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The following links will guide you through the characters and summary very easily. In a nutshell, the play is about a mother who has lost all of the men in her life. She lost her husband, her father-in-law, 4 of her 6 sons, and the last two end up drowning as well in the course of the play. She has lost them all to the sea, and tries to keep the youngest from leaving her, knowing she will have to fend for herself and her two daughters. He goes anyway and ends up being knocked into the sea by his pony. The daughters are the ones who find the drowned brothers and help to tell the story from outside the mother's point of view.
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