At a glance:
- Author: Frank O'Connor
- First Published: 1950
- Type of Plot: Psychological
- Time of Work: 1918
- Setting: Cork, Ireland
- Characters: Larry Delaney, Mick Delaney, Mrs. Delaney, Sonny
- Genres: Psychological fiction, Short fiction
- Subjects: Family or family life, Parents and children, Jealousy, envy, or resentment, Fathers, World War I, Comedy, Sympathy
- Locales: Europe, Ireland, Cork, Ireland
The story begins in retrospection. The adult Larry remembers his idyllic and blissful early childhood at home with his mother while his father was away during World War I. Larry, confident of his mother’s full attention, accompanied her throughout each day, prayed unfailingly for his father’s safe return, and urged his mother to brighten up the house by bringing home a baby. This Edenic existence is abruptly lost when his father returns home from the war. Suddenly, Larry finds that he has been demoted: His mother is attentive to his father and inattentive to him....
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