The romantic feeling he had for Magnan’s sister seemed to help him forget the frustration and drudgery of his daily life.
When isolated in the dead priests’ cabin he went to his own ideal world where life was better.
His desire to get Magnan’s sister a gift from the bazaar made him alienate himself even more.
He looked down upon his friends who he begun to see as children and viewed himself as being better than they are.
In the story, all the characters remain nameless this shows the frustration and despair that is ongoing in the lives of the characters.
Magnan’s sister would wish to go to the bazaar but cannot and she can only rely on her imagination.
The house in which he lived was littered with old newspapers, and the books he found in the dead priests hose were yellow with age.
The writers’ description of the apple tree’s bushes as struggling and the priest’s bicycle as rusty goes to portray the theme of poverty.
The writer is not the only one who is alienated and lonely, the priest in the story lived alone in a run down and untidy house.
In the first line of the story, Joyce describes a building that stand alone detached from everything else perhaps to prepare the reader for the theme of alienation that is evident throughout the story.