“For it was very charming and quite ridiculous how easily some girl without a grain of sense could twist him round her finger”

This passage and the proceeding are very indicative of Peter. The way he compares Daisy and Clarrissa is particularly interesting as well. But I found an interesting commonality here between Peter and the protagonist of our recent novel Stephen in this quote specifically. The two seem easily swayed and influenced by the women around them that they find compelling. A lot of their personality is tied up in how they connect with women.

Joyce: Art & Artistry

Her image had passed into his soul forever and no word had broken the holy silence of his ecstasy. Her eyes had called him and his soul had leaped at the call. To live, to err, to fall, to triumph, to recreate life out of life! A wild angel had appeared to him, the angel of mortal youth and beauty, an envoy from the fair courts of life, to throw open before him in an instant of ecstasy the gates of all the ways of error and glory. On and on and on and on!

Joyce, James. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Dover Thrift Editions) (p. 123). Dover Publications. Kindle Edition.


This moment in chapter 4 comes after Stephen realizes that the virgin Mary, no longer has the same effect on him as she once did. After hiding from the Christian Brothers and being teased by some of his peers, Stephen encounters a girl bathing and makes eye contact with her. He compares her to a wild angel of youth and beauty.