James Joyce

“Ivy Day in the Committee Room”

Quotes “Ivy Day in the Committee Room”
Mr. O’Connor had been engaged by Tierney’s agent to canvas one part of the ward but, as the weather was inclement and his boots let in the wet, he spent a great part of the day sitting by the fire in the Committee Room in Wicklow Street with Jack, the old caretaker.
“One man is a plain honest man with no hunker-sliding about him. He goes in to represent the labor classes. This fellow you’re working for only wants to get some job or other . . . The working-man,” said Mr. Hynes, “gets all kicks and no half-pence. But it’s labor produces everything. The working-man is not looking for fat jobs for his sons and nephews and cousins. The working-man is not going to drag the honor of Dublin in the mud to please a German monarch.”
“Oh, he’s as tricky as they make ‘em,” said Mr. Henchy. “He hasn’t got those little pigs’ eyes for nothing. Blast his soul! Couldn’t he pay up like a man instead of: ‘O now Mr. Henchy, I must speak to Mr. Fanning . . . I’ve spent a lot of money’? Mean little schoolboy of hell! I suppose he forgets the time his little old father kept the hand-me-down shop in Mary’s Lane.”
“Some of these hillsiders and Fenians are a bit too clever if you ask me,” said Mr. Henchy. “Do you know what my private and candid opinion is about some of those little jokers? I believe half of them are in the pay of the Castle.”
“Well, I got Parkes for one, and I got Atkinson for two, and I got Ward of Dawson Street. Fine old chap he is, too—regular old toff, old Conservative! ‘But isn’t your candidate a Nationalist?’ said he. ‘He’s a respectable man,’ said I. ‘He’s in favour of whatever will benefit this country. He’s a big ratepayer,’ I said. ‘He has extensive house property in the city and three places of business and isn’t it to his own advantage to keep down the rates? He’s a prominent and respected citizen . . . ’. That’s the way to talk to ‘em.”