [.....] (PRONOUN) nice white hands and [.....] (PRONOUN) beautiful soft hair. [.....] (PRONOUN) gave [.....] (PRONOUN) the impression [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) was repeating [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) had learned by heart or [.....] (PRONOUN) , magnetised by [.....] (PRONOUN) words of [.....] (PRONOUN) own speech, [.....] (PRONOUN) mind was slowly circling round and round in the same orbit. At times [.....] (PRONOUN) spoke as if [.....] (PRONOUN) were simply alluding to [.....] (PRONOUN) fact [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) knew, and at times [.....] (PRONOUN) lowered [.....] (PRONOUN) voice and spoke mysteriously as if [.....] (PRONOUN) were telling [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) secret [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) did not wish others to overhear. [.....] (PRONOUN) repeated [.....] (PRONOUN) phrases over and over again, varying [.....] (PRONOUN) and surrounding [.....] (PRONOUN) with [.....] (PRONOUN) monotonous voice. [.....] (PRONOUN) continued to gaze towards the foot of the slope, listening to [.....] (PRONOUN) .

After a long while [.....] (PRONOUN) monologue paused. [.....] (PRONOUN) stood up slowly, saying [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) had to leave [.....] (PRONOUN) for a minute or so, a [.....] (PRONOUN) minutes, and, without changing the direction of [.....] (PRONOUN) gaze, [.....] (PRONOUN) saw [.....] (PRONOUN) walking slowly away from [.....] (PRONOUN) towards the near end of the field. [.....] (PRONOUN) remained silent when [.....] (PRONOUN) had gone. After a silence of a [.....] (PRONOUN) minutes [.....] (PRONOUN) heard Mahony exclaim:

"[.....] (PRONOUN) say! Look [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) 's doing!"

As [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) answered nor raised [.....] (PRONOUN) eyes Mahony exclaimed again:

"[.....] (PRONOUN) say.... [.....] (PRONOUN) 's a queer old josser!"

"In case [.....] (PRONOUN) asks [.....] (PRONOUN) for [.....] (PRONOUN) names," [.....] (PRONOUN) said, "let [.....] (PRONOUN) be Murphy and [.....] (PRONOUN) 'll be Smith."

[.....] (PRONOUN) said [.....] (PRONOUN) further to [.....] (PRONOUN) other. [.....] (PRONOUN) was still considering whether [.....] (PRONOUN) would go away or not when the man came back and sat down beside [.....] (PRONOUN) again. Hardly had [.....] (PRONOUN) sat down when Mahony, catching sight of the cat [.....] (PRONOUN) had escaped [.....] (PRONOUN) , sprang up and pursued [.....] (PRONOUN) across the field. The man and [.....] (PRONOUN) watched the chase. The cat escaped once more and Mahony began to throw stones at the wall [.....] (PRONOUN) had escaladed. Desisting from [.....] (PRONOUN) , [.....] (PRONOUN) began to wander about the far end of the field, aimlessly.

After an interval the man spoke to [.....] (PRONOUN) . [.....] (PRONOUN) said [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) friend was a very rough boy and asked did [.....] (PRONOUN) get whipped often at school. [.....] (PRONOUN) was going to reply indignantly [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) were not National School boys to be whipped, as [.....] (PRONOUN) called it; but [.....] (PRONOUN) remained silent. [.....] (PRONOUN) began to speak on the subject of chastising boys. [.....] (PRONOUN) mind, as if magnetised again by [.....] (PRONOUN) speech, seemed to circle slowly round and round its new centre. [.....] (PRONOUN) said [.....] (PRONOUN) when boys were [.....] (PRONOUN) kind [.....] (PRONOUN) ought to be whipped and well whipped. When a boy was rough and unruly there was [.....] (PRONOUN) would do [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) good but a good sound whipping. A slap on the hand or a box on the ear was no good: [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) wanted was to get a nice warm whipping. [.....] (PRONOUN) was surprised at [.....] (PRONOUN) sentiment and involuntarily glanced up at [.....] (PRONOUN) face. As [.....] (PRONOUN) did so [.....] (PRONOUN) met the gaze of a pair of bottle-green eyes peering at [.....] (PRONOUN) from under a twitching forehead. [.....] (PRONOUN) turned [.....] (PRONOUN) eyes away again.

The man continued [.....] (PRONOUN) monologue. [.....] (PRONOUN) seemed to have forgotten [.....] (PRONOUN) recent liberalism. [.....] (PRONOUN) said [.....] (PRONOUN) if ever [.....] (PRONOUN) found a boy talking to girls or having a girl for a sweetheart [.....] (PRONOUN) would whip [.....] (PRONOUN) and whip [.....] (PRONOUN) ; and [.....] (PRONOUN) would teach [.....] (PRONOUN) not to be talking to girls. And if a boy had a girl for a sweetheart and told lies about it then [.....] (PRONOUN) would give [.....] (PRONOUN) such a whipping as no boy ever got in [.....] (PRONOUN) world. [.....] (PRONOUN) said [.....] (PRONOUN) there was [.....] (PRONOUN) in [.....] (PRONOUN) world [.....] (PRONOUN) would like so well as [.....] (PRONOUN) . [.....] (PRONOUN) described to [.....] (PRONOUN) how [.....] (PRONOUN) would whip such a boy as if [.....] (PRONOUN) were unfolding [.....] (PRONOUN) elaborate mystery. [.....] (PRONOUN) would love [.....] (PRONOUN) , [.....] (PRONOUN) said, better than [.....] (PRONOUN) in [.....] (PRONOUN) world; and [.....] (PRONOUN) voice, as [.....] (PRONOUN) led [.....] (PRONOUN) monotonously through the mystery, grew almost affectionate and seemed to plead with [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) should understand [.....] (PRONOUN) .

[.....] (PRONOUN) waited till [.....] (PRONOUN) monologue paused again. Then [.....] (PRONOUN) stood up abruptly. Lest [.....] (PRONOUN) should betray [.....] (PRONOUN) agitation [.....] (PRONOUN) delayed a [.....] (PRONOUN) moments pretending to fix [.....] (PRONOUN) shoe properly and then, saying [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) was obliged to go, [.....] (PRONOUN) bade [.....] (PRONOUN) good-day. [.....] (PRONOUN) went up the slope calmly but [.....] (PRONOUN) heart was beating quickly with fear [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) would seize [.....] (PRONOUN) by the ankles. When [.....] (PRONOUN) reached the top of the slope [.....] (PRONOUN) turned round and, without looking at [.....] (PRONOUN) , called loudly across the field:

"Murphy!"

[.....] (PRONOUN) voice had an accent of forced bravery in it and [.....] (PRONOUN) was ashamed of [.....] (PRONOUN) paltry stratagem. [.....] (PRONOUN) had to call the name again before Mahony saw [.....] (PRONOUN) and hallooed in answer. How [.....] (PRONOUN) heart beat as [.....] (PRONOUN) came running across the field to [.....] (PRONOUN) ! [.....] (PRONOUN) ran as if to bring [.....] (PRONOUN) aid. And [.....] (PRONOUN) was penitent; for in [.....] (PRONOUN) heart [.....] (PRONOUN) had always despised [.....] (PRONOUN) a little.





ARABY

NORTH RICHMOND STREET, being blind, was a quiet street except at the hour when the Christian Brothers' School set the boys free. An uninhabited house of two storeys stood at the blind end, detached from its neighbours in a square ground. The other houses of the street, conscious of decent lives within [.....] (PRONOUN) , gazed at [.....] (PRONOUN) another with brown imperturbable faces.

The former tenant of [.....] (PRONOUN) house, a priest, had died in the back drawing-room. Air, musty from having been long enclosed, hung in [.....] (PRONOUN) the rooms, and the waste room behind the kitchen was littered with old useless papers. Among [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) found a [.....] (PRONOUN) paper-covered books, the pages of [.....] (PRONOUN) were curled and damp: <[.....] (PRONOUN) >The Abbot(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) >, by Walter Scott, <[.....] (PRONOUN) >The Devout Communicant(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) > and <[.....] (PRONOUN) >The Memoirs of Vidocq(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) >. [.....] (PRONOUN) liked the last best because its leaves were yellow. The wild garden behind the house contained a central apple-tree and a [.....] (PRONOUN) straggling bushes under [.....] (PRONOUN) of [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) found the late tenant's rusty bicycle-pump. [.....] (PRONOUN) had been a very charitable priest; in [.....] (PRONOUN) will [.....] (PRONOUN) had left [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) money to institutions and the furniture of [.....] (PRONOUN) house to [.....] (PRONOUN) sister.

When the short days of winter came dusk fell before [.....] (PRONOUN) had well eaten [.....] (PRONOUN) dinners. When [.....] (PRONOUN) met in the street the houses had grown sombre. The space of sky above [.....] (PRONOUN) was the colour of ever-changing violet and towards it the lamps of the street lifted [.....] (PRONOUN) feeble lanterns. The cold air stung [.....] (PRONOUN) and [.....] (PRONOUN) played till [.....] (PRONOUN) bodies glowed. [.....] (PRONOUN) shouts echoed in the silent street. The career of [.....] (PRONOUN) play brought [.....] (PRONOUN) through the dark muddy lanes behind the houses where [.....] (PRONOUN) ran the gauntlet of the rough tribes from the cottages, to the back doors of the dark dripping gardens where odours arose from the ashpits, to the dark odorous stables where a coachman smoothed and combed the horse or shook music from the buckled harness. When [.....] (PRONOUN) returned to the street light from the kitchen windows had filled the areas. If [.....] (PRONOUN) uncle was seen turning the corner [.....] (PRONOUN) hid in the shadow until [.....] (PRONOUN) had seen [.....] (PRONOUN) safely housed. Or if Mangan's sister came out on the doorstep to call [.....] (PRONOUN) brother in to [.....] (PRONOUN) tea [.....] (PRONOUN) watched [.....] (PRONOUN) from [.....] (PRONOUN) shadow peer up and down the street. [.....] (PRONOUN) waited to see whether [.....] (PRONOUN) would remain or go in and, if [.....] (PRONOUN) remained, [.....] (PRONOUN) left [.....] (PRONOUN) shadow and walked up to Mangan's steps resignedly. [.....] (PRONOUN) was waiting for [.....] (PRONOUN) , [.....] (PRONOUN) figure defined by the light from the half-opened door. [.....] (PRONOUN) brother always teased [.....] (PRONOUN) before [.....] (PRONOUN) obeyed and [.....] (PRONOUN) stood by the railings looking at [.....] (PRONOUN) . [.....] (PRONOUN) dress swung as [.....] (PRONOUN) moved [.....] (PRONOUN) body and the soft rope of [.....] (PRONOUN) hair tossed from side to side.

Every morning [.....] (PRONOUN) lay on the floor in the front parlour watching [.....] (PRONOUN) door. The blind was pulled down to within an inch of the sash so [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) could not be seen. When [.....] (PRONOUN) came out on the doorstep [.....] (PRONOUN) heart leaped. [.....] (PRONOUN) ran to the hall, seized [.....] (PRONOUN) books and followed [.....] (PRONOUN) . [.....] (PRONOUN) kept [.....] (PRONOUN) brown figure always in [.....] (PRONOUN) eye and, when [.....] (PRONOUN) came near the point at [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) ways diverged, [.....] (PRONOUN) quickened [.....] (PRONOUN) pace and passed [.....] (PRONOUN) . [.....] (PRONOUN) happened morning after morning. [.....] (PRONOUN) had never spoken to [.....] (PRONOUN) , except for a [.....] (PRONOUN) casual words, and yet [.....] (PRONOUN) name was like a summons to [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) foolish blood.

[.....] (PRONOUN) image accompanied [.....] (PRONOUN) even in places the [.....] (PRONOUN) hostile to romance. On Saturday evenings when [.....] (PRONOUN) aunt went marketing [.....] (PRONOUN) had to go to carry [.....] (PRONOUN) of the parcels. [.....] (PRONOUN) walked through the flaring streets, jostled by drunken men and bargaining women, amid the curses of labourers, the shrill litanies of shop-boys [.....] (PRONOUN) stood on guard by the barrels of pigs' cheeks, the nasal chanting of street-singers, [.....] (PRONOUN) sang a <[.....] (PRONOUN) >come-[.....] (PRONOUN) -[.....] (PRONOUN) (PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) > about O'Donovan Rossa, or a ballad about the troubles in [.....] (PRONOUN) native land. [.....] (PRONOUN) noises converged in a single sensation of life for [.....] (PRONOUN) : [.....] (PRONOUN) imagined [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) bore [.....] (PRONOUN) chalice safely through a throng of foes. [.....] (PRONOUN) name sprang to [.....] (PRONOUN) lips at moments in strange prayers and praises [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) did not understand. [.....] (PRONOUN) eyes were often full of tears ([.....] (PRONOUN) could not tell why) and at times a flood from [.....] (PRONOUN) heart seemed to pour itself out into [.....] (PRONOUN) bosom. [.....] (PRONOUN) thought little of the future. [.....] (PRONOUN) did not know whether [.....] (PRONOUN) would ever speak to [.....] (PRONOUN) or not or, if [.....] (PRONOUN) spoke to [.....] (PRONOUN) , how [.....] (PRONOUN) could tell [.....] (PRONOUN) of [.....] (PRONOUN) confused adoration. But [.....] (PRONOUN) body was like a harp and [.....] (PRONOUN) words and gestures were like fingers running upon the wires.

[.....] (PRONOUN) evening [.....] (PRONOUN) went into the back drawing-room in [.....] (PRONOUN) the priest had died. It was a dark rainy evening and there was no sound in the house. Through [.....] (PRONOUN) of the broken panes [.....] (PRONOUN) heard the rain impinge upon the earth, the fine incessant needles of water playing in the sodden beds. [.....] (PRONOUN) distant lamp or lighted window gleamed below [.....] (PRONOUN) . [.....] (PRONOUN) was thankful [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) could see so little. [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) senses seemed to desire to veil themselves and, feeling [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) was about to slip from [.....] (PRONOUN) , [.....] (PRONOUN) pressed the palms of [.....] (PRONOUN) hands together until [.....] (PRONOUN) trembled, murmuring: <[.....] (PRONOUN) >"O love! O love!"(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) > [.....] (PRONOUN) times.

At last [.....] (PRONOUN) spoke to [.....] (PRONOUN) . When [.....] (PRONOUN) addressed the first words to [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) was so confused [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) did not know [.....] (PRONOUN) to answer. [.....] (PRONOUN) asked [.....] (PRONOUN) was [.....] (PRONOUN) going to <[.....] (PRONOUN) >Araby(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) >. [.....] (PRONOUN) forgot whether [.....] (PRONOUN) answered yes or no. It would be a splendid bazaar, [.....] (PRONOUN) said; [.....] (PRONOUN) would love to go.

"And why can't [.....] (PRONOUN) ?" [.....] (PRONOUN) asked.

While [.....] (PRONOUN) spoke [.....] (PRONOUN) turned a silver bracelet round and round [.....] (PRONOUN) wrist. [.....] (PRONOUN) could not go, [.....] (PRONOUN) said, because there would be a retreat [.....] (PRONOUN) week in [.....] (PRONOUN) convent. [.....] (PRONOUN) brother and two other boys were fighting for [.....] (PRONOUN) caps and [.....] (PRONOUN) was alone at the railings. [.....] (PRONOUN) held [.....] (PRONOUN) of the spikes, bowing [.....] (PRONOUN) head towards [.....] (PRONOUN) . The light from the lamp opposite [.....] (PRONOUN) door caught the white curve of [.....] (PRONOUN) neck, lit up [.....] (PRONOUN) hair [.....] (PRONOUN) rested there and, falling, lit up the hand upon the railing. It fell over [.....] (PRONOUN) side of [.....] (PRONOUN) dress and caught the white border of a petticoat, just visible as [.....] (PRONOUN) stood at ease.

"It's well for [.....] (PRONOUN) ," [.....] (PRONOUN) said.

"If [.....] (PRONOUN) go," [.....] (PRONOUN) said, "[.....] (PRONOUN) will bring [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) ."

[.....] (PRONOUN) innumerable follies laid waste [.....] (PRONOUN) waking and sleeping thoughts after [.....] (PRONOUN) evening! [.....] (PRONOUN) wished to annihilate the tedious intervening days. [.....] (PRONOUN) chafed against the work of school. At night in [.....] (PRONOUN) bedroom and by day in the classroom [.....] (PRONOUN) image came between [.....] (PRONOUN) and the page [.....] (PRONOUN) strove to read. The syllables of the word <[.....] (PRONOUN) >Araby(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) > were called to [.....] (PRONOUN) through the silence in [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) soul luxuriated and cast an Eastern enchantment over [.....] (PRONOUN) . [.....] (PRONOUN) asked for leave to go to the bazaar on Saturday night. [.....] (PRONOUN) aunt was surprised and hoped it was not [.....] (PRONOUN) Freemason affair. [.....] (PRONOUN) answered [.....] (PRONOUN) questions in class. [.....] (PRONOUN) watched [.....] (PRONOUN) master's face pass from amiability to sternness; [.....] (PRONOUN) hoped [.....] (PRONOUN) was not beginning to idle. [.....] (PRONOUN) could not call [.....] (PRONOUN) wandering thoughts together. [.....] (PRONOUN) had hardly [.....] (PRONOUN) patience with the serious work of life [.....] (PRONOUN) , now [.....] (PRONOUN) it stood between [.....] (PRONOUN) and [.....] (PRONOUN) desire, seemed to [.....] (PRONOUN) child's play, ugly monotonous child's play.

On Saturday morning [.....] (PRONOUN) reminded [.....] (PRONOUN) uncle [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) wished to go to the bazaar in the evening. [.....] (PRONOUN) was fussing at the hallstand, looking for the hat-brush, and answered [.....] (PRONOUN) curtly:

"Yes, boy, [.....] (PRONOUN) know."

As [.....] (PRONOUN) was in the hall [.....] (PRONOUN) could not go into the front parlour and lie at the window. [.....] (PRONOUN) left the house in bad humour and walked slowly towards the school. The air was pitilessly raw and already [.....] (PRONOUN) heart misgave [.....] (PRONOUN) .

When [.....] (PRONOUN) came home to dinner [.....] (PRONOUN) uncle had not yet been home. Still it was early. [.....] (PRONOUN) sat staring at the clock for [.....] (PRONOUN) time and, when its ticking began to irritate [.....] (PRONOUN) , [.....] (PRONOUN) left the room. [.....] (PRONOUN) mounted the staircase and gained the upper part of the house. The high cold empty gloomy rooms liberated [.....] (PRONOUN) and [.....] (PRONOUN) went from room to room singing. From the front window [.....] (PRONOUN) saw [.....] (PRONOUN) companions playing below in the street. [.....] (PRONOUN) cries reached [.....] (PRONOUN) weakened and indistinct and, leaning [.....] (PRONOUN) forehead against the cool glass, [.....] (PRONOUN) looked over at the dark house where [.....] (PRONOUN) lived. [.....] (PRONOUN) may have stood there for an hour, seeing [.....] (PRONOUN) but the brown-clad figure cast by [.....] (PRONOUN) imagination, touched discreetly by the lamplight at the curved neck, at the hand upon the railings and at the border below the dress.

When [.....] (PRONOUN) came downstairs again [.....] (PRONOUN) found Mrs Mercer sitting at the fire. [.....] (PRONOUN) was an old garrulous woman, a pawnbroker's widow, [.....] (PRONOUN) collected used stamps for [.....] (PRONOUN) pious purpose. [.....] (PRONOUN) had to endure the gossip of the tea-table. The meal was prolonged beyond an hour and still [.....] (PRONOUN) uncle did not come. Mrs Mercer stood up to go: [.....] (PRONOUN) was sorry [.....] (PRONOUN) couldn't wait [.....] (PRONOUN) longer, but it was after eight o'clock and [.....] (PRONOUN) did not like to be out late as the night air was bad for [.....] (PRONOUN) . When [.....] (PRONOUN) had gone [.....] (PRONOUN) began to walk up and down the room, clenching [.....] (PRONOUN) fists. [.....] (PRONOUN) aunt said:

"[.....] (PRONOUN) 'm afraid [.....] (PRONOUN) may put off your bazaar for [.....] (PRONOUN) night of [.....] (PRONOUN) Lord."

At nine o'clock [.....] (PRONOUN) heard [.....] (PRONOUN) uncle's latchkey in the halldoor. [.....] (PRONOUN) heard [.....] (PRONOUN) talking to himself and heard the hallstand rocking when it had received the weight of [.....] (PRONOUN) overcoat. [.....] (PRONOUN) could interpret [.....] (PRONOUN) signs. When [.....] (PRONOUN) was midway through [.....] (PRONOUN) dinner [.....] (PRONOUN) asked [.....] (PRONOUN) to give [.....] (PRONOUN) the money to go to the bazaar. [.....] (PRONOUN) had forgotten.

"The people are in bed and after [.....] (PRONOUN) first sleep now," [.....] (PRONOUN) said.

[.....] (PRONOUN) did not smile. [.....] (PRONOUN) aunt said to [.....] (PRONOUN) energetically:

"Can't [.....] (PRONOUN) give [.....] (PRONOUN) the money and let [.....] (PRONOUN) go? [.....] (PRONOUN) 've kept [.....] (PRONOUN) late enough as it is."

[.....] (PRONOUN) uncle said [.....] (PRONOUN) was very sorry [.....] (PRONOUN) had forgotten. [.....] (PRONOUN) said [.....] (PRONOUN) believed in the old saying: "[.....] (PRONOUN) work and no play makes Jack a dull boy." [.....] (PRONOUN) asked [.....] (PRONOUN) where [.....] (PRONOUN) was going and, when [.....] (PRONOUN) had told [.....] (PRONOUN) a second time [.....] (PRONOUN) asked [.....] (PRONOUN) did [.....] (PRONOUN) know <[.....] (PRONOUN) >The Arab's Farewell to [.....] (PRONOUN) Steed(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) >. When [.....] (PRONOUN) left the kitchen [.....] (PRONOUN) was about to recite the opening lines of the piece to [.....] (PRONOUN) aunt.

