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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

A tramp seeking shelter in the isolated Burke farmhouse finds Nora tending the corpse of Dan. Nora goes out to find Michael, and Dan reveals to the tramp that his death is a mere ruse. He plays dead again when Nora and Michael return, but leaps up in protest when Michael proposes to Nora. Dan kicks

Maybe not Synge's best, but very interesting on the first time through. The language is wonderful even if I find the plot a bit fey.

I see why this play pissed off Arthur Griffith. It's not nearly as good as Riders to the Sea or Playboy of the Western World, but it's still a pretty good play.

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

Synge is a smooth writer. Easy to read and understand.

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Seems to have the same start as Playboy of the Western World but without getting quite as absurd.

Jednoaktovka z pohoří Wicklow o rádobymrtvém manželovi, jeho manželce a tulákovi.

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

(In the) Shadow of the Glen, like Synge's other plays, goes against the highly idealized portrayal of the Irish in other Irish literary revival literature (such as Cathleen ni Houlihan). In fact it was very controversial for supposedly portraying Irish women as disloyal instead of "virtuous": Cathle

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