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The Boarding House written by James Joyce takes place in a small neighborhood located in Dublin Ireland during the early 1900s There were three main characters involved in this story-Mrs Mooney known as The Madam who was in charge of the boarding house Polly who is the daughter of Mrs Mooney and Mr Doran who was a resident of the house James Joyces The Boarding House has a strange twist It just so happens Mrs Mooney who is very strict and protective of her daughter allows a secret relationship to form between Mr Doran and Polly Pretending as though she has no idea of the matter the inconceivable act of fornication occurs between the two-thus scarring her daughters honor for life For a man would prefer to marry a woman who has not already been taken by another man In all likelihood Mr Doran was wrong to take advantage of a young naive woman at the precious age of nineteen Mrs Mooney was aware Mr Doran had been employed for thirteen years in a great Catholic wine-merchants office and publicity would mean for him perhaps the loss of his job James Joyce 40 Upon revealing her knowledge to the couple she shamelessly informed Mr Doran she wanted reparation However only one type of reparation would satisfy Mrs Mooney and that was marriage In addition to Mr Doran many other men had stayed there at the boarding house and made advances towards Polly which Mrs Mooney did not approve of and often she pondered the idea of sending her daughter Polly away to work in typewriting again However Mrs Mooney felt the men were just passing by and were not actually seriously interested in her daughter therefore paying no attention However for some strange reason Mr Doran was of a different nature She allowed the relationship to go on without intervention possibly because she knew he made good money along with having a secure job
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