Patrick Mooney, TA
Eng 150, Prof. Duffy
23 October 2013
There are in fact no masses; there are only ways of seeing people as masses.
—Raymond Williams, Culture and Society
PEGEEN (contemptuously). She [the Widow Quin] did not [kill her father]. She hit himself [her husband] with a worn pick, and the rusted poison did corrode his blood the way he never overed it, and died after. That was a sneaky kind of murder did win small glory with the boys itself.(28)
WIDOW QUIN [to Shawn] (jeeringly). It's true all girls are fond of courage and do hate the like of you.(45)
WIDOW QUIN (looks at him for a moment). If I aid you, will you swear to give me a right of way I want, and a mountainy ram, and a load of dung at Michaelmas, the time that you'll be master here?(53)
You have disgraced yourselves again. Is this to be an ever-recurring celebration of the arrival of Irish genius? Once more you have rocked the cradle of genius.
—W.B. Yeats, addressing the crowd at a performance of O'Casey's The Plough and the Stars