pennyboy

pennyboy

(ˈpɛnɪˌbɔɪ)
n
slang Irish an employee whose duties include menial tasks, such as running errands
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Jonson's The Staple of News (1626, King's Men at the Blackfriars) offers an example of the discovery space used to show a character sitting "in state" ("The study is open'd where she sit[s] in state" [F2, F1r]), although given that the scene takes place in a room of Pennyboy Senior's house (not in a palace or the like), the phrase "in state", meaning "with great pomp and solemnity; with a great train" (OED state, sb.
Alleyne) as is Gabriel (especially of his aunts, to whom, late in the story, he thinks himself a "pennyboy" (220)).
He saw himself as a ludicrous figure, acting as a pennyboy for his aunts, a nervous well-meaning sentimentalist, orating to vulgarians and idealizing his own clownish lusts, the pitiable fatuous fellow he had caught a glimpse of in the mirror" (Joyce 1969: 219-20).