A Room with a View

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – Chapter 1, Sections 2–3

Summary Chapter 1, Section 2 The scene shifts to the Dedalus home, where Stephen has returned from boarding school for Christmas vacation. This is the first Christmas dinner during which the young Stephen is allowed to sit at the adult table. The Dedalus family, Dante, Uncle Charles, and a friend of Mr. Dedalus named Mr. …

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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – Chapter 2, Sections 1–2

Summary Chapter 2, Section 1 Stephen spends the summer in his familys new house in Blackrock, a town near Dublin. He enjoys the company of his Uncle Charles, a lively old man who smokes horrible “black twists” of tobacco and allows the boy to take handfuls of fruit from a local vendor. Every morning, Stephen …

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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – Chapter 2, Section 5–Chapter 3, Section 1

Summary Chapter 2, Section 5 Stephen and Mr. Dedalus enter the Bank of Ireland, leaving the rest of the family waiting outside, so that Stephen can cash the check for thirty-three pounds he has received as a literary prize. Mr. Dedalus muses patriotically about the fact that the Bank of Ireland is housed in the …

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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – Chapter 3, Section 2

Summary Stephen sits in the chapel as Father Arnall, appearing as a guest lecturer in Stephens new school, reads a verse from the book of Ecclesiastes. The sight of his teacher reawakens Stephens childhood memories of Clongowes, especially the time he was thrown into the cesspool and his subsequent recuperation in the infirmary. Father Arnall …

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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – Chapter 3, Section 3–Chapter 4, Section 1

Summary Chapter 3, Section 3 Another life! A life of grace and virtue and happiness! It was true. It was not a dream from which he would wake. The past was past. Stephen goes up to his room after dinner in order to “be alone with his soul.” He feels fear and despair as he …

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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – Chapter 5, Sections 1–2

—The language in which we are speaking is his before it is mine. How different are the words home,Christ,ale,master, on his lips and on mine! Summary Chapter 5, Section 1 Stephen eats a poor meal and examines the pawnshop tickets upon which his increasingly impoverished family survives. Mrs. Dedalus expresses her worry that Stephens character …

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