A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

“All the people. Welcome home, Stephen! Noises of welcome. His mother kissed him. Was that right? His father was a marshall now: higher than a magistrate. Welcome home, Stephen!” (16)

This passage stood out to me as when Stephen comes home from school the first time two things he references are things kids made fun of him for previously, kissing his mom and his father not being a magistrate.

James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.