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A Painful Case: Introduction
A Painful Case: Plot Summary
A Painful Case: Detailed Summary & Analysis
A Painful Case: Themes
A Painful Case: Quotes
A Painful Case: Characters
A Painful Case: Symbols
A Painful Case: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of James Joyce
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- Full Title: A Painful Case
- When Written: 1905
- Where Written: Trieste, Italy
- When Published: 1914
- Literary Period: Modernism
- Genre: Short Story
- Setting: Dublin, Ireland
- Climax: Mr. Duffy learns of Mrs. Sinico’s death and realizes that he is utterly alone.
- Antagonist: Mrs. Sinico
- Point of View: Third Person
Extra Credit for A Painful Case
Far from Home. Joyce lived in self-imposed exile from Ireland, residing in Italy, France, and Switzerland for most of his life. However, all his writings are set in Ireland, and many of his characters are similar to friends, family members and acquaintances he knew there.
Bloody Compromise. Dubliners was notoriously difficult to get published. Begun in 1905, it was not published in full until 1914, including stories written in the interim. Joyce submitted the book to 15 different publishers and had to promise to revise parts of it (including removing the word “bloody,” regarded by one publisher as obscene).