[.....] (PRONOUN) held a florin tightly in [.....] (PRONOUN) hand as [.....] (PRONOUN) strode down Buckingham Street towards the station. The sight of the streets thronged with buyers and glaring with gas recalled to [.....] (PRONOUN) the purpose of [.....] (PRONOUN) journey. [.....] (PRONOUN) took [.....] (PRONOUN) seat in a third-class carriage of a deserted train. After an intolerable delay the train moved out of the station slowly. It crept onward among ruinous houses and over the twinkling river. At Westland Row Station a crowd of people pressed to the carriage doors; but the porters moved [.....] (PRONOUN) back, saying [.....] (PRONOUN) it was a special train for the bazaar. [.....] (PRONOUN) remained alone in the bare carriage. In a [.....] (PRONOUN) minutes the train drew up beside an improvised wooden platform. [.....] (PRONOUN) passed out on to the road and saw by the lighted dial of a clock [.....] (PRONOUN) it was ten minutes to ten. In front of [.....] (PRONOUN) was a large building [.....] (PRONOUN) displayed the magical name.

[.....] (PRONOUN) could not find [.....] (PRONOUN) sixpenny entrance and, fearing [.....] (PRONOUN) the bazaar would be closed, [.....] (PRONOUN) passed in quickly through a turnstile, handing a shilling to a weary-looking man. [.....] (PRONOUN) found [.....] (PRONOUN) in a big hall girdled at half its height by a gallery. Nearly [.....] (PRONOUN) the stalls were closed and the greater part of the hall was in darkness. [.....] (PRONOUN) recognised a silence like [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) pervades a church after a service. [.....] (PRONOUN) walked into the centre of the bazaar timidly. A [.....] (PRONOUN) people were gathered about the stalls [.....] (PRONOUN) were still open. Before a curtain, over [.....] (PRONOUN) the words <[.....] (PRONOUN) >Café Chantant(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) > were written in coloured lamps, two men were counting money on a salver. [.....] (PRONOUN) listened to the fall of the coins.

Remembering with difficulty why [.....] (PRONOUN) had come [.....] (PRONOUN) went over to [.....] (PRONOUN) of the stalls and examined porcelain vases and flowered tea-sets. At the door of the stall a young lady was talking and laughing with two young gentlemen. [.....] (PRONOUN) remarked [.....] (PRONOUN) English accents and listened vaguely to [.....] (PRONOUN) conversation.

"O, [.....] (PRONOUN) never said such a thing!"

"O, but [.....] (PRONOUN) did!"

"O, but [.....] (PRONOUN) didn't!"

"Didn't [.....] (PRONOUN) say [.....] (PRONOUN) ?"

"Yes. [.....] (PRONOUN) heard [.....] (PRONOUN) ."

"O, there's a ... fib!"

Observing [.....] (PRONOUN) the young lady came over and asked [.....] (PRONOUN) did [.....] (PRONOUN) wish to buy [.....] (PRONOUN) . The tone of [.....] (PRONOUN) voice was not encouraging; [.....] (PRONOUN) seemed to have spoken to [.....] (PRONOUN) out of a sense of duty. [.....] (PRONOUN) looked humbly at the great jars [.....] (PRONOUN) stood like eastern guards at [.....] (PRONOUN) side of the dark entrance to the stall and murmured:

"No, thank [.....] (PRONOUN) ."

The young lady changed the position of [.....] (PRONOUN) of the vases and went back to the two young men. [.....] (PRONOUN) began to talk of the same subject. Once or twice the young lady glanced at [.....] (PRONOUN) over [.....] (PRONOUN) shoulder.

[.....] (PRONOUN) lingered before [.....] (PRONOUN) stall, though [.....] (PRONOUN) knew [.....] (PRONOUN) stay was useless, to make [.....] (PRONOUN) interest in [.....] (PRONOUN) wares seem the more real. Then [.....] (PRONOUN) turned away slowly and walked down the middle of the bazaar. [.....] (PRONOUN) allowed the two pennies to fall against the sixpence in [.....] (PRONOUN) pocket. [.....] (PRONOUN) heard a voice call from [.....] (PRONOUN) end of the gallery [.....] (PRONOUN) the light was out. The upper part of the hall was now completely dark.

Gazing up into the darkness [.....] (PRONOUN) saw [.....] (PRONOUN) as a creature driven and derided by vanity; and [.....] (PRONOUN) eyes burned with anguish and anger.





EVELINE

[.....] (PRONOUN) sat at the window watching the evening invade the avenue. [.....] (PRONOUN) head was leaned against the window curtains and in [.....] (PRONOUN) nostrils was the odour of dusty cretonne. [.....] (PRONOUN) was tired.

[.....] (PRONOUN) people passed. The man out of the last house passed on [.....] (PRONOUN) way home; [.....] (PRONOUN) heard [.....] (PRONOUN) footsteps clacking along the concrete pavement and afterwards crunching on the cinder path before the new red houses. [.....] (PRONOUN) time there used to be a field there in [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) used to play every evening with other people's children. Then a man from Belfast bought the field and built houses in it—not like [.....] (PRONOUN) little brown houses but bright brick houses with shining roofs. The children of the avenue used to play together in [.....] (PRONOUN) field—the Devines, the Waters, the Dunns, little Keogh the cripple, [.....] (PRONOUN) and [.....] (PRONOUN) brothers and sisters. Ernest, however, never played: [.....] (PRONOUN) was too grown up. [.....] (PRONOUN) father used often to hunt [.....] (PRONOUN) in out of the field with [.....] (PRONOUN) blackthorn stick; but usually little Keogh used to keep <[.....] (PRONOUN) >nix(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) > and call out when [.....] (PRONOUN) saw [.....] (PRONOUN) father coming. Still [.....] (PRONOUN) seemed to have been rather happy then. [.....] (PRONOUN) father was not so bad then; and besides, [.....] (PRONOUN) mother was alive. [.....] (PRONOUN) was a long time ago; [.....] (PRONOUN) and [.....] (PRONOUN) brothers and sisters were [.....] (PRONOUN) grown up; [.....] (PRONOUN) mother was dead. Tizzie Dunn was dead, too, and the Waters had gone back to England. [.....] (PRONOUN) changes. Now [.....] (PRONOUN) was going to go away like the others, to leave [.....] (PRONOUN) home.

Home! [.....] (PRONOUN) looked round the room, reviewing [.....] (PRONOUN) its familiar objects [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) had dusted once a week for so [.....] (PRONOUN) years, wondering where on earth [.....] (PRONOUN) the dust came from. Perhaps [.....] (PRONOUN) would never see again [.....] (PRONOUN) familiar objects from [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) had never dreamed of being divided. And yet during [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) years [.....] (PRONOUN) had never found out the name of the priest whose yellowing photograph hung on the wall above the broken harmonium beside the coloured print of the promises made to Blessed Margaret Mary Alacoque. [.....] (PRONOUN) had been a school friend of [.....] (PRONOUN) father. Whenever [.....] (PRONOUN) showed the photograph to a visitor [.....] (PRONOUN) father used to pass it with a casual word:

"[.....] (PRONOUN) is in Melbourne now."

[.....] (PRONOUN) had consented to go away, to leave [.....] (PRONOUN) home. Was [.....] (PRONOUN) wise? [.....] (PRONOUN) tried to weigh [.....] (PRONOUN) side of the question. In [.....] (PRONOUN) home anyway [.....] (PRONOUN) had shelter and food; [.....] (PRONOUN) had [.....] (PRONOUN) whom [.....] (PRONOUN) had known [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) life about [.....] (PRONOUN) . Of course [.....] (PRONOUN) had to work hard, [.....] (PRONOUN) in the house and at business. [.....] (PRONOUN) would [.....] (PRONOUN) say of [.....] (PRONOUN) in the Stores when [.....] (PRONOUN) found out [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) had run away with a fellow? Say [.....] (PRONOUN) was a fool, perhaps; and [.....] (PRONOUN) place would be filled up by advertisement. Miss Gavan would be glad. [.....] (PRONOUN) had always had an edge on [.....] (PRONOUN) , especially whenever there were people listening.

"Miss Hill, don't [.....] (PRONOUN) see [.....] (PRONOUN) ladies are waiting?"

"Look lively, Miss Hill, please."

[.....] (PRONOUN) would not cry [.....] (PRONOUN) tears at leaving the Stores.

But in [.....] (PRONOUN) new home, in a distant unknown country, it would not be like [.....] (PRONOUN) . Then [.....] (PRONOUN) would be married—[.....] (PRONOUN) , Eveline. People would treat [.....] (PRONOUN) with respect then. [.....] (PRONOUN) would not be treated as [.....] (PRONOUN) mother had been. Even now, though [.....] (PRONOUN) was over nineteen, [.....] (PRONOUN) sometimes felt herself in danger of [.....] (PRONOUN) father's violence. [.....] (PRONOUN) knew it was [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) had given [.....] (PRONOUN) the palpitations. When [.....] (PRONOUN) were growing up [.....] (PRONOUN) had never gone for [.....] (PRONOUN) like [.....] (PRONOUN) used to go for Harry and Ernest, because [.....] (PRONOUN) was a girl; but latterly [.....] (PRONOUN) had begun to threaten [.....] (PRONOUN) and say [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) would do to [.....] (PRONOUN) only for [.....] (PRONOUN) dead mother's sake. And now [.....] (PRONOUN) had [.....] (PRONOUN) to protect [.....] (PRONOUN) . Ernest was dead and Harry, [.....] (PRONOUN) was in the church decorating business, was nearly always down somewhere in the country. Besides, the invariable squabble for money on Saturday nights had begun to weary [.....] (PRONOUN) unspeakably. [.....] (PRONOUN) always gave [.....] (PRONOUN) entire wages—seven shillings—and Harry always sent up [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) could but the trouble was to get [.....] (PRONOUN) money from [.....] (PRONOUN) father. [.....] (PRONOUN) said [.....] (PRONOUN) used to squander the money, [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) had no head, [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) wasn't going to give [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) hard-earned money to throw about the streets, and much more, for [.....] (PRONOUN) was usually fairly bad of a Saturday night. In the end [.....] (PRONOUN) would give [.....] (PRONOUN) the money and ask [.....] (PRONOUN) had [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) intention of buying Sunday's dinner. Then [.....] (PRONOUN) had to rush out as quickly as [.....] (PRONOUN) could and do [.....] (PRONOUN) marketing, holding [.....] (PRONOUN) black leather purse tightly in [.....] (PRONOUN) hand as [.....] (PRONOUN) elbowed [.....] (PRONOUN) way through the crowds and returning home late under [.....] (PRONOUN) load of provisions. [.....] (PRONOUN) had hard work to keep the house together and to see [.....] (PRONOUN) the two young children [.....] (PRONOUN) had been left to [.....] (PRONOUN) charge went to school regularly and got [.....] (PRONOUN) meals regularly. It was hard work—a hard life—but now [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) was about to leave it [.....] (PRONOUN) did not find it a wholly undesirable life.

[.....] (PRONOUN) was about to explore another life with Frank. Frank was very kind, manly, open-hearted. [.....] (PRONOUN) was to go away with [.....] (PRONOUN) by the night-boat to be [.....] (PRONOUN) wife and to live with [.....] (PRONOUN) in Buenos Ayres where [.....] (PRONOUN) had a home waiting for [.....] (PRONOUN) . How well [.....] (PRONOUN) remembered the first time [.....] (PRONOUN) had seen [.....] (PRONOUN) ; [.....] (PRONOUN) was lodging in a house on the main road where [.....] (PRONOUN) used to visit. It seemed a [.....] (PRONOUN) weeks ago. [.....] (PRONOUN) was standing at the gate, [.....] (PRONOUN) peaked cap pushed back on [.....] (PRONOUN) head and [.....] (PRONOUN) hair tumbled forward over a face of bronze. Then [.....] (PRONOUN) had come to know [.....] (PRONOUN) other. [.....] (PRONOUN) used to meet [.....] (PRONOUN) outside the Stores every evening and see [.....] (PRONOUN) home. [.....] (PRONOUN) took [.....] (PRONOUN) to see <[.....] (PRONOUN) >The Bohemian Girl(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) > and [.....] (PRONOUN) felt elated as [.....] (PRONOUN) sat in an unaccustomed part of the theatre with [.....] (PRONOUN) . [.....] (PRONOUN) was awfully fond of music and sang a little. People knew [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) were courting and, when [.....] (PRONOUN) sang about the lass [.....] (PRONOUN) loves a sailor, [.....] (PRONOUN) always felt pleasantly confused. [.....] (PRONOUN) used to call [.....] (PRONOUN) Poppens out of fun. First of [.....] (PRONOUN) it had been an excitement for [.....] (PRONOUN) to have a fellow and then [.....] (PRONOUN) had begun to like [.....] (PRONOUN) . [.....] (PRONOUN) had tales of distant countries. [.....] (PRONOUN) had started as a deck boy at a pound a month on a ship of the Allan Line going out to Canada. [.....] (PRONOUN) told [.....] (PRONOUN) the names of the ships [.....] (PRONOUN) had been on and the names of the different services. [.....] (PRONOUN) had sailed through the Straits of Magellan and [.....] (PRONOUN) told [.....] (PRONOUN) stories of the terrible Patagonians. [.....] (PRONOUN) had fallen on [.....] (PRONOUN) feet in Buenos Ayres, [.....] (PRONOUN) said, and had come over to the old country just for a holiday. Of course, [.....] (PRONOUN) father had found out the affair and had forbidden [.....] (PRONOUN) to have [.....] (PRONOUN) to say to [.....] (PRONOUN) .

"[.....] (PRONOUN) know [.....] (PRONOUN) sailor chaps," [.....] (PRONOUN) said.

[.....] (PRONOUN) day [.....] (PRONOUN) had quarrelled with Frank and after [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) had to meet [.....] (PRONOUN) lover secretly.

The evening deepened in the avenue. The white of two letters in [.....] (PRONOUN) lap grew indistinct. [.....] (PRONOUN) was to Harry; the other was to [.....] (PRONOUN) father. Ernest had been [.....] (PRONOUN) favourite but [.....] (PRONOUN) liked Harry too. [.....] (PRONOUN) father was becoming old lately, [.....] (PRONOUN) noticed; [.....] (PRONOUN) would miss [.....] (PRONOUN) . Sometimes [.....] (PRONOUN) could be very nice. Not long before, when [.....] (PRONOUN) had been laid up for a day, [.....] (PRONOUN) had read [.....] (PRONOUN) out a ghost story and made toast for [.....] (PRONOUN) at the fire. Another day, when [.....] (PRONOUN) mother was alive, [.....] (PRONOUN) had [.....] (PRONOUN) gone for a picnic to the Hill of Howth. [.....] (PRONOUN) remembered [.....] (PRONOUN) father putting on [.....] (PRONOUN) mother's bonnet to make the children laugh.

[.....] (PRONOUN) time was running out but [.....] (PRONOUN) continued to sit by the window, leaning [.....] (PRONOUN) head against the window curtain, inhaling the odour of dusty cretonne. Down far in the avenue [.....] (PRONOUN) could hear a street organ playing. [.....] (PRONOUN) knew the air. Strange [.....] (PRONOUN) it should come [.....] (PRONOUN) very night to remind [.....] (PRONOUN) of the promise to [.....] (PRONOUN) mother, [.....] (PRONOUN) promise to keep the home together as long as [.....] (PRONOUN) could. [.....] (PRONOUN) remembered the last night of [.....] (PRONOUN) mother's illness; [.....] (PRONOUN) was again in the close dark room at the other side of the hall and outside [.....] (PRONOUN) heard a melancholy air of Italy. The organ-player had been ordered to go away and given sixpence. [.....] (PRONOUN) remembered [.....] (PRONOUN) father strutting back into the sickroom saying:

"Damned Italians! coming over here!"

As [.....] (PRONOUN) mused the pitiful vision of [.....] (PRONOUN) mother's life laid its spell on the very quick of [.....] (PRONOUN) being—[.....] (PRONOUN) life of commonplace sacrifices closing in final craziness. [.....] (PRONOUN) trembled as [.....] (PRONOUN) heard again [.....] (PRONOUN) mother's voice saying constantly with foolish insistence:

"Derevaun Seraun! Derevaun Seraun!"

[.....] (PRONOUN) stood up in a sudden impulse of terror. Escape! [.....] (PRONOUN) must escape! Frank would save [.....] (PRONOUN) . [.....] (PRONOUN) would give [.....] (PRONOUN) life, perhaps love, too. But [.....] (PRONOUN) wanted to live. Why should [.....] (PRONOUN) be unhappy? [.....] (PRONOUN) had a right to happiness. Frank would take [.....] (PRONOUN) in [.....] (PRONOUN) arms, fold [.....] (PRONOUN) in [.....] (PRONOUN) arms. [.....] (PRONOUN) would save [.....] (PRONOUN) .




[.....] (PRONOUN) stood among the swaying crowd in the station at the North Wall. [.....] (PRONOUN) held [.....] (PRONOUN) hand and [.....] (PRONOUN) knew [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) was speaking to [.....] (PRONOUN) , saying [.....] (PRONOUN) about the passage over and over again. The station was full of soldiers with brown baggages. Through the wide doors of the sheds [.....] (PRONOUN) caught a glimpse of the black mass of the boat, lying in beside the quay wall, with illumined portholes. [.....] (PRONOUN) answered [.....] (PRONOUN) . [.....] (PRONOUN) felt [.....] (PRONOUN) cheek pale and cold and, out of a maze of distress, [.....] (PRONOUN) prayed to God to direct [.....] (PRONOUN) , to show [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) was [.....] (PRONOUN) duty. The boat blew a long mournful whistle into the mist. If [.....] (PRONOUN) went, tomorrow [.....] (PRONOUN) would be on the sea with Frank, steaming towards Buenos Ayres. [.....] (PRONOUN) passage had been booked. Could [.....] (PRONOUN) still draw back after [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) had done for [.....] (PRONOUN) ? [.....] (PRONOUN) distress awoke a nausea in [.....] (PRONOUN) body and [.....] (PRONOUN) kept moving [.....] (PRONOUN) lips in silent fervent prayer.

A bell clanged upon [.....] (PRONOUN) heart. [.....] (PRONOUN) felt [.....] (PRONOUN) seize [.....] (PRONOUN) hand:

"Come!"

[.....] (PRONOUN) the seas of the world tumbled about [.....] (PRONOUN) heart. [.....] (PRONOUN) was drawing [.....] (PRONOUN) into [.....] (PRONOUN) : [.....] (PRONOUN) would drown [.....] (PRONOUN) . [.....] (PRONOUN) gripped with [.....] (PRONOUN) hands at the iron railing.

"Come!"

No! No! No! It was impossible. [.....] (PRONOUN) hands clutched the iron in frenzy. Amid the seas [.....] (PRONOUN) sent a cry of anguish!

"Eveline! Evvy!"

[.....] (PRONOUN) rushed beyond the barrier and called to [.....] (PRONOUN) to follow. [.....] (PRONOUN) was shouted at to go on but [.....] (PRONOUN) still called to [.....] (PRONOUN) . [.....] (PRONOUN) set [.....] (PRONOUN) white face to [.....] (PRONOUN) , passive, like a helpless animal. [.....] (PRONOUN) eyes gave [.....] (PRONOUN) no sign of love or farewell or recognition.





AFTER THE RACE

THE cars came scudding in towards Dublin, running evenly like pellets in the groove of the Naas Road. At the crest of the hill at Inchicore sightseers had gathered in clumps to watch the cars careering homeward and through [.....] (PRONOUN) channel of poverty and inaction the Continent sped its wealth and industry. Now and again the clumps of people raised the cheer of the gratefully oppressed. [.....] (PRONOUN) sympathy, however, was for the blue cars—the cars of [.....] (PRONOUN) friends, the French.

The French, moreover, were virtual victors. [.....] (PRONOUN) team had finished solidly; [.....] (PRONOUN) had been placed second and third and the driver of the winning German car was reported a Belgian. [.....] (PRONOUN) blue car, therefore, received a double measure of welcome as it topped the crest of the hill and [.....] (PRONOUN) cheer of welcome was acknowledged with smiles and nods by [.....] (PRONOUN) in the car. In [.....] (PRONOUN) of [.....] (PRONOUN) trimly built cars was a party of four young men whose spirits seemed to be at present well above the level of successful Gallicism: in fact, [.....] (PRONOUN) four young men were almost hilarious. [.....] (PRONOUN) were Charles Ségouin, the owner of the car; André Rivière, a young electrician of Canadian birth; a huge Hungarian named Villona and a neatly groomed young man named Doyle. Ségouin was in good humour because [.....] (PRONOUN) had unexpectedly received [.....] (PRONOUN) orders in advance ([.....] (PRONOUN) was about to start a motor establishment in Paris) and Rivière was in good humour because [.....] (PRONOUN) was to be appointed manager of the establishment; [.....] (PRONOUN) two young men ([.....] (PRONOUN) were cousins) were also in good humour because of the success of the French cars. Villona was in good humour because [.....] (PRONOUN) had had a very satisfactory luncheon; and besides [.....] (PRONOUN) was an optimist by nature. The fourth member of the party, however, was too excited to be genuinely happy.

