"What is the price of a thousand horses against a son when there is one son only." - who utters this statement ? Explain its significance.
This statement is uttered by Maurya.
This statement brings out the desperation of Maurya as a mother to save her last surviving son, Bartley. She makes this statement when Bartley informs that he had heard that the Galway Fair would be good for the sale of horses. But unfortunately Bartley does not pay heed to her desperate request not to go to the fair. She is on the verge of losing her motherhood to the sea who has taken her other sons,her husband and father-in-law. So, she desperately cries that even the price of thousands of horses and other comfort cannot replenish what she will lose if her last son dies in the process of earning money for them.