Ivy Day in the Committee Room
- Ivy Day in the Committee Room
Infobox short story |
name = Ivy Day in the Committee Room
author = James Joyce
country = flag|Ireland
language = English
genre = short story
published_in = "Dubliners"
publication_type = Collection
media_type = Print
pub_date = 1914
preceded_by = "A Painful Case"
followed_by = "A Mother
"Ivy Day in the Committee Room" is a short story by James Joyce published in his 1914 collection "Dubliners."
In a committee room, Mat O’Connor, a canvasser for Richard Tierney, a candidate in an upcoming municipal election, discusses child-rearing with Old Jack, who tries to keep a fire going. Joe Hynes, another canvasser, arrives and needles O’Connor on whether he’s been paid for his work yet. He proceeds to defend rival candidate Colgan’s working class background and maintains that Tierney, although a Nationalist, will likely present a welcome address at the upcoming visit of King Edward VII of England. When Mr. Hynes points out that it is Ivy Day, a commemoration of Charles Stewart Parnell, a nostalgic silence fills the room. Another canvasser, John Henchy, enters and derides Tierney for not having paid him yet. When Hynes leaves, Henchy voices a suspicion that the man is a spy for Colgan. Henchy badmouths another canvasser, Crofton, just before Crofton himself enters with Lyons. Crofton had worked for the Conservative candidate until the party withdrew and gave their support to Tierney. The talk of politics drifts to Parnell, who has his defenders and detractors in the room. Hynes returns and is encouraged to read his sentimental poem dedicated to Parnell. All applaud the performance and seem to forget their differences for the moment.
*Joyce, James. "Dubliners" (London: Grant Richards, 1914)
* " [http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/2814 Dubliners] " at Project Gutenberg
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