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by James Joyce

Patrick Dignam Jr.

Character Analysis

Patrick is one of the sons of the late Patrick Dignam. In "Wandering Rocks," he is returning home with some porksteaks. He thinks of how boring it is to sit in mourning for his father, and wonders if the other schoolboys know that his father is dead. He remembers how his father's coffin looked as they put the screws in and how it bumped on the stairs as they carried it down. Later, he remembers the last time he saw his father, drunk and on his way back to the pub. He hopes that he is in purgatory because he remembers that he went to confession before he died.