Maria is someone who young men on the tram ignore
	and who neighbor girls play pranks on. 
	She is pleased by the attention of the old colonel
	on the tram, but so embarrassed that she hardly knows 
	what to think. So, she loses the cake in her flustered
	state. Her place in various situations is fairly
	stable, though marginal. Most women see themselves as
	becoming marginal figures as they get older.

	Male writers like Joyce often look at the women
	characters as merely being whatever is useful or not
	to male characters. Hence, some critics say that
	Joyce paints his motherly characters in more glowing