| Quote #1
When she had ended her song Joe was very much moved […] and his eyes filled up so much with tears that he could not find what he was looking for. (Clay.22)
Big boys do cry. Especially out of familiar love. What's so great about this scene is that it shows us a rare moment in Dubliners in which the characters do seem to care deeply about each other, and it's not tainted by alcohol, anger, or, um, existential despair.
| Quote #2
He thought that in her eyes he would ascend to an angelical stature. (A Painful Case.11)
This is Mr Duffy's idea of love: finding a person who can put you on a pedestal. No wonder the dude's doomed.
| Quote #3
Like the tender fires of stars moments of their life together, that no one knew of or would ever know of, broke upon and illumined his memory. (The Dead.154)
Wow. Sounds like love to Shmoop. If just looking at his wife Gretta can make Gabriel feel so swoony, why does it all go so wrong so quickly in the final scene? Is this not love after all?