Certainly the narrative of A Portrait reflects a developing narrator (in turn reflecting Stephen's development), and so the child-like first paragraph,
Once upon a time and a very good time it was there was a moocow coming down along the road and this moocow that was coming down along the road met a nicens little boy named baby tuckoo...
merely reflects a child narrator since Stephen is a child.
A reader who had only met Joyce via Ulysses and Finnegans Wake, might mistake this for interior monologue of some kind, but closer reading reveals that is not, or at least that is how it seems to me.
- Are there any examples of interior monologue in a A Portrait?
- Is the example quoted above in fact a stream of consciousness / interior monologue of some sort, as argued (non authoritatively) here?