In Ñspel: A Painful Case, by James Joyce

(A transcription into Ñspel of the short story “A Painful Case” from Dubliners, by James Joyce)

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Mr. Jemz Dufi livd in Ćaṗliẓd bcz h wśt t liv az far az poṣbl fṛm ɖ siti v ẃć h wz a sitizn n bcz h faund ol ɖ uɖr subrbz v Dublin mìn, modn n pritnśs. H livd in an old sombr hǎs n fṛm hiz windoz h cd lc intu ɖ dsyzd dstiḷri or upwdz alñ ɖ śalo rivr on ẃć Dublin z bilt. Ɖ lofti wōlz v hiz uncarṗtd rūm wr fri fṛm picćrz. H hd himslf bòt evri articl v frnićr in ɖ rūm: a blac ayn bedsted, an ayn wośstand, for cen ćerz, a cloɖzrac, a colscutl, a fndr n aynz n a sqer tebl on ẃć le a dubl desc. A bc̣es hd bn md in an alcov bî mīnz v ślvz v ẃît wŭd. Ɖ bed wz cloɖd wɖ ẃît bedcloɖz n a blac n scarlit rug cuvrd ɖ ft. A litl handmirr huñ abv ɖ wośstand n jrñ ɖ de a ẃît-śêdd lamp std az ɖ sol orṇmnt v ɖ mantlpìs. Ɖ bcs on ɖ ẃît wŭdn ślvz wr arenjd fṛm b’lo upwdz acordñ t bulc. A cmplit Wrdzwrʈ std at wn end v ɖ lǒist ślf n a copi v ɖ Menūʈ Caṭcizm, soun intu ɖ cloʈ cuvr v a not-bc, std at wn end v ɖ top ślf. Raitñ mtirịlz wr olwz on ɖ desc. In ɖ desc le a mańscripțrnzleśn v Hoptman’z Mîcl Cremr, ɖ stejd’rex́nz v ẃć wr ritn in prpl ñc, n a litl śīf v peprz hld tgɖr bî a bras pin. In ɖz śīts a sntns wz inscrîbd fṛm tîm t tîm n, in an îronicl momnt, ɖ hedlîn v an advrtismnt fr Bîl Bīnz hd bn pestd on t ɖ frst śīt. On liftñ ɖ lid v ɖ desc a fent fregṛns iscept—ɖ fregṛns v ny sīdrwŭd pnslz or v a botl v gum or v an ovŗîp apl ẃć mt hv bn left ɖr n fgotn.

Mr. Dufi abhord enʈñ ẃć btocnd fizicl or mntl dsordr. A mediivl doctr wd hv cōld him saṭnîn. Hiz fes, ẃć carid ɖ intîr têl v hiz yirz, wz v ɖ brǎn tint v Dublin strīts. On hiz loñ n rɖr larj hed grù drî blac her n a tōni mstaś dd nt qt cuvr an unemịbl mǎʈ. Hiz ćīcbonz olso gev hiz fes a harś caṛctr; bt ɖr wz no harśnis in ɖ îz ẃć, lcñ at ɖ wrld fṛm undr ɖer tōni îbrǎz, gev ɖ impreśn v a man evr alrt t grīt a rdimñ instñt in uɖrz bt ofn dis’pôntd. H livd at a litl distns fṛm hiz bodi, rgardñ hiz ǒn acts wɖ dǎtfl sîdglansz. H hd an od ōṭbạgraficl habit ẃć léd him t cmpoz in hiz mînd fṛm tîm t tîm a śort sntns abt himslf cntenñ a subjict in ɖ ʈrd prsn n a predic̣t in ɖ past tns. H nvr gev āmz t begrz n wōct frmli, cariyñ a stǎt hezl.

H hd bn fr mni yirz cśir v a prîṿt banc in Baġt Strīt. Evri mornñ h cem in fṛm Ćaṗliẓd bî tram. At miḑe h wnt t Dan Brc’s n tc hiz lunć—a botl v lāgrbir n a smōl trêfl v arorūt biscits. At for o’cloc h wz set fri. H dînd in an ītñhǎs in Jorj’z Strīt ẃr h flt himslf sef fṛm ɖ ssayti v Dublin’z gíldd yʈ n ẃr ɖr wz a srtn plen oṇsti in ɖ bil v fér. Hiz īvnñz wr spent îɖr bfr hiz landledi’z piano or romñ abt ɖ ǎtscrts v ɖ siti. Hiz lîcñ fr Motsart’s ḿzic bròt him smtmz t an oṗra or a conṣt: ɖz wr ɖ onli diṣpeśnz v hiz lîf.

