every bond, he said, is a bond to sorrow


    Mr. Duffy was very much surprised. Her interpretation of his words disillusioned him. He did not visit her for a week; then he wrote to her asking her to meet him. As he did not wish their last interview to be troubled by the influence of their ruined confessional they met in a little cakeshop near the Parkgate. It was cold autumn weather but in spite of the cold they wandered up and down the roads of the Park for nearly three hours. They agreed to break off their intercourse: every bond, he said, is a bond to sorrow. When they came out of the Park they walked in silence towards the tram; but here she began to tremble so violently that, fearing another collapse on her part, he bade her goodbye quickly and left her. A few days later he received a parcel containing his books and music.

James Joyce. A Painful Case, Dubliners (Pages 93, 94)

The Phoenix Park plays a central role in Finnegans Wake but many stories in Dubliners skirt around the Park, much as the city does. A Painful Case mainly centres around events at Sydney Parade, but in the quote above Mr. James Duffy and Mrs. Sinico endure a break up in their nearly three hour walk through the park. The Magazine Fort is mentioned in both this story and Finnegans Wake and it’s where I will run off to next.


Joyce, J. (2006) Dubliners, Authoritative Text, Contexts, Criticism. Edited by Margot Norris, Hans Walter Gabler, and Walter Hettche. New York, United States: Norton, W. W. & Company.

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