In "Araby," why does the dialogue the narrator overhears at the bazaar trigger the climax of the story and the insight described in the final paragraph?

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Prior to arriving at the bazaar, the narrator thinks of the entire event like an epic quest. He has put Mangan's sister upon a pedestal. He conflates spirituality with romanticism in a way that makes him think he's like a knight going after some exotic holy grail for his princess (Mangan's sister). Even the name "Araby" conveyed a sense of adventure because of its associations with the East (Arab): 

The syllables of the word Araby were called to me through the silence in which my soul luxuriated and cast...

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