Uncle Charles smoked such black twist that at last his nephew suggested to him to enjoy his morning smoke in a little outhouse at the end of the garden.

James Joyce, “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man,” (New York: Random House Inc., 1996) 78

Much like the opening of the first chapter, the opening of the second chapter uses the title “his nephew” when speaking of Stephen instead of just saying his name. It’s a similar style of narration to that which we encountered in Melanchta. 

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  1. I actually prefer this style to Melanctha’s. Joyce has a meandering quality to what he says, but it is not repetitive. I thought Stein used repetition way too much. Despite this, I can see the similarities between this and Melanctha. They both have a rich sense of description.

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