[.....] (PRONOUN) was about twenty-six years of age, with a soft, light brown moustache and rather innocent-looking grey eyes. [.....] (PRONOUN) father, [.....] (PRONOUN) had begun life as an advanced Nationalist, had modified [.....] (PRONOUN) views early. [.....] (PRONOUN) had made [.....] (PRONOUN) money as a butcher in Kingstown and by opening shops in Dublin and in the suburbs [.....] (PRONOUN) had made [.....] (PRONOUN) money [.....] (PRONOUN) times over. [.....] (PRONOUN) had also been fortunate enough to secure [.....] (PRONOUN) of the police contracts and in the end [.....] (PRONOUN) had become rich enough to be alluded to in the Dublin newspapers as a merchant prince. [.....] (PRONOUN) had sent [.....] (PRONOUN) son to England to be educated in a big Catholic college and had afterwards sent [.....] (PRONOUN) to Dublin University to study law. Jimmy did not study very earnestly and took to bad courses for a while. [.....] (PRONOUN) had money and [.....] (PRONOUN) was popular; and [.....] (PRONOUN) divided [.....] (PRONOUN) time curiously between musical and motoring circles. Then [.....] (PRONOUN) had been sent for a term to Cambridge to see a little life. [.....] (PRONOUN) father, remonstrative, but covertly proud of the excess, had paid [.....] (PRONOUN) bills and brought [.....] (PRONOUN) home. It was at Cambridge [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) had met Ségouin. [.....] (PRONOUN) were not much more than acquaintances as yet but Jimmy found great pleasure in the society of [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) had seen so much of the world and was reputed to own [.....] (PRONOUN) of the biggest hotels in France. Such a person (as [.....] (PRONOUN) father agreed) was well worth knowing, even if [.....] (PRONOUN) had not been the charming companion [.....] (PRONOUN) was. Villona was entertaining also—a brilliant pianist—but, unfortunately, very poor.

The car ran on merrily with its cargo of hilarious youth. The two cousins sat on the front seat; Jimmy and [.....] (PRONOUN) Hungarian friend sat behind. Decidedly Villona was in excellent spirits; [.....] (PRONOUN) kept up a deep bass hum of melody for miles of the road. The Frenchmen flung [.....] (PRONOUN) laughter and light words over [.....] (PRONOUN) shoulders and often Jimmy had to strain forward to catch the quick phrase. [.....] (PRONOUN) was not altogether pleasant for [.....] (PRONOUN) , as [.....] (PRONOUN) had nearly always to make a deft guess at the meaning and shout back a suitable answer in the face of a high wind. Besides Villona's humming would confuse [.....] (PRONOUN) ; the noise of the car, too.

Rapid motion through space elates [.....] (PRONOUN) ; so does notoriety; so does the possession of money. [.....] (PRONOUN) were three good reasons for Jimmy's excitement. [.....] (PRONOUN) had been seen by [.....] (PRONOUN) of [.....] (PRONOUN) friends [.....] (PRONOUN) day in the company of [.....] (PRONOUN) Continentals. At the control Ségouin had presented [.....] (PRONOUN) to [.....] (PRONOUN) of the French competitors and, in answer to [.....] (PRONOUN) confused murmur of compliment, the swarthy face of the driver had disclosed a line of shining white teeth. It was pleasant after [.....] (PRONOUN) honour to return to the profane world of spectators amid nudges and significant looks. Then as to money—[.....] (PRONOUN) really had a great sum under [.....] (PRONOUN) control. Ségouin, perhaps, would not think it a great sum but Jimmy [.....] (PRONOUN) , in spite of temporary errors, was at heart the inheritor of solid instincts knew well with [.....] (PRONOUN) difficulty it had been got together. [.....] (PRONOUN) knowledge had previously kept [.....] (PRONOUN) bills within the limits of reasonable recklessness, and, if [.....] (PRONOUN) had been so conscious of the labour latent in money when there had been question merely of [.....] (PRONOUN) freak of the higher intelligence, how much more so now when [.....] (PRONOUN) was about to stake the greater part of [.....] (PRONOUN) substance! It was a serious thing for [.....] (PRONOUN) .

Of course, the investment was a good [.....] (PRONOUN) and Ségouin had managed to give the impression [.....] (PRONOUN) it was by a favour of friendship the mite of Irish money was to be included in the capital of the concern. Jimmy had a respect for [.....] (PRONOUN) father's shrewdness in business matters and in [.....] (PRONOUN) case it had been [.....] (PRONOUN) father [.....] (PRONOUN) had first suggested the investment; money to be made in the motor business, pots of money. Moreover Ségouin had the unmistakable air of wealth. Jimmy set out to translate into days' work [.....] (PRONOUN) lordly car in [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) sat. How smoothly it ran. In [.....] (PRONOUN) style [.....] (PRONOUN) had come careering along the country roads! The journey laid a magical finger on the genuine pulse of life and gallantly the machinery of human nerves strove to answer the bounding courses of the swift blue animal.

[.....] (PRONOUN) drove down Dame Street. The street was busy with unusual traffic, loud with the horns of motorists and the gongs of impatient tram-drivers. Near the Bank Ségouin drew up and Jimmy and [.....] (PRONOUN) friend alighted. A little knot of people collected on the footpath to pay homage to the snorting motor. The party was to dine together [.....] (PRONOUN) evening in Ségouin's hotel and, meanwhile, Jimmy and [.....] (PRONOUN) friend, [.....] (PRONOUN) was staying with [.....] (PRONOUN) , were to go home to dress. The car steered out slowly for Grafton Street while the two young men pushed [.....] (PRONOUN) way through the knot of gazers. [.....] (PRONOUN) walked northward with a curious feeling of disappointment in the exercise, while the city hung its pale globes of light above [.....] (PRONOUN) in a haze of summer evening.

In Jimmy's house [.....] (PRONOUN) dinner had been pronounced an occasion. A certain pride mingled with [.....] (PRONOUN) parents' trepidation, a certain eagerness, also, to play fast and loose for the names of great foreign cities have at least [.....] (PRONOUN) virtue. Jimmy, too, looked very well when [.....] (PRONOUN) was dressed and, as [.....] (PRONOUN) stood in the hall giving a last equation to the bows of [.....] (PRONOUN) dress tie, [.....] (PRONOUN) father may have felt even commercially satisfied at having secured for [.....] (PRONOUN) son qualities often unpurchaseable. [.....] (PRONOUN) father, therefore, was unusually friendly with Villona and [.....] (PRONOUN) manner expressed a real respect for foreign accomplishments; but [.....] (PRONOUN) subtlety of [.....] (PRONOUN) host was probably lost upon the Hungarian, [.....] (PRONOUN) was beginning to have a sharp desire for [.....] (PRONOUN) dinner.

The dinner was excellent, exquisite. Ségouin, Jimmy decided, had a very refined taste. The party was increased by a young Englishman named Routh whom Jimmy had seen with Ségouin at Cambridge. The young men supped in a snug room lit by electric candle-lamps. [.....] (PRONOUN) talked volubly and with little reserve. Jimmy, whose imagination was kindling, conceived the lively youth of the Frenchmen twined elegantly upon the firm framework of the Englishman's manner. A graceful image of [.....] (PRONOUN) , [.....] (PRONOUN) thought, and a just [.....] (PRONOUN) . [.....] (PRONOUN) admired the dexterity with [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) host directed the conversation. The five young men had various tastes and [.....] (PRONOUN) tongues had been loosened. Villona, with immense respect, began to discover to the mildly surprised Englishman the beauties of the English madrigal, deploring the loss of old instruments. Rivière, not wholly ingenuously, undertook to explain to Jimmy the triumph of the French mechanicians. The resonant voice of the Hungarian was about to prevail in ridicule of the spurious lutes of the romantic painters when Ségouin shepherded [.....] (PRONOUN) party into politics. Here was congenial ground for [.....] (PRONOUN) . Jimmy, under generous influences, felt the buried zeal of [.....] (PRONOUN) father wake to life within [.....] (PRONOUN) : [.....] (PRONOUN) aroused the torpid Routh at last. The room grew doubly hot and Ségouin's task grew harder [.....] (PRONOUN) moment: there was even danger of personal spite. The alert host at an opportunity lifted [.....] (PRONOUN) glass to Humanity and, when the toast had been drunk, [.....] (PRONOUN) threw open a window significantly.

[.....] (PRONOUN) night the city wore the mask of a capital. The five young men strolled along Stephen's Green in a faint cloud of aromatic smoke. [.....] (PRONOUN) talked loudly and gaily and [.....] (PRONOUN) cloaks dangled from [.....] (PRONOUN) shoulders. The people made way for [.....] (PRONOUN) . At the corner of Grafton Street a short fat man was putting two handsome ladies on a car in charge of another fat man. The car drove off and the short fat man caught sight of the party.

"André."

"It's Farley!"

A torrent of talk followed. Farley was an American. [.....] (PRONOUN) knew very well [.....] (PRONOUN) the talk was about. Villona and Rivière were the noisiest, but [.....] (PRONOUN) the men were excited. [.....] (PRONOUN) got up on a car, squeezing themselves together amid much laughter. [.....] (PRONOUN) drove by the crowd, blended now into soft colours, to a music of merry bells. [.....] (PRONOUN) took the train at Westland Row and in a [.....] (PRONOUN) seconds, as it seemed to Jimmy, [.....] (PRONOUN) were walking out of Kingstown Station. The ticket-collector saluted Jimmy; [.....] (PRONOUN) was an old man:

"Fine night, sir!"

It was a serene summer night; the harbour lay like a darkened mirror at [.....] (PRONOUN) feet. [.....] (PRONOUN) proceeded towards it with linked arms, singing <[.....] (PRONOUN) >Cadet Roussel(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) > in chorus, stamping [.....] (PRONOUN) feet at every:

<[.....] (PRONOUN) >"Ho! Ho! Hohé, vraiment!"(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) >

[.....] (PRONOUN) got into a rowboat at the slip and made out for the American's yacht. There was to be supper, music, cards. Villona said with conviction:

"It is delightful!"

There was a yacht piano in the cabin. Villona played a waltz for Farley and Rivière, Farley acting as cavalier and Rivière as lady. Then an impromptu square dance, the men devising original figures. [.....] (PRONOUN) merriment! Jimmy took [.....] (PRONOUN) part with a will; [.....] (PRONOUN) was seeing life, at least. Then Farley got out of breath and cried <[.....] (PRONOUN) >"Stop!"(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) > A man brought in a light supper, and the young men sat down to it for form's sake. [.....] (PRONOUN) drank, however: it was Bohemian. [.....] (PRONOUN) drank Ireland, England, France, Hungary, the United States of America. Jimmy made a speech, a long speech, Villona saying: <[.....] (PRONOUN) >"Hear! hear!"(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) > whenever there was a pause. There was a great clapping of hands when [.....] (PRONOUN) sat down. It must have been a good speech. Farley clapped [.....] (PRONOUN) on the back and laughed loudly. [.....] (PRONOUN) jovial fellows! [.....] (PRONOUN) good company [.....] (PRONOUN) were!

Cards! cards! The table was cleared. Villona returned quietly to [.....] (PRONOUN) piano and played voluntaries for [.....] (PRONOUN) . The other men played game after game, flinging themselves boldly into the adventure. [.....] (PRONOUN) drank the health of the Queen of Hearts and of the Queen of Diamonds. Jimmy felt obscurely the lack of an audience: the wit was flashing. Play ran very high and paper began to pass. Jimmy did not know exactly [.....] (PRONOUN) was winning but [.....] (PRONOUN) knew [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) was losing. But it was [.....] (PRONOUN) own fault for [.....] (PRONOUN) frequently mistook [.....] (PRONOUN) cards and the other men had to calculate [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) .O.U.'s for [.....] (PRONOUN) . [.....] (PRONOUN) were devils of fellows but [.....] (PRONOUN) wished [.....] (PRONOUN) would stop: it was getting late. [.....] (PRONOUN) gave the toast of the yacht <[.....] (PRONOUN) >The Belle of Newport(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) > and then [.....] (PRONOUN) proposed [.....] (PRONOUN) great game for a finish.

The piano had stopped; Villona must have gone up on deck. It was a terrible game. [.....] (PRONOUN) stopped just before the end of it to drink for luck. Jimmy understood [.....] (PRONOUN) the game lay between Routh and Ségouin. [.....] (PRONOUN) excitement! Jimmy was excited too; [.....] (PRONOUN) would lose, of course. How much had [.....] (PRONOUN) written away? The men rose to [.....] (PRONOUN) feet to play the last tricks. talking and gesticulating. Routh won. The cabin shook with the young men's cheering and the cards were bundled together. [.....] (PRONOUN) began then to gather in [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) had won. Farley and Jimmy were the heaviest losers.

[.....] (PRONOUN) knew [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) would regret in the morning but at present [.....] (PRONOUN) was glad of the rest, glad of the dark stupor [.....] (PRONOUN) would cover up [.....] (PRONOUN) folly. [.....] (PRONOUN) leaned [.....] (PRONOUN) elbows on the table and rested [.....] (PRONOUN) head between [.....] (PRONOUN) hands, counting the beats of [.....] (PRONOUN) temples. The cabin door opened and [.....] (PRONOUN) saw the Hungarian standing in a shaft of grey light:

"Daybreak, gentlemen!"





TWO GALLANTS

THE grey warm evening of August had descended upon the city and a mild warm air, a memory of summer, circulated in the streets. The streets, shuttered for the repose of Sunday, swarmed with a gaily coloured crowd. Like illumined pearls the lamps shone from the summits of [.....] (PRONOUN) tall poles upon the living texture below [.....] (PRONOUN) , changing shape and hue unceasingly, sent up into the warm grey evening air an unchanging unceasing murmur.

Two young men came down the hill of Rutland Square. [.....] (PRONOUN) of [.....] (PRONOUN) was just bringing a long monologue to a close. The other, [.....] (PRONOUN) walked on the verge of the path and was at times obliged to step on to the road, owing to [.....] (PRONOUN) companion's rudeness, wore an amused listening face. [.....] (PRONOUN) was squat and ruddy. A yachting cap was shoved far back from [.....] (PRONOUN) forehead and the narrative to [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) listened made constant waves of expression break forth over [.....] (PRONOUN) face from the corners of [.....] (PRONOUN) nose and eyes and mouth. Little jets of wheezing laughter followed [.....] (PRONOUN) another out of [.....] (PRONOUN) convulsed body. [.....] (PRONOUN) eyes, twinkling with cunning enjoyment, glanced at every moment towards [.....] (PRONOUN) companion's face. Once or twice [.....] (PRONOUN) rearranged the light waterproof [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) had slung over [.....] (PRONOUN) shoulder in toreador fashion. [.....] (PRONOUN) breeches, [.....] (PRONOUN) white rubber shoes and [.....] (PRONOUN) jauntily slung waterproof expressed youth. But [.....] (PRONOUN) figure fell into rotundity at the waist, [.....] (PRONOUN) hair was scant and grey and [.....] (PRONOUN) face, when the waves of expression had passed over it, had a ravaged look.

When [.....] (PRONOUN) was quite sure [.....] (PRONOUN) the narrative had ended [.....] (PRONOUN) laughed noiselessly for fully half a minute. Then [.....] (PRONOUN) said:

"Well!... [.....] (PRONOUN) takes the biscuit!"

[.....] (PRONOUN) voice seemed winnowed of vigour; and to enforce [.....] (PRONOUN) words [.....] (PRONOUN) added with humour:

"[.....] (PRONOUN) takes the solitary, unique, and, if [.....] (PRONOUN) may so call it, <[.....] (PRONOUN) >recherché(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) > biscuit!"

[.....] (PRONOUN) became serious and silent when [.....] (PRONOUN) had said [.....] (PRONOUN) . [.....] (PRONOUN) tongue was tired for [.....] (PRONOUN) had been talking [.....] (PRONOUN) the afternoon in a public-house in Dorset Street. [.....] (PRONOUN) people considered Lenehan a leech but, in spite of [.....] (PRONOUN) reputation, [.....] (PRONOUN) adroitness and eloquence had always prevented [.....] (PRONOUN) friends from forming [.....] (PRONOUN) general policy against [.....] (PRONOUN) . [.....] (PRONOUN) had a brave manner of coming up to a party of [.....] (PRONOUN) in a bar and of holding himself nimbly at the borders of the company until [.....] (PRONOUN) was included in a round. [.....] (PRONOUN) was a sporting vagrant armed with a vast stock of stories, limericks and riddles. [.....] (PRONOUN) was insensitive to [.....] (PRONOUN) kinds of discourtesy. [.....] (PRONOUN) knew how [.....] (PRONOUN) achieved the stern task of living, but [.....] (PRONOUN) name was vaguely associated with racing tissues.

"And where did [.....] (PRONOUN) pick [.....] (PRONOUN) up, Corley?" [.....] (PRONOUN) asked.

Corley ran [.....] (PRONOUN) tongue swiftly along [.....] (PRONOUN) upper lip.

"[.....] (PRONOUN) night, man," [.....] (PRONOUN) said, "[.....] (PRONOUN) was going along Dame Street and [.....] (PRONOUN) spotted a fine tart under Waterhouse's clock and said good-night, [.....] (PRONOUN) know. So [.....] (PRONOUN) went for a walk round by the canal and [.....] (PRONOUN) told [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) was a slavey in a house in Baggot Street. [.....] (PRONOUN) put [.....] (PRONOUN) arm round [.....] (PRONOUN) and squeezed [.....] (PRONOUN) a bit [.....] (PRONOUN) night. Then next Sunday, man, [.....] (PRONOUN) met [.....] (PRONOUN) by appointment. [.....] (PRONOUN) went out to Donnybrook and [.....] (PRONOUN) brought [.....] (PRONOUN) into a field there. [.....] (PRONOUN) told [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) used to go with a dairyman.... It was fine, man. Cigarettes every night [.....] (PRONOUN) 'd bring [.....] (PRONOUN) and paying the tram out and back. And [.....] (PRONOUN) night [.....] (PRONOUN) brought [.....] (PRONOUN) two bloody fine cigars—O, the real cheese, [.....] (PRONOUN) know, [.....] (PRONOUN) the old fellow used to smoke.... [.....] (PRONOUN) was afraid, man, [.....] (PRONOUN) 'd get in the family way. But [.....] (PRONOUN) 's up to the dodge."

"Maybe [.....] (PRONOUN) thinks [.....] (PRONOUN) 'll marry [.....] (PRONOUN) ," said Lenehan.

"[.....] (PRONOUN) told [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) was out of a job," said Corley. "[.....] (PRONOUN) told [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) was in Pim's. [.....] (PRONOUN) doesn't know [.....] (PRONOUN) name. [.....] (PRONOUN) was too hairy to tell [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) . But [.....] (PRONOUN) thinks [.....] (PRONOUN) 'm a bit of class, [.....] (PRONOUN) know."

Lenehan laughed again, noiselessly.

"Of [.....] (PRONOUN) the good ones ever [.....] (PRONOUN) heard," [.....] (PRONOUN) said, "[.....] (PRONOUN) emphatically takes the biscuit."

Corley's stride acknowledged the compliment. The swing of [.....] (PRONOUN) burly body made [.....] (PRONOUN) friend execute a [.....] (PRONOUN) light skips from the path to the roadway and back again. Corley was the son of an inspector of police and [.....] (PRONOUN) had inherited [.....] (PRONOUN) father's frame and gait. [.....] (PRONOUN) walked with [.....] (PRONOUN) hands by [.....] (PRONOUN) sides, holding himself erect and swaying [.....] (PRONOUN) head from side to side. [.....] (PRONOUN) head was large, globular and oily; it sweated in [.....] (PRONOUN) weathers; and [.....] (PRONOUN) large round hat, set upon it sideways, looked like a bulb [.....] (PRONOUN) had grown out of another. [.....] (PRONOUN) always stared straight before [.....] (PRONOUN) as if [.....] (PRONOUN) were on parade and, when [.....] (PRONOUN) wished to gaze after [.....] (PRONOUN) in the street, it was necessary for [.....] (PRONOUN) to move [.....] (PRONOUN) body from the hips. At present [.....] (PRONOUN) was about town. Whenever [.....] (PRONOUN) job was vacant a friend was always ready to give [.....] (PRONOUN) the hard word. [.....] (PRONOUN) was often to be seen walking with policemen in plain clothes, talking earnestly. [.....] (PRONOUN) knew the inner side of [.....] (PRONOUN) affairs and was fond of delivering final judgments. [.....] (PRONOUN) spoke without listening to the speech of [.....] (PRONOUN) companions. [.....] (PRONOUN) conversation was mainly about himself: [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) had said to such a person and [.....] (PRONOUN) such a person had said to [.....] (PRONOUN) and [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) had said to settle the matter. When [.....] (PRONOUN) reported [.....] (PRONOUN) dialogues [.....] (PRONOUN) aspirated the first letter of [.....] (PRONOUN) name after the manner of Florentines.

Lenehan offered [.....] (PRONOUN) friend a cigarette. As the two young men walked on through the crowd Corley occasionally turned to smile at [.....] (PRONOUN) of the passing girls but Lenehan's gaze was fixed on the large faint moon circled with a double halo. [.....] (PRONOUN) watched earnestly the passing of the grey web of twilight across its face. At length [.....] (PRONOUN) said:

"Well ... tell [.....] (PRONOUN) , Corley, [.....] (PRONOUN) suppose [.....] (PRONOUN) 'll be able to pull it off [.....] (PRONOUN) right, eh?"

Corley closed [.....] (PRONOUN) eye expressively as an answer.

"Is [.....] (PRONOUN) game for [.....] (PRONOUN) ?" asked Lenehan dubiously. "[.....] (PRONOUN) can never know women."

"[.....] (PRONOUN) 's [.....] (PRONOUN) right," said Corley. "[.....] (PRONOUN) know the way to get around [.....] (PRONOUN) , man. [.....] (PRONOUN) 's a bit gone on [.....] (PRONOUN) ."

"[.....] (PRONOUN) 're [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) call a gay Lothario," said Lenehan. "And the proper kind of a Lothario, too!"

A shade of mockery relieved the servility of [.....] (PRONOUN) manner. To save himself [.....] (PRONOUN) had the habit of leaving [.....] (PRONOUN) flattery open to the interpretation of raillery. But Corley had not a subtle mind.

"There's [.....] (PRONOUN) to touch a good slavey," [.....] (PRONOUN) affirmed. "Take [.....] (PRONOUN) tip for it."

"By [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) has tried [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) ," said Lenehan.

