Page 62 from "Two Gallants"

Title

Page 62 from "Two Gallants"

Subject

Lenehan and Corley in "Two Gallants" from James Joyce's Dubliners

Description

The passage reads:

“She’s all right,” said Corley. “I know the way to get around her, man. She’s a bit gone on me.”
“You’re what I call a gay Lothario,” said Lenehan. “And the proper kind of a Lothario, too!”
A shade of mockery relieved the servility of his manner. To save himself he had the habit of leaving his flattery open to the interpretation of raillery. But Corley had not a subtle mind.
“There’s nothing to touch a good slavey,” he affirmed. “Take my tip for it.”
“By one who has tried them all,” said Lenehan.
“First I used to go with girls, you know,” said Corley, unbosoming; “girls off the South Circular. I used to take them out, man, on the tram somewhere and pay the tram or take them to a band or a play at the theatre or buy them chocolate and sweets or something that way. I used to spend money on them right enough,” he added, in a convincing tone, as if he was conscious of being disbelieved.
But Lenehan could well believe it; he nodded gravely.
“I know that game,” he said, “and it’s a mug’s game.”
“And damn the thing I ever got out of it,” said Corley.
“Ditto here,” said Lenehan.
“Only off of one of them,” said Corley.
He moistened his upper lip by running his tongue along it. The recollection brightened his eyes. He too gazed at the pale disc of the moon, now nearly veiled, and seemed to meditate.

Creator

James Joyce

Source

Dubliners (London: Grant Richards, 1904)

Publisher

Grant Richards

Date

1914

Contributor

archive.net

Format

Book, PDF image

Files

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Citation

James Joyce, “Page 62 from "Two Gallants",” James Joyce Digital Interpretations, accessed November 21, 2019, https://jamesjoyce.omeka.net/items/show/24.