Dubliners A Mother: Summary and Analysis

James Joyce

A Mother: Summary and Analysis

New Characters:
Mrs. Kearney: overbearing mother and socially ambitious member of Dublin middle class

Mr. Kearney: her quiet, ineffectual husband

Kathleen Kearney: her teenage daughter

Mr. Holohan: assistant secretary to the Eire Abu Society

Mr. Fitzpatrick: secretary to the Eire Abu Society

Summary
Mrs. Kearney, a socially ambitious middle-class mother, arranges for her daughter Kathleen to play the piano at a fairly prestigious Celtic revival festival in Dublin. In order for the several performances to turn out splendidly, Mrs. Kearney spends extra money on the daughter’s clothes, arranges the program, and orders several tickets for...

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