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"What innumerable follies laid waste my waking and sleeping thoughts after that evening! I wished to annihilate the tedious intervening days. I chafed against the work of school. At night in my bedroom and by day in the classroom her image came between me and the page I strove to read." This quote is directly after he speaks with a woman who he has been interested in, although she is in the convent. He has no hope of being with her, yet he still tries nonchalantly to persuade her. The point before this quote is the only contact he ever has with the girl.
"Gazing up into the darkness I saw myself as a creature driven and derided by vanity; and my eyes burned with anguish and anger." This is the famous last line of "Araby". It shows James Joyce's dark stoic writing clearly. He leaves the character with no hope, but the character would undoubtedly continue as usual through his life.
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