But the boysmustplay in "dark muddy lanes," in "dark dripping gardens," near"dark odorous stables"and "ashpits." Joyce had said of Dubliners,the collection of stories from which "Araby" comes,that he intendedto "write a chapter in the moral history of my country and I choseDublin for the scene becausethat city seemed to me the centre ofparalysis." 3 The images of the story show us that the spiritual envi-ronmentof the boy is paralyzed; it is musty, dark.
Some workswill not warrant an essay devoted to setting and at-mosphere; others, like Joyce's "Araby," will be soprofoundly dependentupon a particular setting that to ignore its importance will be to miss muchof the meaningof the work.
The Holy Bible: King James Version. Psalms 52