A Painful Case Excerpt – James Joyce

He had neither companions nor friends, church nor creed. He lived his spiritual
life without any communion with others, visiting his relatives at Christmas
and escorting them to the cemetery when they died. He performed these two social 
duties for old dignity' sake but conceded nothing further to the conventions
which regulate the civic life. He allowed himself to think that in certain 
circumstances he would rob his bank but, as these circumstances never arose,
his life rolled out evenly - an adventureless tale.

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