Summary (Masterplots: Revised Category Edition, British Fiction Series)
While in Dublin on some business for his widowed mother, Rory O’More made the acquaintance of Horace de Lacy, an Irish patriot who had come from France in order to further the cause of revolution against English oppression. He was a messenger from a French general who was aiding the Irish in order to help Napoleon in his attempted conquest of England. De Lacy was a gentleman, descended from proud bloodlines, and Rory and his mother and sister considered it an honor to have him share their home. The O’More women nursed him back to health after an attack of smallpox, and De Lacy felt indebted to the good people for their care. In addition, Rory became a fellow conspirator. De Lacy and Rory did not conspire for personal gain, as did many of the rebels; rather, they loved Ireland and wanted her and her people to be free. Although De Lacy was perhaps not aware of it, he was a true democrat.
Rory loved a neighbor lass, Kathleen Regan. Although she returned his affection, she was prevented from marrying him by her brother Shan, a blackguard who had been refused by Mary O’More, Rory’s sister. Shan’s pride had been hurt by Mary’s refusal, and he hated the whole O’More family. Since Shan was the head of the household, Kathleen and her mother feared to disobey him; she and Rory were forced to meet in secret.
Because De Lacy was not well enough to take and receive a message that was expected by his contacts in Ireland, Rory volunteered to...
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