This fifth short story in Dubliners outlines the life of one Irish man, Jimmy Doyle, and his three fellow car drivers. This young man has found two French and one Hungarian friend at Cambridge. The ideas of fame and money circulate in his mind throughout the story.
Rapid motion through space elates one; so does notoriety; so does the possession of money. These were three good reasons for Jimmy’s excitement.
The idea of ‘elation,’ ‘happiness,’ and ‘winning’ seem to be at the front of Jimmy’s mind. I’m not in agreement with the focus on physical pleasures–it seems idolatrous. However, Joyce might be painting this picture of a rising adult as what is, not what ought.