"First [.....] (PRONOUN) used to go with girls, [.....] (PRONOUN) know," said Corley, unbosoming; "girls off the South Circular. [.....] (PRONOUN) used to take [.....] (PRONOUN) out, man, on the tram somewhere and pay the tram or take [.....] (PRONOUN) to a band or a play at the theatre or buy [.....] (PRONOUN) chocolate and sweets or [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) way. [.....] (PRONOUN) used to spend money on [.....] (PRONOUN) right enough," [.....] (PRONOUN) added, in a convincing tone, as if [.....] (PRONOUN) was conscious of being disbelieved.

But Lenehan could well believe it; [.....] (PRONOUN) nodded gravely.

"[.....] (PRONOUN) know [.....] (PRONOUN) game," [.....] (PRONOUN) said, "and it's a mug's game."

"And damn the thing [.....] (PRONOUN) ever got out of it," said Corley.

"Ditto here," said Lenehan.

"Only off of [.....] (PRONOUN) of [.....] (PRONOUN) ," said Corley.

[.....] (PRONOUN) moistened [.....] (PRONOUN) upper lip by running [.....] (PRONOUN) tongue along it. The recollection brightened [.....] (PRONOUN) eyes. [.....] (PRONOUN) too gazed at the pale disc of the moon, now nearly veiled, and seemed to meditate.

"[.....] (PRONOUN) was ... a bit of [.....] (PRONOUN) right," [.....] (PRONOUN) said regretfully.

[.....] (PRONOUN) was silent again. Then [.....] (PRONOUN) added:

"[.....] (PRONOUN) 's on the turf now. [.....] (PRONOUN) saw [.....] (PRONOUN) driving down Earl Street [.....] (PRONOUN) night with two fellows with [.....] (PRONOUN) on a car."

"[.....] (PRONOUN) suppose [.....] (PRONOUN) 's your doing," said Lenehan.

"There was others at [.....] (PRONOUN) before [.....] (PRONOUN) ," said Corley philosophically.

[.....] (PRONOUN) time Lenehan was inclined to disbelieve. [.....] (PRONOUN) shook [.....] (PRONOUN) head to and fro and smiled.

"[.....] (PRONOUN) know [.....] (PRONOUN) can't kid [.....] (PRONOUN) , Corley," [.....] (PRONOUN) said.

"Honest to God!" said Corley. "Didn't [.....] (PRONOUN) tell [.....] (PRONOUN) herself?"

Lenehan made a tragic gesture.

"Base betrayer!" [.....] (PRONOUN) said.

As [.....] (PRONOUN) passed along the railings of Trinity College, Lenehan skipped out into the road and peered up at the clock.

"Twenty after," [.....] (PRONOUN) said.

"Time enough," said Corley. "[.....] (PRONOUN) 'll be there [.....] (PRONOUN) right. [.....] (PRONOUN) always let [.....] (PRONOUN) wait a bit."

Lenehan laughed quietly.

"Ecod! Corley, [.....] (PRONOUN) know how to take [.....] (PRONOUN) ," [.....] (PRONOUN) said.

"[.....] (PRONOUN) 'm up to [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) little tricks," Corley confessed.

"But tell [.....] (PRONOUN) ," said Lenehan again, "are [.....] (PRONOUN) sure [.....] (PRONOUN) can bring it off [.....] (PRONOUN) right? [.....] (PRONOUN) know it's a ticklish job. [.....] (PRONOUN) 're damn close on [.....] (PRONOUN) point. Eh?... [.....] (PRONOUN) ?"

[.....] (PRONOUN) bright, small eyes searched [.....] (PRONOUN) companion's face for reassurance. Corley swung [.....] (PRONOUN) head to and fro as if to toss aside an insistent insect, and [.....] (PRONOUN) brows gathered.

"[.....] (PRONOUN) 'll pull it off," [.....] (PRONOUN) said. "Leave it to [.....] (PRONOUN) , can't [.....] (PRONOUN) ?"

Lenehan said no more. [.....] (PRONOUN) did not wish to ruffle [.....] (PRONOUN) friend's temper, to be sent to the devil and told [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) advice was not wanted. A little tact was necessary. But Corley's brow was soon smooth again. [.....] (PRONOUN) thoughts were running another way.

"[.....] (PRONOUN) 's a fine decent tart," [.....] (PRONOUN) said, with appreciation; "[.....] (PRONOUN) 's [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) is."

[.....] (PRONOUN) walked along Nassau Street and then turned into Kildare Street. Not far from the porch of the club a harpist stood in the roadway, playing to a little ring of listeners. [.....] (PRONOUN) plucked at the wires heedlessly, glancing quickly from time to time at the face of [.....] (PRONOUN) new-comer and from time to time, wearily also, at the sky. [.....] (PRONOUN) harp, too, heedless [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) coverings had fallen about [.....] (PRONOUN) knees, seemed weary alike of the eyes of strangers and of [.....] (PRONOUN) master's hands. [.....] (PRONOUN) hand played in the bass the melody of <[.....] (PRONOUN) >Silent, O Moyle(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) >, while the other hand careered in the treble after [.....] (PRONOUN) group of notes. The notes of the air sounded deep and full.

The two young men walked up the street without speaking, the mournful music following [.....] (PRONOUN) . When [.....] (PRONOUN) reached Stephen's Green [.....] (PRONOUN) crossed the road. Here the noise of trams, the lights and the crowd released [.....] (PRONOUN) from [.....] (PRONOUN) silence.

"There [.....] (PRONOUN) is!" said Corley.

At the corner of Hume Street a young woman was standing. [.....] (PRONOUN) wore a blue dress and a white sailor hat. [.....] (PRONOUN) stood on the curbstone, swinging a sunshade in [.....] (PRONOUN) hand. Lenehan grew lively.

"Let's have a look at [.....] (PRONOUN) , Corley," [.....] (PRONOUN) said.

Corley glanced sideways at [.....] (PRONOUN) friend and an unpleasant grin appeared on [.....] (PRONOUN) face.

"Are [.....] (PRONOUN) trying to get inside [.....] (PRONOUN) ?" [.....] (PRONOUN) asked.

"Damn it!" said Lenehan boldly, "[.....] (PRONOUN) don't want an introduction. [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) want is to have a look at [.....] (PRONOUN) . [.....] (PRONOUN) 'm not going to eat [.....] (PRONOUN) ."

"O.... A look at [.....] (PRONOUN) ?" said Corley, more amiably. "Well ... [.....] (PRONOUN) 'll tell [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) . [.....] (PRONOUN) 'll go over and talk to [.....] (PRONOUN) and [.....] (PRONOUN) can pass by."

"Right!" said Lenehan.

Corley had already thrown [.....] (PRONOUN) leg over the chains when Lenehan called out:

"And after? Where will [.....] (PRONOUN) meet?"

"Half ten," answered Corley, bringing over [.....] (PRONOUN) other leg.

"Where?"

"Corner of Merrion Street. [.....] (PRONOUN) 'll be coming back."

"Work it [.....] (PRONOUN) right now," said Lenehan in farewell.

Corley did not answer. [.....] (PRONOUN) sauntered across the road swaying [.....] (PRONOUN) head from side to side. [.....] (PRONOUN) bulk, [.....] (PRONOUN) easy pace, and the solid sound of [.....] (PRONOUN) boots had [.....] (PRONOUN) of the conqueror in [.....] (PRONOUN) . [.....] (PRONOUN) approached the young woman and, without saluting, began at once to converse with [.....] (PRONOUN) . [.....] (PRONOUN) swung [.....] (PRONOUN) umbrella more quickly and executed half turns on [.....] (PRONOUN) heels. Once or twice when [.....] (PRONOUN) spoke to [.....] (PRONOUN) at close quarters [.....] (PRONOUN) laughed and bent [.....] (PRONOUN) head.

Lenehan observed [.....] (PRONOUN) for a [.....] (PRONOUN) minutes. Then [.....] (PRONOUN) walked rapidly along beside the chains at [.....] (PRONOUN) distance and crossed the road obliquely. As [.....] (PRONOUN) approached Hume Street corner [.....] (PRONOUN) found the air heavily scented and [.....] (PRONOUN) eyes made a swift anxious scrutiny of the young woman's appearance. [.....] (PRONOUN) had [.....] (PRONOUN) Sunday finery on. [.....] (PRONOUN) blue serge skirt was held at the waist by a belt of black leather. The great silver buckle of [.....] (PRONOUN) belt seemed to depress the centre of [.....] (PRONOUN) body, catching the light stuff of [.....] (PRONOUN) white blouse like a clip. [.....] (PRONOUN) wore a short black jacket with mother-of-pearl buttons and a ragged black boa. The ends of [.....] (PRONOUN) tulle collarette had been carefully disordered and a big bunch of red flowers was pinned in [.....] (PRONOUN) bosom, stems upwards. Lenehan's eyes noted approvingly [.....] (PRONOUN) stout short muscular body. Frank rude health glowed in [.....] (PRONOUN) face, on [.....] (PRONOUN) fat red cheeks and in [.....] (PRONOUN) unabashed blue eyes. [.....] (PRONOUN) features were blunt. [.....] (PRONOUN) had broad nostrils, a straggling mouth [.....] (PRONOUN) lay open in a contented leer, and two projecting front teeth. As [.....] (PRONOUN) passed Lenehan took off [.....] (PRONOUN) cap and, after about ten seconds, Corley returned a salute to the air. [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) did by raising [.....] (PRONOUN) hand vaguely and pensively changing the angle of position of [.....] (PRONOUN) hat.

Lenehan walked as far as the Shelbourne Hotel where [.....] (PRONOUN) halted and waited. After waiting for a little time [.....] (PRONOUN) saw [.....] (PRONOUN) coming towards [.....] (PRONOUN) and, when [.....] (PRONOUN) turned to the right, [.....] (PRONOUN) followed [.....] (PRONOUN) , stepping lightly in [.....] (PRONOUN) white shoes, down [.....] (PRONOUN) side of Merrion Square. As [.....] (PRONOUN) walked on slowly, timing [.....] (PRONOUN) pace to theirs, [.....] (PRONOUN) watched Corley's head [.....] (PRONOUN) turned at every moment towards the young woman's face like a big ball revolving on a pivot. [.....] (PRONOUN) kept the pair in view until [.....] (PRONOUN) had seen [.....] (PRONOUN) climbing the stairs of the Donnybrook tram; then [.....] (PRONOUN) turned about and went back the way [.....] (PRONOUN) had come.

Now [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) was alone [.....] (PRONOUN) face looked older. [.....] (PRONOUN) gaiety seemed to forsake [.....] (PRONOUN) and, as [.....] (PRONOUN) came by the railings of the Duke's Lawn, [.....] (PRONOUN) allowed [.....] (PRONOUN) hand to run along [.....] (PRONOUN) . The air [.....] (PRONOUN) the harpist had played began to control [.....] (PRONOUN) movements. [.....] (PRONOUN) softly padded feet played the melody while [.....] (PRONOUN) fingers swept a scale of variations idly along the railings after [.....] (PRONOUN) group of notes.

[.....] (PRONOUN) walked listlessly round Stephen's Green and then down Grafton Street. Though [.....] (PRONOUN) eyes took note of [.....] (PRONOUN) elements of the crowd through [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) passed [.....] (PRONOUN) did so morosely. [.....] (PRONOUN) found trivial [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) was meant to charm [.....] (PRONOUN) and did not answer the glances [.....] (PRONOUN) invited [.....] (PRONOUN) to be bold. [.....] (PRONOUN) knew [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) would have to speak a great deal, to invent and to amuse, and [.....] (PRONOUN) brain and throat were too dry for such a task. The problem of how [.....] (PRONOUN) could pass the hours till [.....] (PRONOUN) met Corley again troubled [.....] (PRONOUN) a little. [.....] (PRONOUN) could think of no way of passing [.....] (PRONOUN) but to keep on walking. [.....] (PRONOUN) turned to the left when [.....] (PRONOUN) came to the corner of Rutland Square and felt more at ease in the dark quiet street, the sombre look of [.....] (PRONOUN) suited [.....] (PRONOUN) mood. [.....] (PRONOUN) paused at last before the window of a poor-looking shop over [.....] (PRONOUN) the words <[.....] (PRONOUN) >Refreshment Bar(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) > were printed in white letters. On the glass of the window were two flying inscriptions: <[.....] (PRONOUN) >Ginger Beer(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) > and <[.....] (PRONOUN) >Ginger Ale(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) >. A cut ham was exposed on a great blue dish while near it on a plate lay a segment of very light plum-pudding. [.....] (PRONOUN) eyed [.....] (PRONOUN) food earnestly for [.....] (PRONOUN) time and then, after glancing warily up and down the street, went into the shop quickly.

[.....] (PRONOUN) was hungry for, except [.....] (PRONOUN) biscuits [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) had asked two grudging curates to bring [.....] (PRONOUN) , [.....] (PRONOUN) had eaten [.....] (PRONOUN) since breakfast-time. [.....] (PRONOUN) sat down at an uncovered wooden table opposite two work-girls and a mechanic. A slatternly girl waited on [.....] (PRONOUN) .

"How much is a plate of peas?" [.....] (PRONOUN) asked.

"Three halfpence, sir," said the girl.

"Bring [.....] (PRONOUN) a plate of peas," [.....] (PRONOUN) said, "and a bottle of ginger beer."

[.....] (PRONOUN) spoke roughly in order to belie [.....] (PRONOUN) air of gentility for [.....] (PRONOUN) entry had been followed by a pause of talk. [.....] (PRONOUN) face was heated. To appear natural [.....] (PRONOUN) pushed [.....] (PRONOUN) cap back on [.....] (PRONOUN) head and planted [.....] (PRONOUN) elbows on the table. The mechanic and the two work-girls examined [.....] (PRONOUN) point by point before resuming [.....] (PRONOUN) conversation in a subdued voice. The girl brought [.....] (PRONOUN) a plate of grocer's hot peas, seasoned with pepper and vinegar, a fork and [.....] (PRONOUN) ginger beer. [.....] (PRONOUN) ate [.....] (PRONOUN) food greedily and found it so good [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) made a note of the shop mentally. When [.....] (PRONOUN) had eaten [.....] (PRONOUN) the peas [.....] (PRONOUN) sipped [.....] (PRONOUN) ginger beer and sat for [.....] (PRONOUN) time thinking of Corley's adventure. In [.....] (PRONOUN) imagination [.....] (PRONOUN) beheld the pair of lovers walking along [.....] (PRONOUN) dark road; [.....] (PRONOUN) heard Corley's voice in deep energetic gallantries and saw again the leer of the young woman's mouth. [.....] (PRONOUN) vision made [.....] (PRONOUN) feel keenly [.....] (PRONOUN) own poverty of purse and spirit. [.....] (PRONOUN) was tired of knocking about, of pulling the devil by the tail, of shifts and intrigues. [.....] (PRONOUN) would be thirty-[.....] (PRONOUN) in November. Would [.....] (PRONOUN) never get a good job? Would [.....] (PRONOUN) never have a home of [.....] (PRONOUN) own? [.....] (PRONOUN) thought how pleasant it would be to have a warm fire to sit by and a good dinner to sit down to. [.....] (PRONOUN) had walked the streets long enough with friends and with girls. [.....] (PRONOUN) knew [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) friends were worth: [.....] (PRONOUN) knew the girls too. Experience had embittered [.....] (PRONOUN) heart against the world. But [.....] (PRONOUN) hope had not left [.....] (PRONOUN) . [.....] (PRONOUN) felt better after having eaten than [.....] (PRONOUN) had felt before, less weary of [.....] (PRONOUN) life, less vanquished in spirit. [.....] (PRONOUN) might yet be able to settle down in [.....] (PRONOUN) snug corner and live happily if [.....] (PRONOUN) could only come across [.....] (PRONOUN) good simple-minded girl with a little of the ready.

[.....] (PRONOUN) paid twopence halfpenny to the slatternly girl and went out of the shop to begin [.....] (PRONOUN) wandering again. [.....] (PRONOUN) went into Capel Street and walked along towards the City Hall. Then [.....] (PRONOUN) turned into Dame Street. At the corner of George's Street [.....] (PRONOUN) met two friends of [.....] (PRONOUN) and stopped to converse with [.....] (PRONOUN) . [.....] (PRONOUN) was glad [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) could rest from [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) walking. [.....] (PRONOUN) friends asked [.....] (PRONOUN) had [.....] (PRONOUN) seen Corley and [.....] (PRONOUN) was the latest. [.....] (PRONOUN) replied [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) had spent the day with Corley. [.....] (PRONOUN) friends talked very little. [.....] (PRONOUN) looked vacantly after [.....] (PRONOUN) figures in the crowd and sometimes made a critical remark. [.....] (PRONOUN) said [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) had seen Mac an hour before in Westmoreland Street. At [.....] (PRONOUN) Lenehan said [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) had been with Mac the night before in Egan's. The young man [.....] (PRONOUN) had seen Mac in Westmoreland Street asked was it true [.....] (PRONOUN) Mac had won a bit over a billiard match. Lenehan did not know: [.....] (PRONOUN) said [.....] (PRONOUN) Holohan had stood [.....] (PRONOUN) drinks in Egan's.

[.....] (PRONOUN) left [.....] (PRONOUN) friends at a quarter to ten and went up George's Street. [.....] (PRONOUN) turned to the left at the City Markets and walked on into Grafton Street. The crowd of girls and young men had thinned and on [.....] (PRONOUN) way up the street [.....] (PRONOUN) heard [.....] (PRONOUN) groups and couples bidding [.....] (PRONOUN) another good-night. [.....] (PRONOUN) went as far as the clock of the College of Surgeons: it was on the stroke of ten. [.....] (PRONOUN) set off briskly along the northern side of the Green hurrying for fear Corley should return too soon. When [.....] (PRONOUN) reached the corner of Merrion Street [.....] (PRONOUN) took [.....] (PRONOUN) stand in the shadow of a lamp and brought out [.....] (PRONOUN) of the cigarettes [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) had reserved and lit it. [.....] (PRONOUN) leaned against the lamp-post and kept [.....] (PRONOUN) gaze fixed on the part from [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) expected to see Corley and the young woman return.

[.....] (PRONOUN) mind became active again. [.....] (PRONOUN) wondered had Corley managed it successfully. [.....] (PRONOUN) wondered if [.....] (PRONOUN) had asked [.....] (PRONOUN) yet or if [.....] (PRONOUN) would leave it to the last. [.....] (PRONOUN) suffered [.....] (PRONOUN) the pangs and thrills of [.....] (PRONOUN) friend's situation as well as [.....] (PRONOUN) of [.....] (PRONOUN) own. But the memory of Corley's slowly revolving head calmed [.....] (PRONOUN) somewhat: [.....] (PRONOUN) was sure Corley would pull it off [.....] (PRONOUN) right. [.....] (PRONOUN) at once the idea struck [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) perhaps Corley had seen [.....] (PRONOUN) home by another way and given [.....] (PRONOUN) the slip. [.....] (PRONOUN) eyes searched the street: there was no sign of [.....] (PRONOUN) . Yet it was surely half-an-hour since [.....] (PRONOUN) had seen the clock of the College of Surgeons. Would Corley do a thing like [.....] (PRONOUN) ? [.....] (PRONOUN) lit [.....] (PRONOUN) last cigarette and began to smoke it nervously. [.....] (PRONOUN) strained [.....] (PRONOUN) eyes as [.....] (PRONOUN) tram stopped at the far corner of the square. [.....] (PRONOUN) must have gone home by another way. The paper of [.....] (PRONOUN) cigarette broke and [.....] (PRONOUN) flung it into the road with a curse.

Suddenly [.....] (PRONOUN) saw [.....] (PRONOUN) coming towards [.....] (PRONOUN) . [.....] (PRONOUN) started with delight and, keeping close to [.....] (PRONOUN) lamp-post, tried to read the result in [.....] (PRONOUN) walk. [.....] (PRONOUN) were walking quickly, the young woman taking quick short steps, while Corley kept beside [.....] (PRONOUN) with [.....] (PRONOUN) long stride. [.....] (PRONOUN) did not seem to be speaking. An intimation of the result pricked [.....] (PRONOUN) like the point of a sharp instrument. [.....] (PRONOUN) knew Corley would fail; [.....] (PRONOUN) knew it was no go.

[.....] (PRONOUN) turned down Baggot Street and [.....] (PRONOUN) followed [.....] (PRONOUN) at once, taking the other footpath. When [.....] (PRONOUN) stopped [.....] (PRONOUN) stopped too. [.....] (PRONOUN) talked for a [.....] (PRONOUN) moments and then the young woman went down the steps into the area of a house. Corley remained standing at the edge of the path, a little distance from the front steps. [.....] (PRONOUN) minutes passed. Then the hall-door was opened slowly and cautiously. A woman came running down the front steps and coughed. Corley turned and went towards [.....] (PRONOUN) . [.....] (PRONOUN) broad figure hid hers from view for a [.....] (PRONOUN) seconds and then [.....] (PRONOUN) reappeared running up the steps. The door closed on [.....] (PRONOUN) and Corley began to walk swiftly towards Stephen's Green.

Lenehan hurried on in the same direction. [.....] (PRONOUN) drops of light rain fell. [.....] (PRONOUN) took [.....] (PRONOUN) as a warning and, glancing back towards the house [.....] (PRONOUN) the young woman had entered to see [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) was not observed, [.....] (PRONOUN) ran eagerly across the road. Anxiety and [.....] (PRONOUN) swift run made [.....] (PRONOUN) pant. [.....] (PRONOUN) called out:

"Hallo, Corley!"

Corley turned [.....] (PRONOUN) head to see [.....] (PRONOUN) had called [.....] (PRONOUN) , and then continued walking as before. Lenehan ran after [.....] (PRONOUN) , settling the waterproof on [.....] (PRONOUN) shoulders with [.....] (PRONOUN) hand.

"Hallo, Corley!" [.....] (PRONOUN) cried again.

[.....] (PRONOUN) came level with [.....] (PRONOUN) friend and looked keenly in [.....] (PRONOUN) face. [.....] (PRONOUN) could see [.....] (PRONOUN) there.

"Well?" [.....] (PRONOUN) said. "Did it come off?"