H hd nɖr cmpańnz nr frendz, ćrć nr crīd. H livd hiz spirićl lîf wɖt eni cḿńn wɖ uɖrz, viẓtñ hiz reḷtivz at Crisṃs n iscortñ ɖm t ɖ seṃtri ẃn ɖe daid. H pformd ɖz tū sośl dytiz fr old digṇti’z sec bt cnsidd nʈñ frɖr t ɖ cnvnśnz ẃć reğlet ɖ sivic lîf. H alaud himslf t ʈnc ɖt in srtn srcmstansz h wd rob hiz banc bt, az ɖz srcmstansz nvr arouz, hiz lîf rold ǎt īvnli—an advnćrlis têl.

Wn īvnñ h faund himslf sitñ bsd tū lediz in ɖ R’tŭnda. Ɖ hǎs, ʈinli ppld n sîḷnt, gev dstresñ prof̣si v fełr. Ɖ ledi hu sat nxt him lct rnd at ɖ dzrtd hǎs wns or twîs n ɖen sd:

“Ẃt a piti ɖr z sć a pur hǎs tnît! It’s so hard on ppl t hv t sñ t emti bnćz.”

H tc ɖ rmarc az an invteśn t tōc. H wz s’prîzd ɖt ś sīmd so litl ōcẉd. Ẃl ɖe tōct h traid t fix hr prṃnntli in hiz meṃri. Ẃn h lrnt ɖt ɖ yuñ grl bsd hr wz hr dōtr h jujd hr t b a yir or so yungr ɖn himslf. Hr fes, ẃć mst hv bn hansm, hd rmend intelijnt. It wz an ovl fes wɖ stroñli marct fīćrz. Ɖ îz wr vri darc blu n stedi. Ɖer gêz bgan wɖ a dfaynt not bt wz cnfyzd bî ẃt sīmd a dlibṛt swūn v ɖ pypl intu ɖ îris, rvilñ fr an instnt a tmpṛmnt v gret snsbiḷti. Ɖ pypl ri’srtd itslf qcli, ɖs haf-dsclozd nećr fél agn undr ɖ rên v prūdns, n hr astṛcān jacit, moldñ a bŭzm v a srtn fŭlnis, struc ɖ not v dfayns mor defiṇtli.

H met hr agn a fy wīcs aftwdz at a conṣt in Ŕlzf̣t Teris n sizd ɖ momnts ẃn hr dōtr’z atnśn wz dvrtd t bcm intiṃt. Ś aludd wns or twîs t hr huzbnd bt hr ton wz nt sć az t mc ɖ aluźn a wornñ. Hr nem wz Msz Siṇco. Hr huzbnd’z gret-gret-granfaɖr hd cm fṛm Leghorn. Hr huzbnd wz captin v a mrc̣ntîl bot playñ btwn Dublin n Hoḷnd; n ɖe hd wn ćîld.

Mītñ hr a ʈrd tîm bî axidnt h faund curij t mc an apôntmnt. Ś cem. Ɖs wz ɖ frst v mni mītñz; ɖe met olwz in ɖ īvnñ n ćouz ɖ most qayt qortrz fr ɖer wōcs tgɖr. Mr. Dufi, hvr, hd a dstest fr unḍhand wez n, fîndñ ɖt ɖe wr cmpeld t mīt stelʈ̇li, h forst hr t asc him t hr hǎs. Captin Siṇco incurijd hiz vizits, ʈncñ ɖt hiz dōtr’z hand wz in qsćn. H hd dsmist hiz wîf so s’nsirli fṛm hiz gaḷri v pleźrz ɖt h dd nt sspct ɖt enwn els wd tec an inṭrest in hr. Az ɖ huzbnd wz ofn awe n ɖ dōtr ǎt gvñ ḿziclésnz Mr. Dufi hd mni oṗtyṇtiz v injoyñ ɖ ledi’z ssayti. Nɖr h nr ś hd hd eni sć advnćr bfr n nɖr wz conśs v eni incngruwti. Litl bî litl h intangld hiz ʈts wɖ hrz. H lent hr bcs, pṛvîdd hr wɖ îdīaz, śerd hiz inṭlecćl lîf wɖ hr. Ś lisnd t ol.

