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

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When Gabriel makes a comment about expecting to attend her wedding someday, Lily makes a comment about how men today just want things from her/from girls, and how they are all talk. This is a deeper level of confidence than Gabriel was expecting, and he feels embarrassed, like he accidentally said something he didn't mean to, or touched on a sensitive subject by accident. Lily's sharp response, and his attempt to cover it by giving her money, are what upset Gabriel.

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