“There’s an organic grocery store just off the highway exit. I can’t remember the last time I went
shopping for food.” A smile glittered in his eyes. “I might have gone overboard.”
I walked into the kitchen, with gleaming stainless-steel appliances, black granite countertops, and
walnut cabinetry. Very masculine, very sleek. I went for the fridge first. Water bottles, spinach and
arugula, mushrooms, gingerroot, Gorgonzola and feta cheeses, natural peanut butter, and milk on
one side. Hot dogs, cold cuts, Coke, chocolate pudding cups, and canned whipped cream on the
other. I tried to picture Patch pushing a shopping cart down the aisle, tossing in food as it pleased
him. It was all I could do to keep a straight face.”
― Becca Fitzpatrick, Silence
The Masculine Principle (1950)
The Plain Facts
- Length:15 pages
- Genre:Irish Literature
- Myles Reilly: a building contractor who wants to discuss things instead of work.
- Setting:County Cork Ireland
So, what's It About Man?
We find a schism between religion, Catholic v. Protestant. The story is a love story between Catholics and Protestants. O'Connor examines what religion can do to a girl and a boy when the schism lands them in no man's land. Also shows that religion with out the gospel are Sunday Morning Arguments.
Warning: Spoilers Ahead
It was when I was doing a line with Maire Daly that I first came to know Winifred Jackson.
A man and woman in search of something are always blown apart, but it's the same wind that blows them.
But even if he was no good at sums he was great at daughters.
- So Father Ring went off in the lofty mood of a man who has defended a principle at a great sacrifice to himself, but that very night he began to brood and he continued to brood till that sickly looking voluptuary of a ten-shilling note took on all the radiance and charm of a virgin of seventeen.
Analysis of Story
The story is told from the point of view of an active observer who witnesses the schism between Catholic and Protestant Youth. Winifried and Dan have everything in common. But are divided by their family's faith, one is Catholic and one protestant. bhe same wind, Jesus Christ blows them. But, they observe their religions differently. This different point of view on the same thing blows them in separate directions. O'Connor's last line in the story could be a proverb of twentieth century Ireland."A man and woman in search of something are always blown apart, but it's the same wind that blows them."(206)