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Magda’s philosophy of life may well have helped to shape Joyce’s. As she says, ‘And one thing more, my friend,–sin! We must sin if we wish to grow. To become greater than our sins is worth more than all the purity you preach.’ When her father asks her if she is pure, she replies that she has ‘remained–true to myself.’ Stephen thinks with ecstasy in Chapter IV of A Portrait, ‘To live, to err, to fall, to triumph, to recreate life out of life!’
James Joyce, Richard Ellmann



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