[.....] (PRONOUN) had reached the corner of Ely Place. Still without answering, Corley swerved to the left and went up the side street. [.....] (PRONOUN) features were composed in stern calm. Lenehan kept up with [.....] (PRONOUN) friend, breathing uneasily. [.....] (PRONOUN) was baffled and a note of menace pierced through [.....] (PRONOUN) voice.

"Can't [.....] (PRONOUN) tell [.....] (PRONOUN) ?" [.....] (PRONOUN) said. "Did [.....] (PRONOUN) try [.....] (PRONOUN) ?"

Corley halted at the first lamp and stared grimly before [.....] (PRONOUN) . Then with a grave gesture [.....] (PRONOUN) extended a hand towards the light and, smiling, opened it slowly to the gaze of [.....] (PRONOUN) disciple. A small gold coin shone in the palm.





THE BOARDING HOUSE

MRS MOONEY was a butcher's daughter. [.....] (PRONOUN) was a woman [.....] (PRONOUN) was quite able to keep things to herself: a determined woman. [.....] (PRONOUN) had married [.....] (PRONOUN) father's foreman and opened a butcher's shop near Spring Gardens. But as soon as [.....] (PRONOUN) father-in-law was dead Mr Mooney began to go to the devil. [.....] (PRONOUN) drank, plundered the till, ran headlong into debt. It was no use making [.....] (PRONOUN) take the pledge: [.....] (PRONOUN) was sure to break out again a [.....] (PRONOUN) days after. By fighting [.....] (PRONOUN) wife in the presence of customers and by buying bad meat [.....] (PRONOUN) ruined [.....] (PRONOUN) business. [.....] (PRONOUN) night [.....] (PRONOUN) went for [.....] (PRONOUN) wife with the cleaver and [.....] (PRONOUN) had to sleep in a neighbour's house.

After [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) lived apart. [.....] (PRONOUN) went to the priest and got a separation from [.....] (PRONOUN) with care of the children. [.....] (PRONOUN) would give [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) money nor food nor house-room; and so [.....] (PRONOUN) was obliged to enlist himself as a sheriff's man. [.....] (PRONOUN) was a shabby stooped little drunkard with a white face and a white moustache and white eyebrows, pencilled above [.....] (PRONOUN) little eyes, [.....] (PRONOUN) were pink-veined and raw; and [.....] (PRONOUN) day long [.....] (PRONOUN) sat in the bailiff's room, waiting to be put on a job. Mrs Mooney, [.....] (PRONOUN) had taken [.....] (PRONOUN) remained of [.....] (PRONOUN) money out of the butcher business and set up a boarding house in Hardwicke Street, was a big imposing woman. [.....] (PRONOUN) house had a floating population made up of tourists from Liverpool and the Isle of Man and, occasionally, <[.....] (PRONOUN) >artistes(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) > from the music-halls. Its resident population was made up of clerks from the city. [.....] (PRONOUN) governed [.....] (PRONOUN) house cunningly and firmly, knew when to give credit, when to be stern and when to let things pass. [.....] (PRONOUN) the resident young men spoke of [.....] (PRONOUN) as <[.....] (PRONOUN) >The Madam(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) >.

Mrs Mooney's young men paid fifteen shillings a week for board and lodgings (beer or stout at dinner excluded). [.....] (PRONOUN) shared in common tastes and occupations and for [.....] (PRONOUN) reason [.....] (PRONOUN) were very chummy with [.....] (PRONOUN) another. [.....] (PRONOUN) discussed with [.....] (PRONOUN) another the chances of favourites and outsiders. Jack Mooney, the Madam's son, [.....] (PRONOUN) was clerk to a commission agent in Fleet Street, had the reputation of being a hard case. [.....] (PRONOUN) was fond of using soldiers' obscenities: usually [.....] (PRONOUN) came home in the small hours. When [.....] (PRONOUN) met [.....] (PRONOUN) friends [.....] (PRONOUN) had always a good [.....] (PRONOUN) to tell [.....] (PRONOUN) and [.....] (PRONOUN) was always sure to be on to a good thing—[.....] (PRONOUN) is to say, a likely horse or a likely <[.....] (PRONOUN) >artiste(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) >. [.....] (PRONOUN) was also handy with the mits and sang comic songs. On Sunday nights there would often be a reunion in Mrs Mooney's front drawing-room. The music-hall <[.....] (PRONOUN) >artistes(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) > would oblige; and Sheridan played waltzes and polkas and vamped accompaniments. Polly Mooney, the Madam's daughter, would also sing. [.....] (PRONOUN) sang:

           <[.....] (PRONOUN) >[.....] (PRONOUN) 'm a ... naughty girl.
             [.....] (PRONOUN)  needn't sham:
             [.....] (PRONOUN)  know [.....] (PRONOUN)  am.(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) >

Polly was a slim girl of nineteen; [.....] (PRONOUN) had light soft hair and a small full mouth. [.....] (PRONOUN) eyes, [.....] (PRONOUN) were grey with a shade of green through [.....] (PRONOUN) , had a habit of glancing upwards when [.....] (PRONOUN) spoke with [.....] (PRONOUN) , [.....] (PRONOUN) made [.....] (PRONOUN) look like a little perverse madonna. Mrs Mooney had first sent [.....] (PRONOUN) daughter to be a typist in a corn-factor's office but, as a disreputable sheriff's man used to come every other day to the office, asking to be allowed to say a word to [.....] (PRONOUN) daughter, [.....] (PRONOUN) had taken [.....] (PRONOUN) daughter home again and set [.....] (PRONOUN) to do housework. As Polly was very lively the intention was to give [.....] (PRONOUN) the run of the young men. Besides, young men like to feel [.....] (PRONOUN) there is a young woman not very far away. Polly, of course, flirted with the young men but Mrs Mooney, [.....] (PRONOUN) was a shrewd judge, knew [.....] (PRONOUN) the young men were only passing the time away: [.....] (PRONOUN) of [.....] (PRONOUN) meant business. Things went on so for a long time and Mrs Mooney began to think of sending Polly back to typewriting when [.....] (PRONOUN) noticed [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) was going on between Polly and [.....] (PRONOUN) of the young men. [.....] (PRONOUN) watched the pair and kept [.....] (PRONOUN) own counsel.

Polly knew [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) was being watched, but still [.....] (PRONOUN) mother's persistent silence could not be misunderstood. There had been no open complicity between mother and daughter, no open understanding but, though people in the house began to talk of the affair, still Mrs Mooney did not intervene. Polly began to grow a little strange in [.....] (PRONOUN) manner and the young man was evidently perturbed. At last, when [.....] (PRONOUN) judged it to be the right moment, Mrs Mooney intervened. [.....] (PRONOUN) dealt with moral problems as a cleaver deals with meat: and in [.....] (PRONOUN) case [.....] (PRONOUN) had made up [.....] (PRONOUN) mind.

It was a bright Sunday morning of early summer, promising heat, but with a fresh breeze blowing. [.....] (PRONOUN) the windows of the boarding house were open and the lace curtains ballooned gently towards the street beneath the raised sashes. The belfry of George's Church sent out constant peals and worshippers, singly or in groups, traversed the little circus before the church, revealing [.....] (PRONOUN) purpose by [.....] (PRONOUN) self-contained demeanour no less than by the little volumes in [.....] (PRONOUN) gloved hands. Breakfast was over in the boarding house and the table of the breakfast-room was covered with plates on [.....] (PRONOUN) lay yellow streaks of eggs with morsels of bacon-fat and bacon-rind. Mrs Mooney sat in the straw arm-chair and watched the servant Mary remove the breakfast things. [.....] (PRONOUN) made Mary collect the crusts and pieces of broken bread to help to make Tuesday's bread-pudding. When the table was cleared, the broken bread collected, the sugar and butter safe under lock and key, [.....] (PRONOUN) began to reconstruct the interview [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) had had the night before with Polly. Things were as [.....] (PRONOUN) had suspected: [.....] (PRONOUN) had been frank in [.....] (PRONOUN) questions and Polly had been frank in [.....] (PRONOUN) answers. [.....] (PRONOUN) had been somewhat awkward, of course. [.....] (PRONOUN) had been made awkward by [.....] (PRONOUN) not wishing to receive the news in too cavalier a fashion or to seem to have connived and Polly had been made awkward not merely because allusions of [.....] (PRONOUN) kind always made [.....] (PRONOUN) awkward but also because [.....] (PRONOUN) did not wish it to be thought [.....] (PRONOUN) in [.....] (PRONOUN) wise innocence [.....] (PRONOUN) had divined the intention behind [.....] (PRONOUN) mother's tolerance.

Mrs Mooney glanced instinctively at the little gilt clock on the mantelpiece as soon as [.....] (PRONOUN) had become aware through [.....] (PRONOUN) revery [.....] (PRONOUN) the bells of George's Church had stopped ringing. It was seventeen minutes past eleven: [.....] (PRONOUN) would have lots of time to have the matter out with Mr Doran and then catch short twelve at Marlborough Street. [.....] (PRONOUN) was sure [.....] (PRONOUN) would win. To begin with [.....] (PRONOUN) had [.....] (PRONOUN) the weight of social opinion on [.....] (PRONOUN) side: [.....] (PRONOUN) was an outraged mother. [.....] (PRONOUN) had allowed [.....] (PRONOUN) to live beneath [.....] (PRONOUN) roof, assuming [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) was a man of honour, and [.....] (PRONOUN) had simply abused [.....] (PRONOUN) hospitality. [.....] (PRONOUN) was thirty-four or thirty-five years of age, so [.....] (PRONOUN) youth could not be pleaded as [.....] (PRONOUN) excuse; nor could ignorance be [.....] (PRONOUN) excuse since [.....] (PRONOUN) was a man [.....] (PRONOUN) had seen [.....] (PRONOUN) of the world. [.....] (PRONOUN) had simply taken advantage of Polly's youth and inexperience: [.....] (PRONOUN) was evident. The question was: [.....] (PRONOUN) reparation would [.....] (PRONOUN) make?

There must be reparation made in such cases. It is [.....] (PRONOUN) very well for the man: [.....] (PRONOUN) can go [.....] (PRONOUN) ways as if [.....] (PRONOUN) had happened, having had [.....] (PRONOUN) moment of pleasure, but the girl has to bear the brunt. [.....] (PRONOUN) mothers would be content to patch up such an affair for a sum of money; [.....] (PRONOUN) had known cases of it. But [.....] (PRONOUN) would not do so. For [.....] (PRONOUN) only [.....] (PRONOUN) reparation could make up for the loss of [.....] (PRONOUN) daughter's honour: marriage.

[.....] (PRONOUN) counted [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) cards again before sending Mary up to Mr Doran's room to say [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) wished to speak with [.....] (PRONOUN) . [.....] (PRONOUN) felt sure [.....] (PRONOUN) would win. [.....] (PRONOUN) was a serious young man, not rakish or loud-voiced like the others. If it had been Mr Sheridan or Mr Meade or Bantam Lyons [.....] (PRONOUN) task would have been much harder. [.....] (PRONOUN) did not think [.....] (PRONOUN) would face publicity. [.....] (PRONOUN) the lodgers in the house knew [.....] (PRONOUN) of the affair; details had been invented by [.....] (PRONOUN) . Besides, [.....] (PRONOUN) had been employed for thirteen years in a great Catholic wine-merchant's office and publicity would mean for [.....] (PRONOUN) , perhaps, the loss of [.....] (PRONOUN) job. Whereas if [.....] (PRONOUN) agreed [.....] (PRONOUN) might be well. [.....] (PRONOUN) knew [.....] (PRONOUN) had a good screw for [.....] (PRONOUN) thing and [.....] (PRONOUN) suspected [.....] (PRONOUN) had a bit of stuff put by.

Nearly the half-hour! [.....] (PRONOUN) stood up and surveyed herself in the pier-glass. The decisive expression of [.....] (PRONOUN) great florid face satisfied [.....] (PRONOUN) and [.....] (PRONOUN) thought of [.....] (PRONOUN) mothers [.....] (PRONOUN) knew [.....] (PRONOUN) could not get [.....] (PRONOUN) daughters off [.....] (PRONOUN) hands.

Mr Doran was very anxious indeed [.....] (PRONOUN) Sunday morning. [.....] (PRONOUN) had made two attempts to shave but [.....] (PRONOUN) hand had been so unsteady [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) had been obliged to desist. Three days' reddish beard fringed [.....] (PRONOUN) jaws and every two or three minutes a mist gathered on [.....] (PRONOUN) glasses so [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) had to take [.....] (PRONOUN) off and polish [.....] (PRONOUN) with [.....] (PRONOUN) pocket-handkerchief. The recollection of [.....] (PRONOUN) confession of the night before was a cause of acute pain to [.....] (PRONOUN) ; the priest had drawn out every ridiculous detail of the affair and in the end had so magnified [.....] (PRONOUN) sin [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) was almost thankful at being afforded a loophole of reparation. The harm was done. [.....] (PRONOUN) could [.....] (PRONOUN) do now but marry [.....] (PRONOUN) or run away? [.....] (PRONOUN) could not brazen it out. The affair would be sure to be talked of and [.....] (PRONOUN) employer would be certain to hear of it. Dublin is such a small city: [.....] (PRONOUN) knows [.....] (PRONOUN) else's business. [.....] (PRONOUN) felt [.....] (PRONOUN) heart leap warmly in [.....] (PRONOUN) throat as [.....] (PRONOUN) heard in [.....] (PRONOUN) excited imagination old Mr Leonard calling out in [.....] (PRONOUN) rasping voice: "Send Mr Doran here, please."

[.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) long years of service gone for [.....] (PRONOUN) ! [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) industry and diligence thrown away! As a young man [.....] (PRONOUN) had sown [.....] (PRONOUN) wild oats, of course; [.....] (PRONOUN) had boasted of [.....] (PRONOUN) free-thinking and denied the existence of God to [.....] (PRONOUN) companions in public-houses. But [.....] (PRONOUN) was [.....] (PRONOUN) passed and done with ... nearly. [.....] (PRONOUN) still bought a copy of <[.....] (PRONOUN) >Reynolds's Newspaper(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) > every week but [.....] (PRONOUN) attended to [.....] (PRONOUN) religious duties and for nine-tenths of the year lived a regular life. [.....] (PRONOUN) had money enough to settle down on; it was not [.....] (PRONOUN) . But the family would look down on [.....] (PRONOUN) . First of [.....] (PRONOUN) there was [.....] (PRONOUN) disreputable father and then [.....] (PRONOUN) mother's boarding house was beginning to get a certain fame. [.....] (PRONOUN) had a notion [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) was being had. [.....] (PRONOUN) could imagine [.....] (PRONOUN) friends talking of the affair and laughing. [.....] (PRONOUN) <[.....] (PRONOUN) >was(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) > a little vulgar; sometimes [.....] (PRONOUN) said "[.....] (PRONOUN) seen" and "If [.....] (PRONOUN) had've known." But [.....] (PRONOUN) would grammar matter if [.....] (PRONOUN) really loved [.....] (PRONOUN) ? [.....] (PRONOUN) could not make up [.....] (PRONOUN) mind whether to like [.....] (PRONOUN) or despise [.....] (PRONOUN) for [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) had done. Of course [.....] (PRONOUN) had done it too. [.....] (PRONOUN) instinct urged [.....] (PRONOUN) to remain free, not to marry. Once [.....] (PRONOUN) are married [.....] (PRONOUN) are done for, it said.

While [.....] (PRONOUN) was sitting helplessly on the side of the bed in shirt and trousers [.....] (PRONOUN) tapped lightly at [.....] (PRONOUN) door and entered. [.....] (PRONOUN) told [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) , [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) had made a clean breast of it to [.....] (PRONOUN) mother and [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) mother would speak with [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) morning. [.....] (PRONOUN) cried and threw [.....] (PRONOUN) arms round [.....] (PRONOUN) neck, saying:

"O Bob! Bob! [.....] (PRONOUN) am [.....] (PRONOUN) to do? [.....] (PRONOUN) am [.....] (PRONOUN) to do at [.....] (PRONOUN) ?"

[.....] (PRONOUN) would put an end to herself, [.....] (PRONOUN) said.

[.....] (PRONOUN) comforted [.....] (PRONOUN) feebly, telling [.....] (PRONOUN) not to cry, [.....] (PRONOUN) it would be [.....] (PRONOUN) right, never fear. [.....] (PRONOUN) felt against [.....] (PRONOUN) shirt the agitation of [.....] (PRONOUN) bosom.

It was not altogether [.....] (PRONOUN) fault [.....] (PRONOUN) it had happened. [.....] (PRONOUN) remembered well, with the curious patient memory of the celibate, the first casual caresses [.....] (PRONOUN) dress, [.....] (PRONOUN) breath, [.....] (PRONOUN) fingers had given [.....] (PRONOUN) . Then late [.....] (PRONOUN) night as [.....] (PRONOUN) was undressing for bed [.....] (PRONOUN) had tapped at [.....] (PRONOUN) door, timidly. [.....] (PRONOUN) wanted to relight [.....] (PRONOUN) candle at [.....] (PRONOUN) for hers had been blown out by a gust. It was [.....] (PRONOUN) bath night. [.....] (PRONOUN) wore a loose open combing-jacket of printed flannel. [.....] (PRONOUN) white instep shone in the opening of [.....] (PRONOUN) furry slippers and the blood glowed warmly behind [.....] (PRONOUN) perfumed skin. From [.....] (PRONOUN) hands and wrists too as [.....] (PRONOUN) lit and steadied [.....] (PRONOUN) candle a faint perfume arose.

On nights when [.....] (PRONOUN) came in very late it was [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) warmed up [.....] (PRONOUN) dinner. [.....] (PRONOUN) scarcely knew [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) was eating, feeling [.....] (PRONOUN) beside [.....] (PRONOUN) alone, at night, in the sleeping house. And [.....] (PRONOUN) thoughtfulness! If the night was anyway cold or wet or windy there was sure to be a little tumbler of punch ready for [.....] (PRONOUN) . Perhaps [.....] (PRONOUN) could be happy together....

[.....] (PRONOUN) used to go upstairs together on tiptoe, [.....] (PRONOUN) with a candle, and on the third landing exchange reluctant good-nights. [.....] (PRONOUN) used to kiss. [.....] (PRONOUN) remembered well [.....] (PRONOUN) eyes, the touch of [.....] (PRONOUN) hand and [.....] (PRONOUN) delirium....

But delirium passes. [.....] (PRONOUN) echoed [.....] (PRONOUN) phrase, applying it to himself: <[.....] (PRONOUN) >"[.....] (PRONOUN) am [.....] (PRONOUN) to do?"(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) > The instinct of the celibate warned [.....] (PRONOUN) to hold back. But the sin was there; even [.....] (PRONOUN) sense of honour told [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) reparation must be made for such a sin.

While [.....] (PRONOUN) was sitting with [.....] (PRONOUN) on the side of the bed Mary came to the door and said [.....] (PRONOUN) the missus wanted to see [.....] (PRONOUN) in the parlour. [.....] (PRONOUN) stood up to put on [.....] (PRONOUN) coat and waistcoat, more helpless than ever. When [.....] (PRONOUN) was dressed [.....] (PRONOUN) went over to [.....] (PRONOUN) to comfort [.....] (PRONOUN) . It would be [.....] (PRONOUN) right, never fear. [.....] (PRONOUN) left [.....] (PRONOUN) crying on the bed and moaning softly: <[.....] (PRONOUN) >"O [.....] (PRONOUN) God!"(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) >

Going down the stairs [.....] (PRONOUN) glasses became so dimmed with moisture [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) had to take [.....] (PRONOUN) off and polish [.....] (PRONOUN) . [.....] (PRONOUN) longed to ascend through the roof and fly away to another country where [.....] (PRONOUN) would never hear again of [.....] (PRONOUN) trouble, and yet a force pushed [.....] (PRONOUN) downstairs step by step. The implacable faces of [.....] (PRONOUN) employer and of the Madam stared upon [.....] (PRONOUN) discomfiture. On the last flight of stairs [.....] (PRONOUN) passed Jack Mooney [.....] (PRONOUN) was coming up from the pantry nursing two bottles of <[.....] (PRONOUN) >Bass(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) >. [.....] (PRONOUN) saluted coldly; and the lover's eyes rested for a second or two on a thick bulldog face and a pair of thick short arms. When [.....] (PRONOUN) reached the foot of the staircase [.....] (PRONOUN) glanced up and saw Jack regarding [.....] (PRONOUN) from the door of the return-room.

Suddenly [.....] (PRONOUN) remembered the night when [.....] (PRONOUN) of the music-hall <[.....] (PRONOUN) >artistes(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) >, a little blond Londoner, had made a rather free allusion to Polly. The reunion had been almost broken up on account of Jack's violence. [.....] (PRONOUN) tried to quiet [.....] (PRONOUN) . The music-hall <[.....] (PRONOUN) >artiste(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) >, a little paler than usual, kept smiling and saying [.....] (PRONOUN) there was no harm meant: but Jack kept shouting at [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) if [.....] (PRONOUN) fellow tried [.....] (PRONOUN) sort of a game on with <[.....] (PRONOUN) >[.....] (PRONOUN) (PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) > sister [.....] (PRONOUN) 'd bloody well put [.....] (PRONOUN) teeth down [.....] (PRONOUN) throat, so [.....] (PRONOUN) would.




Polly sat for a little time on the side of the bed, crying. Then [.....] (PRONOUN) dried [.....] (PRONOUN) eyes and went over to the looking-glass. [.....] (PRONOUN) dipped the end of the towel in the water-jug and refreshed [.....] (PRONOUN) eyes with the cool water. [.....] (PRONOUN) looked at herself in profile and readjusted a hairpin above [.....] (PRONOUN) ear. Then [.....] (PRONOUN) went back to the bed again and sat at the foot. [.....] (PRONOUN) regarded the pillows for a long time and the sight of [.....] (PRONOUN) awakened in [.....] (PRONOUN) mind secret amiable memories. [.....] (PRONOUN) rested the nape of [.....] (PRONOUN) neck against the cool iron bed-rail and fell into a reverie. There was no longer [.....] (PRONOUN) perturbation visible on [.....] (PRONOUN) face.

