Please provide a full-text summary of Riders to the Sea by John Millington Synge.
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The play involves an Irish peasant family living on a barren island. The action opens with two sisters receiving evidence that might possibly have belonged to their brother who has been missing at sea for nine days. They temporarily hide the evidence from their mother, because they don't want to disturb their mother until they know for sure that it is their brother Michael's property.
The girls' other brother (Bartley) wants to go to sea, too. The matriarch of the family (Maurya) doesn't want him to to go. She has already lost her husband and other sons to the sea, and she doesn't want to lose the last one. In short, he goes anyway, but doesn't even make it down the trail to the sea. Maurya, trying to head him off in order to give him his forgotten lunch, sees Michael's ghost riding on the horse behind Bartley, and receives the news shortly thereafter (back at the cottage) that Bartley fell off of his horse into the sea and drowned.
The evidence turns out to, indeed, be Michael's, and now Bartley is dead, too. Maurya now finds a kind of terrible peace. She now has nothing left that the sea can take from her. She has nothing left to lose.
Of course, this summary does not in any way do the play justice. The text is full of Aran Island dialect, abounds in Greek and Irish mythology, and closes with an extremely poignant scene, and much more.
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