by Frank O'Connor 1931
“Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.”
― George Burns
The Plain Facts
- Length:13 pages
- Genre:Irish Literature
- Tom Lucey:Catholic Priest
- Ben Lucey:Brother to Tom Lucey
- CHarley Lucey:Son of Ben Lucey
- Peter Lucey:son of Tom Lucey
- Setting:County Cork Ireland
The crazy dichotomy that separates a family and the children that unite them.
So, what's It About Man?
First WordsIt's extraordinary, the bitterness there can be in a town like ours between two people of the same family.
Last WordsThe real world was troubling enough for him, and he went slowly homeward, praying that he might see the blinds drawn before him.
- God alone would ever be able to disentangle these, and meanwhile the only course open to a prudent man was to keep his mind to himself.
- One conversation in particular haunted him for years as showing the dangerous state of lunacy to which could be reduced by reading old books.
- Tom looked more and more like a rabbi. As is the way of men of character in provincial towns, he tended to become a collection of mannerisms, a caricature of himself.
What I Loved About the Story
- One can see that this story is influenced by Shalom Aleichem, and Isaac Babel, in their Old Rabbi tales. Frank O Connor tells these rabbi stories in catholic disguise. He illustrates the seemingly madness of the clergy amidst the working class people of Cork; the dichotomy is divisive.