"Araby" is a short story by James Joyce that appeared in his collection Dubliners. The vignette is about a boy who has a crush on a girl but does not know how to deal with his feelings. The story follows his travels to the Araby bazaar late one evening to buy her a gift but is disappointed when he finds stalls closed and only a few seedy characters flirting with one another. The short story contrasts a youthful romantic view of love with a drab and adult world of lust.

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