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In Shadow of the Glen

J. M. Synge

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .laining a while back of a pain in his heart, and this morning, the time he was going off to Brittas for three days or four, he was taken with a sharp turn. Then he went into his bed and he was saying it was destroyed he was, the time the shadow was going up through the glen, and when the sun set on the bog beyond he made a great lep, and let a great cry out of him, and stiffened himself out the like of a dead sheep.

TRAMP {Crosses himself.} God rest his soul.

NORA {Pouring him out a glass of whisky.} Maybe that would do you better than the milk of the sweetest cow in County Wicklow.

TRAMP The Almighty God reward you, and may it be to your good health. {He drinks.}

NORA {Giving him a pipe and tobacco.} I've no pipes saving his own, stranger, but they're sweet pipes to smoke.

TRAMP Thank you kindly, lady of the house.

NORA Sit down now, stranger, and be taking your rest.

TRAMP {Filling a pipe and . . . Read More

Community Reviews

This one act play by J.M. Synge, also known as The Shadow of the Glen takes place in an isolated hut in which a tramp encounters a dead body of Dan Burke and his widow Nora. Except it seems that there's some life left in the corpse, who sits up with a powerful thirst.

Finally an old play with just 4 characters!! Love the Irish-ness of it all!

This play sensationalizes a European folk-tale and fashionable fantasy. This is the story of the elderly husband who pretends to be deceased so as to seize his youthful wife with her lover. Synge had heard a version of this story in Irish from old Pat Dirane, a sightless man in the Aran Islands, and

مادة المسرحية أفضل من صورتها النهائية، فالشخصيات والحبكة والأحداث كان من الممكن أن تظهر بصورة أفضل بكثير، ولعل محدودية حجم المسرحية عامل في هذا ولكن اجمالا تشعر وانت تقرأ أن هناك شيء ناقص يحول هذه المادة لعمل أفضل.

A very quiet, eloquently written first play of Synge. In (the begrudgingly required) comparison to Yeats' "home plays," Synge scales down on the mysticism and nationalism in favour of a subtly written critique of late 19thC. Irish-Catholic marriage norms; people seem to be treating it as feminist st

Being the shortest text (bar poetry) for my upcoming Irish Writing module, I flew through THE SHADOW OF THE GLEN with the greatest of ease and enjoyment. The fast pace, humour and intriguing characters made this short play one which is full of life and energy. The only pitfalls I came across were oc

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