The Boarding House

The Boarding House

Infobox short story |
name = The Boarding House
title_orig =
translator =
author = James Joyce
country = flag|Ireland
language = English
series =
genre = short story
published_in = "Dubliners"
publication_type = Collection
publisher =
media_type = Print
pub_date = 1914
english_pub_date =
preceded_by = "Two Gallants"
followed_by = "A Little Cloud"
"The Boarding House" is a short story by James Joyce published in his 1914 collection "Dubliners."

The story

Mrs. Mooney, separated from her husband, a butcher who descended into alcoholism, runs a boarding house for working men. Her daughter Polly entertains the boarders by singing and flirts with them. Mrs. Mooney learns that her daughter is having an affair with Mr. Doran, a man in his mid-thirties who has worked in a Catholic wine-merchant’s office for many years. Mrs. Mooney bides her time before she intervenes, strongly implying that she is deliberately trying to trap Mr. Doran. After much background, the climax of the story commences on a warm Sunday morning. Mrs. Mooney intends to talk to Mr. Doran and demand that he marry Polly or risk open disclosure. The narration then shifts to Doran’s point-of-view as he nervously contemplates losing his job due to the affair and bemoans the girl’s lower class background and vulgarities of speech. After Polly enters in an agitated state, we learn through Doran’s memories that she initiated the relationship. After Doran leaves the room, Polly seems content, suggesting that she was putting on a show of anguish for his sake. The story closes with Mrs. Mooney calling Polly down so that Mr. Doran can speak to her.


*Joyce, James. "Dubliners" (London: Grant Richards, 1914)

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