By William Tindall

First released in 1959, William York Tindall's Reader's advisor remains to be thought of to be the easiest creation to the complicated writings of James Joyce. From Dubliners to Finnegans Wake, Tindall's wisdom is as finished because it is authoritative.

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Hynes' poem at the end, is with betrayed Christ. Dubious Father Keon, off to discuss business i:ru his "discreet, indulgent, velvety voice" with a politician, may represent those "fawning priests" to whom and by whom Christlike Parnell was betrayed. Whether or not Father Keon serves in this capacity, he does link this story to those about missing, incompetent, or imperfect fathers. The theme of betrayal, here as in "Two Gallants," also helps establish the coherence of Dubliners, and so does the less apparent motif of the Phoenix.

Crofton's, and the third, aligning his with theirs, from Mr. Hynes'. Following his recitation, this final pok shows him a sentimentalist, as gaseous and empty as the rest, and supplies the suitable comment. Dublin's eloquence of whatever sort is gas from a bottle. I Mr, Hynes' tawdry, well-meant poem, which may resemble one Joyce wrote at the age of nine, has several functions. Plainly ironic and supporting the main idea of windy emptiness, it also gathers the themes together, stating what has been implicit.

His rival is dead. Though employed in the gasworks, his rival was capable of love. These successive disclosures, shattering habits and defenses, prepare him for epiphany. This structural rhythm of rising and falling co-operates with character to establish theme. Such elements are as immediately apparent as in common fiction, but what detains a reader familiar with the earlier stories or with stories by Mann or Conrad is the imagery. Less apparent but no less functional than character or structure, the images of "The Dead," more nearly central than those of the ear1ier stories, embody so much of that meaning that, missing them, the careless reader misses almost all.

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