James Joyce

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The pawnbroker’s widow who waits for the narrator’s uncle to come home on the night of the Araby market, presumably to ask for the money he owes her. She is described as an “old, garrulous woman” who collects used postage stamps to sell to collectors to earn money, usually for a religious cause.
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Mrs. Mercer Character Timeline in Araby

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When the narrator goes back downstairs, Mrs. Mercer, the pawnbroker’s widow, is there. They wait for the narrator’s uncle to arrive for over... (full context)