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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
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  • The class must be doing the themes or perhaps Father Arnall was reading out of the book.
  • Father Arnall gave out the theme-books and he said that they were scandalous and that they were all to be written out again with the corrections at once.

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  • Copy out your themes again the rest of you.
  • The hushed class continued to copy out the themes.
  • He listened to Father Arnall’s low and gentle voice as he corrected the themes.
  • The other boys bent over their theme-books and began to write.
  • —He wrote a bad Latin theme, Father Arnall said, and he missed all the questions in grammar.
  • —Father Dolan came in today and pandied me because I was not writing my theme.
  • But the worst of all was Fleming’s theme because the pages were stuck together by a blot: and Father Arnall held it up by a corner and said it was an insult to any master to send him up such a theme.
  • But the worst of all was Fleming’s theme because the pages were stuck together by a blot: and Father Arnall held it up by a corner and said it was an insult to any master to send him up such a theme.

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  • But the phrase on the priest’s lips was disingenuous for he knew that a priest should not speak lightly on that theme.
  • But his brain had then refused to grapple with the theme and, desisting, he had covered the page with the names and addresses of certain of his classmates: Roderick Kickham John Lawton Anthony MacSwiney Simon Moonan Now it seemed as if he would fail again but, by dint of brooding on the incident, he thought himself into confidence.
  • Stephen followed also with his ears the accents and intervals of the priest’s voice as he spoke gravely and cordially of indifferent themes, the vacation which had just ended, the colleges of the order abroad, the transference of masters.

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as in: theme of the novel Define
a basic idea that underlies what is being said or done -- especially in a literary or artistic work
as in: musical theme Define
the initial or primary melody of a musical composition or (as in "theme song") music that is most repeated in a film, television series, or other theatrical production
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