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John M. Synge

A Few Personal Recollections, with Biographical Notes

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Author: John Masefield
Published: 1916
Language: English
Wordcount: 6,522 / 25 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 82.9
LoC Category: CT
Downloads: 458
mnybks.net#: 4748
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Biography
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s, when some one told him how tourists had spoiled the country people in a part of Ireland. The Irish country people are simple and charming. Tourists make them servile, insolent, and base. "The Irish are easily corrupted," he said, "because they are so simple. When they're corrupted, they're hard, they're rude, they're everything that's bad. But they're only that where the low-class tourists go, from America, and Glasgow, and Liverpool and these places." He seldom praised people, either for their work or for their personality. When he spoke of acquaintances he generally quoted a third person. When he uttered a personal judgment it was always short, like "He's a great fellow," or "He's a grand fellow," or "Nobody in Ireland understands how big he is."

On one occasion (I think in 1906) we lunched together (at the Vienna Cafe.) He told me with huge delight about his adventures in the wilds. He had lodged in a cabin far from the common roads. There was no basin in his bed-room. He asked for one, so that h

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