“They all laughed again. Stephen tried to laugh with them. He felt his whole body hot and confused in a moment. What was the right answer to this question? He had given two and still Wells laughed.”
James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (New York: Oxford University Press, 2008), 11.
Speaks to Wells’s character as a bully. Also speaks to Stephen’s character, desperately seeking approval, even when it has already been predetermined that he won’t receive it.