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In "Araby" what details support that the narrator realizes that his imagination and anticipation does not coincide with the reality he experienced at the market place?

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There are tell tale signs throughout Araby that indicate that the narrator is becoming aware and less innocent. On one level it is the awakening of a young boy to adulthood, where things are not as they seem (illustrated in his obsession with his friend's sister). On an entirely other level the 'churcly silence of the bazaar', the 'chalice' and the 'dead priest's room' all offer their own commentary when in the end the narrator realizes, as if he is seeing things for the first time, how the world actually works and how too often imaginings don't live up to the realities. Even the gift that he spends so much time and trouble to get is nonchalantly tossed aside by the object of his affection.