Summary (Masterplots: Revised Category Edition, British Fiction Series)
Dermot McDermot lived in the most pleasant homestead in the County of Dublin. He was a serious, slight man of twenty-five years, taking after his Quaker mother more than his Irish soldier father except in his intense love of Ireland and everything Irish.
Dermot’s nearest neighbors were James O’Brien, Lord Glenmalure, and his daughter Connaught. They lived in a rather forbidding-looking house that the country people insisted on calling Jimmy the Hangman’s House. James O’Brien had been a violent rebel in his youth, but he had found it to his advantage to make his peace with the English. Becoming Lord Chief Justice of Ireland, he was responsible for the hanging of many Fenians.
When Glenmalure was stricken on the bench, he was forced to retire. When his condition became worse, he called in doctors from Dublin and then England. One doctor told him that he would live a month, certainly no more than five weeks. Then he secretly sent off a letter to John D’Arcy, Dermot’s cousin, son of an old friend called Tricky Mick. Dermot thought D’Arcy a twister; Connaught’s father said he had merely made a youngster’s mistake. Glenmalure knew John D’Arcy was devious but ambitious; he also knew that he might make his way in politics with Connaught’s money and Hangman Jimmy’s backing. In his remaining weeks, Glenmalure made contacts for D’Arcy and married him to Connaught. Glenmalure knew Dermot wanted to marry Connaught but would not...
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