Explain what we learn about Gabriel Conroy from his own thoughts in "The Dead" from James Joyce's The Dubliners.

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A literary man who is well-educated, Gabriel Conroy is the guest speaker for his two aunts at the Christmas party.  When he arrives, he teases that his wife takes three hours to ready herself; then when he talks with the maid, Lily, he smiles "at the three syllables she had given his surname as he glances at her.  In a condescending manner, he presses money into her hand "for Christmastime." But, he is  still stinging from her sharp reply about the young men when he suggested that her wedding would be soon.

Again, Gabriel condescends to his audience as, having previously thought about reciting Robert Browning, he decides that his audience may not understand.  That Gabriel feels he is less provincial than others is evinced in his desire to travel absorb European as well as Irish culture.  When Miss Ivors calls him a "West Briton," however, he is annoyed.  Later at the table, he becomes self-absorbed, uninterested in the idle conversation of the others; tapping the cold pane of a...

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