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Characters in "The Sisters"

The Unnamed NarratorWe don't know exactly how old he is, but our narrator's old enough to resent being called a "child" by Old Cotter. We also don't know why he lives with his aunt and uncle, but t...

Characters in "An Encounter"

SmithLookin' for Adventure… Like a lot of kids his age, our narrator goes to a Catholic boys' school in Dublin. He's a pretty smart guy, but no one's going to make fun of him for being the straig...

Characters in "Araby"

NarratorIf you remember one thing about this narrator and one thing only, let it be this: he carries a torch. Big time. We're talking Joey-for-Dawson (in the early days, at least), Ross-for-Rachel,...

Characters in "Eveline"

EvelineShe's the first "adolescent" of Dubliners, and the first female main character. Eveline's story is the shortest, too, and the plot is pretty simple. She has to decide whether she'll leave Du...

Characters in "After the Race"

Jimmy DoyleHe's So Excited"Too excited," in fact, "to be genuinely happy." Jimmy Doyle's only twenty-six years old (take our word for it, this is young), and he's having the time of his life. We'll...

Characters in "Two Gallants"

CorleyBig Man on CampusIn "Two Gallants," Corley plays the alpha male. He's a large, sturdy, sweaty man about town who talks to everyone, flirts or stares at all the girls, and is also self-centere...

Characters in "The Boarding House"

Mrs MooneyYou can't hide anything from Mom. Not if your mom is Mrs Mooney. As readers, we don't even find out the secret until she does: the first time we get wind of an affair between Polly and Mr...

Characters in "A Little Cloud"

Little ChandlerWhen's the last time you sat down and really thought about your life over the last eight years? If you've ever done it, chances are something really important (or really unpleasant)...

Characters in "Counterparts"

FarringtonAllow us to introduce you to one of the least likable characters in all of Dubliners. The fact that this guy not only has drinking buddies, but a wife and kids may sound really surprising...

Characters in "Clay"

MariaMaria is one of the strangest characters in Dubliners because, despite the fact that she's one of the main characters of a story, she doesn't want to escape her life, doesn't seem particularly...

Characters in "A Painful Case"

Mr DuffyCan't Touch ThisFor a life as empty as Mr Duffy's, we sure know a lot about him. The German poet Goethe once said, "the world is empty; the heart is full," and it's probably something Mr Du...

Characters in "Ivy Day in the Committee Room"

Mr O'Connor (Mat)Don't Go, OA worker in Richard Tierney's election campaign, Mat O'Connor is the only character in "Ivy Day in the Committee Room" who doesn't leave the room during the course of th...

Characters in "A Mother"

Mrs Kearney (Miss Devlin)The Mother Superior Well, everyone, here's the prime example of someone for whom everything starts out very well and ends up so, so badly. Her well-educated, popular, and t...

Characters in "Grace"

Mr KernanDespite being a central character of "Grace," Mr Kernan isn't really a man of action—at least not during this story. In fact, "Grace" mostly tells us about what people do for him, and re...

Characters in "The Dead"

Gabriel ConroyBefore we even meet Gabriel Conroy, there's a lot of anticipation surrounding his arrival at the Morkans' annual party. That's in part because Gabriel's part of the family (Aunt Kate...
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