Sandra Effinger -- MsEffie's LifeSavers for Teachers

The first example of this is in “Araby” where the narrator is attracted to a young girl.

How to Read Literature like a Professor by Thomas C. …

A recurrent theme of darkness weaves itself through the story; the boy hides in shadows from his uncle or to coyly catch a glimpse of his friend Mangan's sister who obliviously is his first love.

As the woman turns and walks away, he realizes the opportunity of winning his friends sister through gift has slipped away.

Olive Schreiner | Gender and Modernism

As said by Well’s in his critical analysis of these stories, “Both the protagonists have come to realize that romantic gestures—in fact, that the whole chivalric view [sic] --- are, in modern times, counterproductive”....

The protagonists in James Joyce’s “Araby” and Alice Munro’s “Boys and Girls experience a common initiation of how different the world is, compared to how they would like to see.