The Black Prophet: A Tale of Irish Famine

Traits and Stories of the Irish Peasantry, The Works of William Carleton, Volume Three

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Published: 1881
Language: English
Wordcount: 141,805 / 401 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 77.8
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 772
Added to site: 2008.05.31
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Origin: gutenberg.org

I have endeavored, with what success has been alreadydetermined by the voice of my own country, to give a panorama of Irishlife among the people--comprising at one view all the strong points oftheir general character--their loves, sorrows, superstitions, piety,amusements, crimes, and virtues; and in doing this, I can say withsolemn truth that I painted them honestly, and without reference to theexistence of any particular creed or party.

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ght heart. Having meditated for some time, she fell a laughing at the fierce conflict that had just taken place, exclaiming to herself--

"Ha, ha, ha! Well now if I had killed her--got the ould knife into her heart--I might lave the counthry. If I had killed her now, throth it 'ud be a good joke, an' all in a fit of passion, bekase she didn't come home in time to let me meet him. Well, I'll go back an' spake soft to her, for, afther all, she'll give me a hard life of it."

She returned; and, having entered the hut, perceived that the ear and cheek of her step-mother were still bleeding.

"I'm sorry for what I did," she said, with the utmost frankness and good nature. "Forgive me, mother; you know I'm a hasty devil--for a devil's limb I am, no doubt of it. Forgive me, I say--do now--here, I'll get something to stop the blood."

She sprang at the moment, with the agility of a wild cat, upon an old chest that stood in the corner of the hut, exhibiting as she did it, a leg and foot of surp

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