“The Boarding House” by James Joyce is set in Dublin and was probably meant to be set at the beginning of the twentieth century as most of the stories in the collection “Dubliners”.

Physical setting

The main physical setting is the boarding house owned by Mrs Mooney and the main action happens either in Mrs Mooney’s parlour or Bob Doran’s room. However, the author does not describe this places in much detail: “Her house had a floating population made up of tourists from Liverpool and the Isle of Man and, occasionally, artistes from the music halls. Its resident population was made up of clerks from the city.”; “It was a bright Sunday ...

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