[.....] (PRONOUN) waited on patiently, almost cheerfully, without alarm, [.....] (PRONOUN) memories gradually giving place to hopes and visions of the future. [.....] (PRONOUN) hopes and visions were so intricate [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) no longer saw the white pillows on [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) gaze was fixed or remembered [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) was waiting for [.....] (PRONOUN) .

At last [.....] (PRONOUN) heard [.....] (PRONOUN) mother calling. [.....] (PRONOUN) started to [.....] (PRONOUN) feet and ran to the banisters.

"Polly! Polly!"

"Yes, mamma?"

"Come down, dear. Mr Doran wants to speak to [.....] (PRONOUN) ."

Then [.....] (PRONOUN) remembered [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) had been waiting for.





A LITTLE CLOUD

EIGHT years before [.....] (PRONOUN) had seen [.....] (PRONOUN) friend off at the North Wall and wished [.....] (PRONOUN) godspeed. Gallaher had got on. [.....] (PRONOUN) could tell [.....] (PRONOUN) at once by [.....] (PRONOUN) travelled air, [.....] (PRONOUN) well-cut tweed suit, and fearless accent. [.....] (PRONOUN) fellows had talents like [.....] (PRONOUN) and fewer still could remain unspoiled by such success. Gallaher's heart was in the right place and [.....] (PRONOUN) had deserved to win. It was [.....] (PRONOUN) to have a friend like [.....] (PRONOUN) .

Little Chandler's thoughts ever since lunch-time had been of [.....] (PRONOUN) meeting with Gallaher, of Gallaher's invitation and of the great city London where Gallaher lived. [.....] (PRONOUN) was called Little Chandler because, though [.....] (PRONOUN) was but slightly under the average stature, [.....] (PRONOUN) gave [.....] (PRONOUN) the idea of being a little man. [.....] (PRONOUN) hands were white and small, [.....] (PRONOUN) frame was fragile, [.....] (PRONOUN) voice was quiet and [.....] (PRONOUN) manners were refined. [.....] (PRONOUN) took the greatest care of [.....] (PRONOUN) fair silken hair and moustache and used perfume discreetly on [.....] (PRONOUN) handkerchief. The half-moons of [.....] (PRONOUN) nails were perfect and when [.....] (PRONOUN) smiled [.....] (PRONOUN) caught a glimpse of a row of childish white teeth.

As [.....] (PRONOUN) sat at [.....] (PRONOUN) desk in the King's Inns [.....] (PRONOUN) thought [.....] (PRONOUN) changes [.....] (PRONOUN) eight years had brought. The friend whom [.....] (PRONOUN) had known under a shabby and necessitous guise had become a brilliant figure on the London Press. [.....] (PRONOUN) turned often from [.....] (PRONOUN) tiresome writing to gaze out of the office window. The glow of a late autumn sunset covered the grass plots and walks. It cast a shower of kindly golden dust on the untidy nurses and decrepit old men [.....] (PRONOUN) drowsed on the benches; it flickered upon [.....] (PRONOUN) the moving figures—on the children [.....] (PRONOUN) ran screaming along the gravel paths and on [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) passed through the gardens. [.....] (PRONOUN) watched the scene and thought of life; and (as always happened when [.....] (PRONOUN) thought of life) [.....] (PRONOUN) became sad. A gentle melancholy took possession of [.....] (PRONOUN) . [.....] (PRONOUN) felt how useless it was to struggle against fortune, [.....] (PRONOUN) being the burden of wisdom [.....] (PRONOUN) the ages had bequeathed to [.....] (PRONOUN) .

[.....] (PRONOUN) remembered the books of poetry upon [.....] (PRONOUN) shelves at home. [.....] (PRONOUN) had bought [.....] (PRONOUN) in [.....] (PRONOUN) bachelor days and [.....] (PRONOUN) an evening, as [.....] (PRONOUN) sat in the little room off the hall, [.....] (PRONOUN) had been tempted to take [.....] (PRONOUN) down from the bookshelf and read out [.....] (PRONOUN) to [.....] (PRONOUN) wife. But shyness had always held [.....] (PRONOUN) back; and so the books had remained on [.....] (PRONOUN) shelves. At times [.....] (PRONOUN) repeated lines to himself and [.....] (PRONOUN) consoled [.....] (PRONOUN) .

When [.....] (PRONOUN) hour had struck [.....] (PRONOUN) stood up and took leave of [.....] (PRONOUN) desk and of [.....] (PRONOUN) fellow-clerks punctiliously. [.....] (PRONOUN) emerged from under the feudal arch of the King's Inns, a neat modest figure, and walked swiftly down Henrietta Street. The golden sunset was waning and the air had grown sharp. A horde of grimy children populated the street. [.....] (PRONOUN) stood or ran in the roadway or crawled up the steps before the gaping doors or squatted like mice upon the thresholds. Little Chandler gave [.....] (PRONOUN) no thought. [.....] (PRONOUN) picked [.....] (PRONOUN) way deftly through [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) minute vermin-like life and under the shadow of the gaunt spectral mansions in [.....] (PRONOUN) the old nobility of Dublin had roystered. No memory of the past touched [.....] (PRONOUN) , for [.....] (PRONOUN) mind was full of a present joy.

[.....] (PRONOUN) had never been in Corless's but [.....] (PRONOUN) knew the value of the name. [.....] (PRONOUN) knew [.....] (PRONOUN) people went there after the theatre to eat oysters and drink liqueurs; and [.....] (PRONOUN) had heard [.....] (PRONOUN) the waiters there spoke French and German. Walking swiftly by at night [.....] (PRONOUN) had seen cabs drawn up before the door and richly dressed ladies, escorted by cavaliers, alight and enter quickly. [.....] (PRONOUN) wore noisy dresses and [.....] (PRONOUN) wraps. [.....] (PRONOUN) faces were powdered and [.....] (PRONOUN) caught up [.....] (PRONOUN) dresses, when [.....] (PRONOUN) touched earth, like alarmed Atalantas. [.....] (PRONOUN) had always passed without turning [.....] (PRONOUN) head to look. It was [.....] (PRONOUN) habit to walk swiftly in the street even by day and whenever [.....] (PRONOUN) found himself in the city late at night [.....] (PRONOUN) hurried on [.....] (PRONOUN) way apprehensively and excitedly. Sometimes, however, [.....] (PRONOUN) courted the causes of [.....] (PRONOUN) fear. [.....] (PRONOUN) chose the darkest and narrowest streets and, as [.....] (PRONOUN) walked boldly forward, the silence [.....] (PRONOUN) was spread about [.....] (PRONOUN) footsteps troubled [.....] (PRONOUN) , the wandering silent figures troubled [.....] (PRONOUN) ; and at times a sound of low fugitive laughter made [.....] (PRONOUN) tremble like a leaf.

[.....] (PRONOUN) turned to the right towards Capel Street. Ignatius Gallaher on the London Press! [.....] (PRONOUN) would have thought it possible eight years before? Still, now [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) reviewed the past, Little Chandler could remember [.....] (PRONOUN) signs of future greatness in [.....] (PRONOUN) friend. People used to say [.....] (PRONOUN) Ignatius Gallaher was wild. Of course, [.....] (PRONOUN) did mix with a rakish set of fellows at [.....] (PRONOUN) time, drank freely and borrowed money on [.....] (PRONOUN) sides. In the end [.....] (PRONOUN) had got mixed up in [.....] (PRONOUN) shady affair, [.....] (PRONOUN) money transaction: at least, [.....] (PRONOUN) was [.....] (PRONOUN) version of [.....] (PRONOUN) flight. But [.....] (PRONOUN) denied [.....] (PRONOUN) talent. There was always a certain ... [.....] (PRONOUN) in Ignatius Gallaher [.....] (PRONOUN) impressed [.....] (PRONOUN) in spite of yourself. Even when [.....] (PRONOUN) was out at elbows and at [.....] (PRONOUN) wits' end for money [.....] (PRONOUN) kept up a bold face. Little Chandler remembered (and the remembrance brought a slight flush of pride to [.....] (PRONOUN) cheek) [.....] (PRONOUN) of Ignatius Gallaher's sayings when [.....] (PRONOUN) was in a tight corner:

"Half time now, boys," [.....] (PRONOUN) used to say light-heartedly. "Where's [.....] (PRONOUN) considering cap?"

[.....] (PRONOUN) was Ignatius Gallaher [.....] (PRONOUN) out; and, damn it, [.....] (PRONOUN) couldn't but admire [.....] (PRONOUN) for it.

Little Chandler quickened [.....] (PRONOUN) pace. For the first time in [.....] (PRONOUN) life [.....] (PRONOUN) felt himself superior to the people [.....] (PRONOUN) passed. For the first time [.....] (PRONOUN) soul revolted against the dull inelegance of Capel Street. There was no doubt about it: if [.....] (PRONOUN) wanted to succeed [.....] (PRONOUN) had to go away. [.....] (PRONOUN) could do [.....] (PRONOUN) in Dublin. As [.....] (PRONOUN) crossed Grattan Bridge [.....] (PRONOUN) looked down the river towards the lower quays and pitied the poor stunted houses. [.....] (PRONOUN) seemed to [.....] (PRONOUN) a band of tramps, huddled together along the riverbanks, [.....] (PRONOUN) old coats covered with dust and soot, stupefied by the panorama of sunset and waiting for the first chill of night bid [.....] (PRONOUN) arise, shake themselves and begone. [.....] (PRONOUN) wondered whether [.....] (PRONOUN) could write a poem to express [.....] (PRONOUN) idea. Perhaps Gallaher might be able to get it into [.....] (PRONOUN) London paper for [.....] (PRONOUN) . Could [.....] (PRONOUN) write [.....] (PRONOUN) original? [.....] (PRONOUN) was not sure [.....] (PRONOUN) idea [.....] (PRONOUN) wished to express but the thought [.....] (PRONOUN) a poetic moment had touched [.....] (PRONOUN) took life within [.....] (PRONOUN) like an infant hope. [.....] (PRONOUN) stepped onward bravely.

Every step brought [.....] (PRONOUN) nearer to London, farther from [.....] (PRONOUN) own sober inartistic life. A light began to tremble on the horizon of [.....] (PRONOUN) mind. [.....] (PRONOUN) was not so old—thirty-two. [.....] (PRONOUN) temperament might be said to be just at the point of maturity. There were so [.....] (PRONOUN) different moods and impressions [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) wished to express in verse. [.....] (PRONOUN) felt [.....] (PRONOUN) within [.....] (PRONOUN) . [.....] (PRONOUN) tried to weigh [.....] (PRONOUN) soul to see if it was a poet's soul. Melancholy was the dominant note of [.....] (PRONOUN) temperament, [.....] (PRONOUN) thought, but it was a melancholy tempered by recurrences of faith and resignation and simple joy. If [.....] (PRONOUN) could give expression to it in a book of poems perhaps men would listen. [.....] (PRONOUN) would never be popular: [.....] (PRONOUN) saw [.....] (PRONOUN) . [.....] (PRONOUN) could not sway the crowd but [.....] (PRONOUN) might appeal to a little circle of kindred minds. The English critics, perhaps, would recognise [.....] (PRONOUN) as [.....] (PRONOUN) of the Celtic school by reason of the melancholy tone of [.....] (PRONOUN) poems; besides [.....] (PRONOUN) , [.....] (PRONOUN) would put in allusions. [.....] (PRONOUN) began to invent sentences and phrases from the notice [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) book would get. <[.....] (PRONOUN) >"Mr Chandler has the gift of easy and graceful verse." ... "A wistful sadness pervades [.....] (PRONOUN) poems." ... "The Celtic note."(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) > It was a pity [.....] (PRONOUN) name was not more Irish-looking. Perhaps it would be better to insert [.....] (PRONOUN) mother's name before the surname: Thomas Malone Chandler, or better still: T. Malone Chandler. [.....] (PRONOUN) would speak to Gallaher about it.

[.....] (PRONOUN) pursued [.....] (PRONOUN) revery so ardently [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) passed [.....] (PRONOUN) street and had to turn back. As [.....] (PRONOUN) came near Corless's [.....] (PRONOUN) former agitation began to overmaster [.....] (PRONOUN) and [.....] (PRONOUN) halted before the door in indecision. Finally [.....] (PRONOUN) opened the door and entered.

The light and noise of the bar held [.....] (PRONOUN) at the doorways for a [.....] (PRONOUN) moments. [.....] (PRONOUN) looked about [.....] (PRONOUN) , but [.....] (PRONOUN) sight was confused by the shining of [.....] (PRONOUN) red and green wine-glasses The bar seemed to [.....] (PRONOUN) to be full of people and [.....] (PRONOUN) felt [.....] (PRONOUN) the people were observing [.....] (PRONOUN) curiously. [.....] (PRONOUN) glanced quickly to right and left (frowning slightly to make [.....] (PRONOUN) errand appear serious), but when [.....] (PRONOUN) sight cleared a little [.....] (PRONOUN) saw [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) had turned to look at [.....] (PRONOUN) : and there, sure enough, was Ignatius Gallaher leaning with [.....] (PRONOUN) back against the counter and [.....] (PRONOUN) feet planted far apart.

"Hallo, Tommy, old hero, here [.....] (PRONOUN) are! [.....] (PRONOUN) is it to be? [.....] (PRONOUN) will [.....] (PRONOUN) have? [.....] (PRONOUN) 'm taking whisky: better stuff than [.....] (PRONOUN) get across the water. Soda? Lithia? No mineral? [.....] (PRONOUN) 'm the same. Spoils the flavour.... Here, <[.....] (PRONOUN) >garçon(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) >, bring [.....] (PRONOUN) two halves of malt whisky, like a good fellow.... Well, and how have [.....] (PRONOUN) been pulling along since [.....] (PRONOUN) saw [.....] (PRONOUN) last? Dear God, how old [.....] (PRONOUN) 're getting! Do [.....] (PRONOUN) see [.....] (PRONOUN) signs of aging in [.....] (PRONOUN) —eh, [.....] (PRONOUN) ? A little grey and thin on the top—[.....] (PRONOUN) ?"

Ignatius Gallaher took off [.....] (PRONOUN) hat and displayed a large closely cropped head. [.....] (PRONOUN) face was heavy, pale and clean-shaven. [.....] (PRONOUN) eyes, [.....] (PRONOUN) were of bluish slate-colour, relieved [.....] (PRONOUN) unhealthy pallor and shone out plainly above the vivid orange tie [.....] (PRONOUN) wore. Between [.....] (PRONOUN) rival features the lips appeared very long and shapeless and colourless. [.....] (PRONOUN) bent [.....] (PRONOUN) head and felt with two sympathetic fingers the thin hair at the crown. Little Chandler shook [.....] (PRONOUN) head as a denial. Ignatius Galaher put on [.....] (PRONOUN) hat again.

"It pulls [.....] (PRONOUN) down," [.....] (PRONOUN) said. "Press life. Always hurry and scurry, looking for copy and sometimes not finding it: and then, always to have [.....] (PRONOUN) new in your stuff. Damn proofs and printers, [.....] (PRONOUN) say, for a [.....] (PRONOUN) days. [.....] (PRONOUN) 'm deuced glad, [.....] (PRONOUN) can tell [.....] (PRONOUN) , to get back to the old country. Does a fellow good, a bit of a holiday. [.....] (PRONOUN) feel a ton better since [.....] (PRONOUN) landed again in dear dirty Dublin.... Here [.....] (PRONOUN) are, Tommy. Water? Say when."

Little Chandler allowed [.....] (PRONOUN) whisky to be very much diluted.

"[.....] (PRONOUN) don't know [.....] (PRONOUN) 's good for [.....] (PRONOUN) , [.....] (PRONOUN) boy," said Ignatius Gallaher. "[.....] (PRONOUN) drink [.....] (PRONOUN) neat."

"[.....] (PRONOUN) drink very little as a rule," said Little Chandler modestly. "An odd half-[.....] (PRONOUN) or so when [.....] (PRONOUN) meet [.....] (PRONOUN) of the old crowd: [.....] (PRONOUN) 's [.....] (PRONOUN) ."

"Ah, well," said Ignatius Gallaher, cheerfully, "here's to [.....] (PRONOUN) and to old times and old acquaintance."

[.....] (PRONOUN) clinked glasses and drank the toast.

"[.....] (PRONOUN) met [.....] (PRONOUN) of the old gang today," said Ignatius Gallaher. "O'Hara seems to be in a bad way. [.....] (PRONOUN) 's [.....] (PRONOUN) doing?"

"[.....] (PRONOUN) ," said Little Chandler. "[.....] (PRONOUN) 's gone to the dogs."

"But Hogan has a good sit, hasn't [.....] (PRONOUN) ?"

"Yes; [.....] (PRONOUN) 's in the Land Commission."

"[.....] (PRONOUN) met [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) night in London and [.....] (PRONOUN) seemed to be very flush.... Poor O'Hara! Boose, [.....] (PRONOUN) suppose?"

"Other things, too," said Little Chandler shortly.

Ignatius Gallaher laughed.

"Tommy," [.....] (PRONOUN) said, "[.....] (PRONOUN) see [.....] (PRONOUN) haven't changed an atom. [.....] (PRONOUN) 're the very same serious person [.....] (PRONOUN) used to lecture [.....] (PRONOUN) on Sunday mornings when [.....] (PRONOUN) had a sore head and a fur on [.....] (PRONOUN) tongue. [.....] (PRONOUN) 'd want to knock about a bit in the world. Have [.....] (PRONOUN) never been anywhere even for a trip?"

"[.....] (PRONOUN) 've been to the Isle of Man," said Little Chandler.

Ignatius Gallaher laughed.

"The Isle of Man!" [.....] (PRONOUN) said. "Go to London or Paris: Paris, for choice. [.....] (PRONOUN) 'd do [.....] (PRONOUN) good."

"Have [.....] (PRONOUN) seen Paris?"

"[.....] (PRONOUN) should think [.....] (PRONOUN) have! [.....] (PRONOUN) 've knocked about there a little."

"And is it really so beautiful as [.....] (PRONOUN) say?" asked Little Chandler.

[.....] (PRONOUN) sipped a little of [.....] (PRONOUN) drink while Ignatius Gallaher finished [.....] (PRONOUN) boldly.

"Beautiful?" said Ignatius Gallaher, pausing on the word and on the flavour of [.....] (PRONOUN) drink. "It's not so beautiful, [.....] (PRONOUN) know. Of course, it is beautiful.... But it's the life of Paris; [.....] (PRONOUN) 's the thing. Ah, there's no city like Paris for gaiety, movement, excitement...."

Little Chandler finished [.....] (PRONOUN) whisky and, after [.....] (PRONOUN) trouble, succeeded in catching the barman's eye. [.....] (PRONOUN) ordered the same again.

"[.....] (PRONOUN) 've been to the Moulin Rouge," Ignatius Gallaher continued when the barman had removed [.....] (PRONOUN) glasses, "and [.....] (PRONOUN) 've been to [.....] (PRONOUN) the Bohemian cafés. Hot stuff! Not for a pious chap like [.....] (PRONOUN) , Tommy."

Little Chandler said [.....] (PRONOUN) until the barman returned with two glasses: then [.....] (PRONOUN) touched [.....] (PRONOUN) friend's glass lightly and reciprocated the former toast. [.....] (PRONOUN) was beginning to feel somewhat disillusioned. Gallaher's accent and way of expressing himself did not please [.....] (PRONOUN) . There was [.....] (PRONOUN) vulgar in [.....] (PRONOUN) friend [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) had not observed before. But perhaps it was only the result of living in London amid the bustle and competition of the Press. The old personal charm was still there under [.....] (PRONOUN) new gaudy manner. And, after [.....] (PRONOUN) , Gallaher had lived, [.....] (PRONOUN) had seen the world. Little Chandler looked at [.....] (PRONOUN) friend enviously.

"[.....] (PRONOUN) in Paris is gay," said Ignatius Gallaher. "[.....] (PRONOUN) believe in enjoying life—and don't [.....] (PRONOUN) think [.....] (PRONOUN) 're right? If [.....] (PRONOUN) want to enjoy yourself properly [.....] (PRONOUN) must go to Paris. And, mind [.....] (PRONOUN) , [.....] (PRONOUN) 've a great feeling for the Irish there. When [.....] (PRONOUN) heard [.....] (PRONOUN) was from Ireland [.....] (PRONOUN) were ready to eat [.....] (PRONOUN) , man."

Little Chandler took four or five sips from [.....] (PRONOUN) glass.

"Tell [.....] (PRONOUN) ," [.....] (PRONOUN) said, "is it true [.....] (PRONOUN) Paris is so ... immoral as [.....] (PRONOUN) say?"

Ignatius Gallaher made a catholic gesture with [.....] (PRONOUN) right arm.

"Every place is immoral," [.....] (PRONOUN) said. "Of course [.....] (PRONOUN) do find spicy bits in Paris. Go to [.....] (PRONOUN) of the students' balls, for instance. [.....] (PRONOUN) 's lively, if [.....] (PRONOUN) like, when the <[.....] (PRONOUN) >cocottes(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) > begin to let themselves loose. [.....] (PRONOUN) know [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) are, [.....] (PRONOUN) suppose?"

"[.....] (PRONOUN) 've heard of [.....] (PRONOUN) ," said Little Chandler.

Ignatius Gallaher drank off [.....] (PRONOUN) whisky and shook [.....] (PRONOUN) head.

"Ah," [.....] (PRONOUN) said, "[.....] (PRONOUN) may say [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) like. There's no woman like the Parisienne—for style, for go."

"Then it is an immoral city," said Little Chandler, with timid insistence—"[.....] (PRONOUN) mean, compared with London or Dublin?"

