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Strangers at Lisconnel

A Second Series of Iris Idylls

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Author: Jane Barlow
Published: 1895
Language: English
Wordcount: 79,321 / 225 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 52.8
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 260
Added to site: 2006.08.01
mnybks.net#: 14500
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of our local history is epitomised. The saying, "As pat as thievin' to a tinker" is probably quoted among us as frequently as any other, except, perhaps, one which refers to Jerry Dunne's basket. This latter had its origin in a certain event, not like the former in the long-accumulating observation of habits and propensities, and to explain it therefore is to write a chapter of our chronicles. Moreover, the event in question is otherwise not unimportant from a sociological point of view, because it is very likely to have been the first morning call ever made at Lisconnel.

CHAPTER II

JERRY DUNNE'S BASKET

So it is worth while to tell the reason why people at Lisconnel sometimes respond with irony to a question: "What have I got? Sure, all that Jerry Dunne had in his basket." The saying is of respectable antiquity, for it originated while Bessy Joyce, who died a year or so back, at "a great ould age entirely," was still but a slip

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