The speaker’s words were lost in the crunch of the heavy boots on the gravel. The rain was speeding and increasing and the vagrant bands of students were all turning their steps towards the college. Stephen still waited at his post and at last saw Wells coming down the path quickly: he had changed his outdoor dress for a soutane. He was very apologetic and not quite so familiar in manner. Stephen wanted him to go in with the others but he insisted on seeing his visitor to the gate. They took a short cut down beside the wall and were soon opposite the lodge. The [gate] side-door shut and Wells called out loudly to the lodge-woman to open it and let the gentleman out. Then he shook hands with Stephen and pressed him to come again. The lodge-woman opened the side-door and Wells looked out for a second or two almost enviously. Then he said:
—Well, goodbye, old man. Must run in now. Awfully good to see you again—see any of the old Clongowes set, you know. Be good now: I must run. Goodbye.
As he tucked up his soutane high and ran awkwardly up the drive [and] he « looked a strange, almost criminal, fugitive in the dreary dusk. » Stephen’s eyes followed the running figure for a moment: and as he passed through the door into the lamplit street he smiled at his own impulse of pity.
James Joyce. Stephen Hero (pages 74, 75)
It is interesting how easy it is to link routes with different parts of Joyce’s works.
I went running down to North Richmond Street where Araby is set, then to Charleville Mall to see if it fits the scene in An Encounter (it does), then up Richmond Avenue where parts of The Portrait are set, through Philipsburgh Avenue where Joyce lived, around Richmond Road to Drumcondra and into Clonliffe College where part of Stephen Hero is set, back through Jones’s Road, the scene of the fight in The Portrait and back up Fitzgibbon Street where Joyce lived and Father Conmee wanted his letter posted in Ulysses..now where has the postbox gone?
Joyce, J. (1963) Stephen Hero. Edited by John J. Slocum and Herbert Cahoon. Introduction by Theodore Spencer edn. New York, United States: New Directions Publishing.