What is the relevance of the 'nails' and the 'white boards' Maurya mentions in the book?
The play is about the Aran Islanders and their relation to the sea. The sea plays the role of a creator in their lives as well as that of a destructor. The 'nails' and 'white boards' referred to in the play reflects the role of the sea as a life taker. The presence of new boards and nails in the household of Maurya shows that death is a day to day incident in the lives of these people. So, to be prepared for such disasters in a place which provides very less facilites to the people, they have to keep materials ('white board','nails','rope' etc) needed for the funeral of their near and dear ones.