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Grace begins with a fall down the stairs for our main character Mr Kernan The unconscious and drunken Mr Kernan is carried up the stairs and laid out on the bar floor The manager of the bar repeatedly asks who the man is and who he was with but to no avail A constable is called in to try to solve the problem when Mr Powers enters and solves the mystery and proceeds to escort Mr Kernan home Upon arriving at the home of his friend Mr Powers learns that Mr Kernan had been on a drinking binge much to the chagrin of his wife It is obvious that she is very upset with her husband and his choice of drinking acquaintances Mr Powers explain that he is not responsible for the condition of her husband and suggest that he will try to arrange for an intervention for her husband Mrs Kernan thanks Mr Powers for bringing her husband home and for being a true friend The story now turns to a reoccurring theme in Joyces stories the unfortunate tale of a woman who thinks that marriage could be the answer to her problems We learn that after only three weeks she finds marriage tedious and then learns that she is pregnant Unlike Mrs Mooney in The Boarding House Mrs Kernan decides that even though her husband is a drunk he is not so bad because hes not violent anymore and he will fetch groceries when asked Mr Powers keeps his word to Mrs Kernan and has arranged for a morally minded group of friends and associates of Mr Kernans to speak with him Mr Cunningham a well-respected and educated man deals with a wife that is an alcoholic and sympathizes with Mrs Kernan and her situation The group of men that have assembled expect to convince Mr Kernan to go to a retreat with them and hopefully end his drinking They begin the
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