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The characters whom inhabit Joyces world in Dubliners often have as Harvard Literature Professor Fischer stated in lecture a limited way of thinking about and understanding themselves and the world around them Such determinism however operates not on a broad cultural scale but works in smaller more local more interior and more idiosyncratic ways That is the forces which govern Joyces characters are not necessarily cultural or socioeconomic in nature but rather as Prof Fischer stated are tiny and work on a more intimate level In any case as a result of such forces these stories often tend to be about something as Prof Fischer said that doesnt happen about the romance of yearning and self-disappointment Joyces story A Painful Case is a perfect example of a story about something that doesnt happen and more specifically about the romance of yearning It is through such yearning however and the various erotic forms that such yearning takes that Joyces characters are able to transcend the forces which govern their lives In A Painful Case the erotic takes on three separate forms mental physical and what I call auditory Although all three play a role in the story it is only through auditory eroticism that Joyces protagonist Mr Duffy comes to experience a moment of self-transcendence While auditory eroticism may serve in the end as the conduit for Duffys self-transformation initially it is mental eroticism that brings together Mr Duffy and Mrs Sinico Joyce writes Little by little he Duffy entangled his thoughts with hers He lent her books provided her with ideas shared his intellectual life with her She listened to all 110 Joyce uses the word entangled to frame the mental eroticism that he describes Entangled instantly connotes an erotic physical entwining of bodies but Joyce instead applies it to thoughts Thoughts rather than bodies are entangled and their mutual exchange of ideas is described as intercourse We are told that in return for theories
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