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Quotation by James Joyce
When the soul of man is born in this country there are nets flung at it to hold it back from flight. You talk to me of nationality, language, religion. I shall try to fly by those nets.
James Joyce (1882–1941), Irish author. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, ch. 5.
Stephen Dedalus speaks of his relation to Ireland, but the preposition "by" holds a double meaning for the flight-inspired Daedalian artist: both beyond and by means of.
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