Riders to the Sea

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J. W. Luce, 1916 - Drowning victims - 29 pages

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Page 42 - I'll have now, and it's time, surely. It's a great rest I'll have now, and great sleeping in the long nights after Samhain, if it's only a bit of wet flour we do have to eat, and maybe a fish that would be stinking.
Page 11 - Michael has a clean burial in the far north, by the grace of the Almighty God. Bartley will have a fine coffin out of the white boards, and a deep grave surely. What more can we want than that ? No man at all can be living for ever, and we must be satisfied.
Page 20 - Maybe she'd wake up on us, and come in before we'd done. Coming to the table. It's a long time we'll be, and the two of us crying. NORA Goes to the inner door and listens. She's moving about on the bed. She'll be coming in a minute. CATHLEEN Give me the ladder, and I'll put them up in the turf-loft, the way she won't know of them at all, and maybe when the tide turns she'll be going down to see would he be floating from the east.
Page 36 - seen? MAURYA: I seen Michael himself. CATHLEEN: [Speaking softly] You did not, mother; it wasn't Michael you seen, for his body is after being found in the Far North, and he's got a clean burial by the grace of God. MAURYA: [A little defiantly] I'm after seeing him this day, and he riding and galloping. Hartley came first on the red mare; and I tried to say, "God speed you," but something choked the words in my throat.
Page 17 - Cathleen, a girl of about twenty, finishes kneading cake, and puts it down in the pot-oven by the fire; then wipes her hands, and begins to spin at the wheel.
Page 35 - The gray pony behind him. CATHLEEN Coming to the fire. What is it ails you, at all? MAURYA Speaking very slowly. I've seen the fearfulest thing any person has seen, since the day Bride Dara seen the dead man with the child in his arms.
Page 26 - It's the life of a young man to be going on the sea, and who would listen to an old woman with one thing and she saying it over? BARTLEY [taking the halter]. I must go now quickly. I'll ride down on the red mare, and the gray pony'll run behind me. . . . The blessing of God on you.
Page x - In the big world the old people do be leaving things after them for their sons and children, but in this place it is the young men do be leaving things behind for them that do be old.
Page 25 - I'll have half an hour to go down, and you'll see me coming again in two days, or in three days, or maybe in four days if the wind is bad. MAURYA [turning round to the fire, and putting her shawl over her head]. Isn't it a hard and cruel man won't hear a word from an old woman, and she holding him from the sea?
Page 32 - It's the second one of the third pair I knitted, and I put up threescore stitches, and I dropped four of them. CATHLEEN: [Counts the stitches] It's that number is in it. [Crying out] Ah, Nora, isn't it a bitter thing to think of him floating that way to the far north, and no one to keen him but the black hags that do be flying on the sea? NORA: [Swinging herself...

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