What is a quote that establishes the setting of "Araby" by James Joyce?

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The story takes place on North Richmond Street in Dublin, Ireland, around the turn of the twentieth century.

There are many quotes you can pull from this very descriptive story, but the following is very meaningful.

I sat staring at the clock for some time and. when its ticking began to irritate me, I left the room. I mounted the staircase and gained the upper part of the house. The high cold empty gloomy rooms liberated me and I went from room to room singing.

I chose this one because at this point the young narrator is feeling both isolated and enchanted.  He is in love, but not sure what to do about it.  The descriptions of ordinary, everyday things like the house take on his feelings.  He is irritated by the clock.  He is liberated by the “gloomy” rooms upstairs, an irony that matches his state of being both trapped and free as he waits for his uncle to take him to the bazaar.

Choose other quotes that both describe the setting and the characters.  The setting has a strong impact on the narrator, and you can track that through the story.  Trace his moods and where he is.