Do you know this story? If not, you should. It's a great story about lost love. You can find an analysis of the story here: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/39900/an_analysis_of_james_joyces_short_story.html?cat=38
According to this website, the story teaches us a lesson: "If one thing is to be realized from this short story, it should be that love is hard to come by. When two people are truly, madly, and deeply in love, they must embrace it while they still have the opportunity. If the opportunity if passed up, it might be lost forever. And even if a replacement is found, the first true love will never be forgotten."
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