This is a short story.
Action takes place in Dublin; Main character: James Duffy
He's single, morose, saturnine+ no ambition. He's incapable of meaning ful interaction: a pathetic figure, victim ofpu his emotional paralysis.
->tidy to the point of mania.
->monotony, austerity of his house, lonelyless and dull life
Other character: Sinico: married, middle-aged woman, honest (open about her marital status)-> Her caracterization belies any cynicism at first reading, the reader could believe that she's cynical, because of her defiant aspect, yet her behaviour belies it.
She's very lonely, so is Mr Duffy. As a consequence their two solitudes meet and they bring a degree of hapiness to one another.
=two music lovers, rafined and tasteful. Intimacy on the intellectual level+ symbol of darkness
+Ireland is depicted as a moribund country.
the bill (GB)=the check (US): l'addition
bill of fare= menu
minimum wage= salaire minimum
main course= plat principal
doggy bag= emballage des restes
a remorseful mother= une mère rongée par le remords
an armful= une brassée
to mislead= fourvoyer
to dismissed= éliminer, évacuer
to entangle= se mêler, tisser
soulmates= âmes soeurs
single= alone= seul
bland= dull= terne, ennuyeux
a void= un vide
willed isolation= isolation volontaire
double-edged= deux versants