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Two Gallants: Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. What is the symbolism of the “veiled moon” in this story?

2. Is there religious significance in Lenehan’s repeated statement that Corley’s exploits “take the biscuit”?

3. What effect can we draw from Corley’s always walking “as if he were on parade”?

4. Corley used to date a higher class of girls before he started dating a “slavey.” Why has he “traded down”?

5. The slavey is wearing blue and white for their date, the traditional colors of the Virgin Mary. What is the meaning of this?

6. After Corley leaves him, Lenehan is famished. What’s the significance of this?

7. Rather than just having encounters, Lenehan would like to “settle down” and “live happily.” What’s the importance of this?

8. Joyce goes to great lengths to represent Lenehan’s wandering route through the Dublin streets. Why?

9. Beyond the fact that the slavey’s stealing money for him is immoral, how does it connect to the fact that Corley’s former girlfriend is now “on the turf”?

10. Lenehan imagines “Corley’s voice in deep energetic gallantries.” What’s the irony in...

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