This is a story from the Dubliners, Volume 1 collection.
James Joyce's Dubliners is a collection of short stories about the lives of the people of Dublin around the turn of the century. Each story describes a small but significant moment of crisis or revelation in the life of a particular Dubliner, sympathetically but always with stark honesty. Many of the characters are desperate to escape the confines of their humdrum lives, though those that have the opportunity to do so seem unable to take it. This work holds none of the difficulties of Joyce's later novels, such as Ulysses, yet in its way it is just as radical. These stories introduce us to the city which fed Joyce's entire creative output, and to many of the characters who made it such a well of literary inspiration.
Mrs. Mooney, who "dealt with moral problems as a cleaver deals with meat", decides it is time to intervene in the growing relationship between her daughter, Polly (described as looking like "a perverse Madonna") and one of the roomers in her boardinghouse (who the night before had confessed all to an unforgiving priest) in this selection from the Dubliners, Vol. 1 collection of Irish author James Joyce’s short stories. Veteran character actor Jim Norton is masterful in vocally defining the individual characters' actions and thoughts in these portraits of inhabitants living on the fringes of middle-class life in the Irish capital.
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