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Volume approx 70,500 words, "The Dead" approx. 16,000 words

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There was no hope for him this time: it was the third stroke.

— First line, "The Sisters"

Lily, the caretaker's daughter, was literally run off her feet.

— First line, "The Dead"

"No one would think he'd make such a beautiful corpse."

— "The Sisters"

I had never spoken to her, except for a few casual words, and yet her name was like a summons to all my foolish blood.

— "Araby"

But my body was like a harp and her words and gestures were like fingers running upon the wires.

— "Araby"

Mr. Duffy lived a short distance from his body.

One of his sentences, written two months after his last interview with Mrs. Sinico, read: Love between man and man is impossible because there must not be sexual intercourse and friendship between man and woman is impossible because there must be sexual intercourse.

— "A Painful Case"

His soul swooned slowly as he heard the snow falling faintly through the universe and faintly falling, like the descent of their last end, upon all the living and the dead.

— Last line, "The Dead".


Critique • Quotes • At the movies