After the Race

by

James Joyce

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Routh is an Englishman who meets up with the group of men at dinner. He is the symbolic representative for England in the story. There are multiple references to a tight connection between Routh and Charles Ségouin (notably their friendship from Cambridge and Jimmy Doyle’s imagining them as a “graceful” pair) that demonstrate how the historically powerful countries of England and France, to the exclusion and exploitation of others, always come out on top. Symbolically, Routh wins the card game that ruins Jimmy, an outcome that speaks to the historic abuse of the Irish at the hands of the English.

Routh Quotes in After the Race

The After the Race quotes below are all either spoken by Routh or refer to Routh. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Ireland at the Beginning of the 20th Century Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin Classics edition of After the Race published in 1993.
After the Race Quotes

Jimmy, whose imagination was kindling, conceived the lively youth of the Frenchmen twined elegantly upon the firm framework of the Englishman’s manner. A graceful image of his, he thought, and a just one.

Page Number: 39
Explanation and Analysis:

Jimmy, under generous influences, felt the buried zeal of his father wake to life within him: he aroused the torpid Routh at last. The room grew doubly hot and Ségouin’s task grew harder each moment: there was even danger of personal spite. The alert host at an opportunity lifted his glass to Humanity and, when the toast had been drunk, he threw open a window significantly.

Related Characters: Jimmy Doyle, Routh, Charles Ségouin
Page Number: 39
Explanation and Analysis:

Play ran very high and paper began to pass. Jimmy did not know exactly who was winning but he knew that he was losing. But it was his own fault for he frequently mistook his cards and the other men had to calculate his I.O.U.’s for him. They were devils of fellows but he wished they would stop: it was getting late.

Related Symbols: The Card Game
Page Number: 41
Explanation and Analysis:

It was a terrible game. They stopped just before the end of it to drink for luck. Jimmy understood that the game lay between Routh and Ségouin. What excitement! Jimmy was excited too; he would lose, of course. How much had he written away?

Related Characters: Jimmy Doyle, Charles Ségouin, Routh
Related Symbols: The Card Game
Page Number: 41
Explanation and Analysis:
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Routh Character Timeline in After the Race

The timeline below shows where the character Routh appears in After the Race. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
After the Race
Wealth and Greed vs. Citizenship Theme Icon
Capitalism, Commodification, and Amorality Theme Icon
...in the Frenchman’s sophistication. At dinner, the four men are joined by an Englishman named Routh, who was a friend of Ségouin’s at Cambridge. Jimmy notes how Routh, Ségouin, and Rivière... (full context)
Ireland at the Beginning of the 20th Century Theme Icon
Capitalism, Commodification, and Amorality Theme Icon
After the dinner, Ségouin, Jimmy, Rivière, Routh, and Villona take a walk by Stephen’s Green (a public park), where they smoke and... (full context)
Ireland at the Beginning of the 20th Century Theme Icon
Wealth and Greed vs. Citizenship Theme Icon
Capitalism, Commodification, and Amorality Theme Icon
Jimmy, Ségouin, Rivière, Farley, and Routh begin to play cards while Villona plays the piano. The games continue end-to-end while the... (full context)
Ireland at the Beginning of the 20th Century Theme Icon
Wealth and Greed vs. Citizenship Theme Icon
Capitalism, Commodification, and Amorality Theme Icon
...Jimmy feels terrible about the game. He is dimly aware that the leading winners are Routh and Ségouin and he musters some excitement for them, even in the face of his... (full context)