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The Dead

The Dead by James Joyce

"The Dead" is a short story by James Joyce, the last story featured in his collection of short stories, Dubliners. The story takes place during a snowy evening at a party held at the Morkan sisters'. Gabriel and his wife Gretta attend and return home. Before going to bed, Gretta reveals to Gabriel that the song "The Lass of Aughrim," sung at the party, reminded her of her young love, Michael Furey, who died years ago. Gabriel goes to bed pondering themes of love, death and alienation.

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