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"Ivy Day in the Committee Room" is a short story by James Joyce, part of his collection titled "Dubliners". The book centers around a group of canvassers working for a local politician as they gather in a committee room on the anniversary of Charles Stewart Parnell's death. Throughout the evening, they engage in various conversations involving politics, nationalism, loyalty, and betrayal, revealing the state of Ireland at the time. The book is known for its exploration of Irish identity and Joyce's masterful use of language and symbolism.

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king?” “Our man won’t vote for the address,” said Mr O’Connor. “He goes in on the Nationalist ticket.” “Won’t he?” said Mr Hynes. “Wait till you see whether he will or not. I know him. Is it Tricky Dicky Tierney?” “By God! perhaps you’re right, Joe,” said Mr O’Connor. “Anyway, I wish he’d turn up with the spondulics.” The three men fell silent. The old man began to rake more cinders together. Mr Hynes took off his hat, shook it and then turned down the collar of his coat, displaying, as he did so, an ivy leaf in the lapel. “If this man was alive,” he said, pointing to the leaf, “we’d have no talk of an address of welcome.” “That’s true,” said Mr O’Connor. “Musha, God be with them times!” said the old man. “There was some life in it then.” The room was silent again. Then a bustling little man with a snuffling nose and very cold ears pushed in the door. He walked over quickly to the fire, rubbing his hands as if he intended to produce a spark from them. “No money, boys,” he said. “Sit down here, Mr Henchy,” said the old man, offering him his chair. “O, don’t stir, Jack, don’t stir,” said Mr Henchy. He nodded curtly to Mr Hynes and sat down on the chair which the old man vacated. “Did you serve Aungier Street?” he asked Mr O’Connor. “Yes,” said Mr O’Connor, beginning to search his pockets for memoranda. “Did you call on Grimes?” “I did.” “Well? How does he stand?” “He wouldn’t promise. He said: ‘I won’t tell anyone what way I’m going to vote.’ But I think he’ll be all right.” “Why so?” “He asked me who the nominators were; and I told him. I mentioned Father Burke’s name. I think it’ll be all right.” Mr Henchy began to snuffle and to rub his hands over the fire at a terrific speed. Then he said: “For the love of God, Jack, bring us a bit of coal. There must be some left.” The old man went out of the room. “It’s no go,” said Mr Henchy, shaking his head. “I asked the little shoeboy, but he said: ‘Oh, now, Mr Henchy, when I see the work going on properly I won’t forget you, you may be sure.’ Mean little tinker! ’Usha, how could he be anything else?” “What did I tell you, Mat?” said Mr Hynes. “Tricky Dicky Tierney.” “O, he’s as tricky as they make ’em,” said Mr Henchy. “He hasn’t got those little pigs’ eyes for nothing. Blast his soul! Couldn’t he pay up like a man instead of: ‘O, now, Mr Henchy, I must speak to Mr Fanning.... I’ve spent a lot of money’? Mean little shoeboy of hell! I suppose he forgets the time his little old father kept the hand-me-down shop in Mary’s Lane.” “But is that a fact?” asked Mr O’Connor. “God, yes,” said Mr Henchy. “Did you never hear that? And the men used to go in on Sunday morning before the houses were open to buy a waistcoat or a trousers—moya! But Tricky Dicky’s little old father always had a tricky little black bottle up in a corner. Do you mind now? That’s that. That’s where he first saw the light.” The old man returned with a few lumps of coal which he placed here and
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James Joyce

James Augustine Aloysius Joyce was an Irish novelist, short story writer, poet, teacher, and literary critic. He contributed to the modernist avant-garde and is regarded as one of the most influential and important authors of the 20th century. more…

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