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Awe, young love. It’s exciting and thrilling, yet it can be exceptionally disappointing and unfulfilling. Araby is the name of the bazaar in which the main character of the story is going to so he can buy his young love, Mangan's sister, a gift. He is obsessed with the girl and even waits and watches for her out his window before they leave for school in the mornings. Once the girl exits her house he follows very swiftly and rushes past her, not knowing if he will ever utter a word to her. The girl ends up approaching him one day and asks if he is going to this bazaar ‘Araby’. She is sad to say that she cannot go, so he offers to bring her something back from it. He arrives late to the bazaar due to his uncle's tardiness, and doesn't make a purchase because the proprietors are beginning to pack up their wares. This leaves the young man irritated and exasperated. I recall having a handful of crushes on boys when I was in junior high school. I attended a weekly youth group where one named Matt would come to every other week on Wednesdays. I figured out he couldn't come to youth group every time, so I made sure that I was at every single one that I knew he would be at. I also discovered that he would come with a group from Boys Town, so he quickly obtained a bad boy rap. I think he liked me too because he would always smile at me and sit by me. One day when youth group was about to begin, I went to sit in a chair directly in front of him. Without looking, he pulled the chair right out from underneath me! I fell down on my ass so hard that I bruised my elbow, while him and the group of boys he was with laughed hysterically at me. I was mortified to say the least, and my crush on him ended as quickly as it began.…...

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