Engendering of His Soul

“Where was his boyhood now? Where was the soul that had hung back from her destiny, to brood alone upon the shame of her wounds and in her house of squalor and subterfuge to queen it in faded cerements and wreaths that withered at the touch? Or where was he?” (144)

I think that it is very interesting that Stephen attributes female characteristics to his soul, calling it at various times a ‘she.’ In this passage, there is an allusion to her power, a ‘queen,’ but that power has gone away and become ‘faded.’ This may refer to him growing out of childhood and the permanent condition of his soul in an impure state as an adult.

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