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Try not to let the title fool you Two Gallants written by James Joyce is a short story centered around two callous men One Corley is an older man of some rudeness and has a taste for womanizing The other is a self-conscience older man of some weight named Lenehan The story begins with a light approach description of the evening weather and the illumined pearl lamps of the street All of Joyces stories found in the work The Dubliners have a poetic quality that makes the simplest of remarks beautiful This story in particular has the evident use of eloquent and flowing language but in keeping with Joyces style is used to mask the perverse subject matter Underneath the language and examining the adolescent drives in two grown callous men is where the real story lies As told by Joyce Corley is an entertaining man who gives the reader pause as pertaining to his adolescent treatment of women As read by a careful eye Corley seeks the company of well-to-do girls as a prize and pay off Through the beginning of the story he tells his companion Lenehan about his latest encounter and his eminent one as well Often referred to is the question as Lenehan puts it Corley I suppose youll be able to pull it off alright31 this referring to Corleys congress with the girl Lenehans interest stretches to the point where he wishes permission to see the girl up close by walking by the two as a stranger and even follow the two This voyeurism displays as evidence of perverse subject matter in the piece The title is meant as an obvious joke because the two characters are as far from gallants as horses are from dogs This show of cynicism reflects throughout the story not only the conversations between the main characters but also in Joyces prose Corley begins his journey as a night walk with his girl departing
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