How does Lily upset Gabriel in "The Dead" by James Joyce?

Expert Answers info

D. Reynolds eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2016

write9,123 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Social Sciences

Gabriel tries to make small talk with the servant Lily as she helps him off with his coat. He condescendingly asks her if she is still in school, and when she says she is not, he responds gaily that she will surely be married soon. This is just jovial chit-chat, the kind of talk Gabriel thinks it is gallant to use to a young woman, so he is surprised when she responds bitterly and seriously that

The men that is now is only all palaver and what they can get out of you.

As Gabriel...

(The entire section contains 2 answers and 267 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now


check Approved by eNotes Editorial

gbeatty eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2007

write2,654 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Science

Further Reading:

check Approved by eNotes Editorial