"London!" said Ignatius Gallaher. "It's six of [.....] (PRONOUN) and half-a-dozen of the other. [.....] (PRONOUN) ask Hogan, [.....] (PRONOUN) boy. [.....] (PRONOUN) showed [.....] (PRONOUN) a bit about London when [.....] (PRONOUN) was over there. [.....] (PRONOUN) 'd open your eye.... [.....] (PRONOUN) say, Tommy, don't make punch of [.....] (PRONOUN) whisky: liquor up."

"No, really...."

"O, come on, another [.....] (PRONOUN) won't do [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) harm. [.....] (PRONOUN) is it? The same again, [.....] (PRONOUN) suppose?"

"Well ... [.....] (PRONOUN) right."

"<[.....] (PRONOUN) >François(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) >, the same again.... Will [.....] (PRONOUN) smoke, Tommy?"

Ignatius Gallaher produced [.....] (PRONOUN) cigar-case. The two friends lit [.....] (PRONOUN) cigars and puffed at [.....] (PRONOUN) in silence until [.....] (PRONOUN) drinks were served.

"[.....] (PRONOUN) 'll tell [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) opinion," said Ignatius Gallaher, emerging after [.....] (PRONOUN) time from the clouds of smoke in [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) had taken refuge, "it's a rum world. Talk of immorality! [.....] (PRONOUN) 've heard of cases—[.....] (PRONOUN) am [.....] (PRONOUN) saying?—[.....] (PRONOUN) 've known [.....] (PRONOUN) : cases of ... immorality...."

Ignatius Gallaher puffed thoughtfully at [.....] (PRONOUN) cigar and then, in a calm historian's tone, [.....] (PRONOUN) proceeded to sketch for [.....] (PRONOUN) friend [.....] (PRONOUN) pictures of the corruption [.....] (PRONOUN) was rife abroad. [.....] (PRONOUN) summarised the vices of [.....] (PRONOUN) capitals and seemed inclined to award the palm to Berlin. [.....] (PRONOUN) things [.....] (PRONOUN) could not vouch for ([.....] (PRONOUN) friends had told [.....] (PRONOUN) ), but of others [.....] (PRONOUN) had had personal experience. [.....] (PRONOUN) spared [.....] (PRONOUN) rank nor caste. [.....] (PRONOUN) revealed [.....] (PRONOUN) of the secrets of religious houses on the Continent and described [.....] (PRONOUN) of the practices [.....] (PRONOUN) were fashionable in high society and ended by telling, with details, a story about an English duchess—a story [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) knew to be true. Little Chandler was astonished.

"Ah, well," said Ignatius Gallaher, "here [.....] (PRONOUN) are in old jog-along Dublin where [.....] (PRONOUN) is known of such things."

"How dull [.....] (PRONOUN) must find it," said Little Chandler, "after [.....] (PRONOUN) the other places [.....] (PRONOUN) 've seen!"

"Well," said Ignatius Gallaher, "it's a relaxation to come over here, [.....] (PRONOUN) know. And, after [.....] (PRONOUN) , it's the old country, as [.....] (PRONOUN) say, isn't it? [.....] (PRONOUN) can't help having a certain feeling for it. [.....] (PRONOUN) 's human nature.... But tell [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) about yourself. Hogan told [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) had ... tasted the joys of connubial bliss. Two years ago, wasn't it?"

Little Chandler blushed and smiled.

"Yes," [.....] (PRONOUN) said. "[.....] (PRONOUN) was married last May twelve months."

"[.....] (PRONOUN) hope it's not too late in the day to offer [.....] (PRONOUN) best wishes," said Ignatius Gallaher. "[.....] (PRONOUN) didn't know your address or [.....] (PRONOUN) 'd have done so at the time."

[.....] (PRONOUN) extended [.....] (PRONOUN) hand, [.....] (PRONOUN) Little Chandler took.

"Well, Tommy," [.....] (PRONOUN) said, "[.....] (PRONOUN) wish [.....] (PRONOUN) and yours every joy in life, old chap, and tons of money, and may [.....] (PRONOUN) never die till [.....] (PRONOUN) shoot [.....] (PRONOUN) . And [.....] (PRONOUN) 's the wish of a sincere friend, an old friend. [.....] (PRONOUN) know [.....] (PRONOUN) ?"

"[.....] (PRONOUN) know [.....] (PRONOUN) ," said Little Chandler.

"[.....] (PRONOUN) youngsters?" said Ignatius Gallaher.

Little Chandler blushed again.

"[.....] (PRONOUN) have [.....] (PRONOUN) child," [.....] (PRONOUN) said.

"Son or daughter?"

"A little boy."

Ignatius Gallaher slapped [.....] (PRONOUN) friend sonorously on the back.

"Bravo," [.....] (PRONOUN) said, "[.....] (PRONOUN) wouldn't doubt [.....] (PRONOUN) , Tommy."

Little Chandler smiled, looked confusedly at [.....] (PRONOUN) glass and bit [.....] (PRONOUN) lower lip with three childishly white front teeth.

"[.....] (PRONOUN) hope [.....] (PRONOUN) 'll spend an evening with [.....] (PRONOUN) ," [.....] (PRONOUN) said, "before [.....] (PRONOUN) go back. [.....] (PRONOUN) wife will be delighted to meet [.....] (PRONOUN) . [.....] (PRONOUN) can have a little music and——"

"Thanks awfully, old chap," said Ignatius Gallaher, "[.....] (PRONOUN) 'm sorry [.....] (PRONOUN) didn't meet earlier. But [.....] (PRONOUN) must leave tomorrow night."

"Tonight, perhaps...?"

"[.....] (PRONOUN) 'm awfully sorry, old man. [.....] (PRONOUN) see [.....] (PRONOUN) 'm over here with another fellow, clever young chap [.....] (PRONOUN) is too, and [.....] (PRONOUN) arranged to go to a little card-party. Only for [.....] (PRONOUN) ...."

"O, in [.....] (PRONOUN) case...."

"But [.....] (PRONOUN) knows?" said Ignatius Gallaher considerately. "Next year [.....] (PRONOUN) may take a little skip over here now [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) 've broken the ice. It's only a pleasure deferred."

"Very well," said Little Chandler, "the next time [.....] (PRONOUN) come [.....] (PRONOUN) must have an evening together. [.....] (PRONOUN) 's agreed now, isn't it?"

"Yes, [.....] (PRONOUN) 's agreed," said Ignatius Gallaher. "Next year if [.....] (PRONOUN) come, <[.....] (PRONOUN) >parole d'honneur(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) >."

"And to clinch the bargain," said Little Chandler, "[.....] (PRONOUN) 'll just have [.....] (PRONOUN) more now."

Ignatius Gallaher took out a large gold watch and looked at it.

"Is it to be the last?" [.....] (PRONOUN) said. "Because [.....] (PRONOUN) know, [.....] (PRONOUN) have an a.p."

"O, yes, positively," said Little Chandler.

"Very well, then," said Ignatius Gallaher, "let [.....] (PRONOUN) have another [.....] (PRONOUN) as a <[.....] (PRONOUN) >deoc an doruis(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) >—[.....] (PRONOUN) 's good vernacular for a small whisky, [.....] (PRONOUN) believe."

Little Chandler ordered the drinks. The blush [.....] (PRONOUN) had risen to [.....] (PRONOUN) face a [.....] (PRONOUN) moments before was establishing itself. A trifle made [.....] (PRONOUN) blush at [.....] (PRONOUN) time: and now [.....] (PRONOUN) felt warm and excited. Three small whiskies had gone to [.....] (PRONOUN) head and Gallaher's strong cigar had confused [.....] (PRONOUN) mind, for [.....] (PRONOUN) was a delicate and abstinent person. The adventure of meeting Gallaher after eight years, of finding himself with Gallaher in Corless's surrounded by lights and noise, of listening to Gallaher's stories and of sharing for a brief space Gallaher's vagrant and triumphant life, upset the equipoise of [.....] (PRONOUN) sensitive nature. [.....] (PRONOUN) felt acutely the contrast between [.....] (PRONOUN) own life and [.....] (PRONOUN) friend's and it seemed to [.....] (PRONOUN) unjust. Gallaher was [.....] (PRONOUN) inferior in birth and education. [.....] (PRONOUN) was sure [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) could do [.....] (PRONOUN) better than [.....] (PRONOUN) friend had ever done, or could ever do, [.....] (PRONOUN) higher than mere tawdry journalism if [.....] (PRONOUN) only got the chance. [.....] (PRONOUN) was it [.....] (PRONOUN) stood in [.....] (PRONOUN) way? [.....] (PRONOUN) unfortunate timidity! [.....] (PRONOUN) wished to vindicate himself in [.....] (PRONOUN) way, to assert [.....] (PRONOUN) manhood. [.....] (PRONOUN) saw behind Gallaher's refusal of [.....] (PRONOUN) invitation. Gallaher was only patronising [.....] (PRONOUN) by [.....] (PRONOUN) friendliness just as [.....] (PRONOUN) was patronising Ireland by [.....] (PRONOUN) visit.

The barman brought [.....] (PRONOUN) drinks. Little Chandler pushed [.....] (PRONOUN) glass towards [.....] (PRONOUN) friend and took up the other boldly.

"[.....] (PRONOUN) knows?" [.....] (PRONOUN) said, as [.....] (PRONOUN) lifted [.....] (PRONOUN) glasses. "When [.....] (PRONOUN) come next year [.....] (PRONOUN) may have the pleasure of wishing long life and happiness to Mr and Mrs Ignatius Gallaher."

Ignatius Gallaher in the act of drinking closed [.....] (PRONOUN) eye expressively over the rim of [.....] (PRONOUN) glass. When [.....] (PRONOUN) had drunk [.....] (PRONOUN) smacked [.....] (PRONOUN) lips decisively, set down [.....] (PRONOUN) glass and said:

"No blooming fear of [.....] (PRONOUN) , [.....] (PRONOUN) boy. [.....] (PRONOUN) 'm going to have [.....] (PRONOUN) fling first and see a bit of life and the world before [.....] (PRONOUN) put [.....] (PRONOUN) head in the sack—if [.....] (PRONOUN) ever do."

"[.....] (PRONOUN) day [.....] (PRONOUN) will," said Little Chandler calmly.

Ignatius Gallaher turned [.....] (PRONOUN) orange tie and slate-blue eyes full upon [.....] (PRONOUN) friend.

"[.....] (PRONOUN) think so?" [.....] (PRONOUN) said.

"[.....] (PRONOUN) 'll put your head in the sack," repeated Little Chandler stoutly, "like [.....] (PRONOUN) else if [.....] (PRONOUN) can find the girl."

[.....] (PRONOUN) had slightly emphasised [.....] (PRONOUN) tone and [.....] (PRONOUN) was aware [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) had betrayed himself; but, though the colour had heightened in [.....] (PRONOUN) cheek, [.....] (PRONOUN) did not flinch from [.....] (PRONOUN) friend's gaze. Ignatius Gallaher watched [.....] (PRONOUN) for a [.....] (PRONOUN) moments and then said:

"If ever it occurs, [.....] (PRONOUN) may bet your bottom dollar there'll be no mooning and spooning about it. [.....] (PRONOUN) mean to marry money. [.....] (PRONOUN) 'll have a good fat account at the bank or [.....] (PRONOUN) won't do for [.....] (PRONOUN) ."

Little Chandler shook [.....] (PRONOUN) head.

"Why, man alive," said Ignatius Gallaher, vehemently, "do [.....] (PRONOUN) know [.....] (PRONOUN) it is? [.....] (PRONOUN) 've only to say the word and tomorrow [.....] (PRONOUN) can have the woman and the cash. [.....] (PRONOUN) don't believe it? Well, [.....] (PRONOUN) know it. There are hundreds—[.....] (PRONOUN) am [.....] (PRONOUN) saying?—thousands of rich Germans and Jews, rotten with money, [.....] (PRONOUN) 'd only be too glad.... [.....] (PRONOUN) wait a while [.....] (PRONOUN) boy. See if [.....] (PRONOUN) don't play [.....] (PRONOUN) cards properly. When [.....] (PRONOUN) go about a thing [.....] (PRONOUN) mean business, [.....] (PRONOUN) tell [.....] (PRONOUN) . [.....] (PRONOUN) just wait."

[.....] (PRONOUN) tossed [.....] (PRONOUN) glass to [.....] (PRONOUN) mouth, finished [.....] (PRONOUN) drink and laughed loudly. Then [.....] (PRONOUN) looked thoughtfully before [.....] (PRONOUN) and said in a calmer tone:

"But [.....] (PRONOUN) 'm in no hurry. [.....] (PRONOUN) can wait. [.....] (PRONOUN) don't fancy tying [.....] (PRONOUN) up to [.....] (PRONOUN) woman, [.....] (PRONOUN) know."

[.....] (PRONOUN) imitated with [.....] (PRONOUN) mouth the act of tasting and made a wry face.

"Must get a bit stale, [.....] (PRONOUN) should think," [.....] (PRONOUN) said.




Little Chandler sat in the room off the hall, holding a child in [.....] (PRONOUN) arms. To save money [.....] (PRONOUN) kept no servant but Annie's young sister Monica came for an hour or so in the morning and an hour or so in the evening to help. But Monica had gone home long ago. It was a quarter to nine. Little Chandler had come home late for tea and, moreover, [.....] (PRONOUN) had forgotten to bring Annie home the parcel of coffee from Bewley's. Of course [.....] (PRONOUN) was in a bad humour and gave [.....] (PRONOUN) short answers. [.....] (PRONOUN) said [.....] (PRONOUN) would do without [.....] (PRONOUN) tea but when it came near the time at [.....] (PRONOUN) the shop at the corner closed [.....] (PRONOUN) decided to go out herself for a quarter of a pound of tea and two pounds of sugar. [.....] (PRONOUN) put the sleeping child deftly in [.....] (PRONOUN) arms and said:

"Here. Don't waken [.....] (PRONOUN) ."

A little lamp with a white china shade stood upon the table and its light fell over a photograph [.....] (PRONOUN) was enclosed in a frame of crumpled horn. It was Annie's photograph. Little Chandler looked at it, pausing at the thin tight lips. [.....] (PRONOUN) wore the pale blue summer blouse [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) had brought [.....] (PRONOUN) home as a present [.....] (PRONOUN) Saturday. It had cost [.....] (PRONOUN) ten and elevenpence; but [.....] (PRONOUN) an agony of nervousness it had cost [.....] (PRONOUN) ! How [.....] (PRONOUN) had suffered [.....] (PRONOUN) day, waiting at the shop door until the shop was empty, standing at the counter and trying to appear at [.....] (PRONOUN) ease while the girl piled ladies' blouses before [.....] (PRONOUN) , paying at the desk and forgetting to take up the odd penny of [.....] (PRONOUN) change, being called back by the cashier, and finally, striving to hide [.....] (PRONOUN) blushes as [.....] (PRONOUN) left the shop by examining the parcel to see if it was securely tied. When [.....] (PRONOUN) brought the blouse home Annie kissed [.....] (PRONOUN) and said it was very pretty and stylish; but when [.....] (PRONOUN) heard the price [.....] (PRONOUN) threw the blouse on the table and said it was a regular swindle to charge ten and elevenpence for it. At first [.....] (PRONOUN) wanted to take it back but when [.....] (PRONOUN) tried it on [.....] (PRONOUN) was delighted with it, especially with the make of the sleeves, and kissed [.....] (PRONOUN) and said [.....] (PRONOUN) was very good to think of [.....] (PRONOUN) .

Hm!...

[.....] (PRONOUN) looked coldly into the eyes of the photograph and [.....] (PRONOUN) answered coldly. Certainly [.....] (PRONOUN) were pretty and the face itself was pretty. But [.....] (PRONOUN) found [.....] (PRONOUN) mean in it. Why was it so unconscious and ladylike? The composure of the eyes irritated [.....] (PRONOUN) . [.....] (PRONOUN) repelled [.....] (PRONOUN) and defied [.....] (PRONOUN) : there was no passion in [.....] (PRONOUN) , no rapture. [.....] (PRONOUN) thought of [.....] (PRONOUN) Gallaher had said about rich Jewesses. [.....] (PRONOUN) dark Oriental eyes, [.....] (PRONOUN) thought, how full [.....] (PRONOUN) are of passion, of voluptuous longing!... Why had [.....] (PRONOUN) married the eyes in the photograph?

[.....] (PRONOUN) caught himself up at the question and glanced nervously round the room. [.....] (PRONOUN) found [.....] (PRONOUN) mean in the pretty furniture [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) had bought for [.....] (PRONOUN) house on the hire system. Annie had chosen it herself and it reminded [.....] (PRONOUN) of [.....] (PRONOUN) . It too was prim and pretty. A dull resentment against [.....] (PRONOUN) life awoke within [.....] (PRONOUN) . Could [.....] (PRONOUN) not escape from [.....] (PRONOUN) little house? Was it too late for [.....] (PRONOUN) to try to live bravely like Gallaher? Could [.....] (PRONOUN) go to London? There was the furniture still to be paid for. If [.....] (PRONOUN) could only write a book and get it published, [.....] (PRONOUN) might open the way for [.....] (PRONOUN) .

A volume of Byron's poems lay before [.....] (PRONOUN) on the table. [.....] (PRONOUN) opened it cautiously with [.....] (PRONOUN) left hand lest [.....] (PRONOUN) should waken the child and began to read the first poem in the book:

     <[.....] (PRONOUN) >Hushed are the winds and still the evening gloom,
     Not e'en a Zephyr wanders through the grove,
     Whilst [.....] (PRONOUN)  return to view [.....] (PRONOUN)  Margaret's tomb
     And scatter flowers on the dust [.....] (PRONOUN)  love.(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) >

[.....] (PRONOUN) paused. [.....] (PRONOUN) felt the rhythm of the verse about [.....] (PRONOUN) in the room. How melancholy it was! Could [.....] (PRONOUN) , too, write like [.....] (PRONOUN) , express the melancholy of [.....] (PRONOUN) soul in verse? There were so [.....] (PRONOUN) things [.....] (PRONOUN) wanted to describe: [.....] (PRONOUN) sensation of a [.....] (PRONOUN) hours before on Grattan Bridge, for example. If [.....] (PRONOUN) could get back again into [.....] (PRONOUN) mood....

The child awoke and began to cry. [.....] (PRONOUN) turned from the page and tried to hush it: but it would not be hushed. [.....] (PRONOUN) began to rock it to and fro in [.....] (PRONOUN) arms but its wailing cry grew keener. [.....] (PRONOUN) rocked it faster while [.....] (PRONOUN) eyes began to read the second stanza:

    <[.....] (PRONOUN) >Within [.....] (PRONOUN)  narrow cell reclines [.....] (PRONOUN)  clay,
    [.....] (PRONOUN)  clay where once....(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) >

It was useless. [.....] (PRONOUN) couldn't read. [.....] (PRONOUN) couldn't do [.....] (PRONOUN) . The wailing of the child pierced the drum of [.....] (PRONOUN) ear. It was useless, useless! [.....] (PRONOUN) was a prisoner for life. [.....] (PRONOUN) arms trembled with anger and suddenly bending to the child's face [.....] (PRONOUN) shouted:

"Stop!"

The child stopped for an instant, had a spasm of fright and began to scream. [.....] (PRONOUN) jumped up from [.....] (PRONOUN) chair and walked hastily up and down the room with the child in [.....] (PRONOUN) arms. It began to sob piteously, losing its breath for four or five seconds, and then bursting out anew. The thin walls of the room echoed the sound. [.....] (PRONOUN) tried to soothe it but it sobbed more convulsively. [.....] (PRONOUN) looked at the contracted and quivering face of the child and began to be alarmed. [.....] (PRONOUN) counted seven sobs without a break between [.....] (PRONOUN) and caught the child to [.....] (PRONOUN) breast in fright. If it died!...

The door was burst open and a young woman ran in, panting.

"[.....] (PRONOUN) is it? [.....] (PRONOUN) is it?" [.....] (PRONOUN) cried.

The child, hearing its mother's voice, broke out into a paroxysm of sobbing.

"It's [.....] (PRONOUN) , Annie ... it's [.....] (PRONOUN) .... [.....] (PRONOUN) began to cry...."

[.....] (PRONOUN) flung [.....] (PRONOUN) parcels on the floor and snatched the child from [.....] (PRONOUN) .

"[.....] (PRONOUN) have [.....] (PRONOUN) done to [.....] (PRONOUN) ?" [.....] (PRONOUN) cried, glaring into [.....] (PRONOUN) face.

Little Chandler sustained for [.....] (PRONOUN) moment the gaze of [.....] (PRONOUN) eyes and [.....] (PRONOUN) heart closed together as [.....] (PRONOUN) met the hatred in [.....] (PRONOUN) . [.....] (PRONOUN) began to stammer:

"It's [.....] (PRONOUN) .... [.....] (PRONOUN) ... [.....] (PRONOUN) began to cry.... [.....] (PRONOUN) couldn't ... [.....] (PRONOUN) didn't do [.....] (PRONOUN) .... [.....] (PRONOUN) ?"

Giving no heed to [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) began to walk up and down the room, clasping the child tightly in [.....] (PRONOUN) arms and murmuring:

"[.....] (PRONOUN) little man! [.....] (PRONOUN) little mannie! Was 'ou frightened, love?... There now, love! There now!... Lambabaun! Mamma's little lamb of the world!... There now!"

Little Chandler felt [.....] (PRONOUN) cheeks suffused with shame and [.....] (PRONOUN) stood back out of the lamplight. [.....] (PRONOUN) listened while the paroxysm of the child's sobbing grew less and less; and tears of remorse started to [.....] (PRONOUN) eyes.





COUNTERPARTS

THE bell rang furiously and, when Miss Parker went to the tube, a furious voice called out in a piercing North of Ireland accent:

"Send Farrington here!"

Miss Parker returned to [.....] (PRONOUN) machine, saying to a man [.....] (PRONOUN) was writing at a desk:

"Mr Alleyne wants [.....] (PRONOUN) upstairs."

