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Some Experiences of an Irish R.M.   By: (1862-1915)

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Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. is a delightful novel written by the acclaimed author Martin Ross. Set in the peaceful and picturesque Irish countryside in the late 19th century, the story follows the journey of the Resident Magistrate, a proud Englishman, as he attempts to bring order and justice to the chaotic and eccentric Irish community.

The book provides a unique and insightful glimpse into the vibrant and idiosyncratic lives of the Irish locals, offering an amusing and at times poignant portrayal of their customs, traditions, and intriguing personalities. Through the eyes of the R.M., readers are exposed to the many challenges and joys of his position, getting a taste of the complexities and peculiarities of Irish rural life.

One of the most captivating aspects of the novel is the remarkably vivid and well-drawn characters that populate its pages. From the endearing and mischievous Flurry Knox, a local landowner with a penchant for mischief, to the ideals-driven but somewhat naive R.M. himself, each character adds depth and authenticity to the story. Through their interactions and escapades, the book offers a nuanced exploration of cultural clashes, misunderstandings, and the dynamics between English ruling class and the Irish natives.

The narrative is laced with delightful humor, often in the form of witty dialogue and sharp observations. The comedic moments are expertly balanced with moments of tenderness and melancholy, creating a rich tapestry of emotions throughout the story. The author's skillful writing draws readers into the world of the R.M., making it almost impossible not to empathize with his dilemmas and predicaments.

Despite its light-hearted tone, the novel occasionally touches upon deeper themes such as identity, prejudice, and social hierarchies. Through the lens of the R.M.'s experiences and growth, the book subtly probes these topics, leaving readers with much to ponder long after the final page.

Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. is a charming and captivating novel that showcases the talents of Martin Ross. Its engaging characters, evocative setting, and witty writing combine to create an enjoyable and thought-provoking reading experience. Recommended for those who seek a delightful journey through the Irish countryside and a delightful glimpse into the peculiarities of human nature.

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SOME EXPERIENCES OF AN IRISH R.M.

by

E. OE. SOMERVILLE

and

MARTIN ROSS

THOMAS NELSON & SONS LTD

LONDON EDINBURGH PARIS MELBOURNE

TORONTO AND NEW YORK

Reprinted by permission of Messrs. Longmans Green & Co., Ltd.

CONTENTS

I. GREAT UNCLE MCCARTHY II. IN THE CURRANHILTY COUNTRY III. TRINKET'S COLT IV. THE WATERS OF STRIFE V. LISHEEN RACES, SECOND HAND VI. PHILIPPA'S FOX HUNT VII. A MISDEAL VIII. THE HOLY ISLAND IX. THE POLICY OF THE CLOSED DOOR X. THE HOUSE OF FAHY XI. OCCASIONAL LICENSES XII. "OH LOVE! OH FIRE!"

SOME EXPERIENCES OF AN IRISH R.M.

I

GREAT UNCLE McCARTHY

A Resident Magistracy in Ireland is not an easy thing to come by nowadays; neither is it a very attractive job; yet on the evening when I first propounded the idea to the young lady who had recently consented to become Mrs. Sinclair Yeates, it seemed glittering with possibilities. There was, on that occasion, a sunset, and a string band playing "The Gondoliers," and there was also an ingenuous belief in the omnipotence of a godfather of Philippa's (Philippa was the young lady) who had once been a member of the Government.

I was then climbing the steep ascent of the Captains towards my Majority. I have no fault to find with Philippa's godfather; he did all and more than even Philippa had expected; nevertheless, I had attained to the dignity of mud major, and had spent a good deal on postage stamps, and on railway fares to interview people of influence, before I found myself in the hotel at Skebawn, opening long envelopes addressed to "Major Yeates, R... Continue reading book >>




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