A vivid memory

“The bell rang and the classes began to file out of the rooms and along the corridors towards the refectory. He sat looking at the two prints of butter on his plate but could not eat the damp bread. The tablecloth was damp and limp. But he drank off the hot weak tea which the clumsy scullion, girt with a white apron, poured into his cup. He wondered whether the scullion’s apron was damp too or whether all white things were cold and damp. Nasty Roche and Saurin drank cocoa that their people sent them in tins. They said they could not drink the tea; that it was hogwash. Their fathers were magistrates, the fellows said”

Joyce, James. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. New York: Oxford University Press In., 2000. Print.

Notes: I chose a passage which seemed to embody the style of Joyce in this particular work, a lot of attention is given to the details, details noticed by human senses (sight: white, hearing: bell rang, taste: weak, and most of all touch: hot/cold/damp). This gives an idea that the scene described is very vivid in the character’s mind, this type of writing also gives the reader the feeling that he is really following the character’s thought process.

1 thought on “A vivid memory

  1. I think you accomplished you goal TD. This passage does indeed have a Joyce feel to it, that is focusing so much on details and how the senses feel report their surroundings. Also I thought it was interesting that you choose to use this section, in which someone is drinking tea. Tea drinking is something that is considered a British thing to do. So for a book and author that is focusing on the differences between being Irish and English you have a passage that is purely English in the view point of someone seemingly thinking down on someone for not having proper tea. At least only if you read it without know the full story’s characters.

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