Ormond manor. Aging Tudor mansion in Ireland that the English expatriates Basil Stoke and Cyril Poges are renovating. The house is represented by its “great room” which, massive and venerable, becomes progressively more battered as the play progresses. It has a hole in the ceiling, through which a yellow-bearded workman sticks his head at a comic moment. At another moment, a cow causes havoc when it tries to enter through the front door. However, the workmen have difficulty getting an antique bureau through the same door, damaging both it and the bureau in the process. Meanwhile, Poges knocks a hole in the wall with a large garden roller. The deterioration of the great hall is an obvious metaphor for the collapse of the foolish dreams of the house’s English owners.
Clune na Geera
Clune na Geera (cloon naw GEAR-ah). Irish parish in which Ormand Manor is located. Clune na Geera is a provincial region with a strong personality of its own, which is expressed in its residents’ skeptical attitude toward outsiders. Though offering a backdrop of natural beauty where the work party’s foreman, Jack O’Killigain, and Avril can go on romantic horseback rides, its workmen are individualists who cannot be rushed and often seem perversely determined to ignore instructions. Its parish priest is harshly antimodern but pragmatically willing to accept generous donations from men like Stoke, whose lavish way of...
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