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The Black Prophet - A Tale of Irish Famine

The Black Prophet - A Tale of Irish Famine by William Carleton
By: (1794-1869)

A story about the Irish, just before the onset of the famine of 1847, with all the color and dialogue of a man who lived it.

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THE BLACK PROPHET:

A TALE OF IRISH FAMINE.

By William Carleton

CHAPTER I. Glendhu, or the Black Glen; Scene of Domestic Affection.

Some twenty and odd years ago there stood a little cabin at the foot of a round hill, that very much resembled a cupola in shape, and which, from its position and height, commanded a prospect of singular beauty. This hill was one of a range that ran from north to southwest; but in consequence of its standing, as it were, somewhat out of the ranks, its whole appearance and character as a distinct feature of the country were invested with considerable interest to a scientific eye, especially to that of a geologist. An intersection or abrupt glen divided it from those which constituted the range or group alluded to; through this, as a pass in the country, and the only one for miles, wound a road into an open district on the western side, which road, about half a mile after its entering the glen, was met by a rapid torrent that came down from the gloomy mountains that rose to the left. The foot of this hill, which on the southern side was green and fertile to the top, stretched off and was lost in the rich land that formed the great and magnificent valley it helped to bound, and to which the chasm we have described was but an entrance; the one bearing to the other, in size and position, much the same relation that a small bye lane in a country town bears to the great leading street which constitutes its principal feature... Continue reading book >>


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