Araby map

I mapped North Washington Street and contrasted its current state with its depiction in Araby. The houses and Christian Brothers School are still there, but the lanes where the boy describes playing have been turned into parking lots and a paved street. Two street lamps are present on the street, as they're described in the story, and one stands almost directly across from a row house. This could be the boy's house, as the narrator describes "the light from the lamp opposite our door."


I like the way you've thought like an archaeologist to recover the lanes here. What if you look at an old map of Dublin. Can you find one from about 1900 that would show the lanes, or at least what used to be there before the parking lots were put in? It would be interesting to excavate the exact cartography of that neighborhood in order to gain a sense of the boy's primary environment.