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Willy Reilly The Works of William Carleton, Volume One   By: (1794-1869)

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by William Carleton

Illustrated by M. L. Flanery


CHAPTER I. An Adventure and an Escape

II. The Cooleen Bawn

III. Daring Attempt of the Red Rapparee Mysterious Disappearance of His Gang The Avowal

IV. A Sapient Project for our Hero's Conversion His Rival makes his Appearance, and its Consequences

V. The Plot and the Victims

VI. The Warning an Escape

VII. An Accidental Incident favorable to Reilly, and a Curious Conversation

VIII. A Conflagration An Escape And an Adventure

IX. Reilly's Adventure Continued A Prospect of By gone Times Reilly gets a Bed in a Curious Establishment

X. Scenes that took place in the Mountain Cave

XI. The Squire's Dinner and his Guests

XII. Sir Robert Meets a Brother Sportsman Draws his Nets, but Catches Nothing

XIII. Reilly is Taken, but connived at by the Sheriff the Mountain Mass

XIV. Reilly takes Service with Squire Folliard

XV. More of Whitecraft's Plots and Pranks

XVI. Sir Robert ingeniously extricates Himself out of a great Difficulty

XVII. Awful Conduct of Squire Folliard Fergus Keilly begins to Contravene the Red Rapparee

XVIII. Something not very Pleasant for all Parties

XIX. Reilly's Disguise Penetrated He Escapes Fergus Reilly is on the Trail of the Rapparee Sir Robert begins to feel Confident of Success

XX. The Rapparee Secured Reilly and the Cooleen Bawn Escape, and are Captured

XXI. Sir Robert Accepts of an Invitation

XXII. The Squire Comforts Whitecraft in his Affliction

XXIII. The Squire becomes Theological and a Proselytizer, but signally fails

XXIV. Preparations Jury of the Olden Time The Scales of Justice

XXV. Rumor of Cooleen Bawn's Treachery How it appears Reilly stands his Trial Conclusion


I am agreeably called upon by my bookseller to prepare for a Second Edition of "Willy Reilly." This is at all times a pleasing call upon an author; and it is so especially to me, inasmuch as the first Edition was sold at the fashionable, but unreasonable, price of a guinea and a half a price which, in this age of cheap literature, is almost fatal to the sale of any three volume novel, no matter what may be its merits. With respect to "Willy Reilly," it may be necessary to say that I never wrote any work of the same extent in so short a time, or with so much haste. Its popularity, however, has been equal to that of any other of my productions; and the reception which it has experienced from the ablest public and professional critics of the day has far surpassed my expectations. I accordingly take this opportunity of thanking them most sincerely for the favorable verdict which they have generously passed upon it, as I do for their kindness to my humble efforts for the last twenty eight years. Nothing, indeed, can be a greater encouragement to a literary man, to a novel writer, in fact, than the reflection that he has an honest and generous tribunal to encounter. If he be a quack or an impostor, they will at once detect him; but if he exhibit human nature and truthful character in his pages, it matters not whether he goes to his bookseller's in a coach, or plods there humbly, and on foot; they will forget everything but the value and merit of what he places before them. On this account it is that I reverence and respect them; and indeed I ought to do so, for I owe them the gratitude of a pretty long literary life.

Concerning this Edition, I must say something. I have already stated that it was written rapidly and in a hurry. On reading it over for correction, I was struck in my cooler moments by many defects in it, which were, kindly overlooked, or, perhaps, not noticed at all... Continue reading book >>

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