In "Araby," what doesn't the narrator buy for Mangan's sister? 

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The young narrator, who lives a dull life in Dublin, dreams of the bazaar called Araby. The bazaar conflates or merges in his imagination with Mangan's sister, on whom he has a crush. Both represent to him a better, more colorful, and more enchanted world than the one he lives in day to day.

Though he dreams of getting to the bazaar and buying Mangan's sister a gift, he arrives there very late, when it is near to closing. He doesn't have much money to begin with and has to spend almost two-thirds of it, a shilling, on the entrance fee. Once inside, he sees that most of the booths are already closed:

The greater part of the hall was in darkness. I recognized a silence like that which pervades a church after a service.

When he goes to one of the few...

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