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Unformatted text preview: “A Painful Case” Memorable Moments 1) Mr. Duffy attended a concert where he finds himself sitting next to two ladies, Mrs. Sinico and her daughter. This was the first time Mr. Duffy met Mrs. Sinico, although she did not tell him her name at this time, they hit it off right from the start. 2) Mr. Duffy met Mrs. Sinico again a few weeks after the first meeting at a concert in Earlsfort Terrace. He seized the moments when her daughter's attention became diverted to become intimate. Mrs. Sinico tells him her name and alludes once or twice to her husband, but her tone was not such as to make the allusion a warning. 3) Mr. Duffy and Mrs. Sinico meet each other a third time by accident and this gives Mr. Duffy enough courage to make an actual appointment to meet with Mrs. Sinico. 4) The end of these meetings came one night during which Mrs. Sinico had shown every sign of unusual excitement, she grabbed Mr. Duffy’s hand passionately and pressed it against her cheek. This bothered Mr. Duffy and would cause him to stop meeting with Mrs. Sinico, except for one last meeting at a cake shop where they both agreed to stop seeing each other, although Mrs. Sinico was not all for the agreement. 5) Mr. Duffy was reading the paper and eating dinner before returning to his home when a newspaper article caught his eye. The article was about a woman who had been hit by a slow moving train and had died. However, her injuries sustained were not the cause of her death, for her heart had failed due to shock. This caused Mr. Duffy great grief as he felt great remorse and now he felt more alone as ever. Memorable Quote “He felt that he was alone.” (pg. 96, Line 22) This quote is the last sentence of the chapter. It is pertaining to Mr. Duffy after he has realized that Mrs. Sinico is dead and gone. At first, Mr. Duffy feels he had made the right decision by cutting ties with her, however deep down he wishes he had not. Even though Mr. Duffy had always lived alone and it did not bother him, he now feels more alone than he ever has. This quote shows that Mr. Duffy really did enjoy Mrs. Sinico’s company, and now the only person who loved him is gone he really is alone. Characters Mr. Duffy- a solitary and particular man who finds a relationship with Mrs. Sinico. Mr. Duffy drifts away from his daily routines as he begins to spend more and more time with Mrs. Sinico. However, when the relationship reaches a point beyond his comfort level he quickly ends it and goes back to his solitary life and routines. Later, he reads about Mrs. Sinico’s death and is greatly troubled and saddened by the fact that he is now and will always be alone. Mrs. Sinico- the woman who served as Mr. Duffy’s companion until one day she put his hand to her cheek, which led to the end of their companionship. After this she became a troubled alcoholic who ended up dying after being hit by a train. She served as the only person who cared and loved Mr. Duffy, and now that she had passed away Mr. Duffy was left all alone to feel great remorse. “Ivy Day in the Committee Room”...
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- Spring '10
- Physics, Mr. Duffy, Mrs. Sinico, Gretta Conroy- Gabriel