feb 08, 2012
“Mr Deasy looked down and held for awhile the wings
of his nose tweaked between his fingers. Looking up again
he set them free.
—I am happier than you are, he said. We have
committed many errors and many sins. A woman brought
sin into the world. For a woman who was no better than
she should be, Helen, the runaway wife of Menelaus, ten
years the Greeks made war on Troy. A faithless wife first
brought the strangers to our shore here, MacMurrough’s
wife and her leman, O’Rourke, prince of Breffni. A
woman too brought Parnell low. Many errors, many
failures but not the one sin. I am a struggler now at the
end of my days. But I will fight for the right till the end.
For Ulster will fight
And Ulster will be right.
Mr. Deasy’s litany of women who ruined things for everybody.