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By William Tindall

First released in 1959, William York Tindall's Reader's consultant remains to be thought of to be the simplest creation to the complicated writings of James Joyce. From Dubliners to Finnegans Wake, Tindall's wisdom is as complete because it is authoritative.

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According to Stanislaus Joyce-and I see no reason to disbelieve him here-his brother, an idealist who saw things as they are, never faltered in his love of father, fatherland, and God the Father. JAMES JOYCE 42 THE DEAD This fiction stands out from its fourteen companions because, however similar in theme, it seems denser, more elaborate, and by every common standard greater. Written apparently after the others 17 and improved by experiment, "The Dead" is at once the summary and climax of Dubliners.

Concerning analogy: old Jack and his disloyal son are not unlike Parnell and his disloyal followers. That King Edward, whose visit dismays the patriotic heart, is not unlike Parnell, the "un- Dubliners : 35 crowned King," is implied by Mr. Lyons. "In the name of God," asks Mr. '" But it is clear to us at least that Mr. Lyon's moral objection to King Edward and his alleged mistresses is no different from Ireland's moral objection to Parnell and his Kitty O'Shea. A third analogy, not apparent until Mr.

Here, Elijah makes rain to relieve the drought in a literal and moral wasteland. (Elijah "Is coming! Is coming!! ) The Dubliners : 27 first sign of rain is a little c1ou4 (also apparent in Ulysses), no bigger than a man's hand; and general darkness precedes the downpour. This seems clear enough, but its application to the case of Little Chandler is uncertain. What is his little cloud, precisely, and what does it portend: i~creasing darkness or saving rain? Does it promise, after darkness, ~m end to Chandler's private drought or, through a general enlightenment, to Dublin's?

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