Clay: Summary and Analysis
Maria: middle-aged worker in an Irish charitable laundry
Joe Donnelly: her nephew
Maria, the protagonist in this story, works in a charitable laundry service in Dublin. This evening, Halloween, she has the night off after serving the laundresses their holiday cakes. On her way to visit her nephew Joe and his family, Maria carefully calculates how much she can spend on treats and picks up special desserts for Joe’s family.
Once she arrives at their home, Maria discovers that she’s left one of the costly treats in the tram and becomes upset at her absent-mindedness, but the family comforts her. Thereafter, the children...
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