Another one of Eveline’s neighbors who used to play in the field. He used to keep watch for Eveline’s father in the field and warn the other children when he was coming. The fact that he is crippled is quite possibly a conscious decision on Joyce’s part to foreshadow Eveline’s later paralysis, and also perhaps reflects the fact that many Dubliners remain “crippled” or paralyzed – immobile and trapped in monotonous Dublin life, unable to find an escape.
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...the neighborhood children and her siblings, except for Ernest, because he was already too old. Keogh the cripple used to warn them when Eveline’s father—who was carrying a blackthorn stick, most likely as... (full context)