The man muttered "<[.....] (PRONOUN) >Blast(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) > [.....] (PRONOUN) !" under [.....] (PRONOUN) breath and pushed back [.....] (PRONOUN) chair to stand up. When [.....] (PRONOUN) stood up [.....] (PRONOUN) was tall and of great bulk. [.....] (PRONOUN) had a hanging face, dark wine-coloured, with fair eyebrows and moustache: [.....] (PRONOUN) eyes bulged forward slightly and the whites of [.....] (PRONOUN) were dirty. [.....] (PRONOUN) lifted up the counter and, passing by the clients, went out of the office with a heavy step.

[.....] (PRONOUN) went heavily upstairs until [.....] (PRONOUN) came to the second landing, where a door bore a brass plate with the inscription <[.....] (PRONOUN) >Mr Alleyne(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) >. Here [.....] (PRONOUN) halted, puffing with labour and vexation, and knocked. The shrill voice cried:

"Come in!"

The man entered Mr Alleyne's room. Simultaneously Mr Alleyne, a little man wearing gold-rimmed glasses on a clean-shaven face, shot [.....] (PRONOUN) head up over a pile of documents. The head itself was so pink and hairless it seemed like a large egg reposing on the papers. Mr Alleyne did not lose a moment:

"Farrington? [.....] (PRONOUN) is the meaning of [.....] (PRONOUN) ? Why have [.....] (PRONOUN) always to complain of [.....] (PRONOUN) ? May [.....] (PRONOUN) ask [.....] (PRONOUN) why [.....] (PRONOUN) haven't made a copy of [.....] (PRONOUN) contract between Bodley and Kirwan? [.....] (PRONOUN) told [.....] (PRONOUN) it must be ready by four o'clock."

"But Mr Shelley said, sir——"

"<[.....] (PRONOUN) >Mr Shelley said, sir....(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) > Kindly attend to [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) say and not to [.....] (PRONOUN) <[.....] (PRONOUN) >Mr Shelley says, sir(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) >. [.....] (PRONOUN) have always [.....] (PRONOUN) excuse or another for shirking work. Let [.....] (PRONOUN) tell [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) if the contract is not copied before [.....] (PRONOUN) evening [.....] (PRONOUN) 'll lay the matter before Mr Crosbie.... Do [.....] (PRONOUN) hear [.....] (PRONOUN) now?"

"Yes, sir."

"Do [.....] (PRONOUN) hear [.....] (PRONOUN) now?... Ay and another little matter! [.....] (PRONOUN) might as well be talking to the wall as talking to [.....] (PRONOUN) . Understand once for [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) get a half an hour for your lunch and not an hour and a half. How [.....] (PRONOUN) courses do [.....] (PRONOUN) want, [.....] (PRONOUN) 'd like to know.... Do [.....] (PRONOUN) mind [.....] (PRONOUN) , now?"

"Yes, sir."

Mr Alleyne bent [.....] (PRONOUN) head again upon [.....] (PRONOUN) pile of papers. The man stared fixedly at the polished skull [.....] (PRONOUN) directed the affairs of Crosbie & Alleyne, gauging its fragility. A spasm of rage gripped [.....] (PRONOUN) throat for a [.....] (PRONOUN) moments and then passed, leaving after it a sharp sensation of thirst. The man recognised the sensation and felt [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) must have a good night's drinking. The middle of the month was passed and, if [.....] (PRONOUN) could get the copy done in time, Mr Alleyne might give [.....] (PRONOUN) an order on the cashier. [.....] (PRONOUN) stood still, gazing fixedly at the head upon the pile of papers. Suddenly Mr Alleyne began to upset [.....] (PRONOUN) the papers, searching for [.....] (PRONOUN) . Then, as if [.....] (PRONOUN) had been unaware of the man's presence till [.....] (PRONOUN) moment, [.....] (PRONOUN) shot up [.....] (PRONOUN) head again, saying:

"Eh? Are [.....] (PRONOUN) going to stand there [.....] (PRONOUN) day? Upon [.....] (PRONOUN) word, Farrington, [.....] (PRONOUN) take things easy!"

"[.....] (PRONOUN) was waiting to see...."

"Very good, [.....] (PRONOUN) needn't wait to see. Go downstairs and do your work."

The man walked heavily towards the door and, as [.....] (PRONOUN) went out of the room, [.....] (PRONOUN) heard Mr Alleyne cry after [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) if the contract was not copied by evening Mr Crosbie would hear of the matter.

[.....] (PRONOUN) returned to [.....] (PRONOUN) desk in the lower office and counted the sheets [.....] (PRONOUN) remained to be copied. [.....] (PRONOUN) took up [.....] (PRONOUN) pen and dipped it in the ink but [.....] (PRONOUN) continued to stare stupidly at the last words [.....] (PRONOUN) had written: <[.....] (PRONOUN) >In no case shall the said Bernard Bodley be....(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) > The evening was falling and in a [.....] (PRONOUN) minutes [.....] (PRONOUN) would be lighting the gas: then [.....] (PRONOUN) could write. [.....] (PRONOUN) felt [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) must slake the thirst in [.....] (PRONOUN) throat. [.....] (PRONOUN) stood up from [.....] (PRONOUN) desk and, lifting the counter as before, passed out of the office. As [.....] (PRONOUN) was passing out the chief clerk looked at [.....] (PRONOUN) inquiringly.

"It's [.....] (PRONOUN) right, Mr Shelley," said the man, pointing with [.....] (PRONOUN) finger to indicate the objective of [.....] (PRONOUN) journey.

The chief clerk glanced at the hat-rack but, seeing the row complete, offered no remark. As soon as [.....] (PRONOUN) was on the landing the man pulled a shepherd's plaid cap out of [.....] (PRONOUN) pocket, put it on [.....] (PRONOUN) head and ran quickly down the rickety stairs. From the street door [.....] (PRONOUN) walked on furtively on the inner side of the path towards the corner and [.....] (PRONOUN) at once dived into a doorway. [.....] (PRONOUN) was now safe in the dark snug of O'Neill's shop, and filling up the little window [.....] (PRONOUN) looked into the bar with [.....] (PRONOUN) inflamed face, the colour of dark wine or dark meat, [.....] (PRONOUN) called out:

"Here, Pat, give [.....] (PRONOUN) a g.p., like a good fellow."

The curate brought [.....] (PRONOUN) a glass of plain porter. The man drank it at a gulp and asked for a caraway seed. [.....] (PRONOUN) put [.....] (PRONOUN) penny on the counter and, leaving the curate to grope for it in the gloom, retreated out of the snug as furtively as [.....] (PRONOUN) had entered it.

Darkness, accompanied by a thick fog, was gaining upon the dusk of February and the lamps in Eustace Street had been lit. The man went up by the houses until [.....] (PRONOUN) reached the door of the office, wondering whether [.....] (PRONOUN) could finish [.....] (PRONOUN) copy in time. On the stairs a moist pungent odour of perfumes saluted [.....] (PRONOUN) nose: evidently Miss Delacour had come while [.....] (PRONOUN) was out in O'Neill's. [.....] (PRONOUN) crammed [.....] (PRONOUN) cap back again into [.....] (PRONOUN) pocket and re-entered the office, assuming an air of absent-mindedness.

"Mr Alleyne has been calling for [.....] (PRONOUN) ," said the chief clerk severely. "Where were [.....] (PRONOUN) ?"

The man glanced at the two clients [.....] (PRONOUN) were standing at the counter as if to intimate [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) presence prevented [.....] (PRONOUN) from answering. As the clients were [.....] (PRONOUN) male the chief clerk allowed himself a laugh.

"[.....] (PRONOUN) know [.....] (PRONOUN) game," [.....] (PRONOUN) said. "Five times in [.....] (PRONOUN) day is a little bit.... Well, [.....] (PRONOUN) better look sharp and get a copy of [.....] (PRONOUN) correspondence in the Delacour case for Mr Alleyne."

[.....] (PRONOUN) address in the presence of the public, [.....] (PRONOUN) run upstairs and the porter [.....] (PRONOUN) had gulped down so hastily confused the man and, as [.....] (PRONOUN) sat down at [.....] (PRONOUN) desk to get [.....] (PRONOUN) was required, [.....] (PRONOUN) realised how hopeless was the task of finishing [.....] (PRONOUN) copy of the contract before half past five. The dark damp night was coming and [.....] (PRONOUN) longed to spend it in the bars, drinking with [.....] (PRONOUN) friends amid the glare of gas and the clatter of glasses. [.....] (PRONOUN) got out the Delacour correspondence and passed out of the office. [.....] (PRONOUN) hoped Mr Alleyne would not discover [.....] (PRONOUN) the last two letters were missing.

The moist pungent perfume lay [.....] (PRONOUN) the way up to Mr Alleyne's room. Miss Delacour was a middle-aged woman of Jewish appearance. Mr Alleyne was said to be sweet on [.....] (PRONOUN) or on [.....] (PRONOUN) money. [.....] (PRONOUN) came to the office often and stayed a long time when [.....] (PRONOUN) came. [.....] (PRONOUN) was sitting beside [.....] (PRONOUN) desk now in an aroma of perfumes, smoothing the handle of [.....] (PRONOUN) umbrella and nodding the great black feather in [.....] (PRONOUN) hat. Mr Alleyne had swivelled [.....] (PRONOUN) chair round to face [.....] (PRONOUN) and thrown [.....] (PRONOUN) right foot jauntily upon [.....] (PRONOUN) left knee. The man put the correspondence on the desk and bowed respectfully but [.....] (PRONOUN) Mr Alleyne nor Miss Delacour took [.....] (PRONOUN) notice of [.....] (PRONOUN) bow. Mr Alleyne tapped a finger on the correspondence and then flicked it towards [.....] (PRONOUN) as if to say: <[.....] (PRONOUN) >"[.....] (PRONOUN) 's [.....] (PRONOUN) right: [.....] (PRONOUN) can go."(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) >

The man returned to the lower office and sat down again at [.....] (PRONOUN) desk. [.....] (PRONOUN) stared intently at the incomplete phrase: <[.....] (PRONOUN) >In no case shall the said Bernard Bodley be(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) > ... and thought how strange it was [.....] (PRONOUN) the last three words began with the same letter. The chief clerk began to hurry Miss Parker, saying [.....] (PRONOUN) would never have the letters typed in time for post. The man listened to the clicking of the machine for a [.....] (PRONOUN) minutes and then set to work to finish [.....] (PRONOUN) copy. But [.....] (PRONOUN) head was not clear and [.....] (PRONOUN) mind wandered away to the glare and rattle of the public-house. It was a night for hot punches. [.....] (PRONOUN) struggled on with [.....] (PRONOUN) copy, but when the clock struck five [.....] (PRONOUN) had still fourteen pages to write. Blast it! [.....] (PRONOUN) couldn't finish it in time. [.....] (PRONOUN) longed to execrate aloud, to bring [.....] (PRONOUN) fist down on [.....] (PRONOUN) violently. [.....] (PRONOUN) was so enraged [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) wrote <[.....] (PRONOUN) >Bernard Bernard(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) > instead of <[.....] (PRONOUN) >Bernard Bodley(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) > and had to begin again on a clean sheet.

[.....] (PRONOUN) felt strong enough to clear out the whole office singlehanded. [.....] (PRONOUN) body ached to do [.....] (PRONOUN) , to rush out and revel in violence. [.....] (PRONOUN) the indignities of [.....] (PRONOUN) life enraged [.....] (PRONOUN) .... Could [.....] (PRONOUN) ask the cashier privately for an advance? No, the cashier was no good, no damn good: [.....] (PRONOUN) wouldn't give an advance.... [.....] (PRONOUN) knew where [.....] (PRONOUN) would meet the boys: Leonard and O'Halloran and Nosey Flynn. The barometer of [.....] (PRONOUN) emotional nature was set for a spell of riot.

[.....] (PRONOUN) imagination had so abstracted [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) name was called twice before [.....] (PRONOUN) answered. Mr Alleyne and Miss Delacour were standing outside the counter and [.....] (PRONOUN) the clerks had turn round in anticipation of [.....] (PRONOUN) . The man got up from [.....] (PRONOUN) desk. Mr Alleyne began a tirade of abuse, saying [.....] (PRONOUN) two letters were missing. The man answered [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) knew [.....] (PRONOUN) about [.....] (PRONOUN) , [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) had made a faithful copy. The tirade continued: it was so bitter and violent [.....] (PRONOUN) the man could hardly restrain [.....] (PRONOUN) fist from descending upon the head of the manikin before [.....] (PRONOUN) :

"[.....] (PRONOUN) know [.....] (PRONOUN) about [.....] (PRONOUN) other two letters," [.....] (PRONOUN) said stupidly.

"<[.....] (PRONOUN) >[.....] (PRONOUN) —know—[.....] (PRONOUN) (PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) >. Of course [.....] (PRONOUN) know [.....] (PRONOUN) ," said Mr Alleyne. "Tell [.....] (PRONOUN) ," [.....] (PRONOUN) added, glancing first for approval to the lady beside [.....] (PRONOUN) , "do [.....] (PRONOUN) take [.....] (PRONOUN) for a fool? Do [.....] (PRONOUN) think [.....] (PRONOUN) an utter fool?"

The man glanced from the lady's face to the little egg-shaped head and back again; and, almost before [.....] (PRONOUN) was aware of it, [.....] (PRONOUN) tongue had found a felicitous moment:

"[.....] (PRONOUN) don't think, sir," [.....] (PRONOUN) said, "[.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) 's a fair question to put to [.....] (PRONOUN) ."

There was a pause in the very breathing of the clerks. [.....] (PRONOUN) was astounded (the author of the witticism no less than [.....] (PRONOUN) neighbours) and Miss Delacour, [.....] (PRONOUN) was a stout amiable person, began to smile broadly. Mr Alleyne flushed to the hue of a wild rose and [.....] (PRONOUN) mouth twitched with a dwarf's passion. [.....] (PRONOUN) shook [.....] (PRONOUN) fist in the man's face till it seemed to vibrate like the knob of [.....] (PRONOUN) electric machine:

"[.....] (PRONOUN) impertinent ruffian! [.....] (PRONOUN) impertinent ruffian! [.....] (PRONOUN) 'll make short work of [.....] (PRONOUN) ! Wait till [.....] (PRONOUN) see! [.....] (PRONOUN) 'll apologise to [.....] (PRONOUN) for your impertinence or [.....] (PRONOUN) 'll quit the office instanter! [.....] (PRONOUN) 'll quit [.....] (PRONOUN) , [.....] (PRONOUN) 'm telling [.....] (PRONOUN) , or [.....] (PRONOUN) 'll apologise to [.....] (PRONOUN) !"




[.....] (PRONOUN) stood in a doorway opposite the office watching to see if the cashier would come out alone. [.....] (PRONOUN) the clerks passed out and finally the cashier came out with the chief clerk. It was no use trying to say a word to [.....] (PRONOUN) when [.....] (PRONOUN) was with the chief clerk. The man felt [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) position was bad enough. [.....] (PRONOUN) had been obliged to offer an abject apology to Mr Alleyne for [.....] (PRONOUN) impertinence but [.....] (PRONOUN) knew [.....] (PRONOUN) a hornet's nest the office would be for [.....] (PRONOUN) . [.....] (PRONOUN) could remember the way in [.....] (PRONOUN) Mr Alleyne had hounded little Peake out of the office in order to make room for [.....] (PRONOUN) own nephew. [.....] (PRONOUN) felt savage and thirsty and revengeful, annoyed with himself and with [.....] (PRONOUN) else. Mr Alleyne would never give [.....] (PRONOUN) an hour's rest; [.....] (PRONOUN) life would be a hell to [.....] (PRONOUN) . [.....] (PRONOUN) had made a proper fool of himself [.....] (PRONOUN) time. Could [.....] (PRONOUN) not keep [.....] (PRONOUN) tongue in [.....] (PRONOUN) cheek? But [.....] (PRONOUN) had never pulled together from the first, [.....] (PRONOUN) and Mr Alleyne, ever since the day Mr Alleyne had overheard [.....] (PRONOUN) mimicking [.....] (PRONOUN) North of Ireland accent to amuse Higgins and Miss Parker: [.....] (PRONOUN) had been the beginning of it. [.....] (PRONOUN) might have tried Higgins for the money, but sure Higgins never had [.....] (PRONOUN) for himself. A man with two establishments to keep up, of course [.....] (PRONOUN) couldn't....

[.....] (PRONOUN) felt [.....] (PRONOUN) great body again aching for the comfort of the public-house. The fog had begun to chill [.....] (PRONOUN) and [.....] (PRONOUN) wondered could [.....] (PRONOUN) touch Pat in O'Neill's. [.....] (PRONOUN) could not touch [.....] (PRONOUN) for more than a bob—and a bob was no use. Yet [.....] (PRONOUN) must get money somewhere or other: [.....] (PRONOUN) had spent [.....] (PRONOUN) last penny for the g.p. and soon it would be too late for getting money anywhere. Suddenly, as [.....] (PRONOUN) was fingering [.....] (PRONOUN) watch-chain, [.....] (PRONOUN) thought of Terry Kelly's pawn-office in Fleet Street. [.....] (PRONOUN) was the dart! Why didn't [.....] (PRONOUN) think of it sooner?

[.....] (PRONOUN) went through the narrow alley of Temple Bar quickly, muttering to himself [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) could [.....] (PRONOUN) go to hell because [.....] (PRONOUN) was going to have a good night of it. The clerk in Terry Kelly's said <[.....] (PRONOUN) >A crown!(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) > but the consignor held out for six shillings; and in the end the six shillings was allowed [.....] (PRONOUN) literally. [.....] (PRONOUN) came out of the pawn-office joyfully, making a little cylinder, of the coins between [.....] (PRONOUN) thumb and fingers. In Westmoreland Street the footpaths were crowded with young men and women returning from business and ragged urchins ran here and there yelling out the names of the evening editions. The man passed through the crowd, looking on the spectacle generally with proud satisfaction and staring masterfully at the office-girls. [.....] (PRONOUN) head was full of the noises of tram-gongs and swishing trolleys and [.....] (PRONOUN) nose already sniffed the curling fumes of punch. As [.....] (PRONOUN) walked on [.....] (PRONOUN) preconsidered the terms in [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) would narrate the incident to the boys:

"So, [.....] (PRONOUN) just looked at [.....] (PRONOUN) —coolly, [.....] (PRONOUN) know, and looked at [.....] (PRONOUN) . Then [.....] (PRONOUN) looked back at [.....] (PRONOUN) again—taking [.....] (PRONOUN) time, [.....] (PRONOUN) know. '[.....] (PRONOUN) don't think [.....] (PRONOUN) [.....] (PRONOUN) 's a fair question to put to [.....] (PRONOUN) ,' says [.....] (PRONOUN) ."

Nosey Flynn was sitting up in [.....] (PRONOUN) usual corner of Davy Byrne's and, when [.....] (PRONOUN) heard the story, [.....] (PRONOUN) stood Farrington a half-[.....] (PRONOUN) , saying it was as smart a thing as ever [.....] (PRONOUN) heard. Farrington stood a drink in [.....] (PRONOUN) turn. After a while O'Halloran and Paddy Leonard came in and the story was repeated to [.....] (PRONOUN) . O'Halloran stood tailors of malt, hot, [.....] (PRONOUN) round and told the story of the retort [.....] (PRONOUN) had made to the chief clerk when [.....] (PRONOUN) was in Callan's of Fownes's Street; but, as the retort was after the manner of the liberal shepherds in the eclogues, [.....] (PRONOUN) had to admit [.....] (PRONOUN) it was not as clever as Farrington's retort. At [.....] (PRONOUN) Farrington told the boys to polish off [.....] (PRONOUN) and have another.

Just as [.....] (PRONOUN) were naming [.....] (PRONOUN) poisons [.....] (PRONOUN) should come in but Higgins! Of course [.....] (PRONOUN) had to join in with the others. The men asked [.....] (PRONOUN) to give [.....] (PRONOUN) version of it, and [.....] (PRONOUN) did so with great vivacity for the sight of five small hot whiskies was very exhilarating. [.....] (PRONOUN) roared laughing when [.....] (PRONOUN) showed the way in [.....] (PRONOUN) Mr Alleyne shook [.....] (PRONOUN) fist in Farrington's face. Then [.....] (PRONOUN) imitated Farrington, saying, <[.....] (PRONOUN) >"And here was [.....] (PRONOUN) nabs, as cool as [.....] (PRONOUN) please,"(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) > while Farrington looked at the company out of [.....] (PRONOUN) heavy dirty eyes, smiling and at times drawing forth stray drops of liquor from [.....] (PRONOUN) moustache with the aid of [.....] (PRONOUN) lower lip.

When [.....] (PRONOUN) round was over there was a pause. O'Halloran had money but [.....] (PRONOUN) of the other two seemed to have [.....] (PRONOUN) ; so the whole party left the shop somewhat regretfully. At the corner of Duke Street Higgins and Nosey Flynn bevelled off to the left while the other three turned back towards the city. Rain was drizzling down on the cold streets and, when [.....] (PRONOUN) reached the Ballast Office, Farrington suggested the Scotch House. The bar was full of men and loud with the noise of tongues and glasses. The three men pushed past the whining match-sellers at the door and formed a little party at the corner of the counter. [.....] (PRONOUN) began to exchange stories. Leonard introduced [.....] (PRONOUN) to a young fellow named Weathers [.....] (PRONOUN) was performing at the Tivoli as an acrobat and knockabout <[.....] (PRONOUN) >artiste(PRONOUN) '">[.....] (PRONOUN) >. Farrington stood a drink [.....] (PRONOUN) round. Weathers said [.....] (PRONOUN) would take a small Irish and Apollinaris. Farrington, [.....] (PRONOUN) had definite notions of [.....] (PRONOUN) was [.....] (PRONOUN) , asked the boys would [.....] (PRONOUN) have an Apollinaris too; but the boys told Tim to make theirs hot. The talk became theatrical. O'Halloran stood a round and then Farrington stood another round, Weathers protesting [.....] (PRONOUN) the hospitality was too Irish. [.....] (PRONOUN) promised to get [.....] (PRONOUN) in behind the scenes and i