Smtmz in rtrn fr hiz ʈiriz ś gev ǎt sm fact v hr ǒn lîf. Wɖ olmst mtrnl s’liṣtyd ś rjd him t let hiz nećr opn t ɖ fl: ś bcem hiz cnfesr. H tld hr ɖt fr sm tîm h hd asistd at ɖ mītñz v an Îriś Soṣ́list Parti ẃr h hd flt himslf a ynīc figr amdst a scor v sobr wrcṃn in a garit lit bî an inifiśnt ôļamp. Ẃn ɖ parti hd dvîdd intu ʈri sx́nz, ć undr its ǒn līdr n in its ǒn garit, h hd discntinyd hiz atndnsz. Ɖ wrcṃn’z dscuśnz, h sd, wr tù timṛs; ɖ inṭrest ɖe tc in ɖ qsćn v wejz wz inordṇt. H flt ɖt ɖe wr hard-fīćrd riylists n ɖt ɖe rzntd an xacttyd ẃć wz ɖ prodys v a leźr nt wɖn ɖer rīć. No sośl reṿluśn, h tld hr, wd b lîcli t strîc Dublin fr sm snć̣riz.

Ś asct him ẃ dd h nt rait ǎt hiz ʈts. Fr ẃt, h asct hr, wɖ cerfl scorn. T cmpit wɖ frezmungrz, inceṗbl v ʈncñ cnsektivli fr sixti secndz? T sbmit himslf t ɖ criṭsizmz v an obtys midl clas ẃć intrustd its mraḷti t p’līsṃn n its fîn arts t impṛsārioz?

H wnt ofn t hr litl cotij ǎtsd Dublin; ofn ɖe spent ɖer īvnñz alon. Litl bî litl, az ɖer ʈts intangld, ɖe spouc v subjicts les rmot. Hr cmpańnśp wz lîc a worm sôl abt an xotic. Mni tîmz ś alaud ɖ darc t fōl upn ɖm, rfrenñ fṛm lîtñ ɖ lamp. Ɖ darc dscrit rūm, ɖer îṣleśn, ɖ ḿzic ɖt stl vîbretd in ɖer irz ynîtd ɖm. Ɖs yńn xōltd him, wòr awe ɖ ruf éjz v hiz caṛctr, imośṇlîzd hiz mntl lîf. Smtmz h còt himslf liṣnñ t ɖ sǎnd v hiz ǒn vôs. H ʈt ɖt in hr îz h wd asnd t an anjelicl staćr; n, az h ataćt ɖ frvnt nećr v hiz cmpańn mor n mor closli t him, h hŕd ɖ strenj imprsnl vôs ẃć h rec̣gnîzd az hiz ǒn, insistñ on ɖ soul’z inkṛbl lonlinis. W canot gv ǎrslvz, it sd: w r ǎr ǒn. Ɖ end v ɖz dscorsz wz ɖt wn nît jrñ ẃć ś hd śoun evri sîn v unyźl xîtmnt, Msz Siṇco còt p hiz hand paśṇtli n prest it t hr ćīc.

Mr. Dufi wz vri mć s’prîzd. Hr intrpṛteśn v hiz wrdz disiluźnd him. H dd nt vizit hr fr a wīc, ɖen h rout t hr ascñ hr t mīt him. Az h dd nt wś ɖer last inṭvy t b trubld bî ɖ inflụns v ɖer ruind cnfeśnl ɖe met in a litl cecśop nir ɖ Parcget. It wz cold ōtmweɖr bt in spît v ɖ cold ɖe wondrd p n dǎn ɖ rodz v ɖ Parc fr nirli ʈri aurz. Ɖe agrìd t brec of ɖer inṭcors: evri bond, h sd, z a bond t soro. Ẃn ɖe cem ǎt v ɖ Parc ɖe wōct in sîḷns twdz ɖ tram; bt hir ś bgan t trembl so vayḷntli ɖt, firñ anɖr c’laps on hr part, h bád hr gdbî qcli n left hr. A fy dez lêtr h rsivd a parsl cntenñ hiz bcs n ḿzic.

For yirz pást. Mr. Dufi rtrnd t hiz īvn we v lîf. Hiz rūm stl bòr witnis v ɖ ordrlinis v hiz mînd. Sm ny pìsz v ḿzic incumbrd ɖ ḿzicstand in ɖ lowr rūm n on hiz ślvz std tū volymz bî Nīća: Ɖus Speic Zaṛʈŭstra n Ɖ Ge Sayns. H rout sldm in ɖ śīf v peprz ẃć le in hiz desc. Wn v hiz sntnsz, ritn tū munʈs aftr hiz last inṭvy wɖ Msz Siṇco, réd: Luv btwn man n man z imposbl bcz ɖr mst nt b sx́l inṭcors n frendśp btwn man n wmn z imposbl bcz ɖr mst b sx́l inṭcors. H cept awe fṛm conṣts lest h śd mīt hr. Hiz faɖr daid; ɖ jūńr partnr v ɖ banc rtîrd. N stl evri mornñ h wnt intu ɖ siti bî tram n evri īvnñ wōct hom fṛm ɖ siti aftr hvñ dînd modṛtli in Jorj’z Strīt n réd ɖ īvnñpepr fr dzrt.

Wn īvnñ az h wz abt t pt a morsl v cornd bīf n cabij intu hiz mǎʈ hiz hand stopt. Hiz îz fixt ɖmslvz on a paṛgraf in ɖ īvnñpepr ẃć h hd propt agnst ɖ wōtr-c’raf. H rplest ɖ morsl v fūd on hiz plet n réd ɖ paṛgraf atntivli. Ɖen h dranc a glas v wōtr, pśt hiz plet t wn sîd, dubld ɖ pepr dǎn bfr him btwn hiz elboz n réd ɖ paṛgraf ovr n ovr agn. Ɖ cabij bgan t dpozit a cold ẃît grīs on hiz plet. Ɖ grl cem ovr t him t asc wz hiz dinr nt proprli cct. H sd it wz vri gd n ét a fy mǎʈflz v it wɖ dificlti. Ɖen h peid hiz bil n wnt ǎt.

H wōct alñ qcli ʈru ɖ Nvmbr twîlît, hiz stǎt hezl stic strîcñ ɖ grǎnd reğlrli, ɖ frinj v ɖ buf Meil pīpñ ǎt v a sîdpocit v hiz tît rīfr-oṿcot. On ɖ lonli rod ẃć līdz fṛm ɖ Parcget t Ćaṗliẓd h slacnd hiz pes. Hiz stic struc ɖ grǎnd les imfaticli n hiz breʈ, iśuwñ ireğlrli, olmst wɖ a sayñ sǎnd, cndnst in ɖ winṭri er. Ẃn h rīćt hiz hǎs h wnt p at wns t hiz bedrūm n, tecñ ɖ pepr fṛm hiz pocit, réd ɖ paṛgraf agn bî ɖ felñ lît v ɖ windo. H réd it nt alǎd, bt muvñ hiz lips az a prīst dz ẃn h rīdz ɖ prerz Secreto. Ɖs wz ɖ paṛgraf:

DEƮ V A LEDI AT SIDNI P’RED

A PENFL CES

 

Tde at ɖ Siti v Dublin Hospitl ɖ Depyti Coṛnr (in ɖ absns v Mr. Leṿrit) hld an inqest on ɖ bodi v Msz Eṃli Siṇco, ejd forti-ʈri yirz, hu wz cild at Sidni P’red Steśn yesṭde īvnñ. Ɖ evidns śoud ɖt ɖ dsist ledi, ẃl atmtñ t cros ɖ lîn, wz noct dǎn bî ɖ enjin v ɖ ten o’cloc slo tren fṛm Cñztǎn, ɖr-bî sstenñ inɉriz v ɖ hed n rît sîd ẃć léd t hr deʈ.

Jemz Lenn, drîvr v ɖ enjin, stetd ɖt h hd bn in ɖ implômnt v ɖ relwe-cumṗni fr fiftīn yirz. On hírñ ɖ gard’z ẃisl h set ɖ tren in mośn n a secnd or tū aftwdz bròt it t rest in rspons t lǎd crîz. Ɖ tren wz gwñ slǒli.

P. Dún, relwe-portr, stetd ɖt az ɖ tren wz abt t start h obzrvd a wmn atmtñ t cros ɖ lînz. H ran twdz hr n śǎtd, bt, bfr h cd rīć hr, ś wz còt bî ɖ bufr v ɖ enjin n fél t ɖ grǎnd.

A jrr. “Y sw ɖ ledi fōl?”

Witnis. “Yes.”

P’līs Sarjnt Croli dpozd ɖt ẃn h arîvd h faund ɖ dsist layñ on ɖ platform apaṛntli ded. H hd ɖ bodi tecn t ɖ wêtñrūm pndñ ɖ arîvl v ɖ ambyḷns.

Cunsṭbl 57E c’roḅretd.

Dr. Halpin, asistnt hǎșrjn v ɖ Siti v Dublin Hospitl, stetd ɖt ɖ dsist hd tū lowr ribz fracćrd n hd sstend svir cntyźnz v ɖ rît śoldr. Ɖ rît sîd v ɖ hed hd bn injrd in ɖ fōl. Ɖ inɉriz wr nt sfiśnt t hv cōzd deʈ in a norml prsn. Deʈ, in hiz opińn, hd bn probbli dy t śoc n sudn fełr v ɖ hart’s ax́n.

Mr. H. B. Paṭsn Finle, on bhaf v ɖ relwe-cumṗni, xprest hiz dīp rgret at ɖ axidnt. Ɖ cumṗni hd olwz tecn evri pricōśn t privnt ppl crosñ ɖ lînz xpt bî ɖ brijz, bʈ bî plesñ noṭsz in evri steśn n bî ɖ ys v petnt sprñgets at levl crosñz. Ɖ dsist hd bn in ɖ habit v crosñ ɖ lînz lêt at nît fṛm platform t platform n, in vy v srtn uɖr srcmstansz v ɖ ces, h dd nt ʈnc ɖ relwe-ofiślz wr t blem.

Captin Siṇco, v Liovil, Sidni P’red, huzbnd v ɖ dsist, olso gev evidns. H stetd ɖt ɖ dsist wz hiz wîf. H wz nt in Dublin at ɖ tîm v ɖ axidnt az h hd arîvd onli ɖt mornñ fṛm Roṭdam. Ɖe hd bn marid fr twenti-tū yirz n hd livd haṗli untl abt tū yirz ago ẃn hiz wîf bgan t b rɖr intmpṛt in hr habits.

Mis Mẹri Siṇco sd ɖt v lêt hr muɖr hd bn in ɖ habit v gwñ ǎt at nît t bai spirits. Ś, witnis, hd ofn traid t rīzn wɖ hr muɖr n hd indyst hr t jôn a līg. Ś wz nt at hom untl an aur aftr ɖ axidnt. Ɖ jri rtrnd a vrdict in acordns wɖ ɖ medicl evidns n xoṇretd Lenn fṛm ol blem.

Ɖ Depyti Coṛnr sd it wz a most penfl ces, n xprest gret simṗʈi wɖ Captin Siṇco n hiz dōtr. H rjd on ɖ relwe-cumṗni t tec stroñ meźrz t privnt ɖ posbiḷti v similr axidnts in ɖ fyćr. No blem ataćt t enwn.

Mr. Dufi rezd hiz îz fṛm ɖ pepr n gezd ǎt v hiz windo on ɖ ćirlis īvnñlanscep. Ɖ rivr le qayt bsd ɖ emti dstiḷri n fṛm tîm t tîm a lît apird in sm hǎs on ɖ Lūcn rod. Ẃt an end! Ɖ hol naṛtiv v hr deʈ rvoltd him n it rvoltd him t ʈnc ɖt h hd evr spocn t hr v ẃt h hld secrid. Ɖ ʈredbér frezz, ɖ inen xpreśnz v simṗʈi, ɖ cōśs wrdz v a rportr wún ovr t cnsil ɖ dītelz v a comnples vulgr deʈ atact hiz stuṃc. Nt mirli hd ś dgredd hrslf; ś hd dgredd him. H sw ɖ sqolid tract v hr vîs, mizṛbl n malodṛs. Hiz soul’z cmpańn! H ʈt v ɖ hoḅlñ rećz hūm h hd sìn cariyñ canz n botlz t b fild bî ɖ barmn. Just God, ẃt an end! Evidntli ś hd bn unfit t liv, wɖt eni streñʈ v prṗs, an īzi prei t habits, wn v ɖ recs on ẃć siṿlîześn hz bn rird. Bt ɖt ś cd hv sunc so lo! Wz it poṣbl h hd dsivd himslf so utrli abt hr? H rmembrd hr ǎtbrst v ɖt nît n intrpṛtd it in a harśr sns ɖn h hd evr dn. H hd no dificlti nǎ in apruvñ v ɖ cors h hd tecn.

Az ɖ lît feld n hiz meṃri bgan t wondr h ʈt hr hand tućt hiz. Ɖ śoc ẃć hd frst atact hiz stuṃc wz nǎ atacñ hiz nrvz. H pt on hiz oṿcot n hat qcli n wnt ǎt. Ɖ cold er met him on ɖ ʈreśhold; it crept intu ɖ slīvz v hiz cot. Ẃn h cem t ɖ publichǎs at Ćaṗliẓd Brij h wnt in n ordrd a hot punć.

Ɖ pṛpraytr srvd him obsīqịsli bt dd nt vnćr t tōc. Ɖr wr fîv or six wrcñmen in ɖ śop dscusñ ɖ valy v a jntlmn’z istet in Cǎnti Cilder. Ɖe dranc at inṭvlz fṛm ɖer hyj pînțumblrz n smoct, spitñ ofn on ɖ flor n smtmz dragñ ɖ swdust ovr ɖer spits wɖ ɖer hevi būts. Mr. Dufi sat on hiz stūl n gezd at ɖm, wɖt siyñ or hírñ ɖm. Aftr a ẃl ɖe wnt ǎt n h cōld fr anɖr punć. H sat a loñ tîm ovr it. Ɖ śop wz vri qayt. Ɖ pṛpraytr sprōld on ɖ cǎntr rīdñ ɖ Heṛld n yōnñ. Nǎ n agn a tram wz hŕd swiśñ alñ ɖ lonli rod ǎtsd.

Az h sat ɖr, livñ ovr hiz lîf wɖ hr n ivocñ oltrṇtli ɖ tū iṃjz in ẃć h nǎ cnsivd hr, h riylîzd ɖt ś wz ded, ɖt ś hd sīst t xist, ɖt ś hd bcm a meṃri. H bgan t fīl il at īz. H asct himslf ẃt els cd h hv dn. H cd nt hv carid on a coṃdi v dspśn wɖ hr; h cd nt hv livd wɖ hr opnli. H hd dn ẃt sīmd t him bst. Hǎ wz h t blem? Nǎ ɖt ś wz gn h unḍstd hǎ lonli hr lîf mst hv bn, sitñ nît aftr nît alon in ɖt rūm. Hiz lîf wd b lonli tù untl h, tù, daid, sīst t xist, bcem a meṃri—f enwn rmembrd him.

It wz aftr nîn o’cloc ẃn h left ɖ śop. Ɖ nît wz cold n glūmi. H entrd ɖ Parc bî ɖ frst get n wōct alñ undr ɖ gōnt triz. H wōct ʈru ɖ blīc aliz ẃr ɖe hd wōct for yirz bfr. Ś sīmd t b nir him in ɖ darcnis. At momnts h sīmd t fīl hr vôs tuć hiz ir, hr hand tuć hiz. H std stil t lisn. Ẃ hd h wɖheld lîf fṛm hr? Ẃ hd h sntnst hr t deʈ? H flt hiz moṛl nećr fōlñ t pìsz.

Ẃn h gend ɖ crest v ɖ Maġzīn Hil h hōltd n lct alñ ɖ rivr twdz Dublin, ɖ lîts v ẃć brnd redli n hspitbli in ɖ cold nît. H lct dǎn ɖ slǒp n, at ɖ bes, in ɖ śado v ɖ wōl v ɖ Parc, h sw sm hymn figrz layñ. Ɖoz vīnl n frtiv luvz fild him wɖ dsper. H nwd ɖ recttyd v hiz lîf; h flt ɖt h hd bn ǎtcast fṛm lîf’s fīst. Wn hymn biyñ hd sīmd t luv him n h hd dnaid hr lîf n hapinis: h hd sntnst hr t igṇmini, a deʈ v śem. H ń ɖt ɖ prostret crīćrz dǎn bî ɖ wōl wr woćñ him n wśt him gn. Nwn wontd him; h wz ǎtcast fṛm lîf’s fīst. H trnd hiz îz t ɖ gre glīmñ rivr, wîndñ alñ twdz Dublin. Bynd ɖ rivr h sw a gdz-tren wîndñ ǎt v Cñzbrij Steśn, lîc a wrm wɖ a fîri hed wîndñ ʈru ɖ darcnis, obstiṇtli n l’borịsli. It pást slǒli ǎt v sît; bt stl h hŕd in hiz irz ɖ l’borịs dron v ɖ enjin riiṭretñ ɖ siḷblz v hr nem.

H trnd bac ɖ we h hd cm, ɖ riɖm v ɖ enjin pǎndñ in hiz irz. H bgan t dǎt ɖ riaḷti v ẃt meṃri tld him. H hōltd undr a tri n alaud ɖ riɖm t dî awe. H cd nt fīl hr nir him in ɖ darcnis nr hr vôs tuć hiz ir. H wêtd fr sm minits liṣnñ. H cd hír nʈñ: ɖ nît wz prf̣cli sîḷnt. H lisnd agn: prf̣cli sîḷnt. H flt ɖt h wz alon.

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