What attracts the narrator to the girl in "Araby"?

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The narrator’s attraction is not based on authentic interaction or even on close observation of Mangan’s sister’s behavior or personality. Rather, the narrator’s attraction is based on dreams and fantasy. The fact that the narrator never actually mentions the girl’s name, instead stating that “her name was like a summons to all my foolish blood,” is a hint at the foolishness of his feelings, which are quite superficial. The narrator imagines the girl by his side as he accompanies his aunt to the market, a dull activity, and imagines that he is in a sort of fairy tale during which “her name sprang to my lips at moments in strange prayers and praises which I myself did not understand.” There is also repetition of the narrator’s description of the girl’s figure, which is mostly what he notices about her. He notices her neck and her clothing on several occasions, but nothing which indicates that he has a genuine interest in who she is. Rather, his interest in her is fueled by his hopes for something beyond what his life provides.

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