At a glance:
- Author: J. M. Synge
- First Published: 1904
- Type of Work: Drama
- Type of Plot: Tragedy
- Setting: Island off the west coast of Ireland
- Characters: Maurya, Bartley, Cathleen, Nora
- Genres: Drama, Tragedy, Folk drama
- Subjects: Family or family life, Suffering, Twentieth century, Nature, Superstition, Rural or country life, Brothers and sisters, Individuality, Islands, Christianity, Death or dying, Ireland or Irish people, Peasantry or peasants, Paganism
- Locales: Europe, Islands, Ireland
Maurya, an old peasant woman, is worried about her son Michael. Her husband, her father-in-law, and four of her sons have been drowned in earlier sea accidents, leaving her with two sons, Michael and Bartley, and two daughters, Cathleen and Nora. Now Michael is missing at sea. As Maurya sleeps, Cathleen works at her spinning and makes a cake for Bartley, the younger of her two remaining brothers, to take on a trip. Bartley is planning to go to the horse fair on the mainland. Nora comes into the house with a bundle of clothes a priest has given her. The clothes, a...
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