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Strangers at Lisconnel

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Strangers at Lisconnel is a sequel to Jane Barlow’s Irish Idylls. The locations and most of the characters are common to both. There is great humor and concomitantly a certain melancholy in most of these stories of the most rural of rural places in Ireland. Although of a higher social class than her characters, Our Jane seems to have a touch of softness in her heart for their utter simplicity, abject poverty and naiveté. From the following brief example of dialogue, can be seen that Ms Barlow could only have come to write these words after having heard them countless times in person: Mrs. Kilfoyle: "I declare, now, you'd whiles think things knew what you was manin' in your mind, and riz themselves up agin it a' purpose to prevint you, they happen that conthráry." Although Jane Barlow did not consider her poetry worthwhile, the rythmn and music of her prose is magical to the ear.

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STRANGERS AT LISCONNEL

A SECOND SERIES OF IRISH IDYLLS

BY

JANE BARLOW

NEW YORK DODD, MEAD AND COMPANY 1895

Copyright, 1895 ,

by

Dodd, Mead and Company.

TO

M. L. B.

[Gaelic: Is fada mé beo do dhiaigh.]

CONTENTS

PAGE

CHAPTER I.

OUT OF THE WAY 1

CHAPTER II.

JERRY DUNNE'S BASKET 14

CHAPTER III.

MRS. KILFOYLE'S CLOAK 31

CHAPTER IV.

A GOOD TURN 53

CHAPTER V.

FORECASTS 80

CHAPTER VI.

A FAIRING 112

CHAPTER VII.

MR. POLYMATHERS 139

CHAPTER VIII.

HONORIS CAUSA 168

CHAPTER IX.

BOYS' WAGES 211

CHAPTER X.

CON THE QUARE ONE 235

CHAPTER XI.

MAD BELL 271

CHAPTER XII.

A FLITTING 303

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