A young woman about whom very little is revealed. Stephen becomes infatuated with her after a party sometime during his summer at Blackrock; he writes her a poem that night, and another poem ten years later. Throughout the book she is his beloved object, his feminine ideal. Stephen’s feelings for Emma are tender and romantic, so the memory of her serves as a constant reproach to his lust.
The timeline below shows where the character E____ C____ (Emma Clery) appears in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2, Part 2
...forced to partake, but which he enjoys observing from a distance. Afterwards, a girl named E____ C____ (also referred to as ‘Emma’) walks with Stephen to the tram. They talk on their... (full context)
Chapter 2, Part 3
Chapter 3, Part 2
...girl’s laughter makes him ashamed of his lustful thoughts, which have soiled the memory of E____ C____ . He remembers the details of his his sins with disgust. Salvation seems impossible, but... (full context)
Chapter 5, Part 1
Chapter 5, Part 2
Stephen wakes up in a romantic, “enchanted” mood, probably because he dreamed about E____ C____ . His feeling of inspiration seems to come from a confused jumble of circumstances. He... (full context)
Chapter 5, Part 3
Chapter 5, Part 4