The Aran Islands By John M. Synge

 -  I knew that
every one of them would be drowned in the sea in a few years and
battered naked - Page 160
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I Knew That Every One Of Them Would Be Drowned In The Sea In A Few Years And Battered Naked On The Rocks, Or Would Die In His Own Cottage And Be Buried With Another Fearful Scene In The Graveyard I Had Come From.

When I got up this morning I found that the people had gone to Mass and latched the kitchen door from the outside, so that I could not open it to give myself light.

I sat for nearly an hour beside the fire with a curious feeling that I should be quite alone in this little cottage. I am so used to sitting here with the people that I have never felt the room before as a place where any man might live and work by himself. After a while as I waited, with just light enough from the chimney to let me see the rafters and the greyness of the walls, I became indescribably mournful, for I felt that this little corner on the face of the world, and the people who live in it, have a peace and dignity from which we are shut for ever.

While I was dreaming, the old woman came in in a great hurry and made tea for me and the young priest, who followed her a little later drenched with rain and spray.

The curate who has charge of the middle and south islands has a wearisome and dangerous task. He comes to this island or Inishere on Saturday night - whenever the sea is calm enough - and has Mass the first thing on Sunday morning.

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