Araby. James Joyce. Dubliners. Dubliners is a collection of 15 short stories by James Joyce , first published in 1914. They form a naturalistic depiction of Irish middle class life in and around Dublin in the early years of the 20th century.
The rest of the story, then, is the narrator's attempt to obtain that gift for Mangan's sister. In fact, his obsession with the girl herself transfers to an obsession with the gift, and with the bazaar where he'll find the gift, so that for the days leading up the bazaar he can think of nothing but getting there. He begins to ignore his schoolwork, is unable to sit still.