An Encounter by James JoyceFirst off, its An Encounter, not Encounters. I was surprised at how good this was. Im new to reading James Joyce, but I have already become aware of is his ability to paint a vivid picture in your mind. Although this short-story was written over a hundred years ago, it seems as if the events could have taken place today. In fact, it created a nostalgia for, and brought back memories of, my own childhood. I thought of when I first discovered the music of my generation that rebelled against school and authority. I also thought of the sense of adventure I had when I first got my drivers license and was able to go out unsupervised with my friends. These memories paralleled with the events in the story uncannily.
When they meet the creepy old man, some of his actions were not stated but only implied. This technique that Joyce used evoked an emotion that I rarely get from reading. And finally, when the narrator is saved by the friend that he had contempt for, it hit close to home again. I too have harbored resentment towards people who were actually looking out for me. This story was relatable.
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As in "The Sisters," an unnamed storyteller possibly the same narrator featured in that story recalls a transformative boyhood experience. Here, the boy schemes with his friends Leo Dillon and Mahony to play hooky from their exclusive private school one day in June and walk across Dublin, and then ride a ferry boat across the River Liffey to the Pigeon House. When Dillon fails to show up, the narrator and Mahony leave without him. After crossing the Liffey, the boys chase a stray cat across a field and encounter a stranger there. The man quizzes the narrator and Mahony on the books they've read, and then asks them if they have girlfriends.
The young narrator of the story explains that it was Joe Dillon who introduced the Wild West to their band of friends. This world came in the form of the stories appearing in popular magazines for boys, like The Union Jack, Pluck, and The Halfpenny Marvel. Every day after school, Joe and his younger brother Leo have a group of friends over so that the boys could play Indian together. In their mock battles, Joe Dillon's band always wins. The narrator describes himself as one of those boys less aggressive than the others, slightly fearful of Joe Dillon. Joe plays too rough for the younger boys.