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editor himself: one who is inspirational and innovative rather

than corrupt.

As mentioned earlier, Crawford considers Gallaher the

greatest journalist. Despite the editor’s acclaim, Gallaher’s

“greatness” is highly questionable. His detailed report of the

Phoenix Park murders, for one thing, could have been illegal,

for English laws limit what can be reported about a crime after

individuals face charges and before they come to trial (Gifford

& Seidman, 1988: 140). An intellectual is surely supposed to

act as a nonconformist, a truth-teller and disturber of the status

quo. Yet Gallaher’s presumable violation of the laws is

motivated not by an ideal but by a desire to publish something

that would give “him the leg up” (Joyce, 1986: 113) and an

enviable position in London. Judging from Joyce’s

representations of this character in “A Little Cloud,” he clearly

values personal gain over public benefit. At the beginning of “A

Little Cloud,” Gallagher, returning home for a holiday, is

depicted as the embodiment of success. Little Chandler has a

high regard for his friend’s changed circumstances: “Gallaher

had got on” (1996: 70); he “had become a brilliant figure on

the London Press” (71); “Ignatius Gallaher on the London

Press!” (72). Clearly, Gallaher’s attainment of a place in

London fills the stay-at-home with pride. The returnee tells of

press life: “It pulls you down. . . . Always hurry and scurry,

looking for copy and sometimes not finding it: and then,

always to have something new in your stuff. Damn proofs and

printers, I say, for a few days” (75). So far as Gallaher is

concerned, journalism is characterized by bustle and pressure.

Press life, indeed, could be hectic and stressful, but his

description does not show much, if any, enthusiasm for

journalism; he mentions nothing about his accomplishment or

sense of mission as an Irish journalist in London. He is

determined to enjoy life, and being a journalist helps him

achieve that purpose. Gallaher tells his friend: “Everything in