In "Araby," how does the boy feel about the bazaar before he goes there? And what are his feelings after he has visited the bazaar?

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Prior to going to the bazaar, the narrator is excited. He promised the young girl he thinks he loves that he would buy her something if he went to the bazaar. This only intensifies his feelings of excitement, thinking it will be an exotic, magical place. Once he gets there, he overhears a conversation between a girl and two men and realizes he has been foolish in his feelings toward Mangan's sister, just as he was foolish in thinking the bazaar was going to be special because of its connection to the church. His "epiphany", his sudden insight into his true feelings, makes him realize his true feelings for the young girl. His conversation with Mangan's sister was as insignificant as the conversation between the woman and two men at the bazaar. He also now understands how commercial the bazaar is, even though it's sponsored by the church. The young boy leaves the bazaar feeling ashamed and upset that he behaved so foolishly, reflecting his growth from his innocence and ideals into a more mature young man who understands the harsh realities of life.