The Reader's "Araby" (p. 35)

WWD Reference
Page The
Reader's Dubliners W. Gray's
Annotations WWD Homepage

were written in coloured lamps, two men were counting money on a salver. I listened to the fall of the coins.

Remembering with difficulty why I had come, I went over to one 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. I remarked their English accents and listened vaguely to their conversation.

--O, I never said such a thing!

--O, but you did!

--O, but I didn't!

--Didn't she say that?

--Yes. I heard her.

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

Observing me, the young lady came over and asked me did I wish to buy anything. The tone of her voice was not encouraging; she seemed to have spoken to me out of a sense of duty. I looked humbly at the great jars that stood like eastern guards at either side of the dark entrance to the stall and murmured:

--No, thank you.

The young lady changed the position of one of the vases and went back to the two young men. They began to talk of the same subject. Once or twice the young lady glanced at me over her shoulder.

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

Gazing up into the darkness I saw myself as a creature driven and derided by vanity; and my eyes burned with anguish and anger.

29 30 31 32 33 34 35
When you contribute a comment to World Wide Dubliners you agree to a number of conditions that are outlined in a special notice. Before going further you must acknowledge that you agree to these conditions:

OK, I have read the notice at least once and I agree to the conditions.

What word should the hyperlink come from: Write your annotation here:
Please tell us your name and where in the world you live. This information is required and will appear along with your comment:
Your e-mail address will appear along with your comment if you write it here (optional):
Please check the spelling of everything you've written, since we don't run a spell-checker on the text.
Press to submit your annotation, or to erase what you've written.

World Wide Dubliners was conceived and constructed by Roger B. Blumberg